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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. He is proud to label himself a "foodie."

Enter for a Chance to Win a Chef’s Knife Set from Guy Fieri

by in Contests, Shows, January 16th, 2014

knife setTo celebrate season 3 of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, which airs Mondays at 9pm/8c, FN Dish is giving away this knife set by Guy Fieri to one lucky reader.

You can buy your own Midnight Series Guy Fieri Chef’s Set from the Food Network Store, or enter below for a chance to win the items. To enter: Tell us in the comments which celebrity on Team Guy you’re rooting for. The contest starts at 3pm EST today and ends Thursday, Jan. 23 at 3pm EST.

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Tapas Time with Stuffed Piquillo Peppers

by in Recipes, Shows, January 15th, 2014

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Chopped Dinner ChallengeThe Chopped Dinner Challenge is a series of recipes showing you how easy it is to cook like a winning Chopped competitor. Every week, FN Dish will showcase a recipe created by Food Network Kitchens that uses at least one of the Chopped basket ingredients, plus basic grocery goods and simple staples. Consider it your very own Chopped challenge. Just take this frequent tip from the judges: Don’t forget to season!

For this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchens chose to feature the basket ingredient piquillo peppers, which you’ve probably seen in jars on the supermarket shelf or in salad bars. These peppers have a pleasant sweet taste, so no heat, and even though they’re relatively small in size (the name means “little beak” in Spanish), they’re actually great for stuffing. Consider this recipe for Quinoa-Stuffed Piquillo Peppers a great tapas-style appetizer or light meal. The quinoa is packed with protein and the raw zucchini salsa is full of flavor. But best of all, the dish is simple to prepare, taking only 30 minutes.

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know the Judges of Chopped?

by in Shows, January 14th, 2014

Chopped judgesYou’ve seen them critique all kinds of dishes from competitors that have included professional chefs, amateur cooks and even celebrities. And you’ve seen them go from behind the Chopping Block to cooking front and center in All-Stars and the Web series After Hours. But how well do you know the judges of Chopped?

In a series of Q&As, FN Dish revealed several facts that viewers didn’t know about the judges (who didn’t have anything to hide). See how much you know about the judges from what you’ve seen on TV and what you’ve read here on the blog in the quiz below. Prove you’re a Chopped superfan! Continue to watch the competition every Tuesday at 10pm/9c, plus all-new online episodes of After Hours this month.

Test Your Knowledge: The Judges of Chopped

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The Search for the Best of the Worst — Worst Cooks in America Is Back for Season 5

by in Shows, January 13th, 2014

Bobby and AnneWorst Cooks in America returns with a new season on Monday, Feb. 17 at 9pm/8c. Chefs Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay are back again to coach 14 kitchen disasters, turning them (hopefully) into culinary successes with seven weeks of Boot Camp. Every week the recruits, who will be divided into two teams, have to face two grueling challenges that aren’t necessarily related to the kitchen — certain field trips will show these amateurs where their food comes from — and one member from each team will be sent home.

At the end of Boot Camp, the title of Best Worst Cook will go to the most-improved recruit, who will win $25,000 and earn his or her mentor highly coveted bragging rights. Last season, Bobby earned his first-ever win, facing off against formerly undefeated series champ, Anne. Watch the premiere on Monday, Feb. 17 at 9pm/8c to find out which mentor will win this season.

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Playing with Fire — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, January 12th, 2014


When it comes to chefs working with mystery basket ingredients, the Chopped judges look for creativity and, above all, an expert incorporation of all the ingredients into one harmonious dish. And sometimes it takes a bit of playing with one’s food to achieve that, or in this case playing with fire. Facing the same dessert basket as the contestants from Chopped: Firefighter Chefs, the judges accomplished exactly that. Alex, Scott and Amanda took up spots in the Chopped Kitchen for an After Hours competition where they cooked with wafer sheets, lemon soda, vanilla pudding cups and a blowtorch.

On the show, the final two competitors were able to make great strides with the ingredients, but neither of them truly created a unified dish. The one whose dish was found to be the most disjointed was ultimately chopped. Alex, Scott and Amanda looked at the ingredients as an opportunity to create unique desserts and the blowtorch as an enhancer of flavor. Alex went the extra mile in using it to char a savory ingredient for her dessert, which impressed her fellow judges the most.

