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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.

Meet Baker Damiano Carrara, Competing in Spring Baking Championship

by in Shows, April 20th, 2015

Damiano CarraraEight bakers have entered the Spring Baking Championship for a chance to win the title and earn $50,000 in prize money. Each one brings a unique talent to the competition. Some are professional pastry chefs, while others are culinary arts instructors, competitive bakers or self-trained bakers. This new series gives them the opportunity to show their skills on national television.

Before tuning in for the premiere on Sunday, April 26 at 9|8c, get to know the bakers. Every day leading up to the first episode we’ll be revealing a Q&A with one of the eight.

Get to Know Damiano Carrara

An Exclusive Interview with the Winner of All-Star Academy

by in Shows, April 20th, 2015

Vanessa, Michael, Joseph and BobbyEight weeks ago 10 home cooks entered All-Star Academy with hopes of making it to the end and leaving as the winner of the $50,000 grand prize. After many hard-fought battles, having faced numerous culinary curveballs, maniacal mash-ups and more, one person has come out on top as the winner. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the winner.

Spoiler Alert: Find Out Who Won

Meet Baker Chris Taylor, Competing in Spring Baking Championship

by in Shows, April 19th, 2015

Chris TaylorEight bakers have entered the Spring Baking Championship for a chance to win the title and earn $50,000 in prize money. Each one brings a unique talent to the competition. Some are professional pastry chefs, while others are culinary arts instructors, competitive bakers or self-trained bakers. This new series gives them the opportunity to show their skills on national television.

Before tuning in for the premiere on Sunday, April 26 at 9|8c, get to know the bakers. Every day leading up to the first episode we’ll be revealing a Q&A with one of the eight.

Get to Know Chris Taylor

Meet Baker Andy Chlebana, Competing in Spring Baking Championship

by in Shows, April 18th, 2015

Andy ChlebanaEight bakers have entered the Spring Baking Championship for a chance to win the title and earn $50,000 in prize money. Each one brings a unique talent to the competition. Some are professional pastry chefs, while others are culinary arts instructors, competitive bakers or self-trained bakers. This new series gives them the opportunity to show their skills on national television.

Before tuning in for the premiere on Sunday, April 26 at 9|8c, get to know the bakers. Every day leading up to the first episode we’ll be revealing a Q&A with one of the eight.

Get to Know Andy Chlebana

All-Star Academy Fan Vote: Support Your Favorite Home Cook

by in Shows, April 15th, 2015

August, Vanessa and Joseph on All-Star AcademyIt’s been seven weeks leading up to the finale on Sunday, April 19 at 9|8c. Ten home cooks from around the country entered All-Star Academy with the goal of leaving victorious and $50,000 richer. In the premiere only eight competitors were chosen for four teams led by mentors Alex Guarnaschelli, Bobby Flay, Curtis Stone and Michael Symon. And each week one home cook was eliminated, leaving just one per team.

But with the elimination of Team Curtis this past Sunday, there are only three home cooks left in the competition. Who will win? You’ll have to find out by tuning in, but until then support your favorite by voting for them in the fan poll.

Vote Now

Fooling Around in the Kitchen: The Judges’ Take on April Fools’ Baskets — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, March 31st, 2015


The chefs of Chopped were sure surprised to see basket ingredients in disguise in tonight’s April Fools’ episode. Presented with ingredients that appeared to be peas and carrots, grilled cheese, tomato soup and milk, what they actually had were candies, pound cake, strawberry puree and buttermilk. After the episode, the judges — Amanda Freitag, Geoffrey Zakarian and Alex Guarnaschelli — face the dessert round in an all-new Chopped After Hours, cooking with the same deceiving ingredients.

“I have great news! We’re bringing in massage therapists,” says Ted. “I’ve also got vintage Champagne.” But before he goes any further, he blurts out, “None of that is true. It’s our April Fools’ episode!” The baskets were designed to fool the chefs, but the judges feel it’s their duty to bring that same spirit to their dishes. “It’s up to us to have our own version of a reaction to April Fools’,” says Alex, who’s got a few tricks up her sleeve — although Ted may have an even bigger trick up his.

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The All-Star Academy Chefs Reveal Their Most-Influential Culinary Mentors

by in Shows, March 25th, 2015

All-Star Academy mentorsOn All-Star Academy, Sundays at 9|8c, each team of home cooks is mentored by an expert Food Network chef. The four mentors pass on their culinary knowledge to their mentees, teaching them cooking skills, how to react to certain situations and how to deal with the pressures of time management. But the experts weren’t born with this knowledge; they too had to learn it from someone when they were first coming up in the ranks as professional chefs. Their mentors also had to teach them technique and how to find focus in the kitchen.

FN Dish recently caught up with the mentors of All-Star Academy to find out who those influencers were, what they learned from them and how they made a difference in their lives, personally and professionally. Alex Guarnaschelli, Bobby Flay, Curtis Stone and Michael Symon reveal their mentors, and you might be surprised to find out some have even shared the same mentor, or have been one another’s mentor.

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Here’s to a Sweet Season Ahead with the New Series Spring Baking Championship

by in Shows, March 16th, 2015

Spring Baking ChampionshipAs temperatures begin to warm with the turn to spring, the competition in the kitchen heats up as eight of the country’s most-talented bakers compete on Food Network’s new series Spring Baking Championship, premiering Sunday, April 26 at 9|8c. Bobby Deen hosts this sweet competition, in which contestants attempt to rise to the occasion with their springtime treats and win a sweet spot in the hearts of judges Duff Goldman, Nancy Fuller and Lorraine Pascale. Only one winner will take home the grand prize of $50,000 and the title of Spring Baking Champion.

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Guy Fieri Reveals His Five-Ingredient Dish — Guy’s Grocery Games

by in Shows, March 12th, 2015

Guy Fieri hosts Guy's Grocery GamesOn Guy’s Grocery Games, “Five Ingredients or Less” is inarguably the most well-known, difficult and popular game. And why is that? Because “everybody plays the game at home and goes, ‘Here’s my five,'” says the show’s host, Guy Fieri. It’s hard to resist even if it’s just left up to the imagination. “It’s awesome to see what the chefs come up with here [on the show],” continues Guy, especially when there are those who make it even more challenging for themselves by creating a dish with just four ingredients! That’s what makes the game so fun — it can go any which way.

We asked Guy to play along and come up with his favorite five-ingredient dish, but he doesn’t stop at just one combination. He says, “It depends on what day it is, what time it is, what you just had for lunch, what you’re going to have for dinner, what you are emotionally, how you’re feeling physically, what temperature is it outside.” But Guy’s first combination surprised us.

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5 Rules to Cook By — Kitchen Wisdom from the Mentors of All-Star Academy

by in Shows, March 11th, 2015

All-Star Academy MentorsWhat Food Network’s new show All-Star Academy, Sundays 9|8c, does is transform eager home cooks into competitive machines. But all of these cooks had to start somewhere — in their home kitchens, where they honed their culinary skills on their friends and family before they were ready for the competition show. Seeing these competitors made us wonder: What makes a good home cook? What makes him or her ripe for competition? So we went straight to the mentors to find out.

Alex Guarnaschelli, Bobby Flay, Curtis Stone and Michael Symon reveal the traits a great home cook must have to put out impressive dishes. And these are skills that can easily translate to the competitive arena once learned and perfected through practice. The 10 individuals who came into the competition were ready to take on the challenge of All-Star Academy. Are you ready?

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