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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.

The Cast of Chopped Awards the Best Bloody Mary in America

by in Events, Shows, October 19th, 2014

Chopped BrunchBrunch, that between-breakfast-and-lunch mealtime, is the perfect opportunity to enjoy both sweet and savory dishes, sometime all in one dish. And when it comes to the perfect accompanying drink, Bloody Marys are a popular choice. At this Saturday’s Chopped Best Bloody Mary Brunch at the New York City Wine and Food Festival, the judges from Chopped gathered to taste offerings from 12 finalists in Absolut’s nationwide search for the best Bloody Mary. Also on hand were former competitors from the show, who presented food pairings that ran the gamut from tried-and-true brunch classics to fusion dishes.

The award of the day, chosen by the Chopped judges, went to David Wakefield of TenOak in Texas.

Read on to get the winning drink combination

POLL: Your Favorite Pizza Toppings and More — Play Along with Hungry Games

by in Shows, October 16th, 2014

Pizza on Hungry GamesPizza may be one of the most-personal foods out there. Just think about it: Everyone has a favorite topping, everyone eats it a different way, and everyone has a favorite pizza place. On Hungry Games‘ Pizza Games episode, airing Monday at 8|7c, Richard Blais finds out how well consumers can identify popular pizza toppings without using two of their senses, and he also pranks people into overpaying for pizza just by changing the way he markets the pies. It’s all in good fun, though, as he strives to uncover how our pizza cravings get us to behave in a certain way.

Before the episode, we want to know what your favorite topping is, the kind of pizza you prefer and your favorite way to eat a slice. Vote in our polls, and also find out what fellow fans are thinking.

Vote in the Pizza Polls

Host Richard Blais Offers Some Food for Thought on the New Series Hungry Games

by in Shows, October 15th, 2014

Richard Blais, host of Hungry GamesWhen it comes to food, many of us might not think past the fact that if you’re hungry, you eat. It’s natural. It’s survival. But there’s more to it: Why do you suddenly crave a certain food over another? And what is it about eating that’s so pleasurable — that happy byproduct of sustenance? In the new series Hungry Games, chef and food geek Richard Blais delves into the science of food, beyond everything you thought you knew. There’s more to that pizza craving than you thought!

Watch the premiere on Monday, Oct. 20 at 8|7c (with a sneak peek on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 10|9c) and join Richard Blais for a Twitter Q&A on Monday, Oct. 20, at 1pm EST. Tweet with the hashtag #HungryGames

We recently caught up with Richard to chat about the show’s concept.

FN Dish: How would you sum up the concept of the show? What do you think viewers will take away from it?
Richard Blais: It’s a show full of “wouldn’t you knows.” It’s on-the-street experiments and taste tests and a real family-friendly dose of fun education. I learn so much shooting each episode, and the viewers will get a kick out of playing along at home. It will be a show where families bet on who’s doing the dishes by playing along!

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POLL: Your Favorite Ice Cream Flavor and More — Play Along with Hungry Games

by in Shows, October 14th, 2014

Ice Cream ConeNeedless to say, ice cream is one of the most pleasurable foods: It’s sweet, it’s creamy, it’s cold and it always satisfies the craving. In Hungry Games‘ Ice Cream Games episode, airing Sunday, Oct. 19 at 10|9c, Richard Blais reveals what makes ice cream America’s national dessert and which flavor is everyone’s favorite, and he plays some games to test people’s reactions to more unusual flavors that turn their expectations upside down.

Before the episode, we want to know what your favorite flavor is and how you like to eat your ice cream. Vote in our polls, and also find out what fellow fans are thinking.

Vote in the Ice Cream Polls

Hungry Games Poll: Which Food Do You Most Crave?

by in Shows, October 2nd, 2014

Richard Blais on Hungry GamesWhen it comes to cravings, many of us can attest that they’re hard to control, whether it’s a slice of your favorite cheese pizza or a pint of that luscious ice cream. When cravings call, many of us cave in. Others, well, maybe they’re able to resist, but cravings come and go whether you can control them or not. FN dish wants to know which food you crave the most often.

In the new series Hungry Games, premiering Monday, Oct. 20 at 8|7c, host Richard Blais delves into what makes us crave certain foods more than others, why we crave foods to begin with, what makes us want more, and what turns us off from other foods. The six-episode series covers six types of foods that people often crave: ice cream, pizza, burgers, diner food, bar food and barbecue. So which one do you crave the most?

