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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.

One-on-One with the Chopped Champions, Battle 3 Winner

by in Shows, April 12th, 2016

RoRo and DeborahTonight the Season 5 Champions tournament continued with four more previous Chopped champs battling it out for a coveted spot in the finale. There the winners of all four preliminary rounds will compete one last time for a chance to walk away with $50,000. In this third battle, the dessert round became the determining factor: The final two chefs battled neck and neck throughout the competition, which meant the judges would be looking at even the slightest slip-up to make their decision. After taking into consideration all three courses, the judges chose the chef who did the best job transforming the baskets. Find out who won this preliminary battle and earned the third finale spot.

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One-on-One with the Chopped Champions, Battle 2 Winner

by in Shows, April 5th, 2016

Dafna and Adam go into battle for the dessert round.Tonight the Season 5 Champions tournament continued with four more previous Chopped champs battling it out for a coveted spot in the finale. There the winners of all four preliminary rounds will compete one last time for a chance to walk away with $50,000. In this second battle, two strong opponents made it to the dessert round: one with great skills at executing, and another with confident creativity. If the win had been based on just the dessert, the champion would have been obvious. But taking into consideration all three courses, the judges chose the chef who did the best overall. Find out who won this preliminary battle and earned the second finale spot.

Read the interview with the winner

Exclusive Interview with the Winner of All-Star Academy, Season 2

by in Shows, April 3rd, 2016

The final cooks.Eight weeks ago, nine home cooks entered All-Star Academy for a chance to join a mentor’s team and compete to win $50,000 and bragging rights as the best home cook in the nation. Tonight one of those cooks did just that. The finale began with Team Alex’s Lee, Team Robert’s Natasha and Team Andrew’s Zoe, but halfway through, Zoe was eliminated, and she and her mentor left for good. That left Lee, a home cook with a Northern California flair, and Natasha, a home cook specializing in foods with a Southern inflection. Their final challenge required them to cook a dish from the heart — something that showed how far they’ve come in the competition. It all came down to that last dish.

Spoiler Alert: Find Out Who Won

One-on-One with the Chopped Champions, Battle 1 Winner

by in Shows, March 29th, 2016

Meny and Elderoy stand for judgementTonight the Champions tournament returned for Season 5 with four previous Chopped champs battling it out for a coveted spot in the finale. There the winners of all four preliminary rounds will compete one last time for a chance to walk away with $50,000. In Battle 1, two very worthy chefs made it to the dessert round, and both put out strong desserts, but it was the sum of all three courses — appetizer, entree and dessert — that would determine who’d take the first finale spot. Find out who managed to sweep this preliminary battle with the best dishes.

Read the interview with the winner

Mangia, Mangia! The Top 5 Italian Dishes in the Nation — Vote for Your Favorite

by in Shows, February 28th, 2016

Top 5 ItalianWhether it’s a simple plate of spaghetti, a luscious lasagna hot out of the oven or a sumptuous seafood specialty, we all have our favorite Italian dishes. Recently Top 5 Restaurants revealed the best restaurants serving the best Italian dishes. One of the restaurants goes as far as to employ real Italian nonni in the kitchen — is there anything more authentic than that? You’ll definitely want to keep this list handy the next time you’re craving a taste of Italy. See which five classic and comforting dishes made the list.

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

One-on-One with the Winner of Worst Cooks in America, Season 8

by in Shows, February 14th, 2016

Blue Team and Red Team finalistsThis season of Worst Cooks in America began with 14 cooks, each hopelessly destitute of cooking knowledge — and all a danger to themselves and their families. But week by week, as some recruits saw their journeys ending in Boot Camp, others rose to the top, steadily growing their skills and culinary knowledge. By the finale only two recruits remained, one belonging to Chef Anne and one to Chef Tyler. Lawrence was the final cook on the Blue Team, and Nick was the final cook on the Red Team. Only one could win the entire competition and the $25,000 prize, but first they would have to cook a restaurant-quality dinner in a professional kitchen to be tasted and judged by a panel of industry experts. After tonight one recruit walked away the winner, no longer a worst cook.

FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the winner of the competition

One-on-One with the Runner-Up of Worst Cooks in America, Season 8

by in Shows, February 14th, 2016

Blue Team and Red Team finalistsSeven weeks ago, 14 of the worst cooks in the nation entered Worst Cooks in America, hoping to learn new cooking skills that would break their awful ways in the kitchen. Week by week, some recruits had their journeys in Boot Camp come to a conclusion, but others rose to the challenges, learning techniques and honing their culinary knowledge. By the finale only two recruits remained: Nick on Chef Anne’s team and Lawrence on Chef Tyler’s. Only one could win the competition and the $25,000 prize, but first they had to cook a restaurant-quality meal to be judged by a panel of industry experts. Tonight one recruit walked away the winner of the cash prize; the remaining cook, although empty-handed, gained a new set of skills that has him set for life.

FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the runner-up of the competition

Mentor vs. Mentor: What the Season 2 All-Star Academy Team Leaders Have to Offer — Smack Talk Included

by in Shows, February 12th, 2016

All-Star Academy mentorsThis season two new chefs are stepping into the role of mentor on All-Star Academy: Robert Irvine and Andrew Zimmern are bringing a new energy to the arena. Season 1 mentors Alex Guarnaschelli and Curtis Stone return to try their luck at winning yet again, but this time with lots more experience under their belts. All four have the job of mentoring a team of two home cooks, but only one home cook will have the chance to walk away with the $50,000 win. On the line for the winning mentor: infinite bragging rights as the best teacher this academy has seen.

These four chefs may be friends outside of the show, but when it comes to competition, that friendliness gets shoved aside and replaced with rivalry, an urge to come out on top — and all of this includes some smack talk flying around. FN Dish spoke with Alex and Curtis to see if they had anything to say about the two new mentors, Robert and Andrew, and whether they had any advice for them. And we asked Robert and Andrew what they bring to the table — what sets them apart from veterans Alex and Curtis. The answers we got from both sides were exactly what we were hoping to hear. This competition is going to be good.

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Food to Get You in the Mood: The Top 5 Romantic Dishes in the Nation — Vote for Your Favorite

by in Shows, February 11th, 2016

Brooklyn Bridge CakeWhether it’s for Valentine’s Day, a special dinner planned for popping the question, an anniversary or just an evening to celebrate love, these dishes featured on Top 5 Restaurants fit the occasion. Some are perfect for sharing and others are the ideal aphrodisiac — chocolate, anyone? The list includes sumptuous entrees and decadent desserts, which we all know are essential for capping off the best evenings. See which five foods have romantic rendezvous written all over them.

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

Worst Cooks in America: The Best of Episode 6 in GIFs

by in Shows, February 10th, 2016

Tyler wants Lawrence to cut the steak alreadyRelive some of the craziest and funniest moments from Worst Cooks in America in the following GIFs.

Tyler tries to transmit instructions telepathically to his recruit Lawrence (pictured above).

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