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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.

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.

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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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Winging It in the Kitchen — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, January 10th, 2017


On Chopped, competitors are expected to create transformative dishes out of the mystery basket ingredients, but, if you really think about it, much of that creativity must include some winging it. That’s exactly what Scott Conant, Marc Murphy and Geoffrey Zakarian do in this episode of After Hours, cooking terrific meals on the fly all while having a lot of fun — including a prank at Scott’s expense. Using the entree basket from the Whiskey and Wings episode, they have to cook with turkey wings; a caddy of hot sauces; carrots, celery and blue cheese; and quinoa whiskey. But first they need a celebratory shot to start things off.

“Let’s wing it,” announces Geoffrey as the guys take shots of the whiskey. “Did that put hair on your chest?” Marc asks Scott after seeing him throw back the entire shot. “Too late for that,” says Scott. “Thirty minutes to drink as much whiskey as possible and perhaps make some dishes while you’re at it,” Ted announces as the clock starts the 30-minute round.

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Exclusive Interview with the Season 3 Holiday Baking Champion

by in Shows, December 19th, 2016

Shawne, Cheryl and JasonSeven weeks ago, nine bakers entered the Holiday Baking Championship with the hopes of leaving with the coveted title and the $50,000 grand prize. With every passing week, the challenges got harder and harder, and the competition got cut down one by one, until just three bakers remained to compete in the finale: Shawne, Cheryl and Jason. A holiday-themed cake Main Heat determined who would be crowned the winner. Find out which baker’s life was changed forever and read the exclusive interview.

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