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. He is proud to label himself a "foodie."

What to Watch: Ina and Giada’s Girls’ Night, a New Star Is Announced and Cutthroat Kitchen Premieres

by in Shows, August 9th, 2013

Alton BrownThis weekend is packed with Food Network shows that are sure to get your cooking and competitive juices flowing. On Saturday, after watching new episodes from Ree and Trisha, tune in for Ina and Giada cooking together on Barefoot Contessa. Then it’s more Giada on a new episode of Giada at Home. Start off Sunday morning with Jamie Deen, cooking up recipes just for dads. Then Bobby Flay is cooking a menu of his favorite Southern barbecue.

Sunday night is where all the action lies with five hours of back-to-back competition, three of which feature Alton Brown. Start the evening with a battle that puts dreams of restaurant ownership on the line on Food Court Wars. Afterward, it’s a family feud on a special night of Chopped. Then, don’t miss the finale of Food Network Star, which offers a look back on the season, a tell-all and, of course, the announcement of the next Star. Immediately after, tune in for the premiere of Cutthroat Kitchen, hosted by Alton Brown. The new show combines a culinary competition with underhanded sabotage and scheming, aimed at winning no matter what it takes. Cap off the night with a new episode of Iron Chef America.

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Chef Wanted: Circo Abu Dhabi Update

by in Shows, August 8th, 2013

Chef Wanted CircoChef WantedThe owners of the iconic Le Cirque restaurant in New York City, the Maccioni family, were looking for an executive chef to head a new addition of their Tuscan-concept Osteria del Circo, set to open in Abu Dhabi. They needed a chef who would be able to infuse Tuscan cuisine with a Middle Eastern flair. Anne Burrell and the Chef Wanted team had four candidates: chefs James Trees, Alexandre Petard, Mike Perez, and Luca Banfi.

Two initial tests would narrow down the chefs to two finalists, who would each get to run the restaurant’s dinner service on separate nights. Ultimately the decision would be both easy and difficult because the family could see either of the finalists filling the position. The show’s ending would prove to be an unprecedented surprise to both chefs.

Interview with the Winning Chef

Aloha Plate — Rolling Out the Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, August 8th, 2013

Aloha Plate
Food TrucksThe start of the fourth season of The Great Food Truck Race is just a little more than a week away. Every day leading up to the premiere on Sunday, August 18 at 9pm/8c, FN Dish is introducing one of the new food truck teams. Like last season, the competitors are made up of first-time food truck operators who dream of one day running their own businesses, but this time the challenges are even harder — and the journey longer. With $50,000 in prize money and a free food truck on the line, it’s a high-stakes race to make the most profits every week in order to get to the finish line.

Food Truck: Aloha Plate

Team Members: Lanai, Shawn, Adam (pictured above)

Home Base: Los Angeles, Maui and Oahu, Hawaii

Food Concept: Classic Hawaiian dishes and flavors

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QUIZ: Are You a Food Trucks Superfan?

by in Shows, August 6th, 2013

Food Truck RaceThe Great Food Truck Race not only tests to see that the food truck teams can make good food and earn their share of profits, but it also tests the teams’ resilience in off-the-cuff challenges. At the end of each week, the team with the least amount of sales goes home, but oftentimes a win in a truck stop challenge can move a team from last place to the winner’s circle. It’s anyone’s game.

Any fan who has watched the show these past three seasons might remember how crazy some of the challenges have been. And Season 4, which begins August 18 at 9pm/8c, will be no different. But until the season premiere, here’s your chance to prove your knowledge to see how well you remember the teams and challenges from the last three seasons.

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10 Refreshing Summer Cocktails to Enjoy Right Now

by in Recipes, August 2nd, 2013

Melon CocktailsSummer is the perfect opportunity to break out the home bar, especially when you’re entertaining friends and family for backyard barbecues and get-togethers. Grab a pitcher, the blender, some ice and these fantastic recipes, and you’re all set for making some of the best cocktails you’ll want to enjoy all season long.

Whether it’s cooling melon, tangy berries, sweet peaches or aromatic herbs, like mint or basil, all of these cocktails feature the refreshing flavors of summer. You can’t go wrong using seasonal ingredients when you’re putting together a drink. FN Dish has 10 summer cocktail recipes that are all easy to make — most require only pouring and assembly, others might use the blender to whip up silky smooth drinks. You’ll be chilling with cocktails in hand in no time.

