All Posts By Joseph Erdos

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.

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.

Enter for a Chance to Win Products From Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri

by in Contests, Shows, February 7th, 2013

Rachael vs. Guy giveaway
To celebrate the season finale of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, which airs this Sunday, February 10 at 9pm/8c, FN Dish is giving away a prize package in yellow to one lucky reader. It includes an oval saute pan, 3-piece spoonula set from Rachael Ray and 2-piece knife set from Guy Fieri.

You can assemble your own cook’s starter package by individually purchasing a Porcelain Enamel Nonstick Oval Saute Pan, Tools & Gadgets Spoonula Set and Knuckle Sandwich Knife Set from the Food Network Store or enter below in the comments for a chance to win the items. To enter, let us know in the comments which celebrity you want to win, Carnie or Dean. The contest starts at 12 p.m. ET today and ends on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 12 p.m. ET.

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Your Best Food on a Stick — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, February 6th, 2013

Kathy and Dean
Rachael vs. GuyThis past Sunday’s episode of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off drastically cut the competition in half with a double elimination. Hines and Kathy were cast off in a tasting challenge that had the bottom three making food on a stick. Carnie won the challenge with her beef kebab dish, which Rachael and Guy determined to be the best overall. But each dish had some criticisms — even Carnie’s, which was found to be too large of a portion. Kathy’s fruit skewers, on the other hand, were too small of a portion. And Guy found the shrimp in Hines’ surf and turf kebabs to be undercooked.

There were a lot of things each contestant could have done differently to win the challenge, but what FN Dish wants to know is what you would have made to impress Rachael and Guy. Do you have a special recipe that would have floored the judges/mentors? Share your best recipe for kebabs, skewers or any food on a stick.

More From Rachael vs. Guy:
Episode 5 Recap (Video)
Watch the Full Episode (Video)
Episode 5 Highlights (Photos)
Hines’ and Kathy’s Exit Interviews

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Your Dream Food Truck — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, February 4th, 2013

Hines Ward
Rachael vs. Guy
Last night the celebrities on Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off had an exciting challenge ahead of them. They had to cook lunches to serve out of food trucks to 100 hungry customers. For the challenge Team Rachael chose the Comfort Cruiser food truck and made chili cheese dogs, mac ‘n’ cheese, and meatballs with mashed potatoes. Team Guy’s last remaining celebrity, Dean, went with Mighty Mexican and made triple-pork tacos. Both food truck concepts proved to be a hit with the crowd, though some dishes were more popular than others. In the end, Dean’s tacos got the most votes and won him the challenge.

When it comes to food truck food, many of you probably have a favorite standby like tacos, pizza, dumplings, hot dogs, etc. But if you had to come up with your own food truck concept, what would it be? Would you do something unique and different like Funky Fusion? FN Dish wants to know what would be your ideal food truck, what you would name it and the menu you would offer.

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Double Elimination: Interview With the Latest Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Castoff

by in Shows, February 3rd, 2013

Dean, Kathy, Hines and Carnie
Rachael vs. GuyEvery Sunday night, FN Dish gives you the exclusive exit interview with the latest castoff from Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, the competition show that features celebrities cooking their way through challenges for a chance to win the title of Cook-Off Champion and $50,000 for their chosen charity. This season will have the celebrities facing real-life situations — far from the glamour of the red carpet — and will test more than just their cooking skills.

Tonight’s episode began with four celebrities but by the end would drop down to two. Though the celebrities would continue to compete in two separate teams, they would be judged individually. And at the end of the day, two would be eliminated from the bottom three. The challenge required the celebrities to serve meals out of food trucks to a hungry lunch crowd of 100 within a time limit of two hours. Unfortunately, not everyone could cope with the difficulties of the challenge, but that didn’t mean those who did do well were any safer.

Find out which celebrity was eliminated

Interview With the Latest Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Castoff — A Double Elimination

by in Shows, February 3rd, 2013

 Kathy, Hines and Carnie
Rachael vs. GuyEvery Sunday night, FN Dish gives you the exclusive exit interview with the latest castoff from Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, the competition show that features celebrities cooking their way through challenges for a chance to win the title of Cook-Off Champion and $50,000 for their chosen charity. This season will have the celebrities facing real-life situations — far from the glamour of the red carpet — and will test more than just their cooking skills.

With tonight’s episode, the competition dropped down to four celebrities: three on Team Rachael and one on Team Guy. Though they would continue to compete as teams, the celebrities would be judged individually for the first time. But the biggest surprise was that two would be eliminated at the end of the episode. The challenge required the celebrities to serve meals out of food trucks to a hungry lunch crowd within a limited amount of time. Unfortunately, not everyone could handle the demands of the challenge.

Find out which celebrity was eliminated

Who Didn’t Say Cheese? Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off Caption It

by in Shows, February 1st, 2013

Kathy, Dean and Rachael
Rachael vs. GuyThis season of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off puts the celebrity contestants in different situations every episode with challenges that test a certain aspect of their culinary know-how. This past episode tested their skills at a party they catered for kids. But the next challenge will test their ability to serve a hungry lunch crowd in a limited amount of time, which may be more challenging for some than for others. Their dishes must meet the lunchtime standard and be served promptly and with care to customers.

In the above sneak-peek photo, Kathy from Team Rachael and Dean from Team Guy are taking a break and chatting with Rachael. It appears Dean took a camera photo of the three of them and is now showing the result to the ladies. But what is he saying? What is Kathy saying? Why is Rachael pointing at Kathy? Did someone forget to smile or make a funny face in the photo?

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What to Watch: A Weekend of Comforting Meals and Competition

by in Shows, February 1st, 2013

Ree Drummond and her daughtersIf you’re looking for comforting meals, quick family dinners, restaurant-inspired recipes and some celebrity competition, then tune in to Food Network this weekend.

Start off Saturday morning with Paula and a special episode of Italian comfort food. Then let Ree show you how to accomplish a family dinner in 16 minutes flat. Later, on Barefoot Contessa, Ina’s in Napa having dinner with her husband, Jeffrey, and Chef Michael Chiarello. In the afternoon, there’s a new episode of Sugar Dome inspired by cops and robbers.

On Sunday, catch up on all the drama and action on Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off with a marathon starting at 6pm/5c; then watch an all-new episode at a special time of 10pm/9c. The celebrities will take on food trucks in their next challenge.

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Chef Wanted: Tuscan Kitchen Update

by in Shows, January 31st, 2013


Chef WantedAt Tuscan Kitchen in Salem, N.H., a recent expansion had owner Joe Faro looking for a new chef. His specific requirement: a passion for artisanal Italian cuisine. Anne and the Chef Wanted team were called in to help. Anne found four candidates, and after some grueling tests, an offer was extended to Chef Anthony De Palma.

Chef DePalma is a veteran when it comes to running a restaurant. He owned his own highly successful restaurant in West Palm Beach, Fla., but lost it after the economy collapsed in 2008. This job interview was the perfect opportunity to turn his luck around. He impressed Anne and Joe with his incredible skills of making pasta, sauce and cheese all from scratch. He breezed through all the challenges until it came to dinner, when a few problems in the kitchen delayed service. But in the end, Chef De Palma won the admiration of Joe and his family and was offered the position of executive chef.

Owner Joe Faro is pleased to have Chef De Palma on board: “He is passionate about the concept, the food and the people. He fits in well.”

FN Dish caught up with Chef De Palma on his first day on the job. Watch the video above to find out what the experience has meant for him, the challenges that lie ahead and all that he’s looking forward to as the new executive chef of Tuscan Kitchen.