When a restaurant owner suspects his or her employees are not doing their jobs properly, they call Charles Stiles of Mystery Diners. With a sting operation that includes hidden cameras set up on location and a team of mystery diners who pose as customers and/or employees, Charles gets to the core of what’s happening. In most cases the employee is found to be stealing, lying or simply doing lousy work, but in some extraordinary situations, what gets revealed is shocking.
FN Dish recently caught up with Charles to talk about some of the most shocking moments he’s seen in his experience on the show. Here are his top-five moments (so far).
5. Ca’Brea in Los Angeles (Season 2, Valet Disservice) — The valet driver was stealing from customers’ vehicles and using the vehicles for food deliveries with the delivery guy as his accomplice.
4. Putter’s Bar & Grill in Las Vegas (Season 2, Night Shift) — The overnight bartender and manager was running his own bar out of the restaurant, serving his own alcohol, charging a fee at the door and letting the customers cook their own food in the kitchen.
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Grilling season is in full swing and Food Network’s got you covered with hot dog and hamburger recipes, barbecued everything, salads, sides, desserts and more. What you may have overlooked are your grilling tools and summer gadgets — don’t worry, there’s a guide for that, too. But you can get a jump-start with summer grilling products by Tupperware right now. FN Dish is giving readers the chance to win a prize package that features:
- The new Zest ‘N Press: a convenient two-in-one tool that zests and juices lemons, limes, oranges and other small citrus fruit — a perfect ingredient for almost any summer marinade.
- The Season-Serve Container: a mess-free way to toss marinades over food and safely store the contents in your refrigerator or travel cooler as you fire up the grill for meat, poultry, seafood or vegetables.
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Last week FN Dish announced that Melissa d’Arabian would be joining the roster of writers. Starting today, she’ll be answering fan questions, as well as sharing her own experiences as a working mom raising four young girls.
First, thank you for the incredible response via Twitter, Instagram, email and here on FN Dish — and for all of your questions. I’m eager to dive in:
Several of you asked about living in France, like Dawn and Linda T., and how that influenced me. As some of my fans know, I moved to Paris for my job (I worked in finance for Disney), and I was scheduled to stay 18 months. I met Philippe, fell in love, married him and stayed for four years. (Which leads me to share some quick advice: When you are single and in your 30s, be careful to only to travel to places you like because you never know when suddenly you’ll find yourself in love and having to stay there.) Lucky for me, I adore France, so I’m quite pleased to have it permanently etched into my life as a Franco-American-bicultural-bilingual family.
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If all Iron Chef battles were to be judged solely on creativity, then most of Iron Chef Morimoto’s opponents should just enter Kitchen Stadium waving a white flag. Few chefs I have encountered can take the Chairman’s Secret Ingredient to such unexpected places while still creating dishes that are as delicious as they are exciting.
He may not always emerge victorious, but he’s still the one Iron Chef who gives me a shiver of anticipation when I find out I am going to be judging one of his battles.
Here are Morimoto-san’s typically enigmatic responses to 10 probing questions:
Do you feel added pressure to maintain the standards of Iron Chef America, given your association with the original Iron Chef Japan?
MM: I always feel tremendous pressure no matter which country I do the Iron Chef battle in. This pressure, however, is not because I am the original Iron Chef Japan.
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Food Network’s Web series Chopped After Hours gives the judges a chance to cook with the same basket ingredients as the contestants from the episode that aired that night. Viewers get to watch the judges show off their skills with the unusual ingredients set to a timer. Catch up on past episodes of the show on the After Hours channel and come back for a brand-new episode on June 13. In the meantime, here’s your chance to get to know the people behind the judges’ table.
Chris Santos is the chef behind the communal-concept restaurants Beauty & Essex and The Stanton Social, both on the Lower East Side in New York City. He previously served as the executive chef of the famed Time Cafe and the award-winning Latin restaurant Suba. Chris has also worked as a food stylist and consultant on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations and the movie Hitch. When he’s not judging on Chopped or cooking in his restaurants, you’ll find Chris hunting down the city’s best new burger, which is his guilty pleasure!
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A few weeks back I posted a curried quinoa salad recipe. Over the winter I ate that salad as a main dish or lunch but recently I decided to pair it with a protein for a new dinner option. I decided to use salmon because it cooks up in the oven in no...
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This Memorial Day weekend, show your patriotism with a red, white and blue dessert. It’s the perfect way to end a backyard gathering with family and friends. No one will be able to resist a dessert that symbolizes the holiday.
Food Network has 10 recipes that will make your Memorial Day entertaining memorable and easy above all else. Many of these recipes only require a little bit of effort to create a grand-looking dessert, like the Red, White and Blueberry Trifle pictured above — it uses store-bought angel food cake. But the most important feature of all these recipes is that they display the nation’s colors. There’s even a Flag Cake if you want to be extra patriotic!
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Liven up your iced tea for spring with one of Le Palais des Thés’ new spring blends made of all-natural fruits, flowers and spices. The canisters of sweet, refreshing, fruity and uplifting blends make up to 40 cups of tea. Pouring the loose t...
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This ancient whole grain has been making a comeback! It’s versatile, easy-to-make and downright delicious.
What Is Farro?
Imagine the taste of brown rice, only with a nuttier flavor and pleasantly chewier texture. This Italian-born grain dates...
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