Written by Rick Ellis Monday, 16 August 2010
‘Next Food Network Star’ Runner-Up Tom Pizzica Gets His Own Show
For the second time, the Food Network has signed the second place finisher on “NFNS” to host their own show.
Two years ago, runner-up Adam Gertler was given his own series and he has subsequently hosted a number of shows and specials for the Food Network and its sister network The Cooking Channel.
This year, runner-up Tom Pizzica has been signed to host a new series “Outrageous Food.”
According to the Food Network (which announced the deal at the bottom of a press release touting “NFNS” winner Aarti Sequeira’s new show), Pizzica’s will “host the new primetime series Outrageous Food, premiering November 2010. Production begins today for this traveling food show featuring out – of – this – world eats.”
Season four “NFNS” winner Aaron McCargo hosted a special of the same name earlier this year, but it’s not clear if the new Pizzica series is the same show.
While the winner of “The Next Food Network Star” automatically receives a six-episode series order as a prize, the network is increasingly using the show as a way to uncover talent for its other projects. For instance, season four contestant Kelsey Nixon finished fourth, but since that season ended, she has appeared on several Food Network shows, co-hosted a cooking show on Food Network sister web site Food 2. She also co-hosted “The Next Food Network Star After Party” with Adam Gertler. That series aired on The Cooking Channel immediately after each episode of the show signed off on the Food Network.