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.

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.

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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.

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Coaching a Celebrity Worst Cooks Winner: Rachael Ray on Her First Win in Boot Camp

by in Shows, November 3rd, 2016

Loni and RachaelWhen it comes to Worst Cooks in America, there aren’t many other mentors who can beat Chef Anne Burrell, who holds the record for most wins (six out of eight). But in Season 9, mentor Rachael Ray — coaching only her second season in the series — rose to the top with celebrity recruit Loni Love. Rachael’s strategy of finding what her recruit loves about food and bringing that to the forefront worked successfully. Loni cooked a Southern comfort menu that came straight from the heart. It touched and impressed the judges, who awarded her the win. Loni left with $50,000 for her charity, the American Red Cross. And Rachael left with quite amazing bragging rights, having broken Anne’s record.

FN Dish sat down with Rachael on the set of Worst Cooks to find out more about how she approached the finale and coaching Loni to the win, as well as what she thought about being in the competition with Anne.

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Exclusive Interview with the Winner of Worst Cooks Celebrity Edition

by in Shows, November 2nd, 2016

The Red Team and Blue TeamLooking at the original nine celebrity Worst Cooks recruits, you never would have guessed the final two. But after seven weeks of tough competition, the Blue Team’s Loni and the Red Team’s Nicole rose to the top. And it all would come down to one last cook decided upon by a panel of experts in a blind tasting. At the end one winner would be crowned and awarded $50,000 for her charity, and her mentor would win bragging rights. Would Anne keep her record unbroken, or would Rachael clinch her first win? History could be made on this night.

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Exclusive Interview with the Runner-Up of Worst Cooks Celebrity Edition

by in Shows, November 2nd, 2016

The Red Team and the Blue TeamNot everyone can be a winner, but on Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, both Loni and Nicole were winners just for making it to the finale. After weeks of difficult cooking challenges, the ladies showed they could cook like the best of them. Going into the finale, they represented their mentors Rachael and Anne in one last cook-off. If Anne won, it would mean another season with an unbroken record. But for Rachael it would mean her first win. Determining the outcome came down to a blind tasting by a panel of experts, who tried all three courses from both recruits before awarding the winner $50,000 for her chosen charity.

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Ina’s Back in the White House: Exclusive Interview About Her Barefoot in Washington Special Visit

by in Behind the Scenes, Shows, October 28th, 2016

Michelle Obama and Ina GartenWhen Ina Garten worked in Washington, D.C., little did she know she’d end up in a completely different career, first operating a specialty foods store in Long Island and then writing cookbooks and hosting a very successful cooking show on Food Network. Now, years later, Ina returns to the nation’s capital in the special Barefoot in Washington, premiering on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1|12c. After making various stops in the city to see how the culinary scene has transformed, and to reconnect and cook with longtime friends, Ina makes one last stop at the White House to see how the gardens and the kitchen supply food for state dinners as well as the wider community. And before she leaves, Ina sits down to tea with Mrs. Obama.

FN Dish recently sat down with Ina to chat about the special.

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One-on-One with the Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay, Part 2 Champion

by in Shows, October 27th, 2016

Seis and CoryIn 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 2, chefs Corey Morris, Heather Borden, Shania Thomas and Seis Kamimura cooked for their lives, but only one earned the win and the second spot in the tournament’s finale.

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