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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.

Playing with Fire — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, January 12th, 2014


When it comes to chefs working with mystery basket ingredients, the Chopped judges look for creativity and, above all, an expert incorporation of all the ingredients into one harmonious dish. And sometimes it takes a bit of playing with one’s food to achieve that, or in this case playing with fire. Facing the same dessert basket as the contestants from Chopped: Firefighter Chefs, the judges accomplished exactly that. Alex, Scott and Amanda took up spots in the Chopped Kitchen for an After Hours competition where they cooked with wafer sheets, lemon soda, vanilla pudding cups and a blowtorch.

On the show, the final two competitors were able to make great strides with the ingredients, but neither of them truly created a unified dish. The one whose dish was found to be the most disjointed was ultimately chopped. Alex, Scott and Amanda looked at the ingredients as an opportunity to create unique desserts and the blowtorch as an enhancer of flavor. Alex went the extra mile in using it to char a savory ingredient for her dessert, which impressed her fellow judges the most.

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Rhyme Time with Vanilla Ice — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off Caption It

by in Shows, January 11th, 2014

Vanilla Ice Presents His DishOn Monday’s upcoming episode of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, the celebrities must cater a cocktail party with a Hawaiian luau theme. Chopped judge Marc Murphy stops by to taste the dishes, offer his critique, and, most importantly announce the winning team and the MVP of the challenge. In this sneak peek photo from the episode, Vanilla Ice from Team Guy presents his dish for tasting, but Guy has a moment where he holds his head and Rachael giggles while she takes a sampling of the food.

Did someone say something funny or just plain corny? It is, after all, a Hawaiian-themed party, so the celebrities are taking the theme to heart with dishes that play up that fact. But Ice is also known to break out with a rhyme on the fly. Did he put a silly spin on his dish?

Before you tune in this Monday at 9pm/8c, we’re challenging you, Rachael vs. Guy fans, to write your best captions or rhymes (tastefully appropriate, please) for this moment in the comments below.

What to Watch: The Kitchen’s New Cookbook Club and Firehouse Chefs Battle the Heat on Chopped

by in Shows, January 10th, 2014

The KitchenThis weekend on Food Network it’s all about comforting dishes and competitions that prove it’s possible to overcome obstacles, no matter how big or small. On Saturday morning, watch a new episode of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, where Trisha cooks up Southern comfort foods for her friend Wendy Williams. Then on The Kitchen, the hosts launch their new cookbook club with Jenny McCoy’s Desserts for Every Season, a copy of which will be given away on the blog tomorrow. Then in the evening, watch a new episode of On the Rocks, where John Green redoes an Irish pub.

On Sunday morning, tune in for Rachael Ray’s 3 in the Bag, where she shows you how to make three dishes out of one bag of groceries. Then on Sandwich King, Jeff is making pizza burgers, an Italian sub and Bombini Doughnuts. In the evening, watch a new episode of Guy’s Grocery Games, a special firefighters episode of Chopped and a new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, where one chef faces cooking in a tiny kitchen.

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Bring on the New Year’s Luck with this Kale Salad

by in Recipes, Shows, January 8th, 2014

Kale Salad
Chopped Dinner ChallengeThe Chopped Dinner Challenge is a series of recipes showing you how easy it is to cook like a winning Chopped competitor. Every week, FN Dish will showcase a recipe created by Food Network Kitchens that uses at least one of the Chopped basket ingredients, plus basic grocery goods and simple staples. Consider it your very own Chopped challenge. Just take this frequent tip from the judges: Don’t forget to season!

For this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchens chose to feature the basket ingredient redbor kale, a purple variety. When you think of kale salad, “boring” might be one of the words that come to mind. But this salad is definitely not boring. The chefs of Food Network Kitchens made sure that it’s packed with flavor from garlic, maple syrup and bacon. Not only that but the salad also has black-eyed peas — both black-eyed peas and kale supposedly bring good luck, as they symbolize prosperity. Try this Roasted Redbor Kale Salad for dinner with your family and you may just bring on the luck for the year ahead.

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Go Behind the Scenes of Chopped Canada

by in Shows, January 7th, 2014

Chopped CanadaChopped is taking the competition up north, to Canada. In the new series from Food Network, premiering Thursday, Jan. 9 at 9pm/8c, four chefs will take their chances cooking with mystery basket ingredients in three judged rounds. The competition is basically the same as the classic Chopped with the winning chef earning a cash prize of $10,000, though the panel of judges, the host and the currency differs.

