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: It’s All About Chocolate on Food Network

by in Shows, February 6th, 2015

Alton Brown and Simon MajumdarThis weekend express your love for chocolate by watching a whole block of chocolate-themed episodes from Ree Drummond, the cast of The Kitchen, Giada De Laurentiis and a special Outrageous Chocolate episode. Then tune in for Valentine’s Day-themed competition on Guy’s Grocery Games and see what Alton Brown has in store for the chefs on a new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen.

In addition, Daphne Brogdon has a girls’ night out party, and on Worst Cooks in America, the recruits cook for their loved ones.

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Bring the Best to the Bake Sale — Cook Along with Kids Baking Championship

by in Recipes, Shows, February 3rd, 2015
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Bake Sale recipesOn last night’s episode of Kids Baking Championship, the eight young bakers had to adapt two of their signature dishes for a bake sale. Then midway through the challenge, judges Duff and Valerie sprung a twist on the unsuspecting kids: They would have to make a third treat, featuring PB&J flavors. At least two kids professed to hate peanut butter and jelly, but no matter, because they had to use the two ingredients in their third treat.

When it comes to bake sale treats, the best kinds are always ones that are easy to transport, hand-held and, well, it helps if it’s a rendition of a classic that everyone’s sure to like, such as cupcakes, cookies and brownies. Cook along with the challenges in the show, and check out these bake-sale recipes and see if you could put a twist on any one of them.

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The Chopped at Home Challenge — Enter Round 1 Starting Today

by in Shows, February 2nd, 2015
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Chopped at Home, Round 1Chopped fans, here’s your chance to cook like an actual Chopped competitor. In the Chopped at Home Challenge, which is broken down into three rounds, you’ll be able to enter a recipe using a set mystery basket of ingredients, for a chance to compete in the Chopped kitchen at Food Network headquarters. And, to top it all off, the winner will receive $10,000, just like a real Chopped champion.

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One-on-One with the Latest Recruit Eliminated from the Red Team — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, February 2nd, 2015

Norman WilsonThis season on Worst Cooks in America, 14 new helpless home cooks have joined the ranks to be mentored by chefs Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell. Split into the Blue and Red teams, they’ll face new cooking challenges every week, honing their skills until just two finalists (one from each team) remain to face off in one final cook-off, the winner of which will walk away with $25,000 in cash, along with bragging rights for his or her mentor. Unfortunately, however, every week the two lowest-scoring recruits will be kicked out of Boot Camp, losing the chance to win the prize money, but leaving with new skills they’ve learned from their mentors.

FN Dish has the exclusive interviews with the eliminated recruits from the Red Team and the Blue Team.

Find out who on the Red Team went home

One-on-One with the Latest Recruit Eliminated from the Blue Team — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, February 2nd, 2015

Sharif DeanThis season on Worst Cooks in America, 14 new helpless home cooks have joined the ranks to be mentored by chefs Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell. Split into the Blue and Red teams, they’ll face new cooking challenges every week, honing their skills until just two finalists (one from each team) remain to face off in one final cook-off, the winner of which will walk away with $25,000 in cash, along with bragging rights for his or her mentor. Unfortunately, however, every week the two lowest-scoring recruits will be kicked out of Boot Camp, losing the chance to win the prize money, but leaving with new skills they’ve learned from their mentors.

FN Dish has the exclusive interviews with the eliminated recruits from the Red Team and the Blue Team.

Find out who on the Blue Team went home

“Get Ready to Be Blown Away” — Valerie Bertinelli Speaks Out About Kids Baking Championship

by in Shows, January 30th, 2015
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Valerie BertinelliWhen it comes to watching the young bakers on Kids Baking Championship, premiering on Monday, Feb. 2 at 8|7c, “get ready to be blown away,” says Valerie Bertinelli, who along with Duff Goldman serves as host, mentor and judge to the eight kids competing on the new series. In each episode the kids face baking challenges geared at testing their skill and creativity, with an elimination at the end. Despite having to break the bad news to a child every episode, Valerie found the kids were tougher than she thought. “I was just incredibly impressed with them,” she said.

Read on to find out more of what Valerie had to say in our interview with her about the show, its challenges, the kids, her co-host Duff and the right age to get kids in the kitchen.

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Breakfast, the Meal of Champions? Worst Cooks in America Preview

by in Shows, January 29th, 2015

Sarah plating her omoletIn Sunday’s upcoming episode of Worst Cooks in America at 10|9c, mentors Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell are testing the recruits on multitasking and time management, two skills that any good chef should have. And to get the recruits in the practice, they’ll be cooking a multicomponent breakfast. But of course on this show that’s easier said than done.

When it comes to making breakfast classics, these recruits have no clue where to begin, especially when it comes to poaching eggs or making pancakes from scratch. Even after the team demonstrations, some of the recruits are left fumbling, but some surprisingly do excel at creating a breakfast that at least looks good, like Sarah’s omelet above.

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“You Won’t Believe How Good These Kids Are” — Duff Goldman Speaks Out About Kids Baking Championship

by in Shows, January 28th, 2015
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Duff GoldmanBaking is oftentimes referred to as a science or a discipline, a craft that must be learned with years of experience. That’s exactly how Duff Goldman described it in our recent interview with him to chat about Kids Baking Championship, premiering Monday, Feb. 2 at 8|7c. When you add kids to the baking equation, you might assume it won’t work, and that was Duff’s initial thought as well. But in the case of this new series, you will soon see it’s more than just possible. These kids are actually good — and not just “good for kids,” as Duff said, but “good, period.”

Kids Baking Championship proves that young kids can bake — and compete — just like their adult counterparts, and what’s even more surprising is that they do it all with the most-remarkable “poise,” as Duff pointed out. It’s not a stretch to say they probably act more grown-up than most adults do in the throes of competition. Read on to find out what Duff had to say about the series and the impressive group of kids.

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Chopped Viewers’ Choice: Fans Choose the Chopped Mystery Basket Ingredients

by in Shows, January 26th, 2015
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Chopped basketChopped fans, here’s your chance to be a part of the competition. You’ll be able to choose the basket ingredients for unsuspecting chef-competitors for an upcoming episode. Food Network is giving you the opportunity to assemble the ingredients that make it into all three of the mystery baskets. It’s a special viewers’ choice episode that will take the competitors by surprise.

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Duff Goldman Speaks Out on Judging, Competitive Strategy and the Impressive Caliber of Bakers on Duff Till Dawn

by in Shows, January 26th, 2015

Duff GoldmanWhat makes Duff Till Dawn, premiering Thursday, Jan. 29 at 10:30|9:30c, such a unique competition show is that the judge and mentor is one in the same: Duff Goldman. As viewers got to see in Sunday’s sneak peek episode, Duff advises the bakers during competition and even helps them out during the challenge, all while hosting the show. But in the end he puts on his judge’s hat and, with two fellow judges, determines who has earned the Golden Whisk by being the best baker to interpret the challenge at hand. But what does it mean to be a judge for Duff?

In Part 2 of our interview with him, Duff delves into what he looks for in a good cake, the importance of strategy in competition and how even he, a veteran baker with years of experience, can learn from an up-and-coming cake artist.

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