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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."

The South’s Cat Cora Reveals Her Mentoring Strategy — America’s Best Cook

by in Shows, April 10th, 2014

CatFN 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, Cat Cora is leading the South, a region she knows a lot about, especially since she grew up there. As the first female Iron Chef, she took to the heat of competition and isn’t afraid to pull out all the stops now. Coming up as a chef, she had some of the best mentors, including Julia Child and Jacques Pepin, and she’s ready to pay it forward, passing on her knowledge and skill to her team of home cooks with the hopes of bringing home the win for the South.

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Get to Know Bill Rancic, Host of Kitchen Casino

by in Shows, April 10th, 2014

Bill RancicOn Food Network’s new show Kitchen Casino, Mondays at 9|8c, host Bill Rancic doles out gambling-themed games to chefs competing to win the $30,000 jackpot. Bill isn’t new to television. He got his start as the first winner of The Apprentice, and he and his wife star in their reality show Giuliana and Bill. When he’s not busy in front of the camera or looking after the restaurant group he’s a part owner of, behind the scenes Bill’s a simple guy who loves simple food.

Bill knows his way around a kitchen, and he loves cooking Italian food. He does admit that he has had some not-so proud moments in the kitchen, but that hasn’t lessened his appreciation for food or stopped him from trying new things. You might be surprised to learn that he got started in the food business at the age of 10, when he had his own secret restaurant at home — and he’s been a savvy businessman and foodie ever since.

Get to know Bill Rancic better in FN Dish’s exclusive interview.

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The North’s Michael Symon Reveals His Mentoring Strategy — America’s Best Cook

by in Shows, April 9th, 2014

MichaelFN 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, Michael Symon is representing the North. After growing up in Ohio and opening his restaurant there, Michael has the knowledge and experience to lead his team of home cooks. There are many cultural backgrounds in the region, and Michael’s going to make sure that those unique flavors are well represented. Over the years Michael has looked up to Jonathan Waxman as a mentor, and he’s hoping to impart to his home cooks that same passion he learned coming up as a chef.

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A Different Kind of Parmesan — Hearts of Palm Parm

by in Recipes, Shows, April 9th, 2014

Hearts of Palm ParmFor this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient of hearts of palm. Readily available canned, hearts of palm are the tender inner cores of palm trees — though only certain less fibrous varieties of palm are harvested. The taste is delicate and similar to artichokes, but their long cylindrical shape resembles white asparagus. They’re crunchy when raw and typically used in salads, but this Hearts of Palm Parm recipe does something different: It cooks the hearts in a tomato sauce, turning them soft and even more flavorful. Whether you’re a vegetarian or a fan of chicken or eggplant Parmesan looking for a different take on the dish, give this one a try.

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The East’s Alex Guarnaschelli Reveals Her Mentoring Strategy — America’s Best Cook

by in Shows, April 8th, 2014

AlexFN 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, Alex Guarnaschelli leads the East, a region that she grew up in, lives in and runs restaurants in. As a judge on Chopped, Alex knows what makes a good cook, and as the most recently named Iron Chef, she’s got the fire to lead. Having learned the trade in France, Alex owes it all to Guy Savoy for giving her the confidence to become a chef, but she also looks up to fellow Food Network chef Bobby Flay for inspiration when it comes to blazing a path.

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Introducing the Chopped Tournament of Stars Champion

by in Shows, April 6th, 2014

FinaleOn tonight’s episode of the Chopped Tournament of Stars, the winners of the four previous rounds returned for one final battle to see who would win the championship and walk away with $50,000 for his or her charity. Brandi Chastain, Carnie Wilson, Gillian Vigman and Michael Imperioli all entered the competition with the goal of winning, but by the dessert round only Brandi and Michael remained to face off in an epic dessert round that was so exciting that it had the judges on the edge of their seats. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the winner.

Read the interview with the champion

Guy’s Grocery Games Returns for Season 2 with New Chefs, New Games and a New Market

by in Shows, April 4th, 2014

Guy and judgesGuy Fieri is returning with a new season of Guy’s Grocery Games, premiering May 11 at 8|7c.The competition features four talented chefs battling in supermarket-themed cooking challenges with real-world obstacles, and it all takes place in an all-new grocery store this season. It could be shopping on a budget, substituting for out-of-stock ingredients or grabbing groceries at the last minute before closing time. In each challenge, the chefs must prepare dishes with items pulled from the shelves, then face judging in front of an expert panel. One by one, chefs check out, until the winner is left standing. He or she has the opportunity to net up to $20,000 in a timed shopping spree through the aisles.

Here’s what you can expect from the Season 2 premiere

What to Watch: A New Season of Guy’s Big Bite and the Chopped Tournament of Stars Finale

by in Shows, April 4th, 2014

Guy and HunterThis weekend, Food Network has a bunch of new episodes from Ree, Amy, Damaris, Rachael and Guy, as well as the finale of the Chopped Tournament of Stars.

On Saturday, on The Pioneer Woman, Ree makes school treats for the kids. Then on Heartland Table, Amy cooks lunch with her cousin, who is a butcher. Come Sunday, on Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day, she shows you how to cook five make-ahead meals in one day. Then on Southern at Heart, Damaris shows you how to elevate ho-hum dishes using spices. Later on the new season of Guy’s Big Bite, Guy’s making one of his favorites, Brunswick stew, with his son Hunter. In the evening, tune in for an all-new Food Court Wars where a pair of friends battles a father-daughter team for eatery space. Then it’s the finale of the Chopped Tournament of Stars: Brandi, Carnie, Gillian and Michael compete for the title of champion and $50,000 for charity. Afterward watch Cutthroat Kitchen, where a chef’s whisk gets supersized when making mousse.

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Bill Rancic Dishes Out Gaming Strategy for Competing on Kitchen Casino

by in Shows, April 3rd, 2014

Bill RancicWhen it comes to gambling, there’s more to it than luck. Strategy plays an important part in how a game is won or lost, whereas cooking — especially competitively — requires skill. These two traits are necessary for contestants if they wish to excel in Food Network’s new series Kitchen Casino, which premieres Monday, April 7 at 9|8c. Only those chefs who can balance both have the opportunity to win the jackpot.

FN Dish recently caught up with Bill Rancic, the host of Kitchen Casino, to talk about the show, what’s expected of the contestants and what he thinks are the tools they need to succeed in this unique competition.

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Regional Foods Face-Off — America’s Best Cook Bracket Challenge, Round 1

by in Shows, April 3rd, 2014

Round 1 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, premiering on Sunday, April 13 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 1 is now closed. Vote in Round 2.

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