All Posts By Joseph Erdos

Joe is the Online Entertainment Editor for FoodNetwork.com. When he's not writing about food you'll find him photographing food, cooking food and/or eating food — oftentimes all at the same time.

Audrey and Jeff Dunham Reveal Their Best Bites from Incredible Edible America

by in Shows, June 2nd, 2017

Audrey and Jeff Dunham with The KingOn the new series Incredible Edible America, Mondays at 10|9c, comedian Jeff Dunham and his wife Audrey go on a cross-country road trip, on the hunt for the best eats the nation has to offer. The route follows along Jeff’s tour schedule — so you may even see some of his nutty and loveable characters make cameos on the show. Even they wanted to get in on the eating action, because these foods are too unique to miss.

FN Dish chatted with the couple to find out their most-memorable eats during the trip, and what impressed them most about the locations. There’s one sandwich named after the king of Rock and Roll that stood out.

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Chopped Star Power: Exclusive Interview with the Grand Champion

by in Shows, April 26th, 2017

Jonathan vs. LazarusIn this star-studded Chopped Star Power tournament, 16 stars from the web, sports, comedy and Hollywood competed over four preliminary rounds, but only four advanced to the grand finale. Returning winners Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Jonathan Sadowski, Paige VanZant and Lazarus Lynch came back to the competition with the hopes of winning the title and $50,000 for charity. After cooking through three rounds of mystery baskets, one star emerged the brightest.

Spoiler Alert: Hear from the Champion

Chopped Star Power: Exclusive Interview with the Part 4, Screen Stars Winner

by in Shows, April 19th, 2017

Rick and Jodi begin the dessert roundIn this all-new Chopped tournament, 16 stars from the web, sports, comedy and Hollywood have converged to prove their star power. In the fourth episode, actors Rick Fox, Alysia Reiner, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe and Alan Thicke brought a bit of Hollywood to the competition. They’ve had stellar performances on TV, but competing in the Chopped kitchen is a completely new role. After surviving three rounds of mystery baskets, one of these stars came out victorious. Find out who earned the right to return to compete in the finale on April 25.

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Chopped Star Power: Exclusive Interview with the Part 3, Comedic Stars Winner

by in Shows, April 12th, 2017

Julie and JonathanIn this all-new Chopped tournament, 16 stars from the Web, sports, comedy and Hollywood have converged to prove their star power. In the third episode, comedic stars Julie White, Ron Funches, Illeana Douglas and Jonathan Sadowski have entered the kitchen for more than just fun. They’ve entertained us on TV, film and Broadway, but this time the judges will decide whether these funny people’s food can hold up without shtick. After cooking through three rounds of mystery baskets, one star rose to the top. Find out who earned the chance to return to compete in the finale on April 25.

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Chatting with the Winner of Spring Baking Championship, Season 3

by in Shows, April 10th, 2017

The final three bakers receive the news of who won.Nine bakers entered the competition in this season of Spring Baking Championship, but by the finale, only three remained to battle it out for the champion title and $50,000. Home baker Daniela, pastry chef Jordan and bakery owner Adam had their fair share of ups and downs during the competition, but in the finale, all three brought their best baking game. By the end of the final challenge, the judges saw that any one of them could take the win — that’s how close the race had become.

Read on for the exclusive interview with the Season 3 winner.

Chopped Star Power: Exclusive Interview with the Part 2, Sports Stars Winner

by in Shows, April 5th, 2017

Dorothy and Paige in the Dessert RoundIn this all-new Chopped tournament, 16 stars from the web, sports, comedy and Hollywood have converged to prove their star power. In the second episode, athletes Mariel Zagunis, LaMarr Woodley, Dorothy Hamill and Paige VanZant brought the ultimate competitiveness to the cooking arena. They’ve fought in real battles, performed in front of millions and earned medals in Olympic games, but nothing prepared them for the Chopped kitchen. After surviving three rounds of mystery baskets, one of these stars came out victorious. Find out who earned the right to return to compete in the finale on April 25.

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Chopped Star Power: Exclusive Interview with the Part 1, Web Stars Winner

by in Shows, March 29th, 2017

Lazarus and Josh get ready to do dessertIn this all-new Chopped tournament, 16 stars from the Web, sports, comedy and Hollywood have converged to prove their star power. In the first episode, Web cooking show hosts Hilah Johnson, Lazarus Lynch, Justine Ezarik and Josh Elkin are putting on the Chopped jackets to compete. We’ve seen them cook for their fans on YouTube, but what the esteemed panel of Chopped judges think will rule. After cooking through three rounds of mystery baskets, a single star rose to the top. Find out who earned the chance to return to compete in the finale on April 25.

Hear from the Winner

Exclusive Interview with the Season 10 Winner of Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, March 5th, 2017

Ann, Rachael, Anne and Daniel at the finale.It’s hard to believe that 10 weeks ago, 16 terrible cooks entered Worst Cooks Boot Camp, and now the two recruits who’ve excelled the most made it all the way to the finale to cook it out for $25,000. The Red Team’s Daniel and the Blue Team’s Ann came into the competition clueless about techniques and lacked any skill necessary to remotely pull off an edible meal. Remember Daniel’s frugal frittata that he overdosed on garlic powder and saffron, or Ann’s less-than desirable chicken breast with rice and tomato sauce? It’s better to forget!

In this last cooking challenge, the two recruits had the opportunity to show off all that they’ve learned for a panel of three culinary experts. The judges tasted both Ann’s and Daniel’s three courses before picking a winner, the one cook who served the best meal overall. Hear from the winning recruit and find out which mentor earned the glory and bragging rights.

Spoiler Alert: Interview with the Season 10 Winner

Junior Chefs Compete for a Seat at the Judges’ Table in the First-Ever “Make Me a Judge” Tournament

by in Shows, January 31st, 2017

Chopped judges and TedTalented young chefs from across the country compete for a chance to sit behind the judges’ table and give the Chopped judges a taste of their own medicine, in the first-ever Chopped Junior: Make Me a Judge tournament, premiering Wednesday, March 8 at 8|7c. In the three preliminary-themed heats, the 12 junior chefs compete to create unique and delectable dishes over three rounds, judged by a rotating panel of Chopped judges. The winner of each episode will receive $10,000 and advance to the finale where they take a seat behind the judges’ table. The junior judges will then decide the fates of Chopped stars Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marcus Samuelsson and Chris Santos as the chefs serve up their dishes for a chance to earn bragging rights and $25,000 for charity.

Read on for a list of the episodes.

Playing with Pasta — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, January 24th, 2017


Dealing with regular basket ingredients is a feat in itself on Chopped, but working with themed baskets, like in the recent noodles episode, is pretty tough, especially when fresh pasta dough is an ingredient. The question is: Do you make pasta with it, or do you do something else? And will that something else be perceived as a cop-out decision? That’s exactly what went down when the judges took a stab at it.

In this episode of Chopped After Hours, Marcus Samuelsson, Amanda Freitag and Scott Conant cook with the entree basket ingredients. With sausage and meatballs, chayote squash, tomato sorbet and pasta dough, they make a variety of dishes, although only two of the judges use the pasta in its intended way. The running joke of the episode is that Scott made the pasta himself. “I was up this morning very early making pasta dough with my hands,” says Scott, beckoning the others to look at his overworked fingers, which leads to a conversation about Scott’s chest hair. But let’s get back to the cooking. “Thirty minutes to determine,” says Ted Allen, “who’s the best chef in the room?” The chefs happily take up the challenge, but Scott has to have the last words: “I’m already halfway there with my pasta.”

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