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.

Camp vs. Cutthroat: A Behind-the-Scenes Photo Comparison

by in Shows, August 20th, 2015

Camp vs. Cutthroat: A Behind-the-Scenes Photo ComparisonFrom re-creating the pantry with working doors to stocking chefs’ prep stations, building the sabotages and even constructing a judges’ tasting platform, the process of moving the grand Cutthroat Kitchen arena to the great outdoors for Camp Cutthroat was no small feat. Even the Bobs had to be considered — and you know they’re a fickle bunch. As fans have seen in the first two heats of competition, no shortcuts were taken and no details missed, as the resulting Camp set was not only as fully functional as its indoor counterpart but also shockingly similar to it. Check out a few side-by-side photos of both sets to see just how alike they are.

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Gusts of Wind, Pelting a Bob and Wading for Ingredients — Alton’s Camp Cutthroat After-Show

by in Shows, August 19th, 2015

Not one to shy away from even the most-dramatic Cutthroat Kitchen sabotages, judge Simon Majumdar has been known to enjoy a hands-on attempt of some of the challenges of the day — just last week on the After-Show, he chugged a shot of fish sauce with abandon. And lucky for fans at home, it turns out that Simon hasn’t lost his diabolical spirit just because the competition has moved outdoors. After tonight’s episode of Camp Cutthroat, the judge willingly partook in several of the battle’s most-evilicious sabotages, including going face to face with a powerful wind gust. “I like that. I like that a lot. We need to use that more,” Simon said, after a Bob held the powered-up wind machine near Simon’s face.

When it came time for the dodge ball demonstration, however, it wasn’t Simon who was getting pelted with plush balls; instead, Simon and Alton joined forces to take down a Bob. “Beat him while he’s down!” Simon joked. In what was perhaps Simon’s most-adventurous challenge, he yanked up his waders and hightailed it down to the lake at Camp, where he used the same oversize skimming rod that Chef Candice had used to pick up ingredients. “If you feel anything nibbling at your feet or your legs,” Alton warned Simon, “it’s probably either the catfish or the snapping turtles.” But in true superjudge fashion, Simon enjoyed the outing in the water. “Could I keep these?” Simon asked Alton about the waders. “They’re rather fun.”

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Getting to Know New Star Eddie Jackson: 11 Fun Facts

by , August 18th, 2015
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Food Network StarMere hours after accepting the title of Food Network Star, Eddie Jackson took to Food Network's Facebook page to chat with the fans who stood by him through 11 weeks of competition and are ready to see him on his upcoming show, BBQ Blitz (premierin...

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To Eddie, From Damaris: Here’s What to Expect from the World of Stardom

by , August 18th, 2015
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Food Network StarIt was just a few days ago that Eddie Jackson, a former pro footballer, was crowned Food Network's newest Star after he bested his fellow finale rivals, Dom Tesoriero and Jay Ducote, at the end of an 11-week journey. Yesterday Jeff Mauro, the Season ...

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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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