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FOOD TELEVISION – Weekdays from 6 August, 6.30pm

The knives are out as home-cooks battle it out in My Kitchen Rules. It’s plate against plate, as five teams-of-two attempt to out-dine and out-wine each other to see whose kitchen rules. In each episode the cooking teams take turns to transform an ordinary home into an instant restaurant complete with theme and table decorations for a pressure cooker night, working around the clock to deliver a winning dining experience.

FOOD TELEVISION – Weekdays from 6 August, 6pm

Great British Menu is back and the fight is on as some of the UK’s greatest chefs battle for the chance to secure a place for their recipes on the Great British Menu. Sourcing the best ingredients from their local area, our chefs each create a starter, a fish course, a meat course and a dessert that they feel epitomises all that’s best about their beloved region. At the end of each week the two chefs representing the featured region present their dishes to an expert judging panel who decide which chef’s menu goes forward to the national final.

FOOD TELEVISION – Sundays from 5 August, 7.30pm

Ex-Masterchef UK finalist Dick Strawbridge and his son James have two passions – sailing and great food – and they are setting off on a journey to explore the best of both of these. Living on board the beautiful pilot cutter Amelie Rose, they sail from Fowey in Cornwall right along the south coast of Britain, ending their journey at the mouth of the river Thames. At every stop, they seek out the best local food producers and sample regional delicacies. Then it’s back to the Amelie Rose to create mouth-watering recipes to serve to the boat’s crew.

FOOD TELEVISION – Sundays from 5 August, 4pm

The Cupcake Girls returns following entrepreneurs and best friends Heather and Lori on their hectic and often hilarious journey to build a cupcake empire. Think running a chain of cupcake stores is a piece of cake? Watch as Heather and Lori discover that the recipe for success doesn’t come easy. With the fate of their business and their friendship at stake, Heather and Lori compel one to ask: Can women in business have their cupcakes and eat them too?

FOOD TELEVISION – Saturdays from 4 August, 8.30pm

Follow Alasdair and James – the hapless runners-up in the 2009 series The Restaurant – as they strike out on their own in one of the toughest areas of entertaining: private functions. Each special occasion is a minefield of detail and planning with guests numbering 20 to 300, locations ranging from private homes to high-profile public settings and dietary requirements from sugar-free children’s party food to kosher fare. It all adds up to a tall order, even for the most experienced. They may think they are ready but when it comes to this likable but somewhat disorganised pair, is disaster inevitable?

FOOD TELEVISION – Sundays from 29 July, 7.30pm

To celebrate a bumper year at River Cottage, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall cooks a celebration dinner to thank all the people who have helped and inspired him over the last 12 years. As Hugh cooks the dishes for this fabulous four course dinner which includes rare mushrooms, ten bird spit roast and the ultimate sponge and crumble, there’re plenty of chances to relive the finest and funniest moments during his time in Dorset.

FOOD TELEVISION – Sundays from 29 July, 5pm

Cupcake Wars returns for a third season as it pits cupcake against cupcake in Food TV’s tastiest competition. Each episode features four of LA’s top cupcake bakers as they face off in a series of elimination challenges until the winner remains. Watch as they vie for a chance to serve Broadway’s shining stars at a VIP party for the 65th Annual Tony Awards, try to win over famed movie director Tim Burton and impress Bollywood’s brightest at an Indian Film Festival. Based on taste and presentation, one baker will prevail to take home the sweetest prize of all: $10,000 and a major showcase opportunity. It’s time for the contestants to put on their helmet, pick up their frosting gun and go to battle. The war is on.

FOOD TELEVISION – Saturdays from 28 July, 3.30pm

This home-grown show features amateur home bakers from across New Zealand competing against each other and putting their baking skills to the ultimate test. Each episode holds a fresh and delicious challenge for the contestants, testing their versatility and inventiveness, baking against the clock in an effort to please discerning judges, Global Baker Dean Brettschneider and The Dollop Queen, Julia Crownshaw. Who will avoid being sent home and instead be crowned Chelsea New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker?

FOOD TELEVISION – Tuesdays from 24 July, 8.30pm

The Barefoot Contessa is back and this time it’s basics. You’ve been invited to all of her fabulous parties and now America’s hostess with the most-ess, Ina Garten, lifts the veil on all her tips, sharing techniques and incredible elegant and easy recipes. Ina throws open the doors of her Hampton’s home for more delicious food, dazzling ideas and good fun.

FOOD TELEVISION – Saturday from 21 July, 9.30pm

Come Dine With Me returns in a brand new series that sees more strangers taking it in turns to cook up their idea of the perfect evening, while competing for the title of the ultimate dinner party host. As well as cooking, the rival hosts snoop around each others’ houses and go to bizarre lengths to win the competition. At the end of the evening, the host is judged by their guests and scored marks out of 10. The contestant with the most points at the end of the week wins a cash prize.