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.

Guy Fieri on the Family Dynamics at Play on Triple G: Family Style

by in Shows, December 16th, 2014

Guy FieriNow in its fourth season, Guy’s Grocery Games has turned grocery shopping into a game, taking something that might be seen as a necessary chore and turning it into welcomed fun. And in the new season, premiering Sunday, Jan. 4 at 8|7c, families are entering for the chance to win the $20,000 shopping spree.

Guy’s Grocery Games: Family Style will feature four three-person family teams in each of its four episodes, airing Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25. These families take team playing to the next level, showing positive collaboration from shopping to cooking. FN Dish recently caught up with host Guy Fieri to chat about the new season and the unique family competition. He reveals what viewers can expect to see, including some emotionally moving moments.

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Going Mad Over Meatballs — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, December 2nd, 2014


When you think of the word “meatballs,” what comes to mind? It’s probably something different for everyone: It could be spaghetti and meatballs or Swedish meatballs, a meatball grinder or meatballs made with something other than beef or pork. On tonight’s episode of Chopped, the chefs face cooking meatballs out of their mystery baskets in every round. And the Chopped judges decided to get in on the fun, too, taking on the appetizer basket from the show on After Hours.

Faced with the ingredients lamb shanks, fresh ginger, baby leeks and one outlier, creme brulee, the judges have 30 minutes to make a meatball dish, but each one takes a very different direction. “We have no choice but to grind this stuff,” says Scott about the lamb shanks, which can take a long time to cook. But he turns on a dime when it comes time to cook, deciding to braise the lamb shanks to make a ragu with vegetarian “meatballs” made out of spinach, leeks and ricotta.

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Fine-Tuning the Art of Baking and Decorating — David’s Journey on Holiday Baking Championship

by in Shows, December 2nd, 2014

David presenting his yule logYule logs, which the French call “buche de Noel“, are very impressive for the holidays. They’re sure to stop every family member in their tracks. But they’re not the easiest things to make, as we saw on last Sunday’s Holiday Baking Championship. The five remaining bakers tried their luck at making their own yule logs in the main challenge, but not everyone could roll with the punches. Two bakers didn’t create traditional rolled yule logs — Erin on purpose and Terra had no choice. David, however, made two yule logs, going out of his way to set a stage for his Sugar Plum Fairies, right out of The Nutcracker. But going out of his way didn’t do him any good, as the judges pointed out, ending up in his elimination. Relive this decorator and professional baker’s time on the show.

Relive David’s journey in GIFs

Three Slices of Pie Aren’t Necessarily Better Than One — Dante’s Journey on Holiday Baking Championship

by in Shows, November 24th, 2014

Dante presenting his piesPie was the theme this past Sunday on Holiday Baking Championship. After creatively baking non-pies with ready-to-bake pie crust in their pre-heat challenge, the bakers moved on to the real challenge, making three holiday pies to wow the judges. Unfortunately not everyone’s pies came out equally as nice. Luckily Bobby let them get rid of their least successful one, a blessing in disguise for most, but not for Dante, who had to make a choice between two pies that were equally as bad. Ultimately it ended in his elimination from the competition. But this former navy man turned pastry chef has had a memorable time on the show.

Relive Dante’s journey in GIFs

There’s a New Chef in Boot Camp: Tyler Florence Joins Anne Burrell on Worst Cooks in America, Season 6

by in Shows, November 21st, 2014

Tyler and Anna on Worst Cooks, Season 6Worst Cooks in America is back, but this time it’s Anne Burrell facing off against Tyler Florence, who’s taking on coaching the Blue Team in hopes of transforming kitchen disasters into confident cooks. On Sunday, Jan. 4 at 9|8c, Season 6 returns with new culinary incapable recruits, all hoping to become the most improved, with a chance to win the grand prize of $25,000 and bragging rights for his or her mentor and team. But first they must make it through a grueling series of challenges, proving they have what it takes to cook a gourmet meal for a set of expert chefs in the finale challenge.

