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.

Q&A with Ted Allen: Get to Know the Chopped Host

by in Shows, June 24th, 2016

Ted AllenYou’ve seen him host every single episode of Chopped and Chopped Junior, and he’s even flexed his cooking chops in a few After Hours appearances alongside the Chopped judges, but there’s a lot you don’t know about Ted Allen. Here’s your chance to get to know the man who unceremoniously sends competitors to the chopping block.

Before hosting Chopped, Ted Allen served as a regular judge on Iron Chef America. He’s won an Emmy Award for his work on Bravo’s Queer Eye as the food and wine specialist. As the host of Chopped, he’s won the James Beard Foundation Award for outstanding host. He’s written two cookbooks and has contributed to Esquire magazine (for which he was a finalist for a National Magazine Award), Bon Appétit and Food Network Magazine. But did you know there’s almost no food Ted won’t try, and that cheese is his absolute favorite? He’s also secretly wished he could be the lead singer of a rock band. Find out which one, and get more interesting tidbits about this multifaceted host with the most.

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Ted Allen on What Makes Chopped So Popular, and Why He’d Never Compete

by in Behind the Scenes, Shows, June 20th, 2016

Ted AllenWhat makes Chopped such a successful competition show, one that, to this day, still excites fans and keeps unsuspecting chefs on their toes? According to host Ted Allen, a number of factors add up to make Chopped great television, but at the heart of it is an unyielding passion for food that’s on display every time a chef opens a basket of mystery ingredients. Whether you watch Chopped, Chopped Junior or the tournaments (Champions, All-Stars, Grill Masters or Teens), the format is the same: There are three rounds of mystery baskets, and each chef has only so much time to cook the ingredients. What changes are the chefs, who each bring their stories to the kitchen and cook with boundless energy and deep passion that emanates in their plates. That’s what makes Chopped one of the best food competition shows on TV.

FN dish caught up with the indomitable host to chat about what makes the show so special, what goes into preparing for an episode, what’s changed over the many seasons — because he’s been there since its inception — and what would happen if he suddenly had to compete. Hint: Ted characterizes his skills as the complete opposite of the competitors’ abilities. Find out what he had to say about the long-running series and more.

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Eddie Jackson, Co-Host of Kids BBQ Championship, Chats About the Show and Offers Grilling Tips

by in Shows, May 27th, 2016

Camila and EddieThe Food Network Star Season 11 winner, Eddie Jackson, co-hosts the new series Kids BBQ Championship, Mondays at 8|7c, with lifestyle expert Camila Alves. On the show, eight talented young grill masters compete for the chance to win $20,000. Eddie and Camila not only lead the kids through the various grilling and barbecuing challenges, but also judge their dishes with the help of a third grilling-expert guest judge.

When it comes to barbecue, Eddie has a wealth of knowledge. FN Dish recently caught up with the star to chat about the show and his background in barbecue. Eddie also recalls some of the fun experiences he and Camila had in coaching the young competitors, and he offers a few tips for grilling season.

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Chopped Viewers’ Choice: Fans, You Choose the Chopped Mystery Basket Ingredients

by in Shows, May 18th, 2016

Ted and the mystery basketChopped fans, it’s that time again, where you get a chance to determine the mystery basket ingredients chefs have to cook with on the show. As we’ve seen in the past, some of your choices have stumped and upset chefs (just watch the video below for proof!). Here’s your chance to be a part of the competition in a unique way. Through our social media channels, you’ll be able to choose the basket ingredients for unsuspecting competitors in a future episode. It’s your opportunity to assemble the ingredients that make it into all three of the mystery baskets — one basket will be created by Twitter followers, another by Facebook fans and the third by Instagram users. We’ll let you know when to tune in so you can see how the chefs fare.

