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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.

When Kids Face the Chopping Block: Ted Allen on the Astonishing Maturity of Chopped Junior Competitors

by in Shows, October 11th, 2015

Ted Allen“I’m over-the-moon excited with how fun this series is,” said Ted Allen when we chatted on the set of the new kids’ competition show, Chopped Junior, premiering on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 8|7c. Ted hosts the series, in which 10- to 14 -year-olds compete in a very mature arena. The Chopped set may be decked out in primary colors, but the challenge is the same: Transform a set of basket ingredients into a cohesive dish that’s flavorful and well-presented. But these kids, unlike most, can do just that — they’re halfway to being adults when it comes to knowing food.

“These are kids who really love to cook, who have been inculcated with the values of chefs,” said Ted, adding that just like professional chefs, the kid competitors want to cook real, fresh, unprocessed foods. Give them a frozen pizza bite, Ted gave as an example, and they will “lecture you about the ingredients that are in processed foods.” These kids know their stuff, whether it’s how to use a unique ingredient like lemongrass or how to dice an onion like a pro. And Ted was floored by the kids’ mastery of tastes. “They know that if something’s too sweet, you have to balance it with something acidic, like lemon juice or lime juice or vinegar. They like vinegar. They like things that are bitter.” Is there anything that these kids are bad at?

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The Best of the Worst — Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition Episode 3 Recap in GIFs

by in Shows, October 9th, 2015

Chris wants another chanceGet highlights from Episode 3 of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, and see some of the craziest moments in GIFs.

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One-on-One with the Next Eliminated Celebrity Recruit — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, October 7th, 2015

Chris Soules and Kendra WilkinsonThis season on Worst Cooks in America, seven celebrity recruits have signed up to be whipped into shape by mentors Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray, but unfortunately one recruit has to be eliminated in each episode. Last week front-runner Jaleel saw his time be cut short after a momentary slip-up that resulted in an overspiced dish and one of the most-dramatic moments in Worst Cooks history. Tonight two recruits who’ve had trouble setting the correct pace in Boot Camp landed in the bottom two. Their far-less-than-spectacular dishes landed them there, but in the end an eggs-traordinary elimination challenge determined who would go home. FN Dish has the exclusive exit interview with tonight’s eliminated recruit.

SPOILER ALERT: Read on to find out who went home.

The Best of the Worst — Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition Episode 2 Recap in GIFs

by in Shows, October 2nd, 2015

Jaleel screams bloody murderGet highlights from Episode 2 of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, and see some of the craziest moments in GIFs.

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Q&A with Halloween Baking Championship Host Richard Blais

by in Shows, October 1st, 2015

Richard BlaisOn the new show Halloween Baking Championship, expect to be blown away by some of the extremely creepy creations the bakers make, but even more than that, be ready for probably the scariest panel of judges you will ever see, and a host who’s not afraid to deliver some deadly news to eliminated bakers. Judges Carla Hall, Ron Ben-Israel and Sherry Yard will be dishing out critiques, while Richard Blais will be sending home those bakers who don’t meet the spooktacular criteria of the $25,000 competition show. Before you tune in for the premiere on Monday, October 5 at 9|8c, get to know each of them a little better.

Richard has appeared on Bravo’s Top Chef and later went on to win Top Chef All-Stars. He’s a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and operates his own company, Trail Blais, which includes restaurants from Atlanta to San Diego, including his most-recently opened, Juniper & Ivy.

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One-on-One with the Next Eliminated Celebrity Recruit — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, September 30th, 2015

Barry Williams and Jaleel WhiteThis season on Worst Cooks in America, seven celebrity recruits have signed up to be whipped into shape by mentors Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray, but unfortunately one recruit has to be eliminated in each episode. Last week Dean Cain’s time was cut short when he wasn’t chosen for a team. This week one of the early frontrunners let the pressures of the competition affect his cooking, and it put him in the bottom two; an elimination challenge determined which of the two would exit Boot Camp. FN Dish has the exclusive exit interview with tonight’s eliminated recruit.

SPOILER ALERT: Read on to find out who went home.

Q&A with Halloween Baking Championship Judge Sherry Yard

by in Shows, September 30th, 2015

Sherry YardOn the new show Halloween Baking Championship, expect to be blown away by some of the extremely creepy creations the bakers make, but even more than that, be ready for probably the scariest panel of judges you will ever see, and a host who’s not afraid to deliver some deadly news to eliminated bakers. Judges Carla Hall, Ron Ben-Israel and Sherry Yard will be dishing out critiques, while Richard Blais will be sending home those bakers who don’t meet the spooktacular criteria of the $25,000 competition show. Before you tune in for the premiere on Monday, October 5 at 9|8c, get to know each of them a little better.

Sherry began her culinary career in New York City before moving on to jobs in London, San Francisco and Los Angeles, where she became Wolfgang Puck’s pastry chef for his worldwide operations. She has since gone on to produce television cooking shows for Puck and others. She is currently in the process of reviving Helms Bakery in Los Angeles.

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Valerie Bertinelli Is Inviting Fans Back Into Her Kitchen for a New Season of Valerie’s Home Cooking

by in Shows, September 30th, 2015

Valerie BertinelliValerie Bertinelli is back to share more of her mouthwatering recipes in the second season of Valerie’s Home Cooking, premiering Saturday, Nov. 7 at 12:30|11:30c. Whether it is a fun poker night, an irresistible Thanksgiving feast or just a simple Sunday dinner, Valerie offers useful tips and tricks for preparing crowd-pleasing, homemade dishes that everyone will enjoy.

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Q&A with Halloween Baking Championship Judge Carla Hall

by in Shows, September 29th, 2015

Carla HallOn the new season of Halloween Baking Championship, expect to be blown away by some of the extremely creepy creations the bakers make, but even more than that, be ready for probably the scariest panel of judges you will ever see, and a host who’s not afraid to deliver some deadly news to eliminated bakers. Judges Carla Hall, Damiano Carrara and Sandra Lee will be dishing out critiques, while Jeff Dunham will be sending home those bakers who don’t meet the spooktacular criteria of the $25,000 competition show. Before you tune in for the premiere on Monday, October 3 at 9|8c, get to know each of them a little better.

Before becoming a chef, Carla was on the path to becoming an accountant, until traveling awakened her passion for cooking. She’s appeared on Bravo’s Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars, and currently is a co-host on ABC’s chat-and-chew daytime show, The Chew. She recently opened Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen, a fast-casual restaurant in Nashville.

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Scarlett Can Really Cook: Get to Know the Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off Winner

by in Shows, September 29th, 2015

Scarlett, winner of Rachael Ray's Kids Cook-OffYou’ve probably never seen an 11-year-old with better knife skills than Scarlett. Self-taught, this little culinarian was inspired by Food Network and the internet to get cooking because she just wasn’t getting the kind of food she wanted at home. Now after winning Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off, she’s gone on to film her own Web series, This Cali Kid Can Cook. But she’s not resting on her laurels. She’s recently been staging at restaurants in Los Angeles, perfecting her craft before she moves on to her next adventure, which may be culinary school or business school.

FN Dish caught up with Scarlett on the set of her Web series to chat about her cooking inspirations, her favorite dishes to cook and the effect of her winning the series.

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