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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."

Top 10 Recommended Eats from the East: On the Road with America’s Best Cook

by in Shows, April 23rd, 2014

Lobster RollOn America’s Best Cook, Sunday at 9|8c, home cooks battle it out for the chance to win the title of America’s best cook, all while representing their specific region of the United States. The cooks are split into teams from the North, South, West and East. Each of these regions has its characteristic foods that make up an integral part of its identity. To celebrate the new competition show, each week during the season, FN Dish has the top 10 reader-recommended eats from one of the regions. This week it’s all about the East.

The East is well known for having popularized foods including pizza, burgers, cheese steaks and lobster rolls, all of which were famously invented and first served in the East. Now it’s hard to imagine American cuisine without these dishes. But the East also offers a wide array of international cuisines that have become ingrained in American culture, like Italian and Mexican dishes and so much more. Through the years, some city neighborhoods have come to specialize in certain cuisine, like Boston’s North End, whereas others have become a melting pot, like Queens in New York.

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The Challenge: Elevating Classic Dishes — America’s Best Cook

by in Shows, April 18th, 2014

Home CooksLast week on America’s Best Cook, airing on Sundays at 9|8c, the four regional mentors selected their teams of two home cooks each, leaving just eight competitors in the competition. This week, the competition officially begins. At the start of each episode the cooks will be given a cooking challenge, with their resulting dishes getting judged by a guest Food Network chef. This time the challenge is all about elevating classic dishes. With that in mind, the home cooks must reinvent and modernize a traditional dish — pulling out all the stops for creativity. But not everyone’s dish will be a success. Some will reach too far, others not far enough.

FN Dish wants to know: If you had to reinvent a classic dish, which one would it be? Vote in the poll below and get a sneak peek at the challenge.

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What to Watch: Chickening Around on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and Spring Is in the Air on The Kitchen

by in Shows, April 18th, 2014

The KitchenStart the weekend with a special episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on Friday night. It’s all about chicken as Guy recounts all the best places he’s eaten the bird. Tune in Saturday morning for new episodes of Farmhouse Rules as Nancy goes antiquing, and check out The Kitchen, where the co-hosts kick off a special spring celebration. After the show FN Dish will be giving away a cutting board signed by the co-hosts. On Sunday morning, get five easy weekday recipes from Rachael, and then follow it up with new episodes of Southern at Heart, Giada at Home and Guy’s Big Bite. In the evening, watch all-new episodes of Food Court Wars, America’s Best Cook and Cutthroat Kitchen.

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How to Play the Game of Kitchen Casino — Part Gambling, Part Cooking

by in Shows, April 17th, 2014

Kitchen CasinoKitchen Casino uniquely combines cooking with gambling-themed games that not only test chefs’ abilities to think — and cook — on their feet, but that also test their abilities to strategize, whether that means playing the game fairly or a bit dirty. At the start of the show, four chefs enter the casino, but after three rounds, only one chef can leave as the winner. That person has the opportunity to triple his or her earnings in a final game of chance — but there is a risk of going bust, which means leaving empty-handed. But without risk, there is no reward.

If you haven’t already tuned in to the new show on Mondays at 9|8c, FN Dish breaks down the game, round by round.

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Regional Foods Face-Off — America’s Best Cook Bracket Challenge, Round 2

by in Shows, April 17th, 2014

Round 2 Bracket ChallengeAmong the many things that define the United States, foods are at the top of that list. And every region has its specialty, whether it is lobster rolls from the East, chili from the North, shrimp and grits from the South or tacos from the West. On the new series America’s Best Cook, Sundays at 9|8c, home cooks from the four corners of the country have come to Food Network headquarters to be mentored by FN chefs and battle it out for a chance at winning the title of America’s Best Cook.

To coincide with the show, FN Dish has launched the Regional Foods Face-Off, a bracket challenge in which you, the fans, can vote for your favorite regional food. The editors have narrowed it down to four famous dishes from each of the regions, but after four rounds of voting, only one dish will come out on top. Round 2 is now closed. Vote in Round 3.

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Brighten Up the Easter Holiday with These Zesty Lamb Chops

by in Recipes, Shows, April 16th, 2014

Key Lime Lamb ChopsFor this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient Key lime juice. The goal of this challenge was to prove that the citrus juice could be used for more than just the famous Key lime pie. This recipe for Key Lime Lamb Chops with Glazed Carrots turns the juice into a sweet-tart sauce called a gastrique, which glazes the carrots and gets used as the serving sauce for the roasted lamb racks. With its combination of flavors, this dish is the perfect spring awakening for the palate. Plus, it makes a nice addition to the Easter holiday table.

