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story.lead_photo.caption Host Eddie Jackson during the First Heat, Backyard Burger, All American Party, as seen on "Ultimate Summer Cook-Off," Season 1.

Food Network is busy this month with the introduction of several tasty new series this week. Kicking off the action is Ultimate Summer Cook-Off, hosted by charismatic Food Network Star winner and former Arkansas Razorback football player Eddie Jackson. It premieres at 7 p.m. today right before the grand finale of this season's Food Network Star at 8.

On the four-episode Ultimate Summer Cook-Off, six competitors take on America's summertime favorites in a bid for the grand prize and backyard bragging rights. Each episode will have two challenges. In the first, the cooks will have 30 minutes to whip up a backyard favorite using ingredients from a randomly chosen cooler. The winner receives a key advantage in the next round.

In round two, the cooks have 60 minutes to create a another popular summer food. In the end, one is sent home for the summer while the rest continue in pursuit of $25,000. The last three cooks will battle it out in the finale airing at 7 on Aug. 26.

Get to know the challengers, and see photos and highlights of their dishes at

At 8 p.m. Monday, hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman give nine young bakers the chance to compete for $25,000 in the new season of the Kids Baking Championship.

After that, Reality Cupcakes premieres with back-to-back episodes at 9 and 9:30 p.m. Monday. On the show, cupcake designer Ashley Foxen takes viewers inside her New York bakery, where she's known for making some of the most imaginative cupcakes.

Style on 08/05/2018

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