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Fresh Food on TV: Weekday Edition

NOMTVWith all the channels on broadcast TV and cable—and the inevitable episode repeats—it's hard to sort out what's new or worthwhile. Let us sort it out for you so you don't miss anything worth watching. Times may vary with region (especially PBS shows); check your local listings for exact hour and channels.

Tuesday (June 1)

Barbecue Paradise: Just in case you didn't get your barbecue fix this Memorial Day Weekend, check out some adventurous barbeque spots around the country. Features dishes like barbecued spaghetti. (repeat) 7 p.m. ET, Travel Channel

Hell's Kitchen: "16 Chefs Compete." This season seven opener covers 16 chefs vying for a slot in Ramsay's restaurant in a London Hotel. For the first challenge, chefs must prepare their signature dishes, and then comes dinner service. One will be eliminated by the end of the episode. 8 p.m. ET, Fox Network

Chopped: "Fired Up!" In the mood for some more culinary competition? A grilling challenge has the chefs cooking striped bass and strawberries. 10 p.m. ET, Food Network

Wednesday (June 2)

Today's Show: Mario Batali guest stars. 7 a.m. ET, NBC

Man v. Food: "Chicago." The host braves the Windy City of Chicago. Good luck downing that deep dish pizza, man! (repeat) 5:30 p.m. ET, Travel Channel

Throwdown with Bobby Flay: "Hot Dogs." Flay visits a hot dog cook-off in Brooklyn. 9 p.m. ET, Food Network

Dinner Impossible: "Disney Dilemma." Robert heads to Disney World to prepare a gourmet meal for 400 people in celebration of Family Volunteer Day. 10 p.m. ET, Food Network

Top Chef Masters: "Improv." The four remaining culinary standouts travel to the Groundlings improv-comedy club, where they must showcase their improvisational skills to create dishes based on three words. 10 p.m. ET, Bravo Network

Thursday (June 3)

Molto Mario: "Fagioli is Love." In lieu of visiting one of Mario Batali's exquisite but expensive restaurants, check out his new show to get the secrets to spectacular Italian cuisine on the newly launched Cooking Channel (replacing the Fine Living Network as of May 31)! 7:30 a.m. ET, Cooking Channel (i.e. ex-Fine Living Network)

Giada at Home: "Welcome Home." Who wouldn't like to be greeted by Turkey Milanese with bacon-and-pancetta potatoes and roasted apple pie? I guess Giada's pretty appealing too. (repeat) 4:30 p.m. ET, Food Network.

Kitchen Nightmares: "J Willy's." In an especially dramatic episode, Ramsay visits a Bar and Grille in Indiana that is a whopping $1.2 million in debt. He encourages them to start using fresh ingredients, but the inexperienced chef gets overwhelmed, even driving one customer to tears. (repeat) 6 p.m. ET, BBC

Good Eats: "Grillus Domesticus." Grilling chicken can be tough; if not done right, the chicken can turn out, well, tough. Tips on grilling this versatile and tricky bird are given. 8:30 p.m. ET, Food Network

Unwrapped: "Hamburgers 2." Craving some late-night eats? Check out the National Hamburger Festival in Akron, and take a look at Fuddruckers' record-breaking burger. (repeat) 11:30 p.m. ET, Food Network

Friday (June 4)

Good Morning America: A recipe by chef Emeril Lagasse is prepared. 7 a.m. ET, ABC

Barbecue Wars: Make peace not war. Unless it's a barbecue war. The best barbecue in the U.S. is sought in the barbecue capitals of the country (and world), including the Carolinas, Memphis, Kansas City, and Texas. (repeat) 6 p.m. ET, Travel Channel

Everyday Exotic: Chef Roger Mooking aims to give everyday meals an exotic twist with one new ingredient. This episode features tamarind, the perfect picker-upper to your weekday kabob meal. 6:30 PM ET, Cooking Channel (i.e. ex-Fine Living Network)

Food Feuds: "Feuds on a Roll." In a premiere of the series that explores regional food rivalries, Iron Chef Michael Symon heads to Chicago to settle a debate over who makes the city's best Italian beef sandwiches. Later, a heated battle over hot dogs is covered in Detroit. 10:30 p.m. ET, Food Network

Man v. Food: "Honolulu." The host isn't in Hawaii to relax—he attempts to eat a giant plate of pancakes containing four pounds of flour at the Mac 24-7 diner. Other local eats are also sampled, including loco moco, a burger dish topped with fried eggs and gravy (mmm). (repeat) 12:30 a.m. ET, Travel Channel

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