All Posts By Alex Guarnaschelli

Every week, Alex Guarnaschelli, host of Alex’s Day Off, shares with readers what she’s eating — whether it’s from the farmers’ market or fresh off the boat, she’ll have you craving everything from comfort food to seasonal produce.

Seven-Ball Juggling Acts, the Food Network Star Pressure Cooker and Ingredient Flashbacks — Alex’s Star Report

by , July 18th, 2016

Food Network Star“I have the most clearly defined culinary point of view,” boasts Ana in the beginning of this tense episode of Food Network Star. “I don’t know what ‘fun, fusion, fleek’ — that's not a culinary point of view,” she says, throwing shade...

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Recipe Bandwidth, Chocolate Promises and a Golden Rule of Cooking — Alex’s Star Report

by , July 11th, 2016

Food Network Star"Ana's demeanor is kind of relaxed and calm, and we have plenty of people who are stars on the network who have sort of that same level," Bobby Flay has said of Ana. Hmmm. While Ana may be calm, things are heating up between her and Tregaye. While I...

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A Cranky Italian, Reconstructed TV Dinners and a Hollow Victory — Alex’s Star Report

by , July 4th, 2016

Food Network StarFirst things first this week. So all we had to do was spring some frozen ingredients on the Food Network Star contestants to see a whole other side of Damiano’s personality? There was no talk of Italy. No farm stand of fresh fruit that he will brin...

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Bobby’s Math Equation, Strong Elephant Memories and Breaking Through to Viewers — Alex’s Star Report

by , June 26th, 2016

Food Network StarThe pressure mounts. The finalists dwindle in numbers. The nerves are frayed. Want the truth? I have picked my potential winner. That’s right. And I’m wondering if you’ve picked yours. (Tell me in the comments, if so!) But don’t think it’s...

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A First-Person Account of Being Judged by Bobby and Giada, Plus the Finalists to Watch — Alex’s Star Report

by , June 20th, 2016

Food Network StarTo kick off this episode of Food Network Star, we dive into the world of food hacks. A food "hack" is when you use a utensil for a purpose other than for what it is intended. I feel like we all have our own food hacks at home, such as using an iron a...

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The Realities of Live TV, Flopped Lobster Lettuce Wraps and the Need for Deep Breaths — Alex’s Star Report

by , June 13th, 2016

Food Network StarWhat's more nerve-racking than live TV? On Food Network, I can handily say, not much. You make a mistake, you miss a line, you don't describe your food ... guess what? You don't get a second chance. It's out there forever, and I don't think our Food ...

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Bold Food + Big Personalities + Bumps in the Road = 5 Unusual Finalist “Recipes” — Alex’s Star Report

by , June 6th, 2016

Food Network StarThis week’s Food Network Star integrates the important world of Food Network Magazine with developing an important muscle for any burgeoning food star. That muscle? "Flexing" written recipes and food images to engage viewers and make them eat with ...

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6 Important Pitfalls to Avoid, Plus the Makings of a Mash-Up Pizza — Alex’s Star Report

by , May 30th, 2016

Food Network StarWhat a mash-up of an episode! A challenge where our beloved Food Network Star finalists work in pairs? Fun, right? Just hide behind your teammate if your food or presentation is weak. That sounds good, right? Hmmm. Maybe. If you haven't seen the prem...

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A Culinary POV Pie for the Premiere and a la Mode Suggestions for Next Time — Alex’s Star Report

by , May 23rd, 2016

Food Network StarThere’s always so much hype and nerves when a competition gets off the ground. You sit in the greenroom with all the other contestants, laughing (and, in my case, devouring several bags of BBQ potato chips ... ) and chatting about where you’re fr...

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Competition Flashbacks, Tough Questions and a Finalist Milkshake — Alex’s Star Report

by , May 17th, 2016

Alex GuarnaschelliCan you imagine trying to become the next Food Network Star? It takes me straight back to my own cooking competition experiences. (Hello, Chopped All-Stars. Hello, The Next Iron Chef. Hello, The Next Iron Chef again.) And I relive those moments in th...

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