All Posts By Joseph Erdos

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.

POLL: Your Preferred Meal at the Diner and More — Play Along with Hungry Games

by in Shows, October 30th, 2014

Diner FoodThe all-American diner: There really is no other place that serves as many options at nearly all hours of the day and night as the classic greasy spoon. When it comes to diner food, just the amount of menu choices can make a person’s head spin, but when you have a favorite dish it’s often easier to just go with your gut, especially when satisfying a late-night craving. On Monday’s episode of Hungry Games, Richard Blais gets into the psychology behind diner food, including placing an order, and he even learns some diner slang while cooking behind the counter.

Before the episode airs, we want to know: When do you usually like to go to the diner, and how do you make up your mind about what you’re ordering? Vote in our polls, and find out what fellow fans are thinking.

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Burgers? Play Along with Hungry Games

by in Shows, October 28th, 2014

NY Burger Co.Burgers are one of America’s favorite foods, and for good reason: Biting into the perfect one is like a flavor bomb for your mouth. Pair that with crispy fries and you’ve got a winning combination. On last night’s Burger Games episode of Hungry Games, host Richard Blais revealed some pretty interesting facts and figures about American’s preferences when it comes to the ground beef patties. One of the most interesting facts was that it isn’t actual juiciness that makes a burger seem juicy — it’s your mouth’s reaction upon biting into one. Who knew something as simple as a burger could be so complex?

Take the quiz below and share your results with fellow fans of the show on Twitter, using the hashtag #HungryGames.

Watch new episodes of Hungry Games on Mondays at 8|7c.

Test Your Burger IQ

Get to Know Richard Blais, Culinary Tastemaker and Trailblazer

by in Shows, October 27th, 2014

Richard Blais, host of Hungry GamesWhat do kids do when their parents tell them not to play with their food? They play with it even more, right? Well if it wasn’t for kids like those, there wouldn’t be chefs like Richard Blais. Richard has parlayed his love for food — and experimenting with it — into a successful career, winning TV culinary competitions and opening restaurants from Atlanta to San Diego. Now as the host of the new series Hungry Games, he’s delving into the science-y side of food, discovering what makes us crave certain dishes — and dislike certain ingredients.

Watching the series, viewers will see that there’s more to food than eating it, and who better to lead us through various games and experiments than Richard himself? Find out what got him interested in food and how it led to a culinary career, and learn what keeps him immersed in the industry.

Get the exclusive interview with Richard

POLL: Your Favorite Burger Condiment and More — Play Along with Hungry Games

by in Shows, October 23rd, 2014

Bobby's Perfect BurgerThink of a meaty, juicy burger. Now ask yourself: What makes that burger so desirable? In the next episode of Hungry Games, this Monday at 8|7c, Richard Blais uncovers exactly what makes burgers so irresistible, the thing that makes our mouths water at the first bite. He also delves into the facts, figures and science behind one of America’s favorite foods. Expect to be astounded. You’ll never look at the burger the same way again.

Before the episode, we want to know what’s your preferred burger condiment, how you like your burger done and more. Vote in our polls, and also find out what fellow fans are thinking.

Vote in the Burger Polls

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Pizza? Play Along with Hungry Games

by in Shows, October 21st, 2014

Richard Blais and Giorgio Giova on Hungry GamesNo matter how you slice it, the convergence of crispy crust, rich tomato sauce and pools of cheese is irresistible in a pizza. Now how about the toppings? That’s up to you. On last night’s episode of Hungry Games, Richard Blais revealed what senses we use to taste our toppings. The results were really surprising. And when it comes to salesmanship, Richard has upselling pizza down pat. He proved that the more descriptive the language on a menu, the higher the price people are willing to pay for a pizza — and the more pleasurable it is to eat as well.

Take the quiz to find out how much you know about pizza and share your results with fellow fans of the show on Twitter by using the hashtag #HungryGames.

Watch new episodes of Hungry Games on Mondays at 8|7c.

Test Your Pizza IQ

The Carnivore’s Ball, A Meat Lover’s Dream: Meatopia at the New York City Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, October 20th, 2014

Michael, Josh and Lee at MeatopiaIf the name Meatopia isn’t clear enough, its subtitle, The Carnivore’s Ball, definitely explains what the festival, hosted by Michael Symon, is about. Ten years in, it’s still bringing the meat lovers in full force. This year Meatopia partnered with the New York City Wine & Food Festival. Michael, Josh Ozersky, the event’s founder, and Lee Brian Schrager (pictured above) introduced the event. “When Josh started this 10 years ago I thought it was brilliant,” says Michael, a self-professed meat lover. The festival began simply to bring together meat-devoted chefs to cook their best dishes. With this new partnership, explains Michael, “not only is it a wonderful gathering of chefs … but the money goes to a great cause to boot,” calling it “the perfect event.”

