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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.

One-on-One with the Season 4 Chopped All-Stars Champion

by in Shows, May 26th, 2015

Michael and AnneFive weeks ago 16 celebrated chefs entered Season 4 of the Chopped All-Stars tournament for a chance to walk away with the title of champion and the largest sum in the history of the show, $75,000 for a charity of their choice. Four preliminary rounds whittled down the competitors to four: Art Smith, Anne Burrell, Michael Psilakis and Jet Tila. In their earlier rounds, these four unlocked the mysteries of the basket, creating courses that earned them a place in the finale. All of them brought their A-game to the final battle, but one outmaneuvered them all. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the champion.

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Here, Fishy Fishy: The Judges’ Take on the All-Stars’ Appetizer Basket — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, May 26th, 2015


Four celebrated chefs made it into tonight’s Chopped All-Stars finale, taking on the mystery baskets for a chance to win $75,000 for charity. The appetizer round presented them with fish carcass, tasso ham, Calabrian chiles and purple potatoes. And after the episode, judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Geoffrey Zakarian and Scott Conant decided to take on those same baskets. “It’s always a blast when you all leave the judging table,” Ted tells the judges. “It’s a blast for you, because you get to point and laugh at us,” Scott replies. “I think after all this time these might be my two favorite boyfriends that I have,” Alex says playfully, situated between Geoffrey and Scott. “You guys are our original gangsters,” Ted adds.

“A lot of Americans would look at this as garbage,” Ted says, pointing to the fish carcass, which includes a fish head. “This particular fish carcass is cod and a catfish head,” says Geoffrey. “I love how you say that,” says Scott, poking fun at how Geoffrey pronounces “cod.” He points out that most people would probably want to turn the bones into a broth, but with the time constraints it may not be the right choice. “I am dying to cook this,” adds Scott as Ted gives them 20 minutes to create a dish.

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Expect the All-American Experience at Amanda Freitag’s Empire Diner in New York City

by in Restaurants, Shows, May 25th, 2015

Amanda FreitagThe diner: There’s probably nothing more American than an eatery where you can order pretty much any dish you want when you want it and not get flack for it. Whether that’s an egg sandwich at 3 in the morning after a night out with friends, or lunch with the family on a Saturday afternoon, the diner has something for everyone. Early last year, Chef Amanda Freitag, co-host of American Diner Revival on Fridays at 10:30|9:30c, reopened Empire Diner in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. You may recognize the iconic eatery from movies and TV, and that’s because it’s been around since the mid-1940s. Since then it’s gone through quite a few iterations and owners, but it’s possibly never looked better than in the hands of Chef Amanda, who’s taken the classic diner menu and given it a modern twist; it keeps customers coming back for more.

FN Dish recently caught up with the chef to chat about how she came to run the diner, what she loves about the menu and what customers can expect to experience.

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One-on-One with the Chopped All-Stars, Part 4 Winner

by in Shows, May 19th, 2015

Jet and RoccoCelebrated chefs from around the country have entered Season 4 of the Chopped All-Stars tournament for a chance to walk away victorious. For many it’s not their first time setting foot in the hallowed kitchen, but for others it’s their first attempt at cooking with and transforming mystery basket ingredients. On the line is the largest prize yet, $75,000 for charity. In Part 4 Fabio Viviani, Jet Tila, Lee Anne Wong and Rocco DiSpirito brought their best game to the competition, but in the end it all came down to the one who best dealt with the baskets. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the Part 4 winner.

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Bringing Back a Classic: Amanda Freitag Chats About American Diner Revival

by in Restaurants, Shows, May 19th, 2015

Amanda FreitagWhy do we love the American diner? It’s because you know what to expect: a broad menu with the classic dishes you love, friendly service and a comfortable family environment. On American Diner Revival the goal is not to change that definition of a diner, but to take it to the next level. While home improvement expert Ty Pennington remodels the interior and exterior of each diner, Amanda Freitag takes a look at the menus and finds ways to give them new life, by striking the right balance between old and new. Sometimes it means a menu overhaul, but in most cases it’s tweaking the dishes to encourage an influx of new customers while still keeping a constant flow of regulars.

FN Dish recently caught up with Amanda to chat about the show and how she approaches the challenge as a diner owner herself.

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One-on-One with the Chopped All-Stars, Part 3 Winner

by in Shows, May 12th, 2015

Michael and AntoniaCelebrated chefs from around the country have entered Season 4 of the Chopped All-Stars tournament for a chance to walk away victorious. For many it’s not their first time setting foot in the hallowed kitchen, but for others it’s their first attempt at cooking with and transforming mystery basket ingredients. On the line is the largest prize yet, $75,000 for charity. In Part 3 Antonia Lofaso, Cat Cora, Marcel Vigneron and Michael Psilakis brought their best game to the competition, but in the end it all came down to the one who best dealt with the baskets. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the Part 3 winner.

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One-on-One with the Chopped All-Stars, Part 2 Winner

by in Shows, May 5th, 2015

Hung and Anne on ChoppedCelebrated chefs from around the country have entered Season 4 of the Chopped All-Stars tournament for a chance to walk away victorious. For many it’s not their first time setting foot in the hallowed kitchen, but for others it’s their first attempt at cooking with and transforming mystery basket ingredients. On the line is the largest prize yet, $75,000 for charity. In Part 2 Anne Burrell, Dale Talde, Hung Huynh and Mary Sue Milliken brought their best game to the competition, but in the end it all came down to the one who best dealt with the baskets. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the Part 2 winner.

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One-on-One with the Chopped All-Stars, Part 1 Winner

by in Shows, April 28th, 2015

Eric Greenspan and Art SmithCelebrated chefs from around the country have entered Season 4 of the Chopped All-Stars tournament for a chance to walk away victorious. For many it’s not their first time setting foot in the hallowed kitchen, but for others it’s their first attempt at cooking with and transforming mystery basket ingredients. On the line is the largest prize yet, $75,000 for charity. In Part 1 Art Smith, Brian Malarkey, Eric Greenspan and Madison Cowan brought their best game to the competition, but in the end it all came down to the one who dealt best with the baskets. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the Part 1 winner.

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Meet Baker Simone Faure, Competing in Spring Baking Championship

by in Shows, April 25th, 2015

Simone FaureEight bakers have entered the Spring Baking Championship for a chance to win the title and earn $50,000 in prize money. Each one brings a unique talent to the competition. Some are professional pastry chefs, while others are culinary arts instructors, competitive bakers or self-trained bakers. This new series gives them the opportunity to show their skills on national television.

Before tuning in for the premiere on Sunday, April 26 at 9|8c, get to know the bakers. Every day leading up to the first episode we’ll be revealing a Q&A with one of the eight.

Get to Know Simone Faure

Meet Baker Sandy Hunter, Competing in Spring Baking Championship

by in Shows, April 24th, 2015

Sandy HunterEight bakers have entered the Spring Baking Championship for a chance to win the title and earn $50,000 in prize money. Each one brings a unique talent to the competition. Some are professional pastry chefs, while others are culinary arts instructors, competitive bakers or self-trained bakers. This new series gives them the opportunity to show their skills on national television.

Before tuning in for the premiere on Sunday, April 26 at 9|8c, get to know the bakers. Every day leading up to the first episode we’ll be revealing a Q&A with one of the eight.

Get to Know Sandy Hunter