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NBC names its celebrity chefs

March 23, 2006 at 9:28 PM

NEW YORK, March 23 (UPI) -- "Growing Pains" star Alan Thicke and Food Network regular Sandra Lee Thursday were named hosts of NBC's "Celebrity Cooking Showdown."

Sean "Diddy" Combs and Ben Silverman are executive producing the show, which will pit rapper Jah Rule, country's Big Kenny of Big and Rich, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez and volleyball champion Gabrielle Reece in a cooking competition, Daily Variety reported Thursday.

Other celebrity chefs include Tom Arnold, "Days of Our Lives" star Alison Sweeney, Naomi Campbell, Miss USA 2006 Chelsea Cooley and musician-turned-reality-star Ashley Parker Angel.

Only one judge has been named so far, Colin Cowie of "Everyday Elegance."

The show is set to make its debut the week of April 17.

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