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

Chopped Mystery Basket Weirdest Ingredient Bracket Tournament — Vote in Round 1

by in Shows, April 10th, 2013

Chopped Bracket

Some of the mystery basket ingredients that get used on Chopped are pretty unusual, to say the least. But the culinary producers who come up with them don’t just draw them out of a hat — though sometimes it does seem that way! They take their time to decide on the ingredients, making sure the basket components are just right and actually manageable. FN Dish queried the culinary producers to find out the top 16 weirdest basket ingredients they’ve had on the show. The list of ingredients ranged from goat brains to gummy eggs over easy — almost no ingredient is off-limits.

Now it’s up to you, Chopped fans, to vote on the ingredient you think is the weirdest of them all in this four-round bracket tournament, which coincides with the new season of Chopped All-Stars.

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What to Watch: Recipe Inspiration and the Premiere of Chopped All-Stars

by in Shows, April 5th, 2013

This weekend, Food Network has new episodes from Paula, Ree, Ina and Jeff, plus new episodes of the competition shows Cupcake Wars and Iron Chef America and the premiere of Chopped All-Stars (watch a preview of the episode above).

First, on Saturday morning, Paula is joined in the kitchen by KC from KC and the Sunshine Band to cook up healthy versions of some roadside favorites. Then Ree and the kids are putting together a care package for Grandma Edna. Later, Ina’s taking inspiration from local food in the Hamptons to come up with recipes for her blog. On Sunday morning, Jeff is making diner sandwiches inspired by a recent visit to a local sandwich shop.

On Sunday evening, tune in for a weird episode of Cupcake Wars where the bakers must compete for a chance to cater an event for “Weird Al” Yankovic. Afterward watch the premiere of Chopped All-Stars as stars from Food Network and Cooking Channel compete in Round 1 for a spot in the finale and $50,000 for charity. Then it’s an episode of Iron Chef America with Jose Garces vs. Russell Jackson.

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Chef Wanted: Coquette Update

by in Shows, April 4th, 2013


Chef WantedCoquette, a French brasserie in Raleigh, N.C., run by husband-and-wife team Kevin and Stacey Jennings, needed a new chef with French flair. Anne Burrell and the Chef Wanted team were called in to help with the search. After testing four candidates, an offer was extended to Chef Michael Bryant.

Chef Bryant has been waiting for the right opportunity to move to the East Coast from Los Angeles so he can be closer to his daughter. Classically trained in French cuisine, Chef Bryant knows this opportunity is perfect for him.

For the first test, the chefs were instructed to make one sweet crepe and one savory crepe, incorporating the same ingredient in the filling of each. Chef Bryant ambitiously chose to use pink peppercorns and kumquats in both. For his savory dish, he made a crepe au fromage with salmon and pink peppercorn and kumquat salsa. His sweet crepe suzette featured a kumquat curd filling and a blueberry and peppercorn reduction. Anne and the owners appreciated his ambition and felt his dish was very creative.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Joey Fatone — Chopped All-Stars

by in Shows, April 2nd, 2013

Joey FatoneFN Dish is counting down to the Season 3 premiere of Chopped All-Stars by introducing a competitor every day. Sixteen competitors including Food Network and Cooking Channel talent, renowned chefs, Chopped judges and celebrities are competing for a chance to win the title of All-Stars champion and a $50,000 donation to charity. Watch the premiere on Sunday, April 7, at 9pm/8c and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes previews.

Former *NSYNC star and Dancing with the Stars contestant Joey Fatone is the host of My Family Recipe Rocks! on the Live Well Network. He was previously a host of NBC’s The Singing Bee and was a competitor on Season 1 of Food Network’s Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off. But there a few things you might not know about Joey ‑ for example, he hates wasabi. And he also claims his culinary icon looks like him. Read more about Joey in his Q&A below.

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Scott Conant

by in Shows, April 1st, 2013

Scott ConantYou’ve seen them judge the competition, battle for the title of All-Stars champion and compete in a friendly game with colleagues on After Hours, but there’s a lot you don’t know about the judges of Chopped. Here’s your chance to get to know the nine people behind the Chopping Block.

Scott Conant is well known for his Italian restaurant, Scarpetta, in New York City. In 2010 he opened additional locations in Toronto, Beverly Hills and Las Vegas. Many people know Scott as the finicky judge who hates onions on Chopped, but there’s more to this chef than meets the eye. Besides cooking professionally, Scott loves to cook with his 3-year-old daughter. If given the choice, he’d rather eat his mom’s cooking over a fancy meal for his last supper. Find out more about Scott in his Q&A below.

