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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 Chopped Grill Masters, Round 4 Winner

by in Shows, August 4th, 2015

Angie and MikeTonight 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.

Read the interview with the winner

Valerie Bertinelli Reveals the Inspiration Behind Her New Show

by in Shows, July 30th, 2015

Valerie BertinelliOn 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]

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One-on-One with the Chopped Grill Masters, Round 3 Winner

by in Shows, July 28th, 2015

Leslie and HarryTonight 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.

Read the interview with the winner

The Great Food Truck Race Returns for Season 6 with a Road Trip Along Route 66

by in Shows, July 23rd, 2015

Food Truck teamsThe 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.

Find Out Who the Food Truck Teams Are

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Michael Symon

by in Behind the Scenes, Shows, July 22nd, 2015

Michael SymonMany people know Michael Symon as the meat guy on Food Network. If you’ve ever heard him talk about meat, you would never think he even eats vegetables. So when FN Dish caught up with the host of Burgers, Brew & ‘Que and asked him to offer up some surprising facts about himself, Michael was a little skeptical, saying, “I feel like I’ve been on TV so long that they know everything.” However, even we were surprised to hear some of the facts he revealed: Let’s just say even the meat guy gets in his greens.

Get to know Michael Symon better and discover some aspects about his life that might surprise you.

Michael reveals seven facts about himself

One-on-One with the Chopped Grill Masters, Round 2 Winner

by in Shows, July 21st, 2015

MB and Stan at the Chopping BlockTonight Chopped Grill Masters continued with the second 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.

In tonight’s appetizer round, the competitors soon found their excitement replaced with the anxiety of being defeated. In the final round, two very worthy opponents faced off, creating impressive desserts that made the judges’ decision that much more difficult. The one who prevailed in all three courses earned a spot in the finale. Hear from the Chopped Champion of tonight’s episode.

Read the interview with the winner

Hear from Grilling Expert Tim Love, Guest Judge on Chopped Grill Masters

by in Shows, July 21st, 2015

Tim LoveDuring this season of Chopped Grill Masters, Tuesdays at 10|9c, two new guests join the panel of regular judges at the chopping block: Tim Love and Amy Mills. Food Network fans will recognize Tim from his appearances on Iron Chef America. But this famed chef and restaurateur is known for Texas barbecue, and he’s bringing that expertise to Grill Masters, judging two of the tournament’s preliminary rounds. FN Dish caught up with Tim on the set of the show to talk about the importance of a hot grill, how he found his calling and what he hopes to see in the competition.

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Superstar Chefs Race Through the Market Aisles in Guy’s Grocery Games All-Stars

by in Shows, July 20th, 2015

Guy FieriStarting Sunday, Aug. 23 at 8|7c, famed chefs will enter Flavortown Market for a special five-part All-Stars series of Guy’s Grocery Games. You never know what host Guy Fieri has up his sleeves as he doles out games that even these chefs will find challenging. Whether it’s the Fieri Food Pyramid, a game of Can Can or the dreaded Food Wheel, they must be prepared for anything. The rotating panel of judges comprises Richard Blais, Melissa d’Arabian, Duskie Estes, G. Garvin, Troy Johnson, Beau MacMillan, Brian Malarkey, Catherine McCord and Aarti Sequeira. In the fifth and final episode, the All-Stars will be teamed up with professional athletes, giving the All-Stars even more of a sporting chance to win a cash prize for their respective charities!

Find Out Who’ll Be Competing

One-on-One with the Chopped Grill Masters, Round 1 Winner

by in Shows, July 14th, 2015

Danielle and Chris in the Dessert RoundOn tonight’s episode, Chopped headed outdoors for the premiere of the second installment of the five-part Grill Masters 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. In the first round, four fierce competitors took up the challenge; in the final round, two who share a history in the barbecue competition circuit faced off. The challenge could have ended in either’s favor, but the one who prevailed had the best three courses, earning a finale spot. Hear from the Chopped Champion of tonight’s episode.

Read the interview with the winner

Meet Barbecue Heiress Amy Mills, Guest Judge on Chopped Grill Masters

by in Shows, July 14th, 2015

Amy MillsDuring this season of Chopped Grill Masters, premiering Tuesday, July 14 at 10|9c, two new guests join the panel of regular judges at the chopping block: Amy Mills and Tim Love. Known as the heiress of barbecue, Amy is the daughter of famed barbecuer Mike Mills, and she is a top-notch barbecuer and restaurant consultant. With many years of experience, she knows what competitive barbecue is all about, so there’s no one more well-suited to judge two of the tournament’s preliminary rounds. FN Dish caught up with Amy on the set of the show to chat about grilling, barbecue and the difficulties the competitors face in this tournament.

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