All Posts By Joseph Erdos

Joe is the Online Entertainment Editor for 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.

4 Ways to Make a Cream Cheese Sandwich

by in Recipes, Shows, October 5th, 2016

Cream cheese sandwichesBy Angela Carlos

What do you do when life (or the Chopped Junior mystery ingredient basket) gives you everything doughnuts? Besides enjoying the sweet and savory treat as is, you turn them into cream cheese sandwiches for your lunchbox, of course.

This week’s inspiration for our Chopped Junior-inspired lunchbox came early in the episode, when one of our young contestants scraped the cream cheese topping from a sweet-and-savory doughnut and added the topping to his plate.

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Duff Goldman Revels in the Magic of Baking and Reveals Why He Decided to Become a Baker

by in Behind the Scenes, Shows, October 4th, 2016

Duff GoldmanWhen Duff Goldman first appeared on Food Network on Ace of Cakes, we originally knew him as the owner of a small cake shop in Baltimore that put out some pretty inventive and over-the-top sweets. Since then he’s expanded his business to Los Angeles, and we’ve gotten to see the inner workings of his studio — and meet his exceptionally creative staff — on Duff Till Dawn and Cake Masters. More recently Duff has also lent his expertise as a judge to Spring Baking Championship and Holiday Baking Championship, and he’s served as a co-host and judge on Kids Baking Championship. But now Duff has taken on the role of teacher on Worst Bakers in America, airing Sundays at 10|9c. He’s paying forward all he’s learned by mentoring a set of bumbling baking wannabees, from which he hopes to train a winner.

So why did Duff end up becoming a baker, and what inspires him about his craft? FN Dish caught up with the cake-baker extraordinaire on the set of Worst Bakers to chat about his baking philosophy and the ups and downs he’s gone through in his career to get to where he is today.

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Taking the Oven Mitts Off: Duff and Lorraine Face Off in the New Series Worst Bakers in America

by in Behind the Scenes, Shows, October 2nd, 2016

Lorraine and DuffDuff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale have teamed up to coach teams of terrible bakers in the new series Worst Bakers in America, premiering Sunday at 10|9c. Even though the two are longtime friends and colleagues, appearing together as judges on Spring Baking Championship and Holiday Baking Championship, when it comes to a competition, they’re in it to win it no matter the cost. Lorraine will coach the Red Team, and Duff the Blue Team. Every week the baking challenges will get harder and harder, until only one member is left on each team to bake in a bakery-themed final battle for a chance to win $25,000. And for his or her mentor, there will be infinite bragging rights.

FN Dish caught up with both mentors on the set of the show to chat about the competition and find out who thinks he or she can win. And these two weren’t afraid to talk a bit of smack.

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Exclusive Interview with the Next Celebrity Worst Cook to Be Eliminated

by in Shows, September 28th, 2016

Red TeamWith every week of Worst Cooks in America, Boot Camp gets more difficult — and sometimes a bit more cringe-worthy. This week’s challenges forced the teams to make sausages from scratch. And sausage isn’t the easiest thing to watch being made, especially if you’ve got a dirty mind like the remaining seven celebrity recruits, most of whom are comedians. At the end of the challenge, it all came down to who made the best links. Having the most trouble among all the recruits, John and Tommy turned out the worst sausages, and they were chosen for the elimination round — where they had to fill sausages again! The one who passed with the best quantity and quality would advance to next week; the other would go home.

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

Q&A with Halloween Baking Championship Judge Damiano Carrara

by in Shows, September 27th, 2016

Damiano CarraraOn the new season of Halloween Baking Championship, expect to be blown away by 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, Damiano Carrara and Sandra Lee will be dishing out critiques, while Jeff Dunham will be sending home the bakers who don’t meet the spooktacular criteria of the $25,000 competition show. Before you tune in for the premiere on Monday, Oct. 3 at 9|8c, hear from Damiano.

