ADDITIONAL NOTES: completed airing its first season on 4/26/13; has yet to be renewed for a second season
DESCRIPTION: (from E!'s press release, March 2013) E! Entertainment's newest series focuses on the tastemakers of New York's culinary scene, who (literally) rub elbows with Manhattan's movers and shakers and are at the epicenter of the city's nightlife. The stakes are high for these incredibly driven individuals, who make their own rules and work tirelessly in an effort to achieve long term success. However, honing in on their careers with a laser-like intensity often wreaks havoc on their personal lives. Playing with Fire premieres Sunday, March 17 at 10:00 PM ET/PT, only on E! The series features Candice Kumai, a sexy California girl, author, and former Top Chef competitor who aims to keep foodies' waistlines trim with her calorie-conscious cuisine while feeding her desire for a solid romantic relationship; fiery nightlife impresarios-turned-food-entrepreneurs Derek and Daniel Koch who are simultaneously each other's best friends and worst enemies; brand ambassador and cookbook author Anna Boiardi whose sweetness belies her unrelenting passion food, business and family; and the executive pastry chef Julie Elkind, whose delicate desserts reveal nothing about the headstrong young woman who created them. Actress and bakery owner Jennifer Esposito, who lives with Celiac disease and advocates for Gluten-free cooking, will also make appearances in the series, as will celebrity Chef/Restaurateur Todd English.