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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.

All-Star Academy Is Back in Session for Season 2 with New Mentors Robert Irvine and Andrew Zimmern

by in Shows, January 8th, 2016

MentorsOn the new season of All-Star Academy, Robert Irvine and Andrew Zimmern are joining returning mentors Alex Guarnaschelli and Curtis Stone. The four mentors will each lead a team of home cooks through intense cooking challenges beginning on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 10|9c. In each school-themed lesson, special guest professors will judge the home cooks’ dishes, with an elimination every week. The top student who makes it through all of the eight episodes will leave with a $50,000 grand prize and earn bragging rights for his or her mentor.

Watch a preview of the new season and meet the guest professors.

Go on the Ultimate Culinary Adventure with the Fieris on Guy & Hunter’s European Vacation

by in Shows, January 7th, 2016

Hunter and Guy FieriFather and son Guy and Hunter Fieri are embarking on the ultimate food-filled adventure, trekking through Europe on the hunt for unique culinary experiences on Guy & Hunter’s European Vacation, premiering Friday, Feb. 5 at 10|9c.

Food Network fans have seen Hunter grow up before their eyes on Triple D, Triple G and Guy’s Big Bite. Now as Hunter graduates high school, his dad is surprising him with one of the best gifts, an experience of a lifetime: a trip to visit 13 different cities across Europe. The adventure is sure to open up a whole new world of cuisine for Hunter, who’ll be taking up hospitality studies as he starts college at UNLV.

Find out where the father-and-son duo is headed.

Fried to Perfection: The Top 5 Fried Chicken Dishes in the Nation — Vote for Your Favorite

by in Shows, January 5th, 2016

Fried chicken and wafflesOn this past episode of Top 5 Restaurants, Geoffrey Zakarian and Sunny Anderson revealed that fried chicken is the No. 1 most-ordered restaurant dish in the country. Do you even have to ask yourself why? What makes fried chicken so enjoyable is its crunchy exterior and its moist and meaty interior. Your mouth has to be watering by now! Find out which five fried chicken dishes made it onto the top-five list and then vote on your favorite. Warning: There’s more mouthwatering ahead.

Find out which dishes made the list and vote on your favorite

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

by in Shows, January 3rd, 2016

Red TeamThis season on Worst Cooks in America, 14 new hapless home cooks have joined the ranks to be mentored by chefs Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell. Split into the Blue Team and the Red Team, the recruits face new cooking challenges every week, gathering new cooking skills until just two finalists remain to face off in the last cook-off. That winner will walk away with $25,000 in cash, and his or her mentor will win bragging rights. Unfortunately, every week the two lowest-scoring recruits will be kicked out of Boot Camp. They lose the chance to win the prize money, but they leave with new skills learned from their mentors.

Every Sunday night, FN Dish has the exclusive interviews with the eliminated recruits, one from the Red Team and one from the Blue Team.

Find out who on the Red Team went home

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

by in Shows, January 3rd, 2016

Blue TeamThis season on Worst Cooks in America, 14 new hapless home cooks have joined the ranks to be mentored by chefs Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell. Split into the Blue Team and the Red Team, the recruits face new cooking challenges every week, gathering new cooking skills until just two finalists remain to face off in the last cook-off. That winner will walk away with $25,000 in cash, and his or her mentor will win bragging rights. Unfortunately, every week the two lowest-scoring recruits will be kicked out of Boot Camp. They lose the chance to win the prize money, but they leave with new skills learned from their mentors.

Every Sunday night, FN Dish has the exclusive interviews with the eliminated recruits, one from the Red Team and one from the Blue Team.

Find out who on the Blue Team went home

Exclusive Interview with the Winner of Holiday Baking Championship, Season 2

by in Shows, December 20th, 2015

Holiday Baking Championship finalistsThis season on Holiday Baking Championship 10 bakers entered the competition to show off their creativity and skills for a chance to win $50,000. After eight weeks of baking everything from cookies to cakes, three bakers remained to face off in the finale: Steve, Maeve and Adalberto. But as is always the case, only one of them could walk away the Holiday Baking Champion and the winner of the grand prize.

Who baked the best holiday-themed cake in the finale? If you haven’t watched yet, then don’t read any further, as we’re chatting with the winner of the championship.

SPOILER ALERT: Get the Exclusive Interview

It’s All About the Beef — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, December 17th, 2015


On this episode of Chopped After Hours, judges Maneet Chauhan, Chris Santos and Amanda Freitag get in the kitchen to cook the entree basket from the Battle of the Grandpas episode. They are faced with utilizing London broil, rutabaga, broccoli rabe and peanut butter taffy bites, and the big question Ted poses is what the judges would do with the beef, since it’s such a tough cut. “Hard sear, lots of resting,” Amanda offers, and Chris says, “Typically you’d attack it with some kind of fat.” The two judges decide to do just that, but Maneet takes the meat in an entirely different direction.

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Do You Dare Taste the Sauce? — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, December 15th, 2015



Tonight after the Family Affair episode of Chopped, judges Geoffrey Zakarian, Marc Murphy and Maneet Chauhan go into the kitchen to try out the appetizer basket in a new episode of Chopped After Hours. With just 20 minutes they have to cook with a pork roll, pizza dough, baby eggplant and Chinese spaghetti sauce. “Whatever that is,” says Ted Allen about the jarred ingredient, which Marc promptly dares him to swig. But Ted refuses; instead he asks the judges, “Why don’t you guys do your best to mask this flavor?” But the dares don’t stop there, as we’ll see in the episode.

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The Ladies of Chopped — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, December 10th, 2015


Tonight the ladies of Chopped, or the “Charlie’s Angels of Chopped,” as Alex Guarnaschelli put it, judged a special mother-in-law and daughter-in-law episode of the show. And on After Hours the ladies are busting into the kitchen to take on one of the baskets from the episode. Judges Amanda Freitag, Maneet Chauhan and Alex take on cooking with lasagna, onion blossom chips, arugula and a wine purse. “This was one of the more catastrophic appetizer baskets that we’ve seen,” says Alex as the ladies chat about the basket’s difficulties. But there’s no doubt the three will succeed, despite it being a 20-minute appetizer round.

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Michael Symon Continues His Search for the Best Burgers, Brew & ‘Que in Season 2

by in Shows, December 10th, 2015

Michael SymonBack for Season 2 of Burgers, Brew & ‘Que, premiering Friday, Jan. 15 at 10:30|9:30c, Michael Symon is traveling the nation yet again on a quest to find the best mouthwatering burgers, fall-off-the-bone ribs and local brews to wash it all down. And in this new season, he’s headed to new destinations and meeting up with more special guests.

Find out more about the new season and watch a preview