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Despite what the title may imply, Food Network's "Ginormous Food" isn't about enormous meals and gluttony. True, in each episode of the Friday series, there are things like a 14-pound bagel, a 30-pound stack of pancakes and a 17-pound chicken gyro. But those, host Josh Denny explains, are typically made for parties to be divided into individual portions, and a lot of thought and craft goes into them. "These chefs put a lot of time into conceptualizing these dishes," Denny says, "so it wasn't just 30 pounds of pancakes. It was 30 pounds of delicious pancakes. And the process is so long. ... Just to make one of those pancakes, I mean, you have to wait for roasted baby pumpkins, you know there's a ton of seasonings that go in and it's a labor of love and they put a lot of time into making sure these aren't just impressive in terms of the size but there's a lot of flavor going on in it, too." In each of the six episodes, Denny goes around the country to various cities and eateries to check out these outsized dishes, see how they're made and meet the people who make them. In last week's premiere episode, Denny went to Louisville, Ky., to try the roast beef sandwich on a 12-inch roll; other locales include Baltimore (the aforementioned stack of flapjacks), Nashville, Tenn. (the gyro), Cincinnati and Richmond, Va. In the installment airing Friday, Jan. 13, Denny is in his hometown of Philadelphia to showcase an oversized version of what he says is the city's signature sandwich, which is not what you would think it is. "For me growing up, my favorite Philly thing was always the roast pork," he says, "so I was really psyched when we went to Jake's Sandwich Board and we did a roast pork sandwich instead of a cheesesteak because that's really as much of a traditional Philadelphia thing; it's just less publicized nationally. So when a lot of people go to Philly (and) they go 'I want a cheesesteak,' that's how you know they're probably a tourist. Whereas (if ) somebody comes to Philly and goes, 'Take me to the best roast pork place,' that's probably somebody who grew up in the area." Josh Denny BY GEORGE DICKIE There is quantity and quality to be found in Food Network's 'Ginormous Food' What book are you currently reading? "I'm reading a book called, 'So I Heard You Paint Houses.' It's about what is supposedly the true story of how Jimmy Hoffa was murdered." What did you have for dinner last night? "Last night, I had leftover wraps from this place called Bite Me Café in Burbank (Calif.). ... It was a chicken pesto wrap, which was really, really good." What is your next project? "Before we started working on 'Ginormous Food,' I was working on a stand-up special. I've released a couple of albums so far and was getting ready to do a third and then when we started working on 'Ginormous' about a year ago, I kind of put that on the back burner, no pun intended." When was your last vacation, where and why? "I'd have to say the last place we went was Vegas. My girlfriend and I went on a business/ fun trip ... we just ended up hitting like five restaurants over two days (laughs) and just gorged ourselves. So we went to Carnevino, Mario Batali's restaurant out there; we went to Tom Colicchio's Craftsteak. It was sort of like a progressive meal of like, 'Let's see which one of these celebrity chefs is really the best.' (laughs) They had no idea they were competing against each other for our affection but they were." SATURDAY 4:00 p.m. FOOD Kids Baking Cham- pionship Ten bakers must elevate the classic pie. TRAVEL Food Paradise Historic and innovative places to dine. 5:00 p.m. FOOD Kids Baking Champi- onship The bakers create trendy eclairs. TRAVEL Food Paradise The best of breakfast and lunch. 