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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."

Chef Wanted: Oceano Update

by in Shows, February 17th, 2013


Chef WantedOceano is a restaurant and nightclub located right on the beach in Puerto Rico. Owner Todd Berman was looking for an executive chef who could match the elegance of the restaurant with a culturally charged menu. Anne Burrell and the Chef Wanted team were brought in to help with the search. After two difficult tests and two very different dinner services, an offer was extended to Chef Austin Henry.

Chef Henry considers himself the James Bond of the kitchen. He’s traveled the world and is familiar with many different cuisines and languages. Oceano is the perfect opportunity for Chef Henry to move up in his culinary career.

At first Chef Henry had a rough start. He almost served his mofongo dish with undercooked pork, but rectified the issue just in time. For his second “sexy” dish, he had to change course from scallops to shrimp when he realized the scallops wouldn’t sear properly. When it came to dinner service, he succeeded at rallying support from the restaurant staff, and except for getting frustrated over frozen pork and some expediting problems, the service was successful. Despite his lack of experience with Puerto Rican cuisine, his menu incorporated characteristic island flavors and got rave reviews from the guests. In the end, Chef Henry was offered the executive chef position because of his great food and natural leadership in the kitchen.

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What’s Your Dream Dinner Party?

by in Shows, February 15th, 2013

Dean and CarnieThis past Sunday on the finale of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, the two finalists, Dean and Carnie, cooked a dinner for some Hollywood VIPs including famous chefs Nancy Silverton and Suzanne Goin and comedian Kathy Griffin. Going into the challenge, the celebrity contestants didn’t know what food would be available, but they still managed to create dishes that epitomized their cooking philosophies and ultimately impressed the guests. It was a great opportunity for both Dean and Carnie to be cooking for such an elite group, an opportunity they might never get again.

It’s not every day that a dream dinner party takes place. It’s a rare event when you can even get your entire family together to share in a special dinner. Now imagine a dinner party where you got to serve anything and everything you desired and where you’d be joined by the people you most admire. If you’ve got the perfect dinner party in mind, FN Dish wants to know all the details.

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What to Watch: Family Recipes and a New Season of Worst Cooks

by in Shows, February 15th, 2013

Bobby and AnneThis weekend, Food Network has new episodes of cooking shows and competition shows. It all starts on Saturday with Paula, Ree and Giada. On Paula’s Best Dishes, with the help of her husband Michael, Paula’s cooking a kid-friendly meal for their grandson Henry. Afterward on The Pioneer Woman, Ree is making a hearty meal for her boys who’ve been working hard out on the farm. Later on Giada at Home, Giada is cooking through her arsenal of easy meatball recipes. In the afternoon it’s an amusement park-themed episode of Sugar Dome.

On Sunday, start your evening with an all-new episode of Chopped on a special night. Returning losers are given another chance to redeem themselves. Then it’s a brand-new season of Worst Cooks in America. Anne and Bobby assemble their teams from a crew of hopeless home cooks for culinary boot camp. Last, there’s a new episode of Chef Wanted on a special night. Tune in to see Anne Burrell put four chef candidates through the ringer on the toughest job interview of their lives for the chance to become the chef of a Puerto Rican hot spot.

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Chef Wanted: Sea Dog Steak & Ale Update

by in Shows, February 14th, 2013


Chef WantedSea Dog Steak & Ale in Northborough, Mass., is a brewpub known for its signature beers. The owners called in Anne Burrell and the Chef Wanted team to help them find a new executive chef who would take on the task of reinventing the restaurant as a gastropub. After two grueling tests and two hectic dinner services, an offer was extended to Chef Amie Hurd.

Through the tests and dinner services, Chef Hurd showed she understood beer by incorporating it into many of her dishes. Unfortunately, her lack of experience working with a large crew showed during dinner service — she wouldn’t give up control of her dishes to her team by delegating tasks. But by the end she realized she couldn’t keep up without putting trust in her team. The owners felt she was the best person for the job and that with time she’d gain the experience required to run the restaurant, so they offered her the position.

FN Dish caught up with Chef Hurd after her win. Watch the video above to find out what it was like competing, what she learned from Anne Burrell and about the turn of events that took place since the show taped.

An Interview With the Winner of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, February 10th, 2013

 Dean and Carnie
Rachael vs. GuyThe second season of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off has been filled with challenges that have gone beyond the call of cooking and has had its share of celebrities pulling any antic at a chance of winning the competition. But tonight, the show has one winner, a very deserving individual who has gone through many ups and downs. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the champion of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off.

Last night’s finale had the competition reduced to just two celebrities: Carnie and Dean. The challenge this time would have them cooking a dinner for 11 special guests made up of celebrity chefs and VIPs. In 90 minutes they would each create a three-course meal, which would be voted upon by the dinner guests. By the end a winner would be declared and a donation of $50,000 would be handed out to his or her charity.

