Rachael Ray Mentors Eight Talented Kid Chefs as They Compete on Food Network's Rachael Ray's Kids Cook-Off

Special Guest Judges Will Join Rachael Ray Each Week as Kidtestants Compete For a $20,000 Culinary Scholarship and a Web Series on FoodNetwork.com

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 8/17/2015, 2 p.m.
Food Network icon and best-selling cookbook author Rachael Ray hosts this six-episode series where the challenges are big and the ...
Kidtestant Scarlett and Rachael Ray

Kidtestant Nick with host Rachael Ray

Kidtestant Nick with host Rachael Ray

NEW YORK, NY – August 6, 2015 – Food Network icon and best-selling cookbook author Rachael Ray hosts this six-episode series where the challenges are big and the competitors are – kids! Beginning on Monday, August 24th at 7pm CST eight multi-talented junior chefs will be put to the test through a series of tough cooking challenges and high-pressure obstacles, as they compete for a $20,000 culinary scholarship and their very own web series on FoodNetwork.com. Each week, Rachael and an all-star guest judge, including Sunny Anderson, Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Robert Irvine, Jeff Mauro, Daymon Patterson, Marcus Samuelsson and Fabio Viviani will mentor and guide the kidtestants through culinary challenges, from preparing the perfect well-balanced bite, to creating “desserts in disguise” inspired by the new movie Hotel Transylvania 2. In addition, the young competitors must shine in on-camera challenges as they articulate their culinary point of view and bring their food to life. Only one will take home the grand prize and be crowned winner of this cook-off!

“The kidtestants have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to not only compete for their own web series and a culinary scholarship, but to also learn from one of America’s favorite television hosts, Rachael Ray,” said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. “I am not sure whose job is more difficult - the kids, who must survive tough challenges, or Rachael, who must choose between all of these talented young chefs.”

Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off competitors include: Chandler (Carnesville, Georgia; age 12), Chris (Ann Arbor, Michigan; age 13), Juliana (Marietta, Georgia; age 11), Nicholas (Edward, Colorado; age 10), Olivia (Yonkers, New York; age 11), Sabrina (Indianapolis, Indiana; age 11), Scarlett (Hollywood, California; age 11),and Zach (Olathe, Kansas; age 12).

Fans can head to FoodNetwork.com/KidsCookOff to access photo and video highlights, interviews with the winners and much more—all culminating in an exclusive winner’s web series! Join the conversation on Twitter using #KidsCookOff.

Episodes include:

Premiering Monday, August 24th at 7pm CST – SEASON PREMIERE!

“Fusion Impossible”

Eight of the country's most talented kid chefs come together to battle it out in Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off. Rachael and guest judge Robert Irvine (Restaurant: Impossible) present the chefs with their first challenge to find out what makes each kid unique to decide who will make it to the next round.

Premiering Monday, August 31st at 7pm CST

“Fast Food Feud”

After making it past the first elimination, seven kidtestants will put their own spin on a fast-food classic. The competition to win their own web series heats up as food critic and internet video star Daymon Patterson (Daym Drops) joins Rachael to judge this cook-off.

Premiering Monday, September 7th at 7pm CST

“Hasta La Pasta”

The six remaining kid chefs are put to the test as they show off their signature flavors in a pasta dish, and create their own food product. The competition is fierce, as they must impress Rachael and Fabio Viviani (Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage) to stay in the running.