All Posts By Joseph Erdos

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.

So Much to Eat in SoCal — On the Road with The Great Food Truck Race

by in Restaurants, Shows, August 19th, 2014

The Great Food Truck Race, fish tacos from Beach CruiserSouthern California was the starting point for the food truck rookies on this past Sunday’s premiere of The Great Food Truck Race. Like many seasons before, the cross-country competition began on the West Coast, but this time, Santa Barbara, Calif., was city number one. Before anyone could get settled, a surprise Speed Bump moved the eight new teams to Venice, the hometown of team Beach Cruiser. Although it seemed like a truck selling healthy SoCal food would be a shoo-in, Lone Star Chuck Wagon, the team from Texas, ended up snatching the highest sales. Go figure!

Whether you’re looking for SoCal favorites like tacos, seafood and sushi or something unexpected like barbecue, we’ve narrowed down the restaurant offerings to the top 10 from the area, which include all the offerings mentioned above.

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Exclusive Interview with the First Food Truck Team to Exit the Race

by in Shows, August 17th, 2014

The Great Food Truck Race teamsOn the Season 5 premiere of The Great Food Truck Race, eight teams of food truck rookies began the cross-country competition in Santa Barbara, Calif., but they soon found they would be moving their trucks to Venice in a Speed Bump challenge. What they didn’t know was that it would also become their first Truck Stop challenge, with Tyler sending special guests and food truck experts to taste test each of their signature dishes. Unfortunately one team wasn’t able to roll with all the challenges, and along the way, a number of small missteps added up to a major failure in getting out their main product. FN Dish has the exclusive exit interview with the first team cut from the race.

Find Out Which Team Was Eliminated

Returning Chopped Champions Compete in First-Ever Ultimate Champions Tournament

by in Shows, August 14th, 2014

Chopped Ultimate Champions CompetingAn all-new tournament comes to Chopped, which will test a group of top former champions in a high-stakes battle. What makes this competition so interesting is that groups of professional chefs, amateur home cooks, heroes and celebrities will be competing. But the playing field is completely leveled when it comes to the Chopped kitchen, where anything can come out of those mystery baskets, oftentimes confounding the most-consummate professional. The winners of the four preliminary rounds will go on to the grand finale, where only one competitor will walk away as the grand champion and the winner of the biggest prize in Chopped history, $50,000 and a brand-new car.

Find out the rounds and who will be competing

Chatting with the Chopped Teen Grand Champion

by in Shows, August 12th, 2014
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Chopped Teen Tournament FinaleTonight the four teen winners from the four preliminary rounds of the Chopped Teen Tournament — Dante, Sequoia, Tommi Rae and Jason — returned for the last fight to the finish line. They’d battled before and now they battled once again, but only one of them left with $25,000 in prize money, a coveted culinary school scholarship worth $40,000 and the title of Chopped Teen Grand Champion, the bragging rights of which are priceless when it comes to being just a kid in school. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the grand prize winner.

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Chatting with the Chopped Teen Tournament, Part 4 Winner

by in Shows, August 5th, 2014
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Sequoia and Morgan, Chopped Teen CompetitorsFour young chefs-in-training entered the competition on tonight’s fourth episode of the five-part Chopped Teen Tournament. But only one kid made it through all three rounds of mystery baskets, securing a spot in the grand finale, where he or she will have the chance to win $25,000 in prize money, a $40,000 culinary school scholarship and bragging rights as the first Chopped Teen Grand Champion, which goes pretty far when you’re just a kid in high school. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the teen-chef winner from Part 4.

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Willie Degel Shuts It Down: A Restaurant Stakeout First

by in Shows, August 5th, 2014

Wille DegelOn an all-new Restaurant Stakeout this Wednesday at 9|8c, host Willie Degel does the unthinkable, by shutting down a restaurant for the first time. On the episode, Ricky, the owner of the Red Room in New Rochelle, New York, has been faced with running his mom’s restaurant. But without any experience, he’s put all his trust in his staff — a decision that might not be the wisest. Luckily, Willie is there to show him what’s really going on, and to help him see that sometimes you have to close one door in order to open another.

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Chatting with the Chopped Teen Tournament, Part 3 Winner

by in Shows, July 29th, 2014
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Tommi Rae and MaxFour young chefs-in-training entered the competition on tonight’s third episode of the five-part Chopped Teen Tournament. But only one kid made it through all three rounds of mystery baskets, securing a spot in the grand finale, where he or she will have the chance to win $25,000 in prize money, a $40,000 culinary school scholarship and bragging rights as the first Chopped Teen Grand Champion, which goes pretty far when you’re just a kid in high school. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the teen-chef winner from Part 3.

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Chatting with the Chopped Teen Tournament, Part 2 Winner

by in Shows, July 22nd, 2014
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Lucy and DanteFour young chefs-in-training entered the competition on tonight’s second episode of the five-part Chopped Teen Tournament. But only one kid made it through all three rounds of mystery baskets, securing a spot in the grand finale, where he or she will have the chance to win $25,000 in prize money, a $40,000 culinary school scholarship and bragging rights as the first Chopped Teen Grand Champion, which goes pretty far when you’re just a kid in high school. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the teen-chef winner from Part 2.

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Chatting with the Chopped Teen Tournament, Part 1 Winner

by in Shows, July 15th, 2014
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JasonFour young chefs-in-training entered the competition on tonight’s first episode of the five-part Chopped Teen Tournament. But only one kid made it through all three rounds of mystery baskets, securing a spot in the grand finale, where he or she will have the chance to win $25,000 in prize money, a $40,000 culinary school scholarship and bragging rights as the first Chopped Teen Grand Champion, which goes pretty far when you’re just a kid in high school. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the teen chef winner from Part 1.

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You’re Only as Young as You Cook — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, July 15th, 2014
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When it comes to cooking, it doesn’t matter how young or old you are — it’s the food that matters. And the teens on Part 1 of tonight’s Chopped Teen Tournament proved that talent is ageless. But, when it comes to the judges of Chopped After Hours, age doesn’t matter when it comes to letting loose, which is all too easy for them. As Ted points out in this all-new episode: “This is going to be tough for you,” as he asks the judges to act more mature than normal.

Amanda, Aarón and Scott take on the appetizer-basket ingredients from tonight’s episode. The ingredients include cherry drink pickles, lamb chops, kale chips and ricotta salata. Creating an appetizer out of these ingredients is all about finding the right balance and proportion — after all, it is an appetizer. The teen chefs learned, though the hard way, that cooking lamb chops on the bone isn’t possible in such a short amount of time, so quick thinking is necessary, especially when it comes to forming a plan B or C.

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