LGBTI global news 24-7

Gay figure skating champion Johnny Weir to compete on Food Network show

Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off pits celebrity teams against each other

Johnny Weir, a three-time US National Champion and two-time Olympian in figure skating, will be taking his competitive skills from the ice rink to the kitchen.

Weir, who is openly gay, is one of eight celebrities set to face off in Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off. Previews of the show show him kissing fellow competitor, actor Dean McDermmot but it's not know the context of the kiss. McDermott is married to Tori Spelling.

Hosts Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri, who headline other popular Food Network shows, lead the teams of celebrities as they battle for culinary glory and a sizable donation to the charity of their choice.

Weir and McDermott are members of 'Team Guy' which also includes singer, dancer and actress Chilli is best known as one-third of the R&B/hip-hop group TLC and designer, author and philanthropist Cornelia Guest.

'Team Rachael consists of singer Carnie Wilson, actress Kathy Najimy, comedian Gilbert Gottfried, and former NFL player Hines Ward who is a two-time Super Bowl champion.

The show will have its season premiere on 6 January.

This is not Weir's first foray into reality show. He stars in the show Be Good Johnny Weir which airs on the Logo channel.

He and husband, Victor Voronov, celebrated their one year anniversary on 30 December.

Comment on a news story

Comments

I have been a huge fan of ice skating and used to watch Johnny Weir in most of the occasion. I would like to watch and learn to ride skating from him or from his activities. Sometimes it is quite better watch your favorite personality doing something new and better apart from sports and events. I must hope we should learn unique and innovative tricks from him through his new experiment.