The first thing festivalgoers saw upon entering the tents was (vegetarians need not read further) an entire steer roasting over coals, which definitely brought out the carnality in the crowds atop Pier 92 as the sun set on a chilly Sunday afternoon in New York City. Chefs from as far as London were on hand to put their best meaty dishes on display. And the food offerings weren’t just limited to the four-legged variety like pork, beef and lamb, as birds of a feather such as chicken, duck and quail were also included.

Read on to see some of the most-noteworthy dishes

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Ice Cream? Play Along with Hungry Games

by in Shows, October 20th, 2014

Richard Blais, Ice Cream GamesIf you watched last night’s episode of Hungry Games, you probably learned more about ice cream than ever before. Who knew ice cream science and history could be so sweet? Richard Blais tested unsuspecting customers’ taste expectations by presenting them with a savory ice cream flavor. It wasn’t a favorite, to say the least, but it sure did prove a point: We expect ice cream to be sweet. But that doesn’t mean all ice cream flavors must be sweet — a little bit of salt goes a long way in making ice cream even more pleasurable to eat.

Take the quiz below and share your results with fellow fans of the show on Twitter using the hashtag #HungryGames.

Watch new episodes of Hungry Games on Mondays at 8|7c.

Test Your Ice Cream IQ

The Cast of Chopped Awards the Best Bloody Mary in America

by in Events, Shows, October 19th, 2014

Chopped Brunch

Brunch, that between-breakfast-and-lunch mealtime, is the perfect opportunity to enjoy both sweet and savory dishes, sometimes all in one dish. And when it comes to the perfect accompanying drink, Bloody Marys are a popular choice. At this Saturday’s Chopped Best Bloody Mary Brunch at the New York City Wine and Food Festival, the judges from Chopped gathered to taste offerings from 12 finalists in Absolut’s nationwide search for the best Bloody Mary. Also on hand were former competitors from the show, who presented food pairings that ran the gamut from tried-and-true brunch classics to fusion dishes.

The award of the day, chosen by the Chopped judges, went to David Wakefield of TenOak in Texas.

Read on to get the winning drink combination

POLL: Your Favorite Pizza Toppings and More — Play Along with Hungry Games

by in Shows, October 16th, 2014

Pizza on Hungry GamesPizza may be one of the most-personal foods out there. Just think about it: Everyone has a favorite topping, everyone eats it a different way, and everyone has a favorite pizza place. On Hungry Games‘ Pizza Games episode, airing Monday at 8|7c, Richard Blais finds out how well consumers can identify popular pizza toppings without using two of their senses, and he also pranks people into overpaying for pizza just by changing the way he markets the pies. It’s all in good fun, though, as he strives to uncover how our pizza cravings get us to behave in a certain way.

Before the episode, we want to know what your favorite topping is, the kind of pizza you prefer and your favorite way to eat a slice. Vote in our polls, and also find out what fellow fans are thinking.

Vote in the Pizza Polls

Host Richard Blais Offers Some Food for Thought on the New Series Hungry Games

by in Shows, October 15th, 2014

Richard Blais, host of Hungry GamesWhen it comes to food, many of us might not think past the fact that if you’re hungry, you eat. It’s natural. It’s survival. But there’s more to it: Why do you suddenly crave a certain food over another? And what is it about eating that’s so pleasurable — that happy byproduct of sustenance? In the new series Hungry Games, chef and food geek Richard Blais delves into the science of food, beyond everything you thought you knew. There’s more to that pizza craving than you thought!

Watch the premiere on Monday, Oct. 20 at 8|7c (with a sneak peek on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 10|9c) and join Richard Blais for a Twitter Q&A on Monday, Oct. 20, at 1pm EST. Tweet with the hashtag #HungryGames

We recently caught up with Richard to chat about the show’s concept.

FN Dish: How would you sum up the concept of the show? What do you think viewers will take away from it?
Richard Blais: It’s a show full of “wouldn’t you knows.” It’s on-the-street experiments and taste tests and a real family-friendly dose of fun education. I learn so much shooting each episode, and the viewers will get a kick out of playing along at home. It will be a show where families bet on who’s doing the dishes by playing along!

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