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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.

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

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

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Barbecue? Play Along with Hungry Games

by in Shows, November 18th, 2014

Barbecue Plate from Hungry GamesBarbecuing, that all-American pastime, is the perfect opportunity to get together with family and friends for some good food. Sounds simple and fun? But what the Barbecue Games episode of Hungry Games proved is that there’s a lot about barbecue you didn’t know, like how smoke makes you crave food more, and how the person serving it can also make you like it a lot more. Besides the psychology, host Richard Blais also revealed some facts, statistics and history behind barbecue, a form of cooking that may even be the oldest of them all.

Take the quiz below and share your results with fellow fans of the show on Twitter using the hashtag #HungryGames.

Test Your Barbecue IQ

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.

POLL: Your Favorite Barbecue Dish and More — Play Along with Hungry Games

by in Shows, November 13th, 2014

Richard BlaisThere’s no doubt about it that barbecue is a distinctly American style of cooking. The smoke, the low heat and slow cooking time are all key to barbecuing — and by that we don’t mean grilling. Although everyone has his or her favorite dish (ribs, brisket, pulled pork and more) and regional style, the facts are the same: Americans love barbecue! On the upcoming episode of Hungry Games, Richard Blais delves into the history and science behind barbecue, revealing how and why our primal instincts attract us to foods cooked over fire, and how the person serving it makes a difference too.

Before the episode, we want to know your favorite barbecue dish, your favorite style of sauce and more. Vote in our polls, and also find out what fellow fans are thinking.

Vote in the Barbecue Polls

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Bar Food? Play Along with Hungry Games

by in Shows, November 11th, 2014

SlidersWhen it comes to watching the game, there’s nothing better than having the pick of bar foods at your fingertips. On last night’s Bar Food Games episode of Hungry Games, host Richard Blais revealed the surprising behavioral science behind rooting for your favorite team and the amount of food you consume. He also dipped into the history of some of America’s most-iconic bar food, like sliders and Buffalo wings. And he sacrificed his taste buds to test some of the hottest wings ever made to see what helps tame the heat.

Take the quiz below and share your results with fellow fans of the show on Twitter using the hashtag #HungryGames.

Test Your bar Food IQ

POLL: Your Favorite Bar Food and More — Play Along with Hungry Games

by in Shows, November 6th, 2014

Bar FoodWhat do you reach for when you’re watching your favorite sports team? Most likely it’s a salty snack: nuts, pretzels, cheese sticks or nachos. These types of foods and game day go hand in hand. In the next episode of Hungry Games, this Monday, Richard Blais uncovers what makes bar food so irresistible and why we eat more or less of it depending on the outcome of the game. He also delves into the history of America’s most-iconic bar foods, like Buffalo wings and sliders. Plus, Chef Dale Talde joins Richard in the kitchen to whip up the hottest wings on record. Expect to be blown away, literally!

Before the episode, we want to know what’s your favorite bar food, whether you eat the bar’s freebies and more. Vote in our polls, and also find out what fellow fans are thinking.

Vote in the Bar Food Polls

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Diners? Play Along with Hungry Games

by in Shows, November 4th, 2014

Diner FoodWith its unlimited comfort-food options, it’s no wonder that the diner is a favorite place in America. Not to mention that eating at one often leads to a trip down memory lane — a little nostalgia helps the food taste better. That’s what host Richard Blais proved in this past Monday’s episode of Hungry Games. He also revealed how the many menu options affect diners. Along with some diner slang, viewers learned that there’s more to the all-American diner than meets the eye. But the best part about frequenting one might just be the total experience.

Take the quiz below and share your results with fellow fans of the show on Twitter, using the hashtag #HungryGames.

Watch new episodes of Hungry Games on Mondays at 8|7c.

Test Your Diner IQ

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