If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." That was said to be one of President Harry Truman's favorite expressions. But it doesn't seem to apply to television. The looming summer brings more cooking competitions and celebrity chefs than ever.
"Chef Roble & Co." (10 p.m., Bravo, TV-14) returns for a second season. It follows the high-strung antics of a Brooklyn catering com-
pany as it serves a celebrity clientele, including singer John Legend and New York Knicks star Tyson Chandler.
This being cable reality -- and more to the point, Bravo cable reality -- there are fellow faux-lebrities thrown into the mix, including Phaedra Parks of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."
Roble has also hired a pastry chef, who just happens to be a veteran of "Hell's Kitchen." So what was more important, his baking or his highlight reel? Real, this is not.
Of course, if "Chef Roble & Co." isn't exact-
ly your cup of artificial sweetener, there's "The American Baking Com petition" (8 p.m., CBS), a show so "American" it's a carbon copy of "The Great British Bake Off."
If you're after a real British chef, there's "MasterChef" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14). Tonight, Gordon Ramsay shouts bleeped-out obscenities at 18 contestants as they create meals for schoolchildren.
On the Cooking Channel, second-generation chef Bobby Deen hosts "Not My Mama's Meals" (9 p.m., r). Paula's son's mission is to show how old-fashioned favorites can be made in a more health-conscious manner.
But tonight's lesson on how to cook Mediterranean stuffed pork chops sounds like an agonizing exercise in mixed metaphors. But at least the Cooking Channel is still about just that.
Over on the Food Network, the accent is on dining out. Two episodes of "Restaurant Impossi ble" (8 p.m. and 9 p.m., r) give way to "Restaurant Stakeout" (10 p.m.), yet another incarnation of the "Can this restaurant be saved?" genre.
---Give the Cooking Channel and the Food Network some credit for sticking to their fields of expertise. The latest cable network to stray from its mission is Reelz. As the name implies, one would expect to find movies here. But tonight brings four chances to watch something called "Bever ly Hills Pawn" (9 p.m. to 11 p.m., TV-PG). In the first episode, a woman wants to sell sheets used in the film "The 40-Year- Old Virgin" to pay for cosmetic surgery. What's the thread count?
---Jumping the shark takes on a whole new twist as the "MythBusters" (9 p.m., Discovery, TV-PG) gang looks at the theory that a
motorcycle can cross water at high speeds. A second helping (10 p.m., r) puts duct tape's limits to the test.
---"ABC's The Lookout" (10 p.m.) offers tips on keeping your house from becoming a "money pit."
---"Through the Worm hole With Morgan Free man" (10 p.m., Science, TV-PG) wonders when human life begins.
Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts star in the 1997 thriller "Conspiracy Theory" (8 p.m., Encore).
---Stitch prepares for graduation on "Family Tools" (8:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
---A play date on "How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)" (9:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
---Jon Favreau is scheduled on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (11 p.m., Comedy Central).
---Alexander Skarsgard, George R.R. Martin and Houndmouth appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS).
---LeAnn Rimes, John
Caparulo, Dan Finnerty and Gary Valentine are booked on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!).
---Jonathan Alter sits down on "The Colbert Report" (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central).
Stephen King and Queens of the Stone Age appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS).
---Jay Leno welcomes Danny McBride, Khloe Kar-
dashian Odom and The Wanted on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC).
---Seth Rogen, Chris Messina and The Lonely Island appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC).
---Rose Byrne, Bruce Jenner and Portugal. The Man visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Gretchen Wilson on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).
Kevin McDonough can be reached at kevin.tvguy@g mail.com.