All Posts By Maria Russo

Maria Russo is an editor at Food Network, now living in New York City after being born and raised in the great state of Michigan. She likes her eggs runny, her pasta cheesy and has been known to throw back dozens of oysters at a time.

Exclusive: Chatting with the Runners-Up of Food Network Star

by , August 17th, 2015
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The stage was set for a finale of life-changing proportions last night when the entire Selection Committee came together to welcome Food Network's newest Star to the family. As the top-three hopeful finalists and their peer competitors awaited the ...

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The Heat of Sabotage Is No Match for Firefighters — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, August 16th, 2015

Responding to emergencies, running into burning buildings and rescuing the injured — firefighters are trained to perform these heroic actions on a daily basis. So going face to face with a little sabotage should be no problem for them, right? Right. While there was no shortage of eviliciousness on tonight’s brand-new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, featuring four firefighters at the helm, the dishes turned out shockingly stellar, according to judge Antonia Lofaso, who was on hand to sample the plates of the day.

“This whole day, everything was cooked well,” Antonia said during the After-Show, and not just because she had just learned what challenges these cooks had to endure: burned chicken in a blazing building and fries that had to travel the length of a 50-foot hose. “All of their dishes were legitimately really good,” she said. According to host Alton Brown, the chefs gave stellar performances because the demands of a Cutthroat battle aren’t unlike what they’re used to. “They’re very resourceful and they don’t panic under pressure,” he explained to Antonia.

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Exclusive: One-on-One with the Winner of Food Network Star

by , August 16th, 2015
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After 11 weeks of Mentor and Star Challenges testing both culinary chops and on-camera comfort, as well as constructive feedback from mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis, one hopeful finalist has risen to the top to become Food Network's new...

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The Top 3 Food Network Star Finalists Face Off with Snacks on The Kitchen

by in Shows, August 15th, 2015

Fresh off the past 10 weeks of culinary challenges and an intensive lesson in pilot-taping with Rachael Ray this week, the top three Food Network Star hopefuls stopped by The Kitchen this morning for — what else? — even more competition. Dom Tesoriero, Eddie Jackson and Jay Ducote joined the co-hosts on their all-new pool-party-themed show today, but they weren’t there to simply relax in the sun. Jeff Mauro and Sunny Anderson put the guys to work in an epic three-way face-off for pool-snack glory.

On the menu was watermelon, and each of the finalists had just 30 seconds to put his signature spin on simple fruit-focused bites. While Dom opted to hollow out watermelon circles and fill the rounds with balsamic vinegar for a tangy bite, Eddie went the chip-and-dip route by making a salsa and Jay opted for a next-level caprese salad on a stick. Click the play button on the video above to see the guys in action.

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Caption It: A Star Among Them

by , August 14th, 2015
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Food Network StarRemember all of the trying challenges, the unexpected ingredient swaps, the timed camera tapings and the all-too-honest feedback from the mentors? The lessons the Food Network Star finalists learned from those tests and the judges paid off in the m...

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Enter to Win a Limited-Edition Camp Cutthroat T-Shirt

by in Contests, Shows, August 13th, 2015

Enter to Win a Limited-Edition Camp Cutthroat T-ShirtOn Camp Cutthroat, everything from wild animals to perhaps even “anything-that-stings,” according to Alton Brown, is set to test chefs’ outdoor survival skills — as well as their sabotage savvy, of course. For his part, Alton’s donning a themed camp counselor-esque getup, complete with a red beret, as he doles out diabolical challenges in the great wilderness. Now it’s your turn, fans, to support all things alfresco eviliciousness; enter the Camp Cutthroat T-shirt giveaway.

For a limited time only, the Food Network Store will sell themed Camp Cutthroat T-shirts, featuring the brand-new Camp logo, in addition to its usual lineup of Cutthroat Kitchen gear, including chef’s coats and cutting boards. You can purchase your own Camp Cutthroat T-shirt now, but FN Dish is giving away five of them for free. All you have to do to be entered to win one is leave a comment telling us which of the cocktails in this gallery you’d most like to try (find them all here; you must include the recipe URL to be entered to win).

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“The Bear Wants to Lead? The Bear Can Lead” — Alton’s Camp Cutthroat After-Show

by in Shows, August 12th, 2015

The chefs on Camp Cutthroat — all returning competitors — were surely expecting to endure sabotage in the great outdoors. But nothing could have prepared them for “Bob the Bear,” as host Alton Brown called the oversize, furry and downright diabolical bear that invaded the campsite in the first round. As Chef Emmanuel worked to hoist his foods into a tree, the bear showed him little mercy, trying furiously to knock the products from the chef’s grasp.

On tonight’s brand-new installment of Alton’s After-Show, judge Simon Majumdar was introduced to “Bob the Bear,” first as a ferocious creature — and then as a dance partner. That’s right: While Alton demonstrated how Chef Emmanuel had to haul his food up a tree with the help of a bucket, Simon and the bear danced a few soft, smooth swings arm in arm. As might be expected from a wild animal like this, Bob had a clear agenda for how he wanted the dance to go and yelled “I lead! I lead!” to Simon. “The bear wants to lead? The bear can lead,” Simon said simply, letting his dance partner take charge.

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Tyler Florence Is On Hand as Grill Masters Attempt to Break 30-Hour Marathon Barbecue Record

by in Events, Food Network Chef, August 12th, 2015

Tyler FlorenceSure, you may consider yourself a grill master for flipping a few burgers this summer, or even learning how to achieve those sought-after crisscross grill marks on your steak. But have you ever grilled for more than a day straight? In New York City this week, a team of two die-hard grillers took on that very mission in the hopes of not only breaking the Guinness World Record for a team marathon barbecue at The Finest Grillathon, but also setting a new one.

Hosted by Ball Park Park’s Finest, with Food Network’s own Tyler Florence on hand, the event started late last night, on Tuesday, when Susie Bulloch, from Utah, and Drew Battistelli, from Tennessee, first took to their grilling stations to kick off their marathon cookout. They set off to grill for a whopping 38 hours, in downtown Manhattan’s Gansevoort Square, which will mean that they’ve firmly surpassed the old record of 30 hours. On the menu are, of course, what else but Ball Park Park’s Finest frankfurters, along with other hearty grilled favorites. From juicy pork shoulder to tender beef, there was no shortage of classic and creative takes on beloved summertime fare.

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PHOTOS: Curtis Goes Behind the Scenes of Beach Eats USA in Instagram Takeover

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, August 12th, 2015

Curtis StoneSun, sand, surf — these are just part of the makings of a successful day at the beach. Let’s not forget about the food. On his brand-new show, Beach Eats USA, premiering today at 10:30|9:30c, Curtis Stone sets off on a coast-to-coast journey, delving into the best bites from waterside hot spots across the country. From succulent seafood selections to meaty favorites, Curtis is set to sample classic and creative fare from little-known eateries and beloved destinations near the shore.

Ahead of tonight’s series premiere, Curtis took over Food Network’s Instagram feed to share some of his favorite photos. These aren’t the usual posed beauty shots you’re likely expecting; think shrimp close-ups, wind-blown hair and even a broken toe.

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Chatting with Rachael Ray: What It Takes to Make a Pilot

by , August 11th, 2015
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Rachael Ray on Food Network StarDom, Eddie and Jay all completed multiple challenges during their runs on Food Network Star — some with great success and others with disappointing outcomes — but perhaps their most-important task didn't come in Food Star Kitchen. In New York Cit...

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