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Rhyme Time with Vanilla Ice — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off Caption It

by in Shows, January 11th, 2014

Vanilla Ice Presents His DishOn Monday’s upcoming episode of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, the celebrities must cater a cocktail party with a Hawaiian luau theme. Chopped judge Marc Murphy stops by to taste the dishes, offer his critique, and, most importantly announce the winning team and the MVP of the challenge. In this sneak peek photo from the episode, Vanilla Ice from Team Guy presents his dish for tasting, but Guy has a moment where he holds his head and Rachael giggles while she takes a sampling of the food.

Did someone say something funny or just plain corny? It is, after all, a Hawaiian-themed party, so the celebrities are taking the theme to heart with dishes that play up that fact. But Ice is also known to break out with a rhyme on the fly. Did he put a silly spin on his dish?

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What to Watch: The Kitchen’s New Cookbook Club and Firehouse Chefs Battle the Heat on Chopped

by in Shows, January 10th, 2014

The KitchenThis weekend on Food Network it’s all about comforting dishes and competitions that prove it’s possible to overcome obstacles, no matter how big or small. On Saturday morning, watch a new episode of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, where Trisha cooks up Southern comfort foods for her friend Wendy Williams. Then on The Kitchen, the hosts launch their new cookbook club with Jenny McCoy’s Desserts for Every Season, a copy of which will be given away on the blog tomorrow. Then in the evening, watch a new episode of On the Rocks, where John Green redoes an Irish pub.

On Sunday morning, tune in for Rachael Ray’s 3 in the Bag, where she shows you how to make three dishes out of one bag of groceries. Then on Sandwich King, Jeff is making pizza burgers, an Italian sub and Bombini Doughnuts. In the evening, watch a new episode of Guy’s Grocery Games, a special firefighters episode of Chopped and a new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, where one chef faces cooking in a tiny kitchen.

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Bring on the New Year’s Luck with this Kale Salad

by in Recipes, Shows, January 8th, 2014

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Chopped Dinner ChallengeThe Chopped Dinner Challenge is a series of recipes showing you how easy it is to cook like a winning Chopped competitor. Every week, FN Dish will showcase a recipe created by Food Network Kitchens that uses at least one of the Chopped basket ingredients, plus basic grocery goods and simple staples. Consider it your very own Chopped challenge. Just take this frequent tip from the judges: Don’t forget to season!

For this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchens chose to feature the basket ingredient redbor kale, a purple variety. When you think of kale salad, “boring” might be one of the words that come to mind. But this salad is definitely not boring. The chefs of Food Network Kitchens made sure that it’s packed with flavor from garlic, maple syrup and bacon. Not only that but the salad also has black-eyed peas — both black-eyed peas and kale supposedly bring good luck, as they symbolize prosperity. Try this Roasted Redbor Kale Salad for dinner with your family and you may just bring on the luck for the year ahead.

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Go Behind the Scenes of Chopped Canada

by in Shows, January 7th, 2014

Chopped CanadaChopped is taking the competition up north, to Canada. In the new series from Food Network, premiering Thursday, Jan. 9 at 9pm/8c, four chefs will take their chances cooking with mystery basket ingredients in three judged rounds. The competition is basically the same as the classic Chopped with the winning chef earning a cash prize of $10,000, though the panel of judges, the host and the currency differs.

Judges include well-known Canadian chefs Chuck Hughes, Roger Mooking, Susur Lee and Michael Smith, among others. You might also recognize the host, Dean McDermott, as the winner of Season 2 of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off. The biggest difference between the original Chopped and Chopped Canada though is probably the set.

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Get to Know Vanilla Ice — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, January 5th, 2014

Vanilla IceFN Dish is counting down to the Season 3 premiere of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off by introducing a new celebrity contestant every day. During the competition, the celebrities will be tested in a number of different challenges to see who has the most culinary chops. The winner will be awarded the title of Cook-Off Champion and $50,000 for the charity of his or her choice. Watch the premiere Monday, Jan. 6 at 9pm/8c, and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content.

Iconic ’90s rapper Vanilla Ice sold 10 million albums and hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts with his award-winning single, “Ice Ice Baby.” Ice has also appeared in movies and TV shows, including Celebrity Boxing, Hollywood Squares, The Surreal Life and Ty Murray’s Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge. He currently stars on DIY Network’s The Vanilla Ice Project and Vanilla Ice Goes Amish. Ice plans to show that his creativity in renovating houses extends into the kitchen with his unique vegetarian cuisine. Ice is playing for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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