Judges include well-known Canadian chefs Chuck Hughes, Roger Mooking, Susur Lee and Michael Smith, among others. You might also recognize the host, Dean McDermott, as the winner of Season 2 of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off. The biggest difference between the original Chopped and Chopped Canada though is probably the set.

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Get to Know Vanilla Ice — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, January 5th, 2014

Vanilla IceFN Dish is counting down to the Season 3 premiere of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off by introducing a new celebrity contestant every day. During the competition, the celebrities will be tested in a number of different challenges to see who has the most culinary chops. The winner will be awarded the title of Cook-Off Champion and $50,000 for the charity of his or her choice. Watch the premiere Monday, Jan. 6 at 9pm/8c, and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content.

Iconic ’90s rapper Vanilla Ice sold 10 million albums and hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts with his award-winning single, “Ice Ice Baby.” Ice has also appeared in movies and TV shows, including Celebrity Boxing, Hollywood Squares, The Surreal Life and Ty Murray’s Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge. He currently stars on DIY Network’s The Vanilla Ice Project and Vanilla Ice Goes Amish. Ice plans to show that his creativity in renovating houses extends into the kitchen with his unique vegetarian cuisine. Ice is playing for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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Get to Know Tiffany — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, January 4th, 2014

TiffanyFN Dish is counting down to the Season 3 premiere of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off by introducing a new celebrity contestant every day. During the competition, the celebrities will be tested in a number of different challenges to see who has the most culinary chops. The winner will be awarded the title of Cook-Off Champion and $50,000 for the charity of his or her choice. Watch the premiere Monday, Jan. 6 at 9pm/8c, and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content.

Singer Tiffany, best known as the voice of the ’80s, is a critically praised songwriter in Nashville. She recently released her eighth album, Rose Tattoo. Besides music, Tiffany has starred in TV movies and appeared on The Young and the Restless and How I Met Your Mother. She also recently opened a vintage clothing boutique in Nashville. Not only can she sing to entertain, but Tiffany also loves to cook and entertain, which is her plan of action for the competition. Tiffany is playing for The Caring Place.

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Get to Know Penn Jillette — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, January 3rd, 2014

Penn JilletteFN Dish is counting down to the Season 3 premiere of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off by introducing a new celebrity contestant every day. During the competition, the celebrities will be tested in a number of different challenges to see who has the most culinary chops. The winner will be awarded the title of Cook-Off Champion and $50,000 for the charity of his or her choice. Watch the premiere Monday, Jan. 6 at 9pm/8c, and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content.

Penn Jillette is best known as one half of the world-famous, Emmy award-winning magic duo Penn & Teller, which is the longest-running headlining show in Las Vegas. Penn has also appeared on Dancing with the Stars and Celebrity Apprentice. His latest book — Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! — takes a humorous look at holidays from an atheist’s perspective. Penn is competing to try his magic in the kitchen and to prove he’s not all smoke and mirrors. Penn is playing for Opportunity Village.

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What to Watch: Premieres of The Kitchen and Rachael Ray’s 3 in the Bag

by in Shows, January 3rd, 2014

The KitchenThis weekend, two brand-new shows are joining the Food Network lineup. On Saturday morning, watch the premiere of Food Network’s new series, The Kitchen — part cooking show and part talk show hosted by Jeff Mauro, Geoffrey Zakarian, Katie Lee, Marcela Valladolid and Sunny Anderson. Then, on Sunday morning, tune in for Rachael Ray’s new cooking show, 3 in the Bag, where she’ll show viewers how to create three exciting meals out of one grocery bag of ingredients.

Also this weekend, Giada De Laurentiis will judge a new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen filled with the usual sabotages. Plus, watch all-new episodes of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, On the Rocks, Sandwich King, Guy’s Big Bite, Giada at Home and a special Sunday-night episode of Chopped.

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Get to Know Judy Gold — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, January 2nd, 2014

Judy GoldFN Dish is counting down to the Season 3 premiere of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off by introducing a new celebrity contestant every day. During the competition, the celebrities will be tested in a number of different challenges to see who has the most culinary chops. The winner will be awarded the title of Cook-Off Champion and $50,000 for the charity of his or her choice. Watch the premiere Monday, Jan. 6 at 9pm/8c, and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content.

Actress and comedian Judy Gold has received many accolades and award nominations for her two long-running off-Broadway shows: The Judy Show: My Life as a Sitcom and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother. Judy has also won two Emmy awards for writing and producing The Rosie O’Donnell Show, and appears regularly on the daytime talk show The View. Now she’s turning her attention toward winning a different kind of award, and it’s no laughing matter: After facing the Chopping Block on Chopped earlier this year, Judy wants redemption. Judy is playing for Project ALS.

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