This 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 Barry Williams couldn’t get the hang of the pasta machine and ended up in the elimination challenge, where he lost a pasta cook-off to Ellen. This week Ellen, Jenni and Kendra remain, but there are only two spots in the finale. Unfortunately, one of the most-entertaining recruits leaves the competition, just short of the finale. FN Dish has the exclusive exit interview with tonight’s eliminated recruit.
The history of where Bloody Marys come from and how they got the name isn’t known for sure — there’s just too much conjecture, and there are too many stories that can’t be corroborated. But one thing is for sure: It’s a popular hangover drink that people enjoy the world over. And when you’ve spent your Saturday night at the New York City Wine & Food Festival, what more could you ask for on Sunday than the Best Bloody Mary Brunch hosted by the cast of Chopped.
This year gin and vodka producers came together on Pier 60 in New York City to compete and see who could produce the best Bloody Mary. The judges and host from Chopped were on hand to lend their expertise to the competition, tasting all of the creations before picking winners in the three categories of best overall, most creative and best dressed. But first they revealed what they look for — and what they’re tired of seeing — in a Bloody Mary.
The Perfect Culinary Collaboration Between Farmer and Chef at Geoffrey Zakarian’s Greenmarket Brunchby Joseph Erdos in Events, October 18th, 2015
Anyone who heads to Union Square’s Greenmarket three or more times per week, like I do, will often see chefs geared up with carts and bins, buying some of the best produce from the farmers who’ve set up stands in the square. Without tracking down all of the restaurants that frequent the market, one’s left imagining what dishes those items might end up being turned into. But at the New York City Wine & Food Festival‘s Greenmarket Brunch hosted by Chopped‘s own Geoffrey Zakarian, farm-to-table enthusiasts can experience all of the fruits of the chefs’ labors. It’s a unique collaboration, yielding some flavorful bites.
“You have eight amazing farms and eight amazing chefs,” said Geoffrey about the eighth season of the event held in The Standard High Line Hotel’s Biergarten, a rustic, open-air terrace underneath the High Line Park. He explained that each chef had the opportunity to pick the produce from the farms to feature in his or her dish. “It really is very special,” he said of the pairings, also pointing out the smaller size of the event, which offers festivalgoers the chance to get to know the chefs and farmers, who are also on hand.
Get highlights from Episode 4 of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, and see some of the craziest moments in GIFs.
This 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 Chris Soules screwed up his chances by presenting Anne with a salad that not only had an unappetizing name, but was also unpalatable; in the elimination challenge, his lack of egg-frying skills did him in. This week one of the recruits who has just barely hung on in the competition got the boot from Boot Camp. FN Dish has the exclusive exit interview with tonight’s eliminated recruit.
When Kids Face the Chopping Block: Ted Allen on the Astonishing Maturity of Chopped Junior Competitorsby Joseph Erdos in Shows, October 11th, 2015
“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?
Get highlights from Episode 3 of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, and see some of the craziest moments in GIFs.
This 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.
On 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.