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10 Recipes for Leftover Easter Ham and Eggs

by in Recipes, April 1st, 2013

Lentil Soup with Peas and HamSo it’s the day after Easter and you look in your fridge to see half a baked ham and a bunch of hard-boiled eggs (maybe even colored ones) and you think: What am I going to do with all these holiday leftovers? Luckily Food Network has some great ideas for using them up, helping you take the rut out of leftover food.
But these aren’t your average hash and deviled egg recipes. Here you’ll find a hearty lentil soup with ham (pictured above), jambalaya with ham and eggs, salmon salad with crumbled hard-boiled eggs and even Scotch eggs. If you don’t know what that last one is, you’ll have to read on to find out.

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Marc Murphy

by in Shows, March 31st, 2013

Marc MurphyYou’ve seen them judge the competition, battle for the title of All-Stars champion and compete in a friendly game with colleagues on After Hours, but there’s a lot you don’t know about the judges of Chopped. Here’s your chance to get to know the nine people behind the Chopping Block.

Marc Murphy is a regular judge on Chopped and has also appeared on Iron Chef America. Marc has logged more than 20 years in the restaurant business, and he is currently executive chef and owner of Benchmarc Restaurants (Landmarc and Ditch Plains in New York) and Benchmarc Events. But there a few things you might not know about Marc — for example, if he hadn’t gone into the culinary field, he might have become an architect. Find out more about Marc in his Q&A below.

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Amanda Freitag

by in Shows, March 30th, 2013

Amanda FreitagYou’ve seen them judge the competition, battle for the title of All-Stars champion and compete in a friendly game with colleagues on After Hours, but there’s a lot you don’t know about the judges of Chopped. Here’s your chance to get to know the nine people behind the Chopping Block.

Amanda Freitag is a regular judge on Chopped. She recently competed in The Next Iron Chef: Redemption, coming in second place. Amanda has been cooking professionally for more than 20 years and has worked under a long list of chefs including Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Alain Passard, Diane Forley and Tom Valenti, to name a few, and it is with great excitement that Amanda is now working toward opening a restaurant of her own. But there are a few things you might not know about Amanda — for example, she loves comfort foods like burgers and pasta but hates certain foods that other chefs would consider favorite delicacies, like sea urchin and monkfish liver. Find out more about Amanda in her Q&A below.

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Alex Guarnaschelli

by in Shows, March 29th, 2013

Alex GuarnaschelliYou’ve seen them judge the competition, battle for the title of All-Stars champion and compete in a friendly game with colleagues on After Hours, but there’s a lot you don’t know about the judges of Chopped. Here’s your chance to get to know the nine people behind the Chopping Block.

Alex Guarnaschelli is a regular judge on Chopped and most recently won the title of Iron Chef on The Next Iron Chef: Redemption. She is also the executive chef of Butter restaurant and The Darby in New York City. Alex began her culinary career in France, studied at La Varenne Cooking School in Burgundy and worked under the tutelage of many French restaurateurs before moving to New York. Her first cookbook, Old School Comfort: The Way I Learned to Cook, was released earlier this year. But did you know Alex has a special appreciation for the sea that goes beyond just eating seafood? In fact, if she hadn’t become a chef, she would have become a marine biologist. Find out more about Alex in her Q&A below.

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What to Watch: Special Occasion Recipes and the Finale of Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, March 29th, 2013

Worst CooksThis weekend, Food Network has new episodes from Ree, Ina and Giada on Saturday and three competition shows with new episodes on Sunday, including the finale of Worst Cooks in America.

On Saturday morning, tune in as Ree cooks dishes for her homeschooled kids. Then watch Ina surprise her dear friend on her birthday by stocking her kitchen with goodies. Afterward, Giada takes a stroll down memory lane with recipes that have had a special meaning in her life and career.

On Sunday evening, watch a special rock-and-roll-themed episode of Cupcake Wars. Then tune in for the finale of Worst Cooks in America to find out whether Chef Anne’s or Chef Bobby’s recruit scores a win. And finally it’s an all-new episode of Chopped on a special night: A mystery basket ingredient in the appetizer round takes the competitors by surprise.

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