Two of Food Network's biggest icons, Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri, will square off against each other for culinary bragging rights in Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off, premiering Sunday, January 1st at 9pm ET/PT. In this six-episode competition series, the Emmy(R)-winning talk show host Rachael Ray and best-selling cookbook author and successful restaurateur Guy Fieri, will each serve as coaches and mentors to eight multi-talented celebrities, all of whom are passionate about food and cooking. Divided into 'Team Rachael' and 'Team Guy', each episode features celebrity contestants battling it out in a fun, fast-paced culinary fight-to-the-finish, with the two bottom-rated contestants from the losing team going head-to-head in a blind tasting elimination challenge. In the end, the last contestant standing is crowned king or queen of the Celebrity Cook-Off and wins $50,000 for the charity they are playing to support.
"Rachael vs. Guy is the most exciting, funny and suspenseful piece of television I have ever made. This show is true reality television; no staging, no tricks and no do-overs," said Rachael Ray. "These contestants bonded with each other making the drama of the competition even more thrilling and intense. I think everyone will be amazed to see our contestants compete at the highest level and perform like master cooks, we honestly couldn't believe it."
"I've known Rachael for years and I was psyched to finally have the opportunity to collaborate," said Guy Fieri. "I also had a blast coaching the celebrity contestants as they battled it out in the kitchen for their favorite charities."
The eight celebrity contestants hail from a broad range of backgrounds, from TV, to movies, to sports and music, they include, Summer Sanders (Two-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer and national sportscaster); Lou Diamond Phillips (Golden Globe(R)-nominated actor, Stand and Deliver); Aaron Carter (Multi-platinum-selling recording artist and actor, Popstar and Supercross); Joey Fatone (Singer, actor, television personality and founding member of top-selling supergroup 'N Sync); Taylor Dayne (Chart-topping recording star and actress, Broadway's "Aida" and Television's "Nightman"); Coolio (Grammy(R)-winning hip-hop artist); Cheech Marin (Grammy-winning comedian, screenwriter and actor); and Alyssa Campanella (Winner, Miss USA 2011 and Runner-Up, Miss Teen USA 2007).