HSN Gets ‘Chopped’ With Food Network

We always love it when HSN unveils news about its culinary products, because we know they will save us a lot of money. That’s because we’re not going to spend a dime on pots, pans, etc.

We haven’t turned our oven on in more than a year, no joke.

It was much bluster that the No. 2 home shopping network announced a number of new food experts coming on board. It’s fitting that we have never heard of most of these folks, since we avoid food-competition reality shows like the zombie plague.

Long story short, HSN has forged partnerships involving two Food Network hit shows, “Iron Chef” and “Chopped.” And Oprah Winfrey’s personal chef is in the mix.

The network is holding a 24-hour “HSN Cooks” event on Sunday, where it will launch celebrity chef Anne Burrell and the premiere of its first culinary series featuring “Iron Chef” Donatella Arpaia — “The Saturday Morning Market with Donatella.”

In its press release, HSN said it was starting its own farmer’s market with that cooking series debuting April 2.

“Donatella will highlight in-season ingredients while showing customers how to incorporate them into recipes at home,” the release said.

“The new series will also serve as a platform to introduce new celebrity chef partners and innovative food brands to HSN’s impressive roster. Esteemed celebrity chef and restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian will kick-off the series on April 2, alongside Donatella Arpaia, with the debut of his latest cookbook, ‘My Perfect Pantry.'”

The “Cooks” event will feature Curtis Stone, “Restaurant: Impossible” host Robert Irvine, and “Bionic Chef” and Montana Mex founder Eduardo Garcia.

And in a first, HSN customers will be chosen to join each chef on-air for a personal cooking lesson during the live event. We don’t think we’ll be asked to be on.

Just sayin’.

Stone will lead the first interactive cooking lesson at 10 a.m., followed by Irvine at noon and Garcia at 5 p.m.

The Cooks event will also feature the launch of former personal chef to Oprah Winfrey, Art Smith, who will be introducing his Smartbowl system; food editor of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Sara Moulton, who will be preparing recipes from her latest cookbook “Sara Moulton’s Home Cooking”; and celebrity chef and restaurateur Graham Elliot will debut his cookbook “Cooking Like a Master Chef.”

HSN is debuting “Food Network star” Anne Burrell March 18. Her Corvex Collection features a line of professional, chef-grade cookware with a double-coated ceramic non-stick interior.

In partnership with “Chopped,” HSN will launch an exclusive line of “Chopped”-branded kitchen tools on May 6 and 7. It was feature “Chopped” alum Marc Murphy.

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