6:00 p.m. FOOD Kids Baking Cham- pionship Bakers add heat to chocolate dishes. 7:00 p.m. FOOD Kids Baking Cham- pionship The bakers produce French macarons. 8:00 p.m. FOOD Kids Baking Cham- pionship The bakers invent lunch box desserts. 9:00 p.m. FOOD Kids Baking Cham- pionship Bakers use three candies in a dessert. 10:00 p.m. FOOD Kids Baking Cham- pionship Dessert that looks like a savory dish. SUNDAY 3:00 p.m. FOOD Kids Baking Champi- onship Bakers make spring break-themed cakes. TRAVEL Food Paradise Juiciest steaks across America. 4:00 p.m. FOOD Chopped Junior Boar; fish and some colorful tubers. TRAVEL Food Paradise Triple-decker grilled cheese sandwich. 5:00 p.m. FOOD Kids Baking Champi- onship Carnival-themed cupcakes. TRAVEL Food Paradise Finding the best diners in America. 6:00 p.m. FOOD Worst Cooks in America Signature dishes; shrimp and lobster. TRAVEL Food Paradise Hot chicken; red velvet battered bird. 7:00 p.m. FOOD Guy's Grocery Games Sixteen of the best DDD chefs compete. TRAVEL Food Paradise The ex- tra-cheesiest delights. 8:00 p.m. FOOD Guy's Grocery Games Apple pie ingredients; shuffleboard. TRAVEL Food Paradise 9:00 p.m. FOOD Worst Cooks in America Egg dishes; home-cooked dinners. 10:00 p.m. FOOD Cooks vs. Cons Lunch snacks included in steak and eggs. MONDAY 4:00 p.m. FOOD Kids Baking Cham- pionship The bakers invent lunch box desserts. TRAVEL Food Paradise The best places to get hamburgers. 5:00 p.m. FOOD Kids Baking Cham- pionship Bakers use three candies in a dessert. TRAVEL Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations Fried street eats, cannoli and pizza. 6:00 p.m. FOOD Kids Baking Cham- pionship Dessert that looks like a savory dish. TRAVEL Bizarre Foods With An- drew Zimmern Trinidad and Tobago. 7:00 p.m. FOOD Kids Baking Champi- onship Bakers make spring break-themed cakes. TRAVEL Bizarre Foods America Stingray tacos; fried duck testicles. 8:00 p.m. FOOD Kids Baking Champi- onship The remaining kids make volcano cakes. TRAVEL Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations Classic stuffed cabbage; rich goulash. 8:30 p.m. TRAVEL Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations Delicate spot prawns, inventive sushi. 9:00 p.m. FOOD Texas Cake House Mexic-Arte Museum; Austin Pets Alive. TRAVEL Bizarre Foods With An- drew Zimmern Giant horse mussels; sheep head. 9:30 p.m. FOOD Texas Cake House Local craft brewery; Texas Reptile Zoo. 10:00 p.m. FOOD Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Guy Fieri heads to Barcelona, Spain. 10:30 p.m. FOOD Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Chili; burgers; massive breakfast. TUESDAY 3:00 p.m. FOOD Chopped Chicken and tomato soup in round one. TRAVEL Bizarre Foods With An- drew Zimmern Thousand-year-old eggs, fermented meat. 4:00 p.m. FOOD Chopped First round features fish fillets. TRAVEL Bizarre Foods With An- drew Zimmern Mexico's cuisine. 5:00 p.m. FOOD Chopped Chopped's second teen competition. TRAVEL Bizarre Foods With An- drew Zimmern Andrew visits Japan. 6:00 p.m. FOOD Chopped Four teenaged chefs compete. TRAVEL Bizarre Foods With An- drew Zimmern Mushrooms harvested in caves. 7:00 p.m. FOOD Chopped Lump meat crab; nostalgic candy. TRAVEL Bizarre Foods America Land turtle and shark; land creatures. 8:00 p.m. FOOD Chopped Junior Bok choy and bacon; pinwheel protein. TRAVEL Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations Street food. 8:30 p.m. TRAVEL Bizarre Foods: Deli- cious Destinations Iconic seafood and pork sandwiches. 9:00 p.m. FOOD Chopped The chefs recreate the taco. TRAVEL Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations Suckling pig cooked all day. 9:30 p.m. TRAVEL Bizarre Foods: Deli- cious Destinations Seafood prepared in the Nordic style. 