On tonight’s Chef Wanted, Tapenade, a recently opened Mediterranean-influenced restaurant located in Los Angeles, needed a new chef de cuisine. Chef/owner Ressul Rassalat and general manager Chuck Craig were looking for an individual who could immediately jump into the role so that Chef Ressul could take on running the restaurant in front of the house to ensure its overall success. Anne Burrell had four candidates for the job opportunity, but only one was offered the position. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the winning chef.
When it comes to judging a competition, there’s no better group of discerning taste-testers to turn to than the cast of Chopped. At this Sunday’s Absolut Best Bloody Mary Brunch during the New York City Wine & Food Festival, the cast of Chopped gathered to host an elegant sit-down event, which featured food stations manned by former Chopped competitors and drink stations run by the eight finalists in Thrillist’s Search for America’s Best Bloody Mary, sponsored by Absolut Vodka. Attendees voted for the best bloody Mary and the Chopped cast picked three winners: best dressed, most creative and most original/exotic.
The big award of the day went to Kristin Alfandre from Mason’s Grill in Baton Rouge, La., wining a trip to serve at next year’s South Beach Wine &Food Festival in Miama, Fl. Her drink, called the Bloody Mason (Burn Baby, Burn!) used the classic Bloody Mary mix with Absolut Peppar vodka, horseradish, Sriracha, lemon, lime and Tabasco and Worcestershire sauces. Toppings included bacon, beef jerky straw, celery, okra, cocktail onions and a green bean.
FN Dish was on hand to capture the best brunch creations — and drinks. Read on to find out more about the winning drinks and which dishes were the standouts from former Chopped competitors.
Hundreds gathered at this year’s New York City Wine & Food Festival‘s Blue Moon Burger Bash on Pier 92 to taste 27 different iterations of burgers, ranging from the classic to the over-the-top. But for the first time in the Burger Bash’s history, two chefs shared the most coveted prize of People’s Choice: Guy Fieri and Josh Capon. Judges’ Favorite went to Paul Denamiel of Le Rivage for his French Onion Soup Burger. Guy’s burger was a multi-layered comfort food smorgasbord that Guy himself claimed contained 22 ingredients. It drew a never-ending line of patrons who ultimately voted it as their top pick.
FN Dish was at the event to take in all the sights, sounds and aromas. Watch the video above to see what went down and read on for more details on Guy’s and Josh’s winning burgers and ones from Bobby Flay and Marc Murphy.
Earlier this week, FN Dish caught up with Guy Fieri for a Facebook chat before Guy’s Grocery Games premieres this Sunday at 8pm/7c. The brand-new show puts chefs in real-life grocery shopping situations and challenges them to cook meals in a real supermarket — for a chance to win up to $20,000. Guy answered questions about the competition, the show’s concept and the various challenges, and he also revealed some fun details about himself.
This Saturday, watch Amy Thielen take a road trip through Madison, Wis., and later tune in to see the Hanson brothers judge the competition on Cupcake Wars. On Sunday, start off the morning with five dollar-stretching recipes from Rachael Ray. In the evening it’s the premiere of Guy’s Grocery Games, part game show and part cooking competition all in the aisles of a supermarket. Afterward, tune in to Halloween Wars, where the remaining teams take inspiration from the swamp to create eerie creatures. And then it’s a new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, where you never know what sabotage will come next.
On tonight’s Chef Wanted, Christy’s on Broadway, a popular restaurant that has been in operation in Long Beach, Calif., for more than two decades, needed a new executive chef to replace its former executive chef who was moving on. Owner Christy Bono and general manager Cori Cauble were looking to find a talented individual who could revamp the menu and take it into the next decade. Anne Burrell had four candidates for the job opportunity, but only one was offered the position. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the winning chef.
On Guy’s Grocery Games, the shopping and cooking challenges are determined by host Guy Fieri, but the food that the chefs create is ultimately judged by a panel made up of celebrity chefs and notable tastemakers from the food world, among them Melissa d’Arabian, Beau MacMillan and Richard Blais. Before watching the season premiere this Sunday at 8pm/7c, get to know the roster of judges. And get an exclusive preview of the episode.
The Chopped Dinner Challenge is a new 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!
On this week’s Chopped: Brunch Boxes episode, the competitors found pancake mix in their entree round basket, along with an emu egg, Bloody Mary mix and lobster. Two out of the three remaining competitors ingeniously decided to use the pancake mix as a batter for their lobster and made it through to the dessert round. This recipe for Indian-Inspired Corn Dogs with Mango Dipping Sauce also makes clever use of pancake mix in a form other than the obvious breakfast dish. Plus, it’s a great way to recreate the state-fair staple at home for a fun and nostalgic meal with your family.
On the new series Guy’s Grocery Games, premiering this Sunday, Oct. 20 at 8pm/7c, four chefs compete in three rounds of challenges that incorporate both grocery shopping and cooking. The contestants must tackle the everyday challenges of shopping in the aisles of the supermarket, where every ingredient isn’t always available or in stock. Host Guy Fieri sets the cooking challenges and provides the chefs with their shopping lists. By the end, only one chef will get the opportunity to win up to $20,000 in cash.
You would think that for a show like this the competition would take place in a large film studio, but in actuality, the set of Grocery Games is located inside a real supermarket, the Fields Market in West Hills, Calif., to be exact. This is where all the games, cooking and judging go down.
In a new series of battles on Iron Chef America, two teams of chefs will face battle with an array of themed ingredients. Tonight’s Battle Oktoberfest featured a compendium of Bavarian foodstuffs that you’d find at the annual festival in Munich, Germany. Items included pork, veal, pretzels, sauerkraut and, of course, beer — which is always at the center of Oktoberfest celebrations. For the battle, the Chairman teamed up Iron Chefs Michael Symon and Geoffrey Zakarian to battle against challenger Chef Bernhard Mairinger, who specializes in Austro-German cuisine, along with his two sous chefs. The battle proved to be extremely close but only one team prevailed.