Marc Summers (born Marc Berkowitz November 11, 1951 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an American television personality, game show host, producer, and a two-time talk show host, best known for hosting the children's game show Double Dare on Nickelodeon. He is currently the host of Unwrapped and Ultimate Recipe Showdown on The Food Network.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Summers appeared on television talk shows, including a stint on ABC television's Home Show. After Double Dare's cancellation in 1993, Summers co-hosted Our Home, a daily talk show aimed at homemakers, on Lifetime. Summers left Our Home after a couple of seasons to co-host another Lifetime talk show, Biggers & Summers.
On March 28, 2008, the Communication and Journalism Club of Coastal Carolina University presented Summers with the first annual Peach Cobbler Award and declared that day as "Marc Summers Day". The Peach Cobbler Award was modeled after Harvard's Hasty Pudding Award. The Peach Cobbler Award recognizes an individual who was made great accomplishments in the communication field. After the ceremony, Summers hosted a mock version of Double Dare on the university's campus.
To this day, it is not known if the incident between the two was staged or legitimate. Summers, when interviewed about the incident, claims he was disturbed by Reynolds' behavior, and thinks that the actor was drunk and depressed. He professed his confusion regarding Reynolds' switch from arrogance to pleasantries, stating, "I only did that because I really like you," when he hugged Summers after the pie fight. Nonetheless, Summers was never brought back onto The Tonight Show after that episode.
The feud between Summers and Reynolds was in the Top 100 celebrity feuds of all time on E! Television Network.
During the 1990s, Summers continued work on other shows, each with varying success. He created and hosted the short-lived children's game show Pick Your Brain; co-hosted Great Day America on the PAX Network; produced I Can't Believe You Said That; and hosted It's a Surprise on Food Network.
Recently, he returned to television as the host of more shows, including History IQ on the History Channel; the Food Network series Unwrapped, currently in its seventh season, and its spin-off game show Trivia Unwrapped; and the Game Show Network series WinTuition. In 2005, Summers became the host of Food Network's reality series The Next Food Network Star. Most recently, Summers has joined Chef Guy Fieri as co-host of Food Network's "Ultimate Recipe Showdown" in 2008. Off the screen, Summers has been involved as an executive producer on the Food Network's Dinner: Impossible.
Summers has hosted stage versions of The Price Is Right and credits Bob Barker and The Price Is Right for helping him pursue a game show career. Summers was a young page at CBS when The Price Is Right premiered with The Joker's Wild and Gambit in 1972, and he often asked advice of Barker, Jack Barry and Wink Martindale – the shows' respective hosts – about a hosting career. He claims it's the best possible education and training in the game show field, and it was during this time that Summers got his first on-air experience, as a fill-in announcer on The Joker's Wild.
Summers recently served as host of "Drunk Double Dare" during Drunk Day, an annual episode of the Philadelphia-based Preston and Steve radio show on WMMR, held directly before the Fourth of July weekend. The show reunited Summers with his Double Dare cohorts John Harvey and Robin Marrella.