Let the Cook-Off Begin: Rachael vs. Guy Returns for Star-Studded Season 2

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(L-R) Hosts Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri talk with pastry students from the Institute of Culinary Education and the French Culinary Institute about the celebrity contestants' efforts for the Sweet Shop challenge as seen on Episode 2 of Food Network's Rachael Vs. Guy Season 1

Photo by: Jason DeCrow ©2011, Television Food Network, G.P.

Jason DeCrow, 2011, Television Food Network, G.P.

It’s once again time to roll out the red carpet because FN Dish is announcing for the first time the star-studded cast of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off Season 2. Just like last season’s competition, this year’s showdown will feature two of Food Network’s culinary A-listers, Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri, leading teams of celebrities as they battle it out over the course of seven weeks for top Hollywood honor and a sizable donation to the charity of their choice.

Competing in the Season 2 cook-off is a straight-from-Hollywood lineup: Chilli from the pop/R&B group TLC; actor and comedian Gilbert Gottfried; designer, author and philanthropist Cornelia Guest; actor and reality television star Dean McDermott; actor Kathy Najimy from Sister Act; former NFL player, Super Bowl champion and MVP Hines Ward; singer Carnie Wilson from Wilson Philips; and two-time Olympic figure skater and three-time U.S. National Champion Johnny Weir.

Not your average cooking show competitors, these eight finalists are amateur cooks, having spent far more time singing, acting or performing for fans than braising or grilling in the kitchen. But what it lacks in professional experience and advanced culinary know-how, this group surely makes up for in energy, charisma and downright charm.

Will Team Rachael be able to pull off back-to-back wins against Team Guy, or will Guy prove that Rachael’s early success was simply beginner’s luck? Mark your calendars for Sunday, January 6, 2013, at 9pm/8c to watch this delicious competition get under way.

Tell us: Which celebrity are you most excited to watch on Rachael vs. Guy?

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