Damiano is a very successful baker of Italian specialties, and he’s also familiar with competitions. He competed in Spring Baking Championship, Season 1 and Food Network Star, Season 12. FN Dish recently caught up with him to chat about the holiday and the championship.

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Judge Sandra Lee Sheds Light on the Sinister New Season of Halloween Baking Championship

by in Behind the Scenes, Shows, September 26th, 2016

Halloween Baking Championship judge Sandra LeeExpect some gore, some surprises, and lots of scintillating sweets on the new season of Halloween Baking Championship, premiering Monday, October 3 at 9|8c. The seven multitalented bakers competing sure know their way around Halloween tricks and treats, and baking feats. But what may be even scarier than the challenges are the three intimidating judges: Carla Hall, Damiano Carrara and Sandra Lee, whom everyone knows as the maven of Halloween entertaining. This season comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham hosts with a deftly creepy hand, doling out good and bad news to the bakers competing for $25,000.

FN Dish recently chatted with Sandra about the new season. In this exclusive interview she details the difficulties involved in judging a baking competition, and reveals her favorite things about the hallowed holiday, her favorite costume and more.

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Beating Guy at His Own Games: Introducing the First Triple G Superstar Champion

by in Shows, September 25th, 2016

Alex, Richard and GuyFor the first time ever, eight chefs of the highest caliber and Food Network fame entered Guy’s Grocery Games for a five-part superstar tournament. Every week one chef unceremoniously checked out, until four remained in the finale. In the last round, Richard Blais, a highly skilled technician of cooking, and Alex Guarnaschelli, a chef with finessed French training, remained to cook for the $40,000 check for charity and the title of Guy’s Superstar Grocery Games Champion. After the chefs created their winning dishes based on the game 1 Ingredient Per Aisle, the judges had a difficult job ahead of them, but they chose a winner of immense experience and culinary excellence.

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A Mom-and-Son Road Trip to Remember: Vinny & Ma Eat America

by in Shows, September 23rd, 2016

Vinny and PaolaOn Vinny & Ma Eat America, airing Sunday, Sept. 25 at 10|9c, Vinny Guadagnino and his mom, Paola, are going on a road trip, but not just any kind. Paola may be the best cook in her big Italian family, but the problem is that she only cooks and eats Italian, according to Vinny. So he’s decided to take her on a culinary road trip of a lifetime, to taste and discover delicious food she’s never tried. What makes this mother and son cross-country adventure so special is seeing Vinny and Paola experience it all together, and the natural hilarity that ensues is heartwarming.

FN Dish recently caught up with Vinny to chat about the road trip and his relationship with his mom. Read on to find out the story behind this adventure.

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Exclusive Interview with the Next Celebrity Worst Cook to Be Eliminated

by in Shows, September 21st, 2016

Boot Camp recruitsAfter their first week of Worst Cooks Boot Camp, the celebrity recruits had their official day of lessons and challenges in tonight’s second episode. Both teams faced a Hawaiian cooking challenge, preparing not one dish, but two: an appetizer and an entree. For those with limited culinary experience, and just 60 minutes on the clock, that’s a feat easier said than done. Unfortunately two recruits ended up being nominated for the elimination challenge, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and I Dream of Jeannie’s Barbara Eden. The one who passed the blind judging would live to see another week of grueling Boot Camp, but the other would be going home.

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

One-on-One with the Season 3 Chopped Teen Grand Champion

by in Shows, September 20th, 2016

Eliana, Ted and KamrynOn tonight’s Teen Tournament finale, the four winners from the preliminary rounds battled one more time in the Chopped kitchen. This final fight for the finish would determine the winner of the $25,000 prize and the coveted title, which is pretty good for a teen still in high school. The young chefs once again faced challenging baskets along with the building pressure of a ticking timer and the judges’ critiques. Creativity, presentation and flavor would determine the results as the best young chef rose to the top with three courses worth the win.

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