If you watch a lot of Food Network over the weekend, then you surely have come across the cute midwest girl with a diverse upbringing. Coming from Chinese and Jewish decent makes her spin on midwest comfort foods very interesting.
Now Food Network is giving Molly her first cooking competition show to air this Fall. Hanukkah Cooking Challenge is currently casting and will the Food Networks first official Hanukkah-themed cooking show. Expect to see some delicious latkes and other holiday inspired dishes.
As companies like Netflix and Amazon are courting top TV talent away from broadcast television, Food Network is shoring up its talent agreements. A December 3, 2018 Variety Article, outlines that deal. It includes new episodes of Flay’s current Food Network series “Beat Bobby Flay,” plus a new series, “The Flay List,” that he will host with his 22-year-old daughter Sophie Flay, scheduled to debut in the spring. The deal also covers Flay’s work as a producer and developer of programs and personalities through his Rock Shrimp production banner.
Flay made his first appearance on a then-fledgling Food Network in 1994 and now ranks as the network’s longest-running active personality. Flay operates numerous restaurants around the country, with his latest venture, Shark, set to open in Las Vegas next year. At present he’s also at work on his 15th cookbook. Food Network is now part of the larger Discovery family of channels. Discovery acquired Scripps Networks Interactive, parent of Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel and others, for $14.6 billion in March.
In a post from October 18, 2017, Marcela, sharing little about what really happened, states, “The precise details are unnecessary and, in the words of Ms. Sunny Anderson, nunya business, but there are two things that are very important here, in this departure….” For weeks after her departure there were no real leads on what went down. Suddenly Marcella was just absent from “The Kitchen”.
Marcela Valladolid’s life hasn’t been without drama, even before her departure from the show. Marcela was first married to her husband Fausto Gallardo, a politician. Marcelo and her husband’s relationship were always tumultuous. After splitting for a brief while, she actually re-married her husband in 2012, only to get divorced in 2013. According to a source close to the couple, the main reason for the split was her relationship with Paul Hollywood.
Marcela met Paul on the set of the Great American Bake Off. A short-lived series that was eventually cancelled due to low ratings. Due to this, Marcela wasn’t the only to get separated as Paul divorced his wife of 15-years Alexandra. After her marriage ended, Marcela began dating now husband Phillip Button. Together they have two children, David and Anna Carina.
In that same October 18th post, Valladolid goes on to explain that part of her reasoning for the departure was the strain the travel put on her family. A long resident of San Diego, Marcela is finally moving to Los Angeles to live with Phillip. She also noted that part of her decision came from the fact she wasn’t cooking recipes that represented her. She will most certainly be missed, but you can keep her traditions alive by picking up her book Mexican Made Easy.