Yule logs, which the French call “buche de Noel“, are very impressive for the holidays. They’re sure to stop every family member in their tracks. But they’re not the easiest things to make, as we saw on last Sunday’s Holiday Baking Championship. The five remaining bakers tried their luck at making their own yule logs in the main challenge, but not everyone could roll with the punches. Two bakers didn’t create traditional rolled yule logs — Erin on purpose and Terra had no choice. David, however, made two yule logs, going out of his way to set a stage for his Sugar Plum Fairies, right out of The Nutcracker. But going out of his way didn’t do him any good, as the judges pointed out, ending up in his elimination. Relive this decorator and professional baker’s time on the show.
Three Slices of Pie Aren’t Necessarily Better Than One — Dante’s Journey on Holiday Baking Championshipby Joseph Erdos in Shows, November 24th, 2014
Pie was the theme this past Sunday on Holiday Baking Championship. After creatively baking non-pies with ready-to-bake pie crust in their pre-heat challenge, the bakers moved on to the real challenge, making three holiday pies to wow the judges. Unfortunately not everyone’s pies came out equally as nice. Luckily Bobby let them get rid of their least successful one, a blessing in disguise for most, but not for Dante, who had to make a choice between two pies that were equally as bad. Ultimately it ended in his elimination from the competition. But this former navy man turned pastry chef has had a memorable time on the show.
There’s a New Chef in Boot Camp: Tyler Florence Joins Anne Burrell on Worst Cooks in America, Season 6by Joseph Erdos in Shows, November 21st, 2014
Worst Cooks in America is back, but this time it’s Anne Burrell facing off against Tyler Florence, who’s taking on coaching the Blue Team in hopes of transforming kitchen disasters into confident cooks. On Sunday, Jan. 4 at 9|8c, Season 6 returns with new culinary incapable recruits, all hoping to become the most improved, with a chance to win the grand prize of $25,000 and bragging rights for his or her mentor and team. But first they must make it through a grueling series of challenges, proving they have what it takes to cook a gourmet meal for a set of expert chefs in the finale challenge.
The new season of Guy’s Grocery Games is kicking off with four special family episodes, premiering Jan. 4 at 8|7c. In this family-style showdown, four teams made up of three family members will compete in each episode for a chance to win the grand prize. Each family team will have to navigate through the aisles of the grocery store, battling different supermarket-themed obstacles, from cooking on a budget to cooking with five ingredients or less — or the dreaded new game, Station Swap. The last family standing will go onto the shopping spree of a lifetime worth up to $20,000. These families know, live and love food, so don’t miss the laughs, tears and sibling rivalries.
So far on Holiday Baking Championship we’ve seen the bakers take on cookies in the premiere and just this past Sunday they made desserts inspired by sugar and spice, a classic combination. This coming Sunday the bakers will be making one of the most-iconic holiday desserts, pies. Not only that, but they’ll have to bake three different kinds to impress judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be any twists and turns in the challenge.
Ahead of the episode, vote on your favorite holiday pie and let us know in the comments why it’s your favorite.
Tune in this Sunday at 9|8c to see how the competition unfolds and who goes home for the least-successful pies.
This year Cynopsis Media nominated three Food Network Web series for best host in food: Alton Brown for Alton’s After-Show, Bobby Flay for Bobby Flay Fit and Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off, Season 1 winner Brandon Scawthorn for Cooking in the Fast Lane. Also nominated in the same category was William Shatner for Brown Bag Wine Tasting. Earlier today the Digital Model D Awards were handed out, and our youngest host, Brandon, was announced the winner of the category.
Congratulations, Brandon! And congratulations to the other nominees as well. If you haven’t had a chance to see Brandon’s series, watch the first episode above and get more episodes of Cooking in the Fast Lane. And if you like Brandon’s series, also watch Season 2 winner Gibson Borelli in The Jersey Shore Kid.
If 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.
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.
From Contender to Champion: Get to Know Gibson, RvG Kids: Cook-Off Winner and Host of The Jersey Shore Kidby Joseph Erdos in Shows, October 1st, 2014
Winning Season 2 of Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off for Gibson was pretty amazing, to say the least. This talented 12-year-old blew the competition away with his final presentation and a dish that won him high praise from the judges, including Curtis Stone, one of Gibson’s culinary idols. FN Dish chatted with Gibson at Alstede Farms, the setting for one of his three videos (you can read that interview here). There we talked about all that led to his winning his own Web series and what it was like competing.
But there was so much to talk about that it was impossible to cut the subject off at just his time on RvG: Kids and The Jersey Shore Kid. We wanted to find out more about how this young chef got into cooking in the first place, where his inspiration came from as a kid who began dabbling in recipes at age 7, and what keeps him still in the kitchen to this day — not to mention his dreams for the future as a chef.
When it comes to the holidays, baking has become an integral part of the tradition of celebration. But in Food Network’s new series, it’s turning into downright competition.
In Holiday Baking Championship, premiering Sunday, Nov. 9 at 9|8c, eight home bakers will get the chance to show off their sweet skills and holiday traditions as they compete for the grand prize of $50,000 and the title of Holiday Baking Champion. Whether they’re baking cookies, pies, fruitcakes or gingerbread houses, these bakers represent the best of the best when it comes to creating holiday sweets that can stand up to this festive competition, hosted by Bobby Deen, and the serious judging from a panel of experts: Duff Goldman, Nancy Fuller and Lorraine Pascale.
Each week’s challenges will narrow down the field of bakers until just one remains to claim the championship title. Holiday baking just got a lot more competitive.