What to Watch: Recipe Inspiration and the Premiere of Chopped All-Stars

by in Shows, April 5th, 2013

This weekend, Food Network has new episodes from Paula, Ree, Ina and Jeff, plus new episodes of the competition shows Cupcake Wars and Iron Chef America and the premiere of Chopped All-Stars (watch a preview of the episode above).

First, on Saturday morning, Paula is joined in the kitchen by KC from KC and the Sunshine Band to cook up healthy versions of some roadside favorites. Then Ree and the kids are putting together a care package for Grandma Edna. Later, Ina’s taking inspiration from local food in the Hamptons to come up with recipes for her blog. On Sunday morning, Jeff is making diner sandwiches inspired by a recent visit to a local sandwich shop.

On Sunday evening, tune in for a weird episode of Cupcake Wars where the bakers must compete for a chance to cater an event for “Weird Al” Yankovic. Afterward watch the premiere of Chopped All-Stars as stars from Food Network and Cooking Channel compete in Round 1 for a spot in the finale and $50,000 for charity. Then it’s an episode of Iron Chef America with Jose Garces vs. Russell Jackson.

Paula’s Best Dishes: “Fritters With That Shake?

Paula’s in the kitchen with family friend KC from KC and the Sunshine Band. They’re putting a healthy spin on some roadside favorites like Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers With Dill Mustard Sauce, Fresh Corn Fritters and Mama’s Acorn Squash. Finally, KC and Paula whip up KC’s Shake Shake to go along with Paula’s Cinnamon-Scented Pound Cake.

Tune in: Saturday, April 6 at 9:30am/8:30c

The Pioneer Woman: “Edna Mae’s Birthday

Ladd’s grandmother Edna Mae is turning 89 so Ree and the kids have a special surprise planned for her. They’re putting together a birthday care package with all her favorite foods: Roast Chicken, Cauliflower Soup With Toasted Crackers and a stunning Blueberry Italian Cream Cake.

Tune in: Saturday, April 6 at 10am/9c

Barefoot Contessa: “Local Food Heroes

Ina is taking inspiration from local foods in the Hamptons to come up with recipes to share with her readers on her blog. She’s making Salmon and Guacamole Sandwiches, Salted Caramel Brownies and Balsamic Roasted Beet Salad.

Tune in: Saturday, April 6 at 11am/10c

Sandwich King: “Diner Favorites

Inspired by Chicago’s Moon’s Sandwich Shop, Jeff reinvents two diner classics. First, he’s making The B.L.D., a short rib sandwich on a croissant with a fried egg, and second, The Playa’s Club with maple-glazed roast turkey and pancetta on challah bread. Along with the sandwiches, he’s making some Homemade Sour Cream and Onion Chips.

Tune in: Sunday, April 7 at 11am/10c

Cupcake Wars: “‘Weird Al’ Yankovic

It’s going to get a little weird in the Cupcake Wars kitchen. Four competitors will attempt to bake their way to an exclusive book release party for iconic comedian and guest judge “Weird Al” Yankovic.

Tune in: Sunday, April 7 at 8pm/7c

Chopped All-Stars: “Food Network vs. Cooking Channel

In this first competition of the celebrity tournament, fans of Food Network and Cooking Channel get to see some of their favorite stars in action, competing for a chance in the finale and $50,000 for the charity of their choice. For one chef, the appetizer round turns into a mad dash to beat the clock. In the entree round, the competitors are confronted with a very fishy ingredient. The dessert basket has marshmallows and coconut flakes.

Tune in: Sunday, April 7 at 9pm/8c

Iron Chef America: “Garces vs. Jackson

Iron Chef Jose Garces faces off against challenger Russell Jackson, aka “The Dissident Chef.” Judges for this battle are John T. Edge, Anya Fernald and José Andrés.

Tune in: Sunday, April 7 at 10pm/9c

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Comments (4)

  1. Kellie says:

    I am watching Chopped All-Stars and am so upset that Nadia was just chopped. I understand that she did not get one croquet on a plate but she was the only one that truly transformed all of the mystery basket ingredients and it tasted good. Come on Jeff did nothing with the pate' and Gabrielle put the mango juice in a shot glass and Nadia gets chopped. There is something seriously wrong with this.

    • Mike says:

      You forgot to mention that Sunny did nothing with the banana bread. And why couldn't the plate the croquette rolled off of be put under the chopped dome? She did serve up three complete dishes. Not to take anything away from the skills of the other contestants, but I think the fix was in.

  2. Jeanne says:

    I was astonished at the poor performance of these "famous" cooks. I am convinced that the contestants of the regular Chopped show can outcook these people. Wow!

  3. Iron Chef America is my favorite before Chopped All Stars. The cooks/contestants are talented but the pressure makes them fail sometimes.

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