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Food TV Summer Preview: Next Food Network Star, Hell's Kitchen and Top Chef Premiere Next Week

The food reality season fires up on Sunday. Three reality shows. Three winners. Only so much space on your TiVo's hard drive. Which new season of sizzling chef-on-chef action should you throw away your summer for? That's entirely up to you.

The Next Food Network Star
Premiere: Sunday, June 3, 9/8c
Network: Food Network
Stars: Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis, etc.
Prize: A Food Network series
LA Moment: Contestant Nikki Shaw is the wife of former Lakers player Brian Shaw.
What We're Watching For: Let's be honest. Giada De Laurentiis' low-cut, body-hugging cooking.
TiVo Recommendation: One green thumb up

Hell's Kitchen
Premiere: Monday, June 4, 9/8c
Network: FOX
Stars: Gordon Ramsay
Prize: Head Chef of the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa, Las Vegas
LA Moment: Season 1 winner, Michael Wray, currently mans the kitchen at Tatou and will make a cameo.
What We're Watching For: When Gordon Ramsay finally snaps and bludgeons a contestant to death.
TiVo Recommendation: Three green thumbs up

Top Chef
Premiere: Wednesday, June 13, 10/9c (with special event June 6, 10/9c)
Network: Bravo
Stars: Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Ted Allen
Prize: $100,000 to start a restaurant
LA Moment: Hunky 6'8" Chris lives in Venice, where he's a private chef for people like Arianna Huffington, a former pro volleyball player and--cue inspirational soundtrack--a cancer survivor.
What We're Watching For: Comic relief by Queer Eye culinary expert Ted Allen.
TiVo Recommendation: Two green thumbs up

· Cooking in June: Top Chef 3 vs. Hell's Kitchen 3 [~ELA~]
· Hell's Kitchen: LA Connections, Spoilers, and Empty Promises [~ELA~]
· BREAKING: Top Chef Finale Spoiled AGAIN [~ELA~]