VOTE: Star vs. Chopped Summer Side Showdown

by in Recipes, Shows, June 23rd, 2013

Star vs. Chopped Summer Side ShowdownWe challenged two prestigious groups — Chopped judges and Food Network Star winners — to a summer recipe showdown. All season long, we’ll present head-to-head matchups of mouthwatering summer recipes from each team — from refreshing cocktails to fresh farmers’-market salads to the juiciest backyard burgers. By voting each week here on FN Dish or on our Fan Feed, you’ll determine the winning recipes.

At the end of the summer, the team that tallies up the most wins will celebrate with an all-star Labor Day party menu. Who will prevail as Summer Showdown champion — Star or Chopped?

This week, Chopped judge and Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian faces off against Star Season 5 winner Melissa d’Arabian in a battle of classic summer sides: coleslaw vs. potato salad. Whose will show up on your picnic table? Cast your votes below!

Summer Side Showdown: Melissa’s Grilled Potato Salad vs. Geoffrey’s Gingered Coleslaw

Melissa takes traditional potato salad to the next level by grilling red potatoes and sweet potatoes to infuse them with smoky flavor.

Geoffrey’s take on classic picnic slaw is flavored with ginger and garlic, giving it a slight Asian accent. He adds golden raisins for a bit of sweetness.

Whose side dish gets a spot on your next picnic menu?

For more favorite summer recipes, check out Food Network’s Grilling Central. Head back here to FN Dish or check out our Fan Feed next week for a new Summer Showdown matchup!

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Comments (31)

  1. Nana50 says:

    It's a shame you have made yourselves judge and jury when the trial has not even taken place yet. Paula deserves better than this. You have made a boatload of money using her and her Southern traditions/beliefs for years. You should have waited–like other companies she is associated with– to see what the outcome was going to be. You really jumped the gun on this one and are losing a lot of faithful viewers in the process.

  2. Mary P says:

    Unbelievable the way you have dumped Paula after all these years. You have lost a viewer.

  3. No More Food Net says:

    Your producers forgot the average age of people who watch/log on are older and wiser than you. Your pathetic attempt at being PC is in your face!

  4. foodie says:

    Really Food Network…. the Paula Deen situation… wow. ya'll made a huge mistake. You owe her an apology. She has a very successful restaurant and employs plenty of black people and is friends with them. You have overstepped your boundary and jumped the gun. I have a different outlook now on Food Network. Haven't decided if I will continue to watch. Think about what you did….. She is not a monster.

  5. Jeannie says:

    I for one at least was glad to see that Paula Deens contract would not be renewed .. not because of any comments just because she always seemed so fake to me . i won't watch her shows and the next one to go should be anne burell its one thing to have personality on tv its other to act so stupid i don't watch her either but i'm loyal to the rest of the network and the mag. anyone who won't watch the channel anymore as you have all threatened over one star is silly … so don't watch

  6. Jules in WA State says:

    And another dissatisfied viewer. I was already down to the minimum viewing of the FN when you used to be my first choice for programming. Paula Deen would no more have evil intent than a butterfly. We all have said stupid things when younger or when angry – oh except for you FN execs and of course your sponsors. Just absolutely ridiculous. I think you are too chicken to start a real topic on the subject that ones like this have to be hi-jacked. And the worst cut of all? Something that will send me screaming from the room? You replaced her on Saturday mornings with bass mouth Giada. The shame of it all. I am wondering what kind of drugs you have to take at night in order to sleep.

  7. disappointed fan says:

    paula deen apologized and should have been given another chance. Other celebrities have said and did the same or worse and have been forgiven. I hope the food network gets a clue from all her fans that people should not have to lose their jobs over words they say. we are getting too politically correct -whats next , you go to jail for saying the "n" word. Why so much power given to a word and only that word.

  8. Janet says:

    Thank you Food Network for taking that bigoted cackling hen of a woman off the air! Had her past racial slurs (plural) been the end of it that would have been one thing, however she continues to condone racism and discrimination which cannot and should not ever be condoned in today's society. whether or not everyone has said or done it is irrelevant. as a television personality a person is held to a much higher standard and this low class individual named Paula Deen just doesn't measure up!

  9. Paula Follower says:

    Shame on foodnetwork! You have lost viewers and the ones who chose NOT to judge and NOT to be God, will FOLLOW Paula Deen werever she goes….boy are you all dumb! Plus some of us are smart enough to know people now don't want to work so they SUE people to get rich…I for one will follow Paula Deen and her boys and continue to go to their restaurants because I am not being the one to throw the first stone….

  10. Veronica Davis says:

    There are no words to express how disappointed I am in Food Network! I hope Paula goes on to bigger and better things! I hope all of you are sitting around a board room table regretting your hasty decision!

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