Find out which celebrity won

An Interview With the Runner-Up of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, February 10th, 2013

 Dean and Carnie
Rachael vs. GuyThe second season of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off has been filled with challenges that have gone beyond the call of cooking and has had its share of celebrities pulling any antic at a chance of winning the competition. Though there can only be one winner, the runner-up also fought a tough battle this season to end up in the finale. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the second-place celebrity contestant of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off.

Last night’s finale had the final two celebrities, Carnie and Dean, competing against one another. The challenge required them to cook dinner for 11 special guests including celebrity chefs. They would have 90 minutes to create a three-course meal, which would be voted upon by the guests. At the end of the challenge, a winner would be announced and a $50,000 donation would be handed to his or her charity.

Find out which celebrity came in second place

Celebrate Chinese New Year With 8 Good Luck Recipes

by in Holidays, Recipes, February 9th, 2013

Steamed Pork and Mushroom Shumai

Chinese New Year celebrations are filled with time-honored traditions, fun festivals and superstitious beliefs, but the one thing that connects all of them and brings everyone together is the food. But it’s not just any food — it’s good luck food.

The dishes served during Chinese New Year, which lands on February 10 this year, are eaten because of what the ingredients signify or sometimes what the Chinese names can mean. You’ll find seafood, chicken, duck, pork, sausage, noodles and lots of vegetables on the traditional menu. These foods can symbolize abundance, prosperity, togetherness, wealth and more.

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I’ve Got a Point to Prove! Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off Caption It

by in Shows, February 8th, 2013

Dean and Carnie
Rachael vs. GuyThis season of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off puts the celebrity contestants in different situations every episode with challenges that test their culinary know-how. This past episode had the celebrities serving out of food trucks. But the next challenge will have the two remaining finalists cooking a dinner for VIPs.

In the above sneak-peek photo, Dean and Carnie are taking a moment’s respite after serving their dinner guests. It appears Dean is talking to Carnie about something, but Carnie is interjecting and pointing. But what is Dean saying? Why is Carnie interrupting? Did someone have a point to prove? Did the two have a disagreement?

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What to Watch: Chocoholics’ Recipes, Aliens, a Hollywood Dinner

by in Shows, February 8th, 2013

Guy's ChurrosWhether you’re looking to get your chocolate fix or just some simple dinner ideas, or you love watching cooking competitions that may include alien creations, celebrities and vengeful chefs, then tune in to Food Network this weekend.

Start Saturday morning with a chocolate-filled menu from Paula Deen, who’s in the kitchen with actress Angie Harmon. Afterward, Ree is celebrating with all the foods she loves. On Barefoot Contessa, Ina’s reinventing a lobster salad, learning the secrets to a chocolate cake and more. Right after on Giada at Home, Giada’s showing her love for chocolate with a chocolate-inspired menu. In the afternoon, on Sugar Dome, teams of artists are creating edible creations inspired by outer space.

On Sunday morning, Guy’s making a delicious dinner of stuffed peppers and for dessert, churros. Later, on The Best Thing I Ever Made, there are more chocolate recipes to satisfy even the biggest chocoholic. In the evening, the finalists on Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off take on a celebrity dinner party challenge to determine who wins it all. And on Iron Chef America, it’s a heated rematch between Iron Chef Morimoto and challenger Chef Cantu.

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Chef Wanted: Mirabelle Update

by in Shows, February 7th, 2013


Chef WantedAt Mirabelle restaurant in Hollywood, owners George Germanides and Justine Giannini (George’s daughter) decided they needed help after a recent failed overhaul. They asked Anne Burrell and the Chef Wanted team to help them find a chef who could infuse new life into the aging establishment. Anne brought in four candidates, and after some grueling tests, an offer was extended to Drew Ison.

On the show, Chef Ison proved he understood what the owners wanted by creating flavorful dishes in the restaurant’s cooking style. Though he let time constraints get to him during dinner service, resulting in some dishes being sent back and worrying the owners that he wouldn’t pull through. In the end Chef Ison was offered the position because of his vision of fusing Mediterranean and California cuisines as the new concept for Mirabelle.

“Chef Ison is doing an amazing job. He truly understands Mirabelle’s customer base,” says George. Longtime customers continue to support the restaurant and there is also a steady rise in new customers because of Chef Ison’s menu changes.

FN Dish caught up with Chef Ison since the show taped. Watch the video above to find out what it was like doing the show, what winning meant and how his confidence has improved since becoming the new executive chef of Mirabelle. He also talks about how his life used to be filled with negativity and that his tattoos are a reflection of that, but this new opportunity has brought him a lot of positivity. Chef Ison is very excited about all that he can do for Mirabelle.