What to Expect From The Chew, with Mario Batali

Plus, where to get free food, courtesy of ABC
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What to Expect From The Chew, with Mario Batali

Melanie Dunea

ABC’s new food talk show, The Chew, debuts next week with Mario Batali and chef Michael Symon, among others. There won’t be any pregnancy scares, love affairs, or prostitution (sorry All My Children fans), but Batali tells Bon Appétit that there will be plenty of food talk.

In the first half, called "The Daily Chew," Batali and Symon will cook and talk about food news.

Dr. Oz’s daughter, Daphne Oz, will discuss healthy eating (with corresponding healthy recipes).

Her cannoli? “She makes it with ground flaxseeds, coconut something,” Batali said. “And it comes out not really good at all, but it's an interesting take."

Symon will also cook a dish with “five ingredients or less, in five minutes or less, for five dollars or less.”

Show representatives say each co-host (including Top Chef’s Carla Hall and Clinton Kelly from What Not to Wear) will lead different segments every day.

For aching soap fans (and everyone else, for that matter), ABC has teemed up with local food trucks to dish out free food from Sept. 24 to 25 in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Atlanta. Each truck is serving up selections of their own dishes, while supplies last.

New York City:
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday: Rickshaw Dumpling Truck at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
Sunday: Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream truck at Prince Street and Greene Street, Soho

Los Angeles:
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday: The Grilled Cheese Truck at North Highland Avenue and Lexington Avenue, Hollywood
Sunday: Coolhaus truck at 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday: Haute Sausage truck at Diversey Street and Clark Street, Lincoln Park
Sunday: Gaztro-Wagon truck at 324 S. Racine Ave., West Loop

Saturday (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.): The Dapper Dog truck at 2nd Street and Poplar Street, Northern Liberties
Sunday (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.): Buttercream Cupcake Truck at Love Park, 1500 Arch St., Philadelphia

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday – Yumbii truck at Atlantic Station, 1380 Atlantic Dr., Atlanta
Sunday – The Pickle truck at 15th Street Plaza, Peachtree Street and 15th Street, Atlanta

The Chew premieres Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. ET, noon CT/PT on ABC.

The Daily Byte is a regular column dedicated to covering interesting food news and trends across the country. Click here for previous columns.

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