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US lifestyle channel Food Network has announced its summer schedule, with new series, specials and returning favourites.

food network 1July will see World Cake Championship, in which five sugar artists will compete for a top prize of $30,000, followed by Cupcake Championship, featuring world-class cupcake artists.

Robert Irvine returns with a new season of Restaurant: Impossible as he takes on the challenge of turning around a failing restaurant in just two days, followed by Restaurant Impossible: Revisited, as he returns to some of the restaurants to see how they have stood the test of time.

For those who prefer to count down in months rather than days, there will be a Christmas-themed programming block including Holiday Baking Championship: Christmas in July, and a Christmas in July-themed episode of Cupcake Championship.

Returning to summer, the daytime schedule will see Kardea Brown serve up recipes from her kitchen in Charleston, South Carolina, and share her family events and traditions in new series Delicious Miss Brown. Also, there will be premieres of Giada in Italy, Guy's Ranch Kitchen, The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, Trisha's Southern Kitchen and Valerie's Home Cooking.

In August, Lorraine Pascale and Jason Smith lead a fresh batch of recruits on Worst Bakers in America, and Kids Baking Championship returns with a double-premiere, featuring hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman.

Meanwhile, Iron Chefs Bobby Flay and Michael Symon will go head to head in BBQ Brawl: Flay V. Symon, in which they coach eight of the country's most respected BBQ challengers in a bid for the ultimate bragging rights. Flay also competes against Anne Burrell in a new season of Worst Cooks in America as they each mentor a team of hapless cooks. Completing the hat trick, Flay hits the road with daughter Sophie in The Flay List, as he visits the culinary spots he has frequented for years to share classic dishes.

Other new series on the Food Network  include Alex Guarnaschelli-hosted Supermarket Stakeout, family food competition Family Restaurant Rivals, hosted by Valerie Bertinelli, and the return of Good Eats as food historian Alton Brown offers his take on food. August will also see Budget Battle with Casey Webb, plus premieres of Beat Bobby Flay, Chopped, Chopped Junior, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy's Grocery Games and Triple D Nation.