This month Food Network is airing the 20th season of Chopped. To mark this momentous occasion, FN Dish is giving viewers the chance to see what the show looked like in its very first taped episode. Over the years the set has been updated and the basket ingredients have definitely gotten much more varied, but what hasn’t changed is the format of the show — a testament to its success.
On the new series Eating America, premiering Monday, July 28 at 9|8c, host Anthony Anderson is on a mission to discover the most flavorful food festivals in the country. Food Network fans may recognize Anthony Anderson from Chopped, where he competed on a special holiday episode, and from Iron Chef America, where he’s been a frequent judge. This food lover is now taking on a new venture in Food Fest Nation, tasting everything from classic interpretations of regional fare to surprising twists on favorite dishes. Anthony will get to the belly of what is truly at the heart of America — one food festival at a time.
For the very first time on Chopped, 16 teens will enter the kitchen in the Chopped Teen Tournament, premiering Tuesday, July 15 at 10|9c. These talented youngsters bring energy and ambition to the table, to compete for $25,000 in prize money and a coveted culinary school scholarship. They’ll face appetizer, entree and dessert basket ingredients that could stump even the most-experienced adult chef. And just because they’re kids doesn’t mean they’ll be judged any differently.
For this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient lavash. When this pita-like Middle Eastern bread is crisped up in the oven, it makes a great addition to salad, taking the place of croutons. The Italians have panzanella, a bread salad, but in Middle Eastern cuisine there’s fattoush, a salad made with flatbread. But in this Faux-toush Salad with Lavash, there’s a lot less of the bread and more of the lettuce for a modern spin on the recipe. And there’s grilled chicken breast to round everything out. This would make a healthy lunch to take to the office, or even a light dinner. You’ll definitely find exotic flavors in this dish with honey, lemon and sumac.
This weekend, grilling season is in full swing on Food Network. Start your Saturday with new episodes of The Pioneer Woman, Farmhouse Rules and The Kitchen. Ree grills up a meal for her family. Afterward, Nancy and David are hosting a cookout. And on The Kitchen, the co-hosts offer up their top grilling tips.
The grilling theme continues on Sunday morning as Damaris grills a week’s worth of ingredients on Southern at Heart. Afterward, Giada is making a California-inspired backyard feast on Giada at Home. And Guy gets grilling some of his favorite dishes on Guy’s Big Bite.
On Sunday night, tune in for an epic night of competition. First, Food Network Star alumni enter the competition on Guy’s Grocery Games. Right after, it’s the Season 10 premiere of Food Network Star as 12 budding hopefuls vie for their own show on the network. Then the tables get turned on the Cutthroat Kitchen judges, who now face off against one another. And finally, watch a new episode of Kitchen Casino.
For this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient catfish. They determined that its sweet, flaky flesh was perfect for frying, and in this case, the fish doesn’t get fried in just any kind of breading. Using pulverized corn tortillas in this Tortilla-Crusted Catfish Po’ Boys recipe is not only a good use for leftover tortillas from taco night, but also a great way to add lots of texture, more than you could ever get from breadcrumbs. A mixture of buttermilk and Cajun-seasoned flour functions as the glue. Serving the catfish as po’ boy sandwiches is the perfect Southern twist and a great way to enjoy a fun meal with the family.
For this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient almond butter. Traditionally a satay is made with peanut butter, but the chefs wanted to prove that almond butter makes a great substitution, with a slightly nuttier, richer flavor. In this Almond Chicken Satay recipe, the almond butter gets combined with coconut milk to create a tasty sauce for seared chicken breast, snap peas and rice noodles. Try this unique take on the classic Thai dish for dinner tonight.
After six weeks of competition, one home cook has separated herself from the rest and proven worthy of the title America’s Best Cook. Being mentored by a Food Network chef has helped her become a better home cook and a better competitor. The rigors of the competition strengthened her resolve to win, and helped her get to the finale, where she excelled in defeating three other finalists. She has made her region proud. America, meet your best cook.
After six weeks of competition on America’s Best Cook, it all came down to the finale and one last cooking challenge. Two home cooks faced off and had the opportunity to make whatever dish they wanted to show guest judge Bobby Flay their best work. In the end one home cook came out on top, the winner, and the other the runner-up. Even though the cook who came in second place did not win, she made her region proud, her mentor proud, her family proud and herself proud.
What to Watch: Nancy Fuller’s Leftover Strategies and the Finale of America’s Best Cook with Guest Judge Bobby Flayby Joseph Erdos in Shows, May 16th, 2014
This Saturday Food Network has all-new episodes from Ree Drummond, Nancy Fuller and The Kitchen. On The Pioneer Woman, Ree prepares a meal for the cowboys on the farm. Then on Farmhouse Rules, while her husband, David is out of the house, Nancy reinvents leftovers from the day before. Later on The Kitchen, the hosts show off some fun new uses for kitchen tools and they answer questions on The Kitchen Helpline.
On Sunday Damaris Phillips helps a friend plan a romantic dinner on Southern at Heart. Then Giada De Laurentiis runs through her favorite recipes, creating mini versions of them on Giada at Home. And Guy Fieri is cooking up his favorite spicy bar snacks on Guy’s Big Bite.
On Sunday evening, tune into four hours of competition, starting with a new episode of Guy’s Grocery Games followed by the finale of America’s Best Cook with guest judge Bobby Flay. Afterward tune in for a new Cutthroat Kitchen and Kitchen Casino.