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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.

Coaching a Celebrity Worst Cooks Winner: Rachael Ray on Her First Win in Boot Camp

by in Shows, November 3rd, 2016

Loni and RachaelWhen it comes to Worst Cooks in America, there aren’t many other mentors who can beat Chef Anne Burrell, who holds the record for most wins (six out of eight). But in Season 9, mentor Rachael Ray — coaching only her second season in the series — rose to the top with celebrity recruit Loni Love. Rachael’s strategy of finding what her recruit loves about food and bringing that to the forefront worked successfully. Loni cooked a Southern comfort menu that came straight from the heart. It touched and impressed the judges, who awarded her the win. Loni left with $50,000 for her charity, the American Red Cross. And Rachael left with quite amazing bragging rights, having broken Anne’s record.

FN Dish sat down with Rachael on the set of Worst Cooks to find out more about how she approached the finale and coaching Loni to the win, as well as what she thought about being in the competition with Anne.

Read on for Rachael’s take on her success this past season.

Exclusive Interview with the Winner of Worst Cooks Celebrity Edition

by in Shows, November 2nd, 2016

The Red Team and Blue TeamLooking at the original nine celebrity Worst Cooks recruits, you never would have guessed the final two. But after seven weeks of tough competition, the Blue Team’s Loni and the Red Team’s Nicole rose to the top. And it all would come down to one last cook decided upon by a panel of experts in a blind tasting. At the end one winner would be crowned and awarded $50,000 for her charity, and her mentor would win bragging rights. Would Anne keep her record unbroken, or would Rachael clinch her first win? History could be made on this night.

Spoiler Alert: Get the exclusive interview with the winner.

Exclusive Interview with the Runner-Up of Worst Cooks Celebrity Edition

by in Shows, November 2nd, 2016

The Red Team and the Blue TeamNot everyone can be a winner, but on Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, both Loni and Nicole were winners just for making it to the finale. After weeks of difficult cooking challenges, the ladies showed they could cook like the best of them. Going into the finale, they represented their mentors Rachael and Anne in one last cook-off. If Anne won, it would mean another season with an unbroken record. But for Rachael it would mean her first win. Determining the outcome came down to a blind tasting by a panel of experts, who tried all three courses from both recruits before awarding the winner $50,000 for her chosen charity.

Spoiler Alert: Get the Interview with the Runner-Up

Ina’s Back in the White House: Exclusive Interview About Her Barefoot in Washington Special Visit

by in Behind the Scenes, Shows, October 28th, 2016

Michelle Obama and Ina GartenWhen Ina Garten worked in Washington, D.C., little did she know she’d end up in a completely different career, first operating a specialty foods store in Long Island and then writing cookbooks and hosting a very successful cooking show on Food Network. Now, years later, Ina returns to the nation’s capital in the special Barefoot in Washington, premiering on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1|12c. After making various stops in the city to see how the culinary scene has transformed, and to reconnect and cook with longtime friends, Ina makes one last stop at the White House to see how the gardens and the kitchen supply food for state dinners as well as the wider community. And before she leaves, Ina sits down to tea with Mrs. Obama.

FN Dish recently sat down with Ina to chat about the special.

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One-on-One with the Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay, Part 2 Champion

by in Shows, October 27th, 2016

Seis and CoryIn the new Chopped tournament, 12 former Chopped champions are getting the chance to go up against Bobby Flay in battle. In every round, four chefs compete to earn a spot in the finale, at the end of which one single champion will get the opportunity of a lifetime, to cook head-to-head against a Food Network great. With $40,000 on the line, the stakes are high, the pressure is on and the cooks are ready to show what they’ve got. In Part 2, chefs Corey Morris, Heather Borden, Shania Thomas and Seis Kamimura cooked for their lives, but only one earned the win and the second spot in the tournament’s finale.

Hear from the Part 2 Winner

Exclusive Interview with the Latest Celebrity Worst Cook to Be Eliminated from the Blue Team

by in Shows, October 26th, 2016

Loni and JohnIn the penultimate episode of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, the recruits faced their last Skill Drill and Main Dish challenges that would test how well they could decipher a recipe and cook without their mentor present. Last season’s winner and runner-up, Jenni “JWoww” Farley and Kendra Wilkinson, respectively, showed up to lend some help to Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray too. At the end, the mentors would have to choose which recruits gave them the best chance of winning in the finale, which meant there would be a double elimination. Find out who got eliminated from Rachael’s Blue Team below, and get the exit interview from Anne’s Red Team recruit here.

Spoiler alert: Read on for an interview with the eliminated celebrity from the Blue Team.

Exclusive Interview with the Latest Celebrity Worst Cook to Be Eliminated from the Red Team

by in Shows, October 26th, 2016

Nicole and MikeIn this semifinal round of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, every detail counted, and Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray had to take into account past performances as well as competitive resolve in choosing their finalists. The day began with a recipe challenge, which the Red Team excelled on. The Main Dish pasta-making challenge presented problems for most of the recruits. Last season’s winner, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, and last season’s runner-up, Kendra Wilkinson, returned to help the mentors and test how well the recruits could manage without their authority figures. At the end of the day came the double elimination. Find out who got eliminated from Anne’s Red Team below, and get the exit interview from Rachael’s Blue Team recruit here.

Spoiler alert: Read on for an interview with the eliminated celebrity from the Red Team.

One-on-One with the Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay, Part 1 Champion

by in Shows, October 20th, 2016

Jay and Demetrio start the dessert roundIn the new Chopped tournament, 12 former Chopped champions are getting the chance to go up against Bobby Flay in battle. In every round, four chefs compete to earn a spot in the finale, at the end of which one single champion will get the opportunity of a lifetime, to cook head-to-head against a Food Network great. With $40,000 on the line, the stakes are high, the pressure is on and the cooks are ready to show what they’ve got. In Part 1, chefs Jay Abrams, Mackenzie Hilton, Bradley Stellings and Demetrio Zavala cooked for their lives, but only one earned the win and the first spot in the tournament’s finale.

Hear from the Part 1 Champion

Exclusive Interview with the Latest Celebrity Worst Cook to Be Eliminated

by in Shows, October 19th, 2016

Elimination challengeThis week on Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, the recruits were tested on teamwork, communication skills and complex cooking techniques. We saw the return of Remote Control Chef, which had each team directing their mentor in cooking a recipe. The teams came together and worked well under the pressure. The Main Dish challenge, however, would prove to be an exercise in frustration for some, especially when it came to using a vast array of unfamiliar spices. The Red Team’s Matt and the Blue Team’s John ended up being nominated for the elimination challenge, where both had to create their own kebabs in order to save themselves. But an accident almost derailed one of the recruits. Find out who got sent home and who saved himself to cook another week.

Spoiler alert: Read on for an interview with the eliminated celebrity.

Bobby Flay Reveals His Competitive Strategy Ahead of the New Chopped Tournament

by in Shows, October 18th, 2016

Bobby Flay with Ted AllenFor the first time in Chopped history, Bobby Flay is entering the arena, initially as a judge and then as a competitor. In the new tournament Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay, premiering on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 9|8c, 12 chefs will try their luck in three preliminary rounds. Three champions will make it into a final round, and at the end of it the single best competitor will get the chance to battle Bobby in a wild-card round, which will determine if it’s even possible to beat the master of competition himself, Bobby Flay.

FN Dish caught up with the indomitable Bobby on the set of Chopped to chat about how he’s judging the competition, what he expects from the final round, his advice for the chefs and what it takes to beat him. Read on to learn Bobby’s best traits in competition.

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