|NEW YORK - April 15, 2016 - Just as the initial six episodes are set to conclude, Food Network has put Cooks vs. Cons back into production with new premieres set to return this summer. The recipe for the net's most recent success called for elite cooking skills, agility and adaptability, simmered together with a dash of mystery as a combination of home cooks and trained professionals, whose true identities are concealed, battled it out as audiences played along. Hosted by acclaimed chef, Geoffrey Zakarian, the hour-long competition sees competitors tested in two rounds of challenges where they create enticing entrees for a panel of judges. Taste and presentation are all that matters and only after the judges' decisions have been made do contestants reveal their true identities.
"Cooks vs. Cons offered our audience the chance to play along with the judges, as we all tried to figure out who are the professional chefs and who are the home cooks. It's not as easy as one might think and it absolutely proved to be engaging," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "We are thrilled with how the series launched and that Geoffrey and the team at Cakehouse are just as eager to play more of the game so our fans can enjoy new episodes this summer."
Cooks vs. Cons has seen double digit increases across both A25-54 and A25-34 (vs. YAGO) as well as 17% in-show growth during the first half of the six episode run. To date more than 10 million people have tuned-in. Fans can catch highlights from the series at FoodNetwork.com/CooksVsCons, and they can join the conversation on Twitter using #CooksVsCons.
Cooks vs. Cons is produced by Cakehouse Media.
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