Watch a sneak peek of Hungry Games on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 10|9c.

Vote in the Hungry Games Poll

From Contender to Champion: Get to Know Gibson, RvG Kids: Cook-Off Winner and Host of The Jersey Shore Kid

by in Shows, October 1st, 2014
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Gibson on The Jersey Shore KidWinning Season 2 of Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off for Gibson was pretty amazing, to say the least. This talented 12-year-old blew the competition away with his final presentation and a dish that won him high praise from the judges, including Curtis Stone, one of Gibson’s culinary idols. FN Dish chatted with Gibson at Alstede Farms, the setting for one of his three videos (you can read that interview here). There we talked about all that led to his winning his own Web series and what it was like competing.

But there was so much to talk about that it was impossible to cut the subject off at just his time on RvG: Kids and The Jersey Shore Kid. We wanted to find out more about how this young chef got into cooking in the first place, where his inspiration came from as a kid who began dabbling in recipes at age 7, and what keeps him still in the kitchen to this day — not to mention his dreams for the future as a chef.

Here’s Part 2 of our Interview with Gibson

Holiday Baking Turns Into a Sweet Battleground on the New Series Holiday Baking Championship

by in Shows, October 1st, 2014

Holiday Baking ChampionshipWhen it comes to the holidays, baking has become an integral part of the tradition of celebration. But in Food Network’s new series, it’s turning into downright competition.

In Holiday Baking Championship, premiering Sunday, Nov. 9 at 9|8c, eight home bakers will get the chance to show off their sweet skills and holiday traditions as they compete for the grand prize of $50,000 and the title of Holiday Baking Champion. Whether they’re baking cookies, pies, fruitcakes or gingerbread houses, these bakers represent the best of the best when it comes to creating holiday sweets that can stand up to this festive competition, hosted by Bobby Deen, and the serious judging from a panel of experts: Duff Goldman, Nancy Fuller and Lorraine Pascale.

Each week’s challenges will narrow down the field of bakers until just one remains to claim the championship title. Holiday baking just got a lot more competitive.

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Savoring a Sweet Takedown: The Savory Side of Dessert — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, September 30th, 2014

When it comes to creating a successful dessert, it’s often about striking the right balance. Cloyingly sweet is not necessarily how you want to finish a meal, especially on Chopped. When presented with a dessert basket consisting of some of the most-sugary processed items, the two finalists (a 10-year-old and an 11-year-old) on Short Order Cooks stayed mainly within the sweet confines of the basket, whereas the judges take it one step further, bringing in savory notes, but with one holdout: Geoffrey, who says, “I’m going right at the sweetness.”

“All the best restaurants in the country are sort of tilting away from excessive sweetness,” Ted infers from what Alex and Chris are saying about taking the baskets, containing banana pudding, vanilla ice cream, icing and brownie mix, in a slightly savory direction. “You could kind of just put all this together and be done,” says Alex, baking a warm brownie and topping it with a scoop of ice cream, but “the challenge is to figure out something to make that reinvents what’s here.” Chris adds, “I think that’s the only route you can go,” taking it down a savory road.

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From Tampa to Key West: A Taste of Southern Florida — On the Road with the Great Food Truck Race

by in Restaurants, Shows, September 30th, 2014

The Great Food Truck RaceThis past weekend, the finale of The Great Food Truck Race brought the remaining two teams to Florida. Tyler had the teams on a five-city tour of the state from Tampa to Key West, covering over 4,000 miles. Along the way he had them face challenges that even included cooking alligator in the Everglades. Luckily, they didn’t have to catch their meat first. In the end, one team brought something different to the game and came out on top, earning their own food truck and $50,000 (find out who won).

Whether you’re looking for seafood specialties in the Keys or Cuban classics in Tampa, you’ll find unique flavors that will have you going back for more in the Sunshine State. Check out all that southern Florida has to offer with these top 10 restaurant selections.

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Exclusive Interview with the Runner-Up of The Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, September 29th, 2014

Lone Star Chuck WagonGoing into the Season 5 finale of The Great Food Truck Race, the remaining two teams, Lone Star Chuck Wagon and Middle Feast, both had what it took to win. Both teams placed first twice before. Both knew their brand and the customer base they were marketing to. And throughout the seven weeks of competition, both teams honed their menus to the best quality they could offer. But in the end only one team could win their own state-of-the-art food truck and $50,000 in prize money to jump-start their culinary dreams.

FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the runner-up

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