For a second time, Chopped has returned with Teen Tournament, and on tonight’s premiere, four teens entered the hallowed kitchen to try their luck at the mystery baskets. Many of them have practiced in advance, even training with their culinary instructors. But nothing could truly prepare them for the pressure and the time constraints. Nevertheless the teens took the competition in stride, and ultimately one of them rose to the top with three courses that earned a place in the finale, where he or she will compete for a chance to win the $25,000.
Viewers may remember Duskie Estes from seasons 3 and 5 of The Next Iron Chef as the pigtailed, pig-loving, snout-to-tail chef. Duskie, who lives in Northern California with her family, runs Zazu Kitchen + Farm, Black Pig Meat Co. and MacBryde Farm with her husband. She also makes regular appearances as a judge on Guy’s Grocery Games. And she’s currently serving as a judge on the special All-Stars episodes. FN Dish caught up with the chef to chat about grocery stores — those different from Flavortown Market — as well as some of her favorite things when it comes to food.
Get to know this Triple G judge, and tune in to watch Duskie on Guy’s Grocery Games on Sundays at 8|7c.
From Carnival Cravings to Food Cravings: Anthony Anderson Chats About the Show and His Passion for Cookingby Joseph Erdos in Shows, August 18th, 2015
If you’ve seen the premiere of Carnival Cravings with Anthony Anderson, Wednesdays at 10|9c, you know by now that the show’s host loves his food, and he’s willing to try just about anything. FN Dish recently caught up with the man himself to chat about what fans can expect this upcoming season. Anthony dished on the craziest thing he ate while on the road and the unique characters he met, and he revealed some interesting tidbits about his passion for cooking and what he likes to make at home.
There’s something unique about watching kids cook, witnessing their raw talent and passion for food. Once their spark is lit, there’s no putting it out, and it’s a joy to see. That’s exactly what fans can expect from Season 2 of Chopped Teen Tournament, premiering Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 10|9c. The kids taking on the five-part competition are extremely talented and “inspiring,” as Chopped host Ted Allen pointed out in a recent interview with FN Dish.
“The latest tournament is the best we’ve done yet, thanks to the kids,” said Ted of the budding chefs, calling them “the real stars of Chopped.”
Did you know Valerie Bertinelli has a penchant for condiments or that she’d love to cook for the pope? The host of Valerie’s Home Cooking, Saturdays at 12|11c, recently spoke with FN Dish for a fun Q&A. Learn a little more about the cooking show host, including her dream dinner party and whom she likes to cook with, and find out her favorite tunes to listen to while cooking.
What’s the first dish you learned to make?
Valerie Bertinelli: Lasagna. I love lasagna. I must have been a tween.
What was the most-memorable meal you’ve ever had?
VB: I do always come back to my grandmother’s soup and there’s something so full of love in it. It’s a cappelletti in brodo and actually Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali’s restaurant, Mozza, they do a version of my grandmother’s soup that I could swear I was in her kitchen eating it. I was blown away when I had that soup. … It’s so simple; it’s just a perfect broth and a perfect cappelletti, and that’s all it is. I used to try and make it for my son, and I never quite perfected it. One of these days I will.
The five-part Chopped Grill Masters tournament culminated in tonight’s epic finale. One final battle. Four finalists. One goal in mind: Earn the championship title and win $50,000 in prize money. The preliminary round finalists — Chris Hart, Stan Hays, Leslie Roark Scott and Angie Mar — were all in it to win it. But by the last round, only two of them remained for a final showdown, facing a tough dessert basket while under immense pressure to succeed. Only one could win, and the person who came out on top did so by smoking the competition, with fierce focus, attention to detail and flavor-forward dishes. Hear from the Chopped Grand Champion of the Grill Masters tournament.
Tonight was the final preliminary round in the five-part Chopped Grill Masters tournament. In each of the four preliminary rounds, four expert grillers, barbecuers and chefs from across the nation competed to earn a place in the finale, airing Aug. 11 at 10|9c, for a chance to leave with the $50,000 cash prize and the title of Chopped Grill Masters Champion.
Seasoning was the big issue in the appetizer round of tonight’s episode, as many of the competitors seemed to forget how important it was for achieving flavor. Luckily by the next round the competitors learned from their mistakes. By the final round the two strongest grillers remained. But in the end one competitor rose to the top, overcoming issues of seasoning and putting out dishes that hit on all three judging criteria: presentation, taste and creativity. Hear from the Chopped Champion of tonight’s episode.
On Valerie’s Home Cooking, premiering Aug. 8 at 12|11c, actress and Kids Baking Championship co-host Valerie Bertinelli offers up her interpretations of her family recipes. She reveals that her grandma and mom were her cooking mentors when she was growing up. The recipes she’s learned from them are the ones she’ll always hold dear, but when it comes to cooking those recipes today, there’s always room for a little twist.
In the new series, you’ll find Valerie cooking those favorite storied recipes. Joining her at the table will be her family, including her husband, Tom, and her son, Wolfie; she’s even having some of her dear friends over for dinner, including the funny ladies of Hot in Cleveland.
FN Dish recently caught up with Valerie to chat about the new show, her cooking habits and the inspiration behind her recipes. Here’s what Valerie had to say.
FN Dish: How would you describe your cooking show? What can fans expect to see?
Valerie Bertinelli: They can expect to see … all the recipes that I’ve learned through my family and friends — [recipes] that I’m just going to add my own flavor, twist [and] make it a little more modern. [I want fans] coming into my home and enjoying a half-hour with me.
Are we going to see some famous family recipes?
VB: Yes, definitely! I’m going to give away some of my secret recipes. … My lasagna. My gumbo. My quiche. I want to bring the ’80s back, and I want to bring the quiche back. [laughs]
Tonight Chopped Grill Masters continued with the third episode in the five-part tournament. In each of the four preliminary rounds, four expert grillers, barbecuers and chefs from across the nation compete for a place in the finale and a chance to win the $50,000 cash prize.
It was a seafood surprise on tonight’s episode. Not only did the competitors have to work with shellfish in the appetizer round, but the entree round also surprised them with even bigger crustaceans. As competitive grillers used to cooking big cuts of meat, they were out of their element. And the same went for the dessert round. The person who did the best work overall earned a spot in the finale. Hear from the Chopped Champion of tonight’s episode.
The trucks are back! Starting Sunday, Aug. 23 at 9|8c, The Great Food Truck Race will begin its sixth season in Santa Monica as the food truck operators head out for their 2,500-mile journey along America’s historic Route 66. They’ll be making stops in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois before finishing with an action-packed finale in Chicago. Host Tyler Florence will be leading the teams, this time professional food truck operators, through numerous difficult challenges geared at testing their resolve as a mobile business. The winning food truck team will walk away with $50,000 in cash.