For this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient of hearts of palm. Readily available canned, hearts of palm are the tender inner cores of palm trees — though only certain less fibrous varieties of palm are harvested. The taste is delicate and similar to artichokes, but their long cylindrical shape resembles white asparagus. They’re crunchy when raw and typically used in salads, but this Hearts of Palm Parm recipe does something different: It cooks the hearts in a tomato sauce, turning them soft and even more flavorful. Whether you’re a vegetarian or a fan of chicken or eggplant Parmesan looking for a different take on the dish, give this one a try.
FN Dish is counting down until the premiere of America’s Best Cook on Sunday at 9|8c. On the new show, four Food Network chefs representing the four regions of the United States mentor teams of exceptional home cooks in a competition to find America’s best cook. The winner walks away with the title and $50,000 in prize money. But which region will that winner be from? It could be North, South, East or West. The final result will be a testament to the mentor who coached the winner. Ahead of the premiere, FN Dish spoke with each of the mentors to find out more about the competition, mentoring strategies, what makes a good home cook and more.
On America’s Best Cook, Alex Guarnaschelli leads the East, a region that she grew up in, lives in and runs restaurants in. As a judge on Chopped, Alex knows what makes a good cook, and as the most recently named Iron Chef, she’s got the fire to lead. Having learned the trade in France, Alex owes it all to Guy Savoy for giving her the confidence to become a chef, but she also looks up to fellow Food Network chef Bobby Flay for inspiration when it comes to blazing a path.
On tonight’s episode of the Chopped Tournament of Stars, the winners of the four previous rounds returned for one final battle to see who would win the championship and walk away with $50,000 for his or her charity. Brandi Chastain, Carnie Wilson, Gillian Vigman and Michael Imperioli all entered the competition with the goal of winning, but by the dessert round only Brandi and Michael remained to face off in an epic dessert round that was so exciting that it had the judges on the edge of their seats. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the winner.
Guy Fieri is returning with a new season of Guy’s Grocery Games, premiering May 11 at 8|7c.The competition features four talented chefs battling in supermarket-themed cooking challenges with real-world obstacles, and it all takes place in an all-new grocery store this season. It could be shopping on a budget, substituting for out-of-stock ingredients or grabbing groceries at the last minute before closing time. In each challenge, the chefs must prepare dishes with items pulled from the shelves, then face judging in front of an expert panel. One by one, chefs check out, until the winner is left standing. He or she has the opportunity to net up to $20,000 in a timed shopping spree through the aisles.
This weekend, Food Network has a bunch of new episodes from Ree, Amy, Damaris, Rachael and Guy, as well as the finale of the Chopped Tournament of Stars.
On Saturday, on The Pioneer Woman, Ree makes school treats for the kids. Then on Heartland Table, Amy cooks lunch with her cousin, who is a butcher. Come Sunday, on Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day, she shows you how to cook five make-ahead meals in one day. Then on Southern at Heart, Damaris shows you how to elevate ho-hum dishes using spices. Later on the new season of Guy’s Big Bite, Guy’s making one of his favorites, Brunswick stew, with his son Hunter. In the evening, tune in for an all-new Food Court Wars where a pair of friends battles a father-daughter team for eatery space. Then it’s the finale of the Chopped Tournament of Stars: Brandi, Carnie, Gillian and Michael compete for the title of champion and $50,000 for charity. Afterward watch Cutthroat Kitchen, where a chef’s whisk gets supersized when making mousse.
When it comes to gambling, there’s more to it than luck. Strategy plays an important part in how a game is won or lost, whereas cooking — especially competitively — requires skill. These two traits are necessary for contestants if they wish to excel in Food Network’s new series Kitchen Casino, which premieres Monday, April 7 at 9|8c. Only those chefs who can balance both have the opportunity to win the jackpot.
FN Dish recently caught up with Bill Rancic, the host of Kitchen Casino, to talk about the show, what’s expected of the contestants and what he thinks are the tools they need to succeed in this unique competition.
Among the many things that define the United States, foods are at the top of that list. And every region has its specialty, whether it is lobster rolls from the East, chili from the North, shrimp and grits from the South or tacos from the West. On the new series America’s Best Cook, premiering on Sunday, April 13 at 9|8c, home cooks from the four corners of the country have come to Food Network headquarters to be mentored by FN chefs and battle it out for a chance at winning the title of America’s Best Cook.
To coincide with the show, FN Dish has launched the Regional Foods Face-Off, a bracket challenge in which you, the fans, can vote for your favorite regional food. The editors have narrowed it down to four famous dishes from each of the regions, but after four rounds of voting, only one dish will come out on top. Round 1 is now closed. Vote in Round 2.
After four tumultuous rounds, four celebrity competitors have emerged as the best in their class and will move onto the Chopped Tournament of Stars finale. Star athletes, Rachael vs. Guy veterans, comedians and actors have competed and shown that any one of them can cook transformative meals out of mystery baskets. But only one will walk away the champion and winner of $50,000 for the charity of his or her choice. Who will it be? Watch the finale on Sunday, April 6 at 9|8c to find out. But until then, fans, here’s your chance to show your support in the fan vote.
For this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient of quick-cooking grits. When you’re in a pinch, a box of grits comes in handy for a fast, creamy side dish, but in this case the grits are used for something entirely different. In this Butter-Roasted Chicken with Grit Waffles recipe, the grits add a nice crunch to waffles. And instead of frying the chicken, as is done traditionally with chicken and waffles, this recipe features roasted dark meat with a bit of sweetness and a kick. Your family will be excited to try this modern version of the classic Southern comfort food dish.
In Kitchen Casino, premiering Monday, April 7 at 9|8c, four chefs must not only know how to cook, but also how to play the game. The set of the show features a slot machine, poker table and oversized roulette wheel on which the chefs cook. From a platform above the competition space, two judges watch the chefs play the casino-themed games, doled out by host Bill Rancic. The set truly feels like a casino right out of Las Vegas in the ’60s. Get an exclusive tour below, and watch the premiere this coming Monday.