Find out more about the premiere and watch a sneak peek

Families That Shop Together Stay Together: The Competition Goes Family Style on Guy’s Grocery Games

by in Shows, November 19th, 2014

Grocery Games FamiliesThe new season of Guy’s Grocery Games is kicking off with four special family episodes, premiering Jan. 4 at 8|7c. In this family-style showdown, four teams made up of three family members will compete in each episode for a chance to win the grand prize. Each family team will have to navigate through the aisles of the grocery store, battling different supermarket-themed obstacles, from cooking on a budget to cooking with five ingredients or less — or the dreaded new game, Station Swap. The last family standing will go onto the shopping spree of a lifetime worth up to $20,000. These families know, live and love food, so don’t miss the laughs, tears and sibling rivalries.

Get a breakdown of the episodes

POLL: Your Favorite Holiday Pie — Holiday Baking Championship

by in Shows, November 19th, 2014

Competitors on Holiday Baking ChampionshipSo far on Holiday Baking Championship we’ve seen the bakers take on cookies in the premiere and just this past Sunday they made desserts inspired by sugar and spice, a classic combination. This coming Sunday the bakers will be making one of the most-iconic holiday desserts, pies. Not only that, but they’ll have to bake three different kinds to impress judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be any twists and turns in the challenge.

Ahead of the episode, vote on your favorite holiday pie and let us know in the comments why it’s your favorite.

Tune in this Sunday at 9|8c to see how the competition unfolds and who goes home for the least-successful pies.

Vote on your favorite holiday pie

Brandon Scawthorn Wins the 2014 Cynopsis Digital Model D Best Host for Cooking in the Fast Lane

by in News, Shows, November 14th, 2014


This year Cynopsis Media nominated three Food Network Web series for best host in food: Alton Brown for Alton’s After-Show, Bobby Flay for Bobby Flay Fit and Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off, Season 1 winner Brandon Scawthorn for Cooking in the Fast Lane. Also nominated in the same category was William Shatner for Brown Bag Wine Tasting. Earlier today the Digital Model D Awards were handed out, and our youngest host, Brandon, was announced the winner of the category.

Congratulations, Brandon! And congratulations to the other nominees as well. If you haven’t had a chance to see Brandon’s series, watch the first episode above and get more episodes of Cooking in the Fast Lane. And if you like Brandon’s series, also watch Season 2 winner Gibson Borelli in The Jersey Shore Kid.

The Carnivore’s Ball, A Meat Lover’s Dream: Meatopia at the New York City Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, October 20th, 2014

Michael, Josh and Lee at MeatopiaIf the name Meatopia isn’t clear enough, its subtitle, The Carnivore’s Ball, definitely explains what the festival, hosted by Michael Symon, is about. Ten years in, it’s still bringing the meat lovers in full force. This year Meatopia partnered with the New York City Wine & Food Festival. Michael, Josh Ozersky, the event’s founder, and Lee Brian Schrager (pictured above) introduced the event. “When Josh started this 10 years ago I thought it was brilliant,” says Michael, a self-professed meat lover. The festival began simply to bring together meat-devoted chefs to cook their best dishes. With this new partnership, explains Michael, “not only is it a wonderful gathering of chefs … but the money goes to a great cause to boot,” calling it “the perfect event.”

The first thing festivalgoers saw upon entering the tents was (vegetarians need not read further) an entire steer roasting over coals, which definitely brought out the carnality in the crowds atop Pier 92 as the sun set on a chilly Sunday afternoon in New York City. Chefs from as far as London were on hand to put their best meaty dishes on display. And the food offerings weren’t just limited to the four-legged variety like pork, beef and lamb, as birds of a feather such as chicken, duck and quail were also included.

Read on to see some of the most-noteworthy dishes

The Cast of Chopped Awards the Best Bloody Mary in America

by in Events, Shows, October 19th, 2014

Chopped Brunch

Brunch, that between-breakfast-and-lunch mealtime, is the perfect opportunity to enjoy both sweet and savory dishes, sometimes 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

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