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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.

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.

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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.

Spoiler Alert: Find Out Who Won

Ina Garten on Her Creative Process, What Keeps Her Going and Why She Loves What She Does

by in Behind the Scenes, Shows, November 19th, 2016

Ina GartenWhen you pick up an Ina Garten cookbook or watch an episode of Barefoot Contessa, you might not realize how much work goes into creating the recipes, testing them and finally proclaiming them good enough to share. All of Ina’s recipes go through a rigorous testing period until they’re perfect, as the writer and TV host explains. Even Jeffrey has to wait until a recipe’s perfect before he can get a taste!

Thinking about Ina’s life story, it may seem like a stretch of the imagination that she went from writing nuclear policy in the White House to writing cookbooks in her Long Island home, but it happened. Despite the difference in subject, both lines of work require precision. But cooking goes a bit further, as it requires that something extra — the secret ingredient, if you will. And Ina has that. She says it’s just in her DNA. The rest is history: She didn’t attend cooking school or learn from a grandmother, but she picked up skills out of necessity while running her specialty food store, Barefoot Contessa. It started out as a way to try a new career and ended up giving her her well-known moniker. Would she have it any other way? Not really.

FN Dish recently chatted with Ina about her new series, Cooking for Jeffrey, her recently released cookbook and her Washington, D.C., special. Find out more about the elegant and earthy hostess in our interview.

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Exclusive Interview with the Champion of Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay

by in Shows, November 10th, 2016

Bobby and SeisIn the new tournament Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay, three chefs competed in preliminary rounds in order to gain a spot in the finale, for a chance to go up against the formidable competitor Bobby Flay. In the end Seis was the chef to battle Bobby. He’d won $15,000 for just getting to that point, but to earn $25,000 more he’d have to also beat Bobby. Both chefs would have to cook Seis’ choice of dish — in this case bibimbap, a dish Bobby had previously lost with on his own show, Beat Bobby Flay. Find out if Seis was able to beat Bobby again, or if Bobby redeemed himself from last time.

FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the Winner

Lorraine Pascale on Winning Worst Bakers in America with Recruit Carla Johnson

by in Shows, November 7th, 2016

Carla and LorraineAll season long on Worst Bakers in America, we’ve seen the friendly rivalry develop between longtime friends Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale. Each mentor came into the finale thinking he or she could win the bragging rights. But in reality there would be but one winner, and it was Lorraine and her Red Team recruit Carla. Gamblers may not have put their money on this pair to win, but that just goes to show that the underdog sometimes gets her way, as Lorraine points out herself.

FN Dish caught up with the winning mentor after the finale to chat about what it took for her to win with Carla, and find out what she has to say to sore loser Duff.

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Exclusive Interview with the Winner of Worst Bakers in America

by in Shows, November 6th, 2016

Lorraine and CarlaSix weeks ago, 12 wannabe bakers signed up to be whipped into shape on Worst Bakers in America. After difficult pie-making, cake-baking, doughnut-frying and wedding-topper-decorating challenges, among others, two bakers proved to their mentors that they could fight to the finish. On the Blue Team, Samantha rose to the top with her attention to detail; on the Red Team, Carla bolted forward with her fantastic flavors. All that separated the two from winning $25,000 was one last baking challenge for a panel of sweets experts. FN Dish has the interview with the winning baker.

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One-on-One with the Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay, Part 3 Champion

by in Shows, November 3rd, 2016

Kathy and Matt face off in dessertIn the new Chopped tournament, 12 former Chopped champions are getting the chance to go up against Bobby Flay in battle. In every round, four chefs compete to earn a spot in the finale, at the end of which one single champion will get the opportunity of a lifetime, to cook head-to-head against a Food Network great. With $40,000 on the line, the stakes are high, the pressure is on and the cooks are ready to show what they’ve got. In Part 3, chefs Aarthi Sampath, Kathy Fang, Matt Romine and Mike Romine cooked for their lives, but only one earned the win and the last spot in the tournament’s finale.

Hear from the Part 3 Winner

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