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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.

“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.

More: Find out how to participate

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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10 Talented Home Cooks Enter All-Star Academy to Compete for the Grand Prize

by in Shows, January 26th, 2015

Ted Allen hosts All-Star AcademyFrom across the country, 10 skilled home cooks have come to enter All-Star Academy, where they will be mentored by some of Food Network’s most-revered chefs, all while competing for a $50,000 grand prize. Premiering Sunday, March 1 at 9|8c, All-Star Academy, hosted by Ted Allen, features superstar chefs Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Curtis Stone and Michael Symon, who will guide the home cooks through challenges deemed difficult for even the most-well-seasoned chef. In the end, only one mentor and mentee will emerge victorious.

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

by in Shows, January 26th, 2015

Red TeamThis 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, January 26th, 2015

Blue TeamThis 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

Playing for Pride: Competition Without the Prize — Duff Goldman’s Take on Duff Till Dawn

by in Shows, January 23rd, 2015

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Duff Goldman’s new show, premiering Thursday, Jan. 29 at 10:30|9:30c (with a sneak peek Sunday, Jan. 25 at 11|10c), might be the first of its kind: a competition show with no final prize, no money, nothing, nada, zilch, except for the Golden Whisk, the only physical reward. On Duff Till Dawn, it’s not $10,000 or $25,000 on the line; it’s pride. The Golden Whisk, well, it’s just the proverbial icing on the cake. It’s just about as good as any award show statuette, as any of the winning bakers is free to rub it in other bakers’ faces, having earned bragging rights. But at the bottom of it all, “it’s a really fresh take on competition,” Duff said, where everyone gets to show off what they can do.

FN Dish caught up with the artiste extraordinaire, owner of Charm City Cakes and maker of epically awesome cakes, to talk about the concept of the new show, actually competing from dusk till dawn in his bakery and why there is no monetary reward.

What Makes Duff Till Dawn so Unique in Duff’s Opinion

Caption It: Coaching from the Sidelines — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, January 21st, 2015

Worst Cooks in AmericaOn Sunday’s upcoming episode of Worst Cooks in America, the remaining eight Boot Camp recruits will have to face their fears — of the fryer, that is. Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell have them cook Game Day foods with recipes that all require the use of a deep fryer. But what the recruits don’t admit to at first is that their fears go way beyond just the fryer: One has an actual phobia when it comes to condiments, and the other gets queasy at the sight of fish.

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The More Bizarre the Baskets, the Better — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, January 20th, 2015


For the Chopped judges, there is no such thing as too bizarre a basket. They’re willing and able to take on even the weirdest one of all. And the entree round from tonight’s Chopped episode was pretty odd, to say the least, containing goat heads, flaming shiso, blue foot mushrooms and kholodets. Judges Chris Santos, Alex Guarnaschelli and Geoffrey Zakarian were excited to get their hands on these ingredients without any aversions — except for maybe Chris, who thinks, of all the ingredients, the kholodets, a Russian jellied meat dish, looks the least appetizing.

Ted Allen wonders if they have any ideas for these unusual ingredients. “I’m quite certain based on history we’re going to come up with three wildly different ideas,” Chris tells Ted about the possibilities that the basket presents. “I think this is a great basket to showcase using ingredients we might not otherwise think are going to become anything,” says Alex. With just 30 minutes on the clock, the judges get right to cooking. “It’s so serious in here,” says Ted. “You guys do know that no one is getting chopped, right?”

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Take an Exclusive Tour of Duff Goldman’s Bakery Charm City Cakes West — Duff Till Dawn

by in Shows, January 19th, 2015

Duff's bakeryIn Duff Goldman’s new show, Duff Till Dawn, premiering Thursday, January 29 at 10:30|9:30c, expert bakers and cake artists compete to show off their unique cake-decorating skills for the chance to earn bragging rights — and walk away with the Golden Whisk. But this competition doesn’t take place in just any competition space, nor does it happen during daylight hours: It all goes down in Duff’s Los Angeles bakery Charm City Cakes West and lasts from dusk until dawn.

Here’s your chance to get an exclusive look inside the popular bakery and notorious competition space.

Click here to take the tour