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.

Q&A with Halloween Baking Championship Judge Ron Ben-Israel

by in Shows, September 28th, 2015

Ron Ben-IsraelOn the new show Halloween Baking Championship, expect to be blown away by some of the extremely creepy creations the bakers make, but even more than that, be ready for probably the scariest panel of judges you will ever see, and a host who’s not afraid to deliver some deadly news to eliminated bakers. Judges Carla Hall, Ron Ben-Israel and Sherry Yard will be dishing out critiques, while Richard Blais will be sending home those bakers who don’t meet the spooktacular criteria of the $25,000 competition show. Before you tune in for the premiere on Monday, October 5 at 9|8c, get to know each of them a little better.

Before finding the world of baking, Ron had a 15-year career as a modern dancer. After working pastry apprenticeships in Canada and France, he made his way to New York City, where he opened his couture cake shop. Ron has hosted Sweet Genius on Food Network and judged Cake Wars.

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The Best of the Worst — Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition Premiere Recap in GIFs

by in Shows, September 25th, 2015

Dean as the winnerGet highlights of the Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition premiere, and see some of the craziest moments in GIFs.

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One-on-One with the First Eliminated Celebrity Recruit — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, September 23rd, 2015

Celebrity Boot CampThis season on Worst Cooks in America, seven celebrity recruits have signed up to be whipped into shape by mentors Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray, but unfortunately Boot Camp has room for only six, three stars per team. And that means one celebrity has had his or her time cut short. FN Dish has the exclusive exit interview with tonight’s eliminated recruit.

SPOILER ALERT: Read on to find out who went home.

One-on-One with the Season 2 Chopped Teen Grand Champion

by in Shows, September 22nd, 2015

Chopped finaleOn tonight’s finale, the four teen winners from the earlier preliminary rounds entered the Chopped kitchen one more time. This last battle would determine who would win the $25,000 prize and the coveted title, which in itself brings bragging rights for a kid in high school. The teens had to face challenging mystery baskets that no amount of practice could enable anyone to predict, while also being creative, cooking flavorfully and presenting dishes that appealed to the judges. But nothing could truly prepare them for the pressure and the time constraints. Ultimately one of them rose to the top with three courses that earned the championship title and the $25,000.

Get the Exclusive Interview with the Chopped Teen Grand Champion

Finding Your Focus, and Sticking to It — Jeff Mauro’s Advice for the Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off Competitors

by in Shows, September 22nd, 2015

Rachael Ray and Jeff MauroOn last night’s episode of Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off, Mondays at 8|7c, Jeff Mauro joined Rachael as a guest judge for the challenges, which focused on creativity. When it comes to food, there’s no such thing as too much creativity; it’s more about finding what works and sticking to it, as Jeff recommends. On his show Sandwich King, Jeff comes up with new and unique combinations, and it’s that lesson in creativity that he came to teach the kids. Another lesson from him: Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes. This is true no matter what you’re doing, whether it’s comedy or cooking, notes Jeff, who actually has been able to master both.

FN Dish caught up with Jeff to chat about the episode, the kids and more. Find out his best advice for getting kids in the kitchen at a young age, and what’s the best dish to teach them first.

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One-on-One with the Chopped Teen Tournament, Part 4 Winner

by in Shows, September 15th, 2015

Chopped Teens Part 4On tonight’s fourth installment of the five-part Chopped Teen Tournament, four teens entered the hallowed kitchen to try their luck at the mystery baskets. Many of them have practiced in advance, even training with culinary instructors. But nothing could truly prepare them for the pressure and the time constraints. Nevertheless, the teens took the competition in stride, and ultimately one of them rose to the top with three courses that earned a place in the finale, where he or she will compete for a chance to win the $25,000.

Get the Exclusive Interview with the Part 4 Winner

Q&A with Competitor Jaleel White — Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition

by in Shows, September 15th, 2015

Jaleel WhiteSeason 7 of Worst Cooks in America is a little bit more star-studded, as seven recruits from Tinseltown are joining the ranks of the culinarily challenged. Like in previous seasons, the recruits will be split into teams, but this time their coaches will be Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray. For one of these stars, getting through all six weeks of trying challenges will mean $50,000 for his or her charity and bragging rights for the star’s mentor.

Hear the phrase “Did I do that?” and you immediately know who we’re talking about. Although Jaleel White has gone on to write and direct for other TV shows and networks, he’ll forever be known as the lovably geeky Steve Urkel on Family Matters. While attending UCLA, Jaleel starred in the TV series Grown-Ups, and he has since appeared in guest roles on Boston Legal, House and NCIS. He’s written for Imagine Entertainment and Disney Channel, and he wrote, produced and starred in his own Web series, Fake It ‘Til You Make It.

Learn more about what makes Jaleel tick in and out of the kitchen and why he’s put himself up for Boot Camp. Tune in for the premiere of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9|8c.

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Turning Culinary Dreams Into a Reality — Sunny Anderson’s Advice for Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off Competitors

by in Shows, September 15th, 2015

Sunny AndersonOn last night’s episode of Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off, Sunny Anderson joined Rachael to help dole out the challenges and judge the competition. The focus of the challenges was to help the kids develop their storytelling techniques so they can learn to talk about their food fearlessly in front of the camera, which is important for when one of them wins his or her own Web series on FoodNetwork.com. FN Dish caught up with Sunny to chat about the episode, the kids and more. She reveals her best piece of advice for the kid competitors and how she found her own voice in the business.

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Q&A with Competitor Barry Williams — Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition

by in Shows, September 14th, 2015

Barry WilliamsSeason 7 of Worst Cooks in America is a little bit more star-studded, as seven recruits from Tinseltown are joining the ranks of the culinarily challenged. Like in previous seasons, the recruits will be split into teams, but this time their coaches will be Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray. For one of these stars, getting through all six weeks of trying challenges will mean $50,000 for his or her charity and bragging rights for the star’s mentor.

As one-ninth of the iconic television series The Brady Bunch, Barry Williams inhabited the role of the older brother. Although he’ll forever be known as Greg, which is suggested by the subtitle of his autobiography, Growing Up Brady: the Story of a Teenage Greg, Barry has gone on to become a commensurate performer. He’s appeared on Broadway in Romance/Romance and toured with the cast of Pippin, The Sound of Music and West Side Story, among others. Currently he can be found performing in the 70s Music Celebration in Branson, Mo., where he resides.

Get to know Barry better and discover what made him decide to sign up for Boot Camp. Hint: He neglected to learn anything from Alice. Tune in for the premiere of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9|8c.

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Q&A with Competitor Kendra Wilkinson — Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition

by in Shows, September 13th, 2015

Kendra WilkinsonSeason 7 of Worst Cooks in America is a little bit more star-studded, as seven recruits from Tinseltown are joining the ranks of the culinarily challenged. Like in previous seasons, the recruits will be split into teams, but this time their coaches will be Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray. For one of these stars, getting through all six weeks of trying challenges will mean $50,000 for his or her charity and bragging rights for the star’s mentor.

Not your average girl next door, Kendra Wilkinson came to fame as one of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends in the reality TV series The Girls Next Door. This former Playboy playmate has since gone on to star in the series Kendra and now Kendra on Top, which features her facing the realities of life as a mom and wife. She’s also made guest appearances in TV series, including How I Met Your Mother, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Entourage. Other reality TV credits include Dancing with the Stars, Celebrity Wife Swap and Marriage Boot Camp. Kendra is the author of two books, Being Kendra and Sliding into Home.

Learn more about what home life is like for Kendra, and find out why she signed up for Boot Camp. Tune in for the premiere of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9|8c.

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