Get the Summer Cocktail Recipes, Plus Trends and Serving Suggestions

What to Watch This Sunday: Sneak Peek of the New Series, The Shed

by in Shows, August 2nd, 2013

The Shed CastA new family is coming to Food Network: the Orrisons, known as the First Family of Mississippi Barbecue. The saying goes, a family that eats together stays together. Well, this family not only does that, they also work together. Brother and sister team Brad and Brooke run the business of The Shed, a popular barbecue joint, while their parents, Mama Shed and Daddy-O, work for them. How many families can say that? But somehow this uncommon dynamic works — most of the time.

The new series features a look inside the business and all the happenings surrounding The Shed, following each family member and employee, who make up a colorful cast of personalities. It’s a real-life sitcom slathered in barbecue sauce! Watch a sneak-peek episode of The Shed on Sunday, August 4 at 10pm/9c and tune in for the premiere on Monday, August 5 at 10pm/9c.

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Chef Wanted: The Bistro Update

by in Shows, August 1st, 2013

Anne and chefs
Chef WantedBacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Calif., needed a new chef for The Bistro, one of its four restaurants. Executive Chef David Reardon and general manager Kathleen Cochran were looking for an executive chef worthy of cooking in the gourmet restaurant for high-end clientele. Anne Burrell and the Chef Wanted team brought in four candidates: Chefs Diana Hernandez, Earl Anthony Morris, Chris Turano and Jared Case. Two initial tests would narrow down the chefs to two finalists, who would each get to run the restaurant’s dinner service on separate nights. In the end, the decision for David and Kathleen would be a difficult one because both chefs had their share of ups and downs during dinner, but it came down to food and flavor.

Interview with the Winning Chef

Grilling in Foil — The Easy Way to Grill

by in Recipes, August 1st, 2013

Grilling in FoilIf you’re looking for a no-fuss way to grill, look no further. FN Dish has a great technique for making your summer grilling easier — it’s mess-free and stress-free. All you need is aluminum foil for grilling your favorite foods. With this method of grilling in foil packets, you can completely eliminate cleanup and any frustration from foods sticking to the grates. But undoubtedly the best part is the outcome, because the foil seals in moisture and flavor. The method works great with chicken, fish, vegetables and even fruit.

Get the Recipes and Tips for Grilling in Foil

Summer Fruit Pie and Tart Recipes — The Only Reason to Turn on Your Oven This Season

by in Recipes, July 29th, 2013

Fruit CrostataThere aren’t many reasons to turn on the oven during summer, especially in the middle of a heat wave. But if there ever was a reason, it would be to bake a seasonal fruit pie or tart. Summer is the time to bake with beautiful fruits like blueberries, raspberries, peaches, cherries, strawberries, plums and more because that’s when these fruits are in their prime.

FN Dish has put together a great selection of 10 pie and tart recipes to bake this summer, along with tips for making the best pie yet. If you can take the heat for a couple of hours (with the a/c turned on high), then make one of these amazing pies.

Get the Recipes and the Most Important Things to Know About Pie

Food Court Wars: Middle Eastern Flavors vs. Chip-Stuffed Sandwiches

by in Shows, July 28th, 2013

Chip-n-Wich and Oasis
Food Court WarsOn Food Court Wars, two teams of aspiring restaurant owners battle it out to win their very own food court restaurant worth $100,000. Through a set of challenges that test their menu offerings and marketability, the team that makes the most sales on grand-opening day wins.

On tonight’s episode in the Midland Mall in Michigan, two teams waged a battle of Lebanese foods vs. sandwiches. Diana, the owner of Mediterranean restaurant World Cafe, and her chef and general manager, Melania, wanted to open up a Lebanese food court eatery to expand their business. Jonathan and his friend Craig — both restaurant employees — want to be their own bosses and open up Chip-n-Wich, selling sandwiches that feature potato chips stuffed inside. Both teams had great concepts, but would their offerings live up to the expectations of discerning mall shoppers?

Spoiler Alert: A Life-Changing Win

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