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Top 10 Recommended Eats from the North: On the Road with America’s Best Cook

by in View All Posts, April 16th, 2014

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On America’s Best Cook, Sundays at 9|8c, home cooks battle it out for the chance to win the title of America’s Best Cook, all while representing their specific region of the United States. The cooks are split into teams from the North, South, West and East. Each of these regions has its characteristic foods that make up an integral part of its identity. To celebrate the new competition show, each week during the season, FN Dish has the top 10 reader-recommended eats from one of the regions. This week it’s all about the North.

When you think of the North, meat is one of the first things that come to mind — lots and lots of beef and pork especially. But the North is also known for ethnic cuisines, including eastern European, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern. Many now long-established restaurants were originally opened by immigrant families and have been passed down through the generations. There you’ll find foods like gyros, goulash, sauerbraten, lasagna and so much more.

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Ted Allen, Host of America’s Best Cook, Reveals His Take on the New Series

by in View All Posts, April 12th, 2014

Ted AllenFN Dish is counting down until the premiere of America’s Best Cook on Sunday at 9|8c. On the new show, four Food Network chefs representing the four regions of the United States mentor teams of exceptional home cooks in a competition to find America’s best cook. The winner walks away with the title and $50,000 in prize money. But which region will that winner be from? It could be North, South, East or West. The final result will be a testament to the mentor who coached the winner. Ahead of the premiere, FN Dish spoke with the show’s host, Ted Allen, to find out his take on the competition.

As the host of Chopped, Ted Allen gets to see professional chefs enter the heat of the competition, but on America’s Best Cooks, it’s all about the home cooks. Amateurs who have proven they’re the best home cooks in the nation will enter the competition for a chance to be chosen and mentored by one of four Food Network chefs. According to Ted, each team will show a different dynamic and each mentor will have a strategy — some similar, some a bit different. As the host, he has a unique point of view: He gets to see everything that happens on all four teams.

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The West’s Tyler Florence Reveals His Mentoring Strategy — America’s Best Cook

by in Shows, April 11th, 2014

TylerFN Dish is counting down until the premiere of America’s Best Cook on Sunday at 9|8c. On the new show, four Food Network chefs representing the four regions of the United States mentor teams of exceptional home cooks in a competition to find America’s best cook. The winner walks away with the title and $50,000 in prize money. But which region will that winner be from? It could be North, South, East or West. The final result will be a testament to the mentor who coached the winner. Ahead of the premiere, FN Dish spoke with each of the mentors to find out more about the competition, mentoring strategies, what makes a good home cook and more.

On America’s Best Cook, Tyler Florence is representing the West. Tyler started out in the South and then worked for many years in New York City, so he’s got experience with three out of the four regions. But as a chef who has made his home on the West Coast and runs establishments there, Tyler is more than qualified to represent the West. He’s previously mentored home cooks and budding chefs on the shows Food 911, The Great Food Truck Race and Food Court Wars, and he’s ready to do the same again.

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What to Watch: Damaris and Giada Welcome Spring with New Recipes and the Premiere of America’s Best Cook

by in Shows, April 11th, 2014

America's Best CookOn Saturday, Ree is putting on a big Cajun-style party for her father-in-law, and on Heartland Table, Amy is bringing back the supper club. Sunday morning, tune in to Rachael for a week’s worth of meals prepared in one day. Later Damaris helps her uncle create a spring lamb feast. Then Giada makes an Easter luncheon for her family. And Guy’s Big Bite is all about one of Guy’s favorite comfort foods: hot dogs.

On Sunday evening, tune in to a new episode of Food Court Wars — one team specializes in sub sandwiches, the other team focuses on comfort food. Then on the premiere of America’s Best Cook, 16 cooks from four regions compete for just eight spots. Mentors Alex, Cat, Michael and Tyler will each pick the two home cooks they think will best represent their region (East, South, North and West, respectively) during competition. Only one home cook will walk away the winner of $50,000 at the end of six weeks. Then on a new Cutthroat Kitchen, one chef must use a cement mixer while making a layer cake.

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