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America's most iconic and nostalgic snack foods take center stage in new culinary competition 'Rewrapped'

by jmaloni


Tue, Mar 11th 2014 04:15 pm

Series premieres Monday, April 21, on Food Network

From Twinkies to Tastykakes, Goldfish Crackers to Pretzel Rods, and potato chips to doughnuts, viewers will experience all the fun and tastiness of iconic snacks in the new culinary competition "Rewrapped," premiering Monday, April 21, at 8 p.m. on the Food Network. Hosted by Joey Fatone, this 13-episode series features some of the most beloved snack foods viewers grew up with, as three competitors battle it out each episode over two rounds to win the grand prize.

In the first round, all three competitors have to recreate their own snack food as close to the original as possible, but can they make the perfect Twinkie or Goldfish Cracker? For the second round, all three must take part in an innovative challenge, as the competitors must create an entirely new dish using the original snack food as an ingredient; whether a doughnut-burger or a butterscotch fish, there are no boundaries other than to make the most creative and tastiest dish possible. Each episode is judged by Food Network personality Marc Summers ("Unwrapped"), along with a rotating panel of guest judges, as they grade the creations over both rounds. The contestant with the overall highest score wins a year's supply of the tasty treat itself.

"Food can be a glimpse into our past, bringing up emotions of what we enjoyed and the way we grew up, " said Bob Tuschman, general manager and senior vice president programming at Food Network. "Viewers will get to relive their childhood with these classic brands, and see some pretty inventive and tasty ways to enjoy them along the way."

During the course of the season, competing chefs are challenged with recreating and inventing a variety of snacks, including Hostess Twinkies and CupCakes; Pepperidge Farm Cheddar Goldfish Crackers and Mint Chocolate Milano Cookies; Entenmann's Rich Frosted Donuts and Original Recipe Chocolate Chip Cookies; SpaghettiOs with Meatballs; Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpets and Glazed Cherry Pies; Herr's Potato Chips; Utz Pretzel Rods; Wise Cheez Waffies; and the Outback Bloomin' Onion.

Former *NSYNC star Fatone is a natural entertainer, having appeared in film, stage and screen. Fatone previously competed on Food Network in "Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off" and "Chopped All-Stars," and has appeared on "Dancing with the Stars." Fatone has also served as host of NBC's international series "The Singing Bee."

Very few people can lay claim to having hosted literally dozens of TV shows. Summers can state that lofty achievement as fact. In addition to his prominence in front of the camera, he has also been successful in his career as a stand-up comedian, an author, and an executive producer, working on Food Network's: "Dinner: Impossible" and "Restaurant: Impossible." A native of Indianapolis, Summers moved to Los Angeles during the golden era of stand-up comedy. His career shot into high gear in 1986, when Nickelodeon hired him as the host of "Double Dare," helping to firmly establish Summers as a popular TV personality. He previously hosted the Food Network show "Unwrapped," which uncovered behind-the-scenes details on classic American food - from peanut butter and chocolate syrup to French fries and bubblegum.

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