10:00 p.m. FOOD Chopped Whiskey and wings in every basket. TRAVEL Bizarre Foods With An- drew Zimmern The holy grail of hot food lovers. WEDNESDAY 4:00 p.m. FOOD Worst Cooks in America The recruits learn about multi-tasking. QVC Gourmet Holiday TRAVEL Bizarre Foods With An- drew Zimmern The Philippines. 5:00 p.m. FOOD Worst Cooks in America The recruits must grind out burgers. TRAVEL Bizarre Foods With An- drew Zimmern Andrew visits Seoul, South Korea. 6:00 p.m. FOOD Worst Cooks in America Replicating a dish; signature dishes. TRAVEL Bizarre Foods With An- drew Zimmern Andrew hits up the city, food culture. 7:00 p.m. FOOD Worst Cooks in America Three-course menu is served to experts. 8:00 p.m. FOOD Cooks vs. Cons Con- testants face a cheesesteak playoff. QVC In the Kitchen With David 9:00 p.m. FOOD Cooks vs. Cons Cran- berry quesadillas; waffles. 10:00 p.m. FOOD Cooks vs. Cons Nutty dumplings; re-purposed fries. THURSDAY 2:30 p.m. FOOD Beat Bobby Flay My- chael Bonner; Anna Maria Santorelli. 3:00 p.m. FOOD Beat Bobby Flay Chefs Jared Case and Kouri Killmeier. 3:30 p.m. FOOD Beat Bobby Flay Bruce Kalman and Jordan Andino battle. 4:00 p.m. FOOD Beat Bobby Flay Alex Stratta and Houman Gohary compete. 4:30 p.m. FOOD Beat Bobby Flay Chef Justin Gaines and Mike Johnson. 5:00 p.m. FOOD Chopped Chia seeds and dandelion greens; tempeh. 6:00 p.m. FOOD Chopped Four cooking duos compete. 7:00 p.m. FOOD Chopped Lean, mean fish dishes; green smoothies. 8:00 p.m. + WJHL The Great Amer - ican Baking Show The remaining two finalists compete. G WEMT Hell's Kitchen The chefs face three challenges. FOOD Chopped The chefs must create nutritious dishes. 9:00 p.m. FOOD Chopped The chefs must make healthy dishes. 9:01 p.m. G WEMT My Kitchen Rules Brandy and Ray J; Lance Bass. 10:00 p.m. FOOD Beat Bobby Flay Me - lissa Mayer; Jen Royle. 10:30 p.m. FOOD Beat Bobby Flay Line Pelletier and Chris Scott compete. FRIDAY 1:30 p.m. FOOD The Pioneer Woman Breakfast burrito; pasta alla Ladd. 2:00 p.m. FOOD Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Octopus; polenta; belly tacos. 2:30 p.m. FOOD Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Wings with adobo sauce. 3:00 p.m. FOOD Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Cuisine spanning three continents. 3:30 p.m. FOOD Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Cheesesteak and chicken; pastrami. 4:00 p.m. FOOD Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Grape leaves; lamb burger. 4:30 p.m. FOOD Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives A butchery; diner; inn-turned-gas- tropub. 5:00 p.m. FOOD Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Hawaiian dishes; tamales; beef chamorro. 5:30 p.m. FOOD Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Jerk chicken; porcini cascioni. 6:00 p.m. FOOD Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives French toast; cornflake chicken club. 6:30 p.m. FOOD Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Pizza and fresh pasta; gumbo; burgers. 7:00 p.m. FOOD Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Ravioli; sloppy joes. 7:30 p.m. FOOD Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Gumbo; spicy mahi; lamb ragout. 8:00 p.m. FOOD Ginormous Food The Whale bagel; a nine-pound sandwich. 8:30 p.m. FOOD Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Hot dogs; waffles; beer cheese pretzels. 9:00 p.m. FOOD Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Guy Fieri travels to Barcelona, Spain. 9:30 p.m. FOOD Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Louisville Ky.; Portland Ore. 10:00 p.m. FOOD Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Veal; mac and cheese; rice noodle soup. 10:30 p.m. FOOD Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Pork chops; lobster mac 'n cheese. 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