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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."

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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Chef Wanted: Precinct Update

by in Shows, March 28th, 2013


Chef WantedThe Precinct in Cincinnati is a former police station from the early 1900s that was converted into a steakhouse by owner Jeff Ruby in 1981. Jeff, with the help of his daughter Britney, was looking for a new chef who could meet three criteria. They wanted a chef with tremendous culinary depth, who knew beef as well or better than Jeff himself and could make everyone in the kitchen better at their jobs. Anne Burrell and the Chef Wanted team were called in to help with the search. After two tests and two dinner services, an offer was extended to Chef Rahman “Rock” Harper.

Rock left the restaurant business about three years ago to work for D.C. Central Kitchen, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., that helps rehabilitate homeless people and gives them the skills to enter the culinary field. Rock wants to re-enter the professional kitchen and sees Precinct as the perfect opportunity.

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Richard Blais — Chopped All-Stars

by in Shows, March 28th, 2013

Richard BlaisFN 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.

Richard Blais is best known for winning Top Chef All-Stars and his innovative take on cuisine. A native New Yorker, Richard relocated to Atlanta in 2000, where he founded Trail Blais, a creative culinary company that has consulted on, designed and operates some of Atlanta’s most-popular eateries, including The Spence, Flip Burger Boutique and HD1. His first cookbook, Try This at Home: From My Head to Your Plate, was recently released. But there’s more about Richard that you don’t know ‑ for example, he loves chicken wings for a late-night snack. Find out more about Richard in his Q&A below.

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10 Ways to Color Easter Eggs With Household Items — Part Science Experiment, Part Fun

by in How-to, March 28th, 2013

Colored Easter eggs

Have onions at home, or maybe turmeric, a packet of Kool-Aid or Red Hots candies? If you do, then you’re in luck, because you are on your way to creating your own homemade dyes for coloring Easter eggs. You may look at the household items and think nothing of them, but with just some water, vinegar, and a little time, you can color eggs without buying the box of dyes from the supermarket. But the best part about the project is that it’s fun to do, especially when you get the kids involved — helping color the eggs only, of course. It’s part science experiment and part fun.

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Gavin Kaysen — Chopped All-Stars

by in Shows, March 27th, 2013

Gavin KaysenFN 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.

Gavin Kaysen is the executive chef of Café Boulud in New York City. In 2007 he competed in the Bocuse d’Or International Cuisine Competition in France. Gavin has received several accolades, including having been named one of Food & Wine Magazine‘s 10 Best New Chefs (2007) and having received the James Beard Foundation’s 2008 Rising Star Chef award. But did you know Gavin’s first fine dining experience at 20 years old ended up changing his life? It influenced his decision to become a chef — otherwise, he might have been a storm chaser. Find out more about Gavin in his Q&A below.

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Elizabeth Falkner — Chopped All-Stars

by in Shows, March 26th, 2013

Elizabeth FalknerFN 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.

Elizabeth Falkner first wowed the culinary world with her desserts before turning her attention to savory dishes. She has competed on Iron Chef America, The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs and recently, The Next Iron Chef: Redemption. Elizabeth previously ran her pastry shop, Citizen Cake, and restaurant, Orson, in San Francisco before relocating to Brooklyn to open her new Southern Italian restaurant, Krescendo. But there’s a lot you don’t know about Elizabeth — for example, she hates really sweet desserts. And if she weren’t a chef, she would probably have been a superhero. You’ll have to watch to find out whether she uses any special powers in the Chopped kitchen. Find out more about Elizabeth in her Q&A below.

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Best 5 Ham Recipes for Easter

by in Recipes, March 26th, 2013

tangerine-glazed hamServing a beautiful baked ham for Easter is a percect way to celebrate the holiday (that is, unless you’re going for something different this year). And the best part about a ham, whether its bone-in or spiral-cut, is that it can easily be adapted to suit your family’s tastes. Like it sweeter? More savory? No problem. Food Network has its five most searched-for ham recipes below — each recipe is a bit different to meet your needs this holiday. You’ll find recipes from the Neelys, Ina Garten, Paula Deen, Tyler Florence and Food Network Magazine. One recipe even offers four additional glaze recipes, perfect for the family that wants to try something unique like an Asian-inspired glaze. Any of these recipes are sure to please at your holiday gathering. And don’t forget the rest of the meal — for more recipes and ideas, check out Food Network’s Easter Central.

5. Honey Baked Ham — This ham recipe from the Neelys features a simple glaze of honey, brown sugar and red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper for a bit of kick.

4. Old-Fashioned Holiday Glazed Ham — Paula Deen’s recipe for ham makes quite the holiday showstopper. The ham is decorated with pineapple rings and maraschino cherries held in place by whole cloves. A glaze made from pineapple juice, brown sugar and yellow mustard adds a nice tangy flavor.

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Chuck Hughes — Chopped All-Stars

by in Shows, March 25th, 2013

Chuck HughesFN 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.

Chuck Hughes is the host of Chuck’s Day Off, Chuck’s Week Off: Mexico and Chuck’s Eat the Street on Cooking Channel. He’s also appeared on Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs. Chuck is the chef/owner of Montreal hot spots Garde Manger and Le Bremner. When he’s not busy in the kitchen you can catch him on the ice playing hockey, but could you ever think of this tattooed chef as a ballet dancer? Find out more things you didn’t know about Chuck in his Q&A below.

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