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Meet Camila Alves, Co-Host of Kids BBQ Championship

by in Shows, May 16th, 2016

Camila AlvesOn the all-new series Kids BBQ Championship, premiering Monday, May 23 at 8|7c, eight talented young grill masters will be battling for the chance to win a $20,000 cash prize and the coveted title of champion. Mentoring and judging them through all the challenges will be Season 11 Food Network Star winner Eddie Jackson and lifestyle expert Camila Alves, who’s previously appeared on Chopped Junior as a guest judge. Get to know more about Camila, learn her take on grilling, and get some behind-the-scenes insight into the show.

When did you first become interested in cooking?
I’ve always loved food and I’ve always helped in the kitchen. I never became a cook myself until I had a family.

What’s your earliest food memory?
My earliest food memory is of my mother in the kitchen cooking lasagna.

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Chatting with the Season 2 Winner of Spring Baking Championship

by in Shows, May 16th, 2016

Susana, Dan and JaneSix weeks ago, eight bakers entered the Spring Baking Championship to prove their skills for a chance to win $50,000 and the title of champion. This season the bakers saw their fair share of ups and downs: In the premiere Susana cut herself so badly that she didn’t come back to the competition until the Main Heat. And Audrey’s Main Heat cake was such a disaster that it appeared she’d be going home, but her flavors saved her. Then in Episode 5, Kenny finally won his first challenge after having come close many times before, but in that same episode he was eliminated. But all the while, another baker was gradually rising to the top with win after win.

Find out who won

One-on-One with the Winner of Chopped Champions, Season 5

by in Shows, April 26th, 2016

Adam and AndreTonight the Season 5 Chopped Champions tournament came to a conclusion with the four winners of the preliminary rounds getting one more chance with the baskets. Whoever reached the end without getting chopped would earn the $50,000 prize. In this last battle, all four chefs — Meny, Deborah, Andre and Adam — brought their best, which made the judges’ decision come down to the details. Literally one olive out of place sent home a front-runner in the appetizer round. A mishandling of meat sent home another in the entree round. And dessert came down to who had the better balance of flavors. In the end one chef’s three courses set him apart from his competitors and earned him the prestigious title of Chopped Grand Champion. Find out who won the tournament.

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One-on-One with the Chopped Champions, Battle 4 Winner

by in Shows, April 19th, 2016

Jackie and AndreTonight the Season 5 Champions tournament continued with the final preliminary round, where four previous Chopped champs battled it out to earn the last spot in the grand finale. There the winners of all four preliminary rounds will compete for a chance to walk away with $50,000. In the last round of this fourth battle, one young chef went up against one experienced chef, who also happens to be an expert in pastry. The dessert round looked like it would be an easy win, but when it came to considering all three rounds, the judges chose the competitor who presented the best three courses overall. Find out who won this fourth preliminary battle and earned the last finale spot.

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One-on-One with the Chopped Champions, Battle 3 Winner

by in Shows, April 12th, 2016

RoRo and DeborahTonight the Season 5 Champions tournament continued with four more previous Chopped champs battling it out for a coveted spot in the finale. There the winners of all four preliminary rounds will compete one last time for a chance to walk away with $50,000. In this third battle, the dessert round became the determining factor: The final two chefs battled neck and neck throughout the competition, which meant the judges would be looking at even the slightest slip-up to make their decision. After taking into consideration all three courses, the judges chose the chef who did the best job transforming the baskets. Find out who won this preliminary battle and earned the third finale spot.

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One-on-One with the Chopped Champions, Battle 2 Winner

by in Shows, April 5th, 2016

Dafna and Adam go into battle for the dessert round.Tonight the Season 5 Champions tournament continued with four more previous Chopped champs battling it out for a coveted spot in the finale. There the winners of all four preliminary rounds will compete one last time for a chance to walk away with $50,000. In this second battle, two strong opponents made it to the dessert round: one with great skills at executing, and another with confident creativity. If the win had been based on just the dessert, the champion would have been obvious. But taking into consideration all three courses, the judges chose the chef who did the best overall. Find out who won this preliminary battle and earned the second finale spot.

Read the interview with the winner

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