Honoring Achievements in the World of Food and Entertaining - World-Renowned Chef Emeril Lagasse Will Serve as Master of Ceremonies
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart, Stars of the Upcoming Feature Film “No Reservations,” to present along with Food Network stars Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, Paula Deen, Bobby Deen, Sandra Lee, Alton Brown and Nigella Lawson.
NEW YORK, NY, January 31, 2007 – Food Network announced today new presenters for it’s first-ever awards show, the Food Network Awards. The Awards will tape February 23 at the Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival. The 90-minute ceremony will premiere on Food Network, Sunday, April 15th at 9 PM ET/PT.
World-renowned chef Emeril Lagasse will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Lagasse will both introduce members of the Food Network family who will present awards, as well as present select awards himself throughout the show. Lagasse is host of Emeril Live! on Food Network, as well as a master chef, restaurateur, cookbook author among other accolades. Other Food Network star presenters will include: Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, Paula Deen, Bobby Deen, Sandra Lee, Alton Brown, and Nigella Lawson. George Duran will serve as on the floor reporter in the audience.
Academy Award winner Catherine Zeta-Jones and Golden Globe nominee Aaron Eckhart will attend and present during the ceremony. Zeta-Jones and Eckhart star in the upcoming romantic drama No Reservations from Warner Brothers, premiering nationwide July 27. Directed by Academy Award nominee Scott Hicks, No Reservations tells the story of two Manhattan chefs who challenge the boundaries between rivalry and romance.
The Food Network Awards will combine the fun of Food Network with the glamour of South Beach to make an entertaining, off-beat awards ceremony unlike any other on television. The ceremony will take place at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts in Miami Beach from 9:30-11:00pm on February 23rd. Tickets can be purchased at www.sobewineandfoodfest.com, or (877) 762-3933 and are $77.50 each.
About Food Network:
FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network and Web site that strives to be way more than cooking. The network is committed to exploring new and different ways to approach food - through pop culture, competition, adventure, and travel - while also expanding its repertoire of technique-based information. Food Network is distributed to more than 90 million U.S. households and averages more than seven million Web site users monthly. With headquarters in New York City and offices in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and Knoxville, Food Network can be seen internationally in Canada, Australia, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Monaco, Andorra, Africa, France, and the French-speaking territories in the Caribbean and Polynesia. The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE:SSP), which also owns and operates HGTV (www.hgtv.com), DIY Network (www.diynetwork.com), Great American Country (www.gactv.com) and FINE LIVING (www.fineliving.com), is the manager and general partner.
About the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival:
Produced by Florida International University and Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida, the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Food & Wine magazine will continue to bring together some of the planet’s greatest chefs, winemakers, spirits producers and culinary personalities to entertain patrons in high style and to educate palates with cooking demos and wine seminars. Events include the Moët & Chandon BubbleQ, Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best, Wine Spectator Wine Seminars, Burger Bash and the Grand Tasting Village to name just a few. For more information about the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival visit the Festival website at www.sobewineandfoodfest.com or call 877-762-3933. For more information about Florida International University visit www.fiu.edu and for more information about Southern Wine & Spirits visit