All Posts By Maria Russo

Maria Russo is an online editor at FoodNetwork.com, covering top-tier show and talent packages and managing the FN Dish and Star Talk blogs. She grew up in a tight-knit Italian family in Michigan, where food was the focus of most conversations and it wasn't unusual to talk about the next day’s lunch and dinner menus while eating breakfast. Maria graduated from Barnard College in 2012 and currently lives in New York City. She likes her pasta cheesy, her eggs runny and her oysters briny.

Exclusive Interview with the Winner of Food Network Star, Season 13

by , August 13th, 2017

Food Network StarAfter 10 weeks of intense challenges both in the kitchen and on camera, a new Star was born tonight when Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis announced the newest member of the Food Network family. Cory Bahr, Jason Smith and Rusty Hamlin joined their f...

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One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalist to Go Home

by , August 6th, 2017

Food Network StarThe nature of the Food Network Star beast is such that no matter how much mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis have to teach the finalists, their time is limited, which means they're forced to make quick decisions about who has the greate...

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Season 11 Winner Eddie Jackson Returns to Star … As a Judge

by , August 3rd, 2017

Food Network StarEach and every one of the Food Network Star challenges is important, of course, but perhaps none is so all-or-nothing as the Episode 10 Star Challenge, when the final four hopefuls — including the winner of Star Salvation — fight to earn three pi...

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One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalists to Go Home

by , July 30th, 2017

Food Network StarThe nature of the Food Network Star beast is such that no matter how much mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis have to teach the finalists, their time is limited, which means they're forced to make quick decisions about who has the greate...

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Chatting with Guest Judges Jamele Hill and Jaymee Sire

by , July 27th, 2017

Food Network StarThe Food Network Star competition has dwindled to just four remaining hopefuls, which means that this week, with just a few challenges left until the finale, the pressure will be on the competitors to deliver Star-worthy performances every step of th...

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Get Ready to Go Back to Kitchen Stadium for All-New Series Iron Chef Showdown

by in Shows, July 25th, 2017

Iron Chef GauntletFresh off this spring’s game-changing Iron Chef Gauntlet competition, Alton Brown, the Chairman, and Iron Chefs you know and love are heading back to Kitchen Stadium for an all-new culinary contest: Iron Chef Showdown.

Inspired by the fan-favorite series Iron Chef America, Iron Chef Showdown will bring together the likes of A-list Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Jose Garces, Michael Symon, Alex Guarnaschelli and Stephanie Izard, who earned the coveted title just this year following her victory on Iron Chef Gauntlet. Look out for brand-new Secret Ingredients, all-star-chef matchups and elite culinary competition of the highest order. Alton will be on hand to host Iron Chef Showdown, while Mark Dacascos will reprise his role as Chairman. Plus, Jaymee Sire will enter the kitchen as a floor reporter, bringing you all the insider details of the what’s and how’s of each battle.

Whose cuisine will reign supreme? You’ll have to wait until later this year to find out. Stay tuned to Food Network for all the details on what’s ahead and when.

One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalist to Go Home

by , July 23rd, 2017

Food Network StarThe nature of the Food Network Star beast is such that no matter how much mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis have to teach the finalists, their time is limited, which means they're forced to make quick decisions about who has the greate...

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One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalist Eliminated from the Competition

by , July 16th, 2017

Food Network StarThe nature of the Food Network Star beast is such that no matter how much mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis have to teach the finalists, their time is limited, which means they're forced to make quick decisions about who has the greate...

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Star Report: Who Flunked Midterms and Who’s in Good Shape for the Second Half

by , July 10th, 2017

Food Network StarWeek 6 is often the point in the season when the tide starts to turn — a few people start to break out from the pack, while others get left behind. This year's midterm challenges brought those results once again, and we're here to break down the wh...

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One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalist to Go Home

by , July 9th, 2017

Food Network StarThe nature of the Food Network Star beast is such that no matter how much mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis have to teach the finalists, their time is limited, which means they're forced to make quick decisions about who has the greatest pot...

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