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: Geoffrey Zakarian Previews the New Season of Cooks vs. Cons

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, June 24th, 2016

Geoffrey ZakarianFresh off a hit first season, Cooks vs. Cons — the game that asks if a professional chef can be outcooked by an amateur home cook — is set to return for Season 2 on Sunday, July 10 at 10|9c. Recently we caught up with Geoffrey Zakarian, the host of this culinary whodunit, to get his take on the success of Season 1 and what to expect from upcoming battles. Read on below to hear from him in an exclusive interview, and find out the pro-or-joe hunches he develops while watching each contest unfold.

Fans really gravitated toward the first season. Why do you think this is such a craveable game?
It’s on everybody’s mind that they all want to be a chef. So it’s very fun for people to imagine trying to trick someone like myself and two judges into [believing they’re] a chef, so I think it really sets up their interest first. And then the premise is great. It’s very quick. It’s easy to understand. You get it right away. And you’re just hooked because the chefs and the amateurs are both very interesting people. Pros are interesting, and the amateurs are interesting. It’s really great casting.

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Caption It: The Funny Side of the Competition

by , June 24th, 2016

Food Network StarFood Network Star mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis expect the best from the finalists in terms of on-camera charm and culinary expertise. And the mentors know just how to deliver no-nonsense challenges that test both skills, as they are kee...

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Food Network Star Pets: Bobby’s and Giada’s Cats — Watch Now

by , June 23rd, 2016

It might be time for this year's Food Network Star finalists to pack it up and head home, because we're pretty sure we just found the next faces of Food Network stardom: Nacho Flay and Bella De Laurentiis, cats to Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis...

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“If This Doesn’t Move, This Isn’t That Bad” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, June 22nd, 2016

Oh, if only that were all there was.

In the After-Show following tonight’s new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, the fourth and final preliminary heat of the Time Warp Tournament, host Alton Brown unveiled a roster of totally righteous sabotages in keeping with the 1980s theme of the battle — and judge Antonia Lofaso was on hand to experience some of the best of them. The Miami Vice-style boat, which made its debut in Round 2’s blackened-fish challenge, looked innocent enough to the judge as she took her seat at the wheel. After all, she had a space to prep and she had a heat source within arm’s reach. “If this doesn’t move,” Antonia noted, “this isn’t that bad.” But of course it did move — and that was only part of what she’d have to endure.

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Watch Episode 2 of Star Salvation

by , June 22nd, 2016

If you've ever taken a road trip, you know that many fast-food dining destinations can leave a lot to be desired. This week, it was up to the Star Salvation finalists to reinvent the everyday road-trip tastes you know and (probably don't) love, tra...

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WATCH: Jernard Gets Uncivilized

by , June 21st, 2016

Following Jernard's blah performance during his tableside service presentation last week, the Food Network Star finalist was determined to bring his A-game this week. In the Mentor Challenge, he wowed the panel with a clever hack for a martini shak...

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

by , June 19th, 2016

Food Network StarWith only 11 short weeks to ready finalists before a winner will be chosen, the Food Network Star beast is such that week after week, hopeful competitors will fall, faced with the crushing disappointment of elimination. Here on Star Talk, we'll be br...

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3 Recipes to Float Your Way to a Boozy Summer Dessert

by in Recipes, Shows, June 18th, 2016

Whiskey-Stout Chocolate FloatRemember those old-school root beer floats you had as a kid, the ones with inches’ worth of foamy soda on top and chilly scoops of vanilla ice cream at the bottom? The three floats the co-hosts of The Kitchen unveiled this morning aren’t like that. They’re better — and boozier. See how Marcela Valladolid, Sunny Anderson and Katie Lee put their signature spins on this dessert-drink hybrid by checking out their next-level recipes below.

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Caption It: A Secret Meeting

by , June 17th, 2016

Food Network StarSure, the challenges on Food Network Star are a lot for any finalist to endure — they are downright difficult, actually — from the no-time-to-waste cooking blocks to the all-eyes-on-you presentations. But what's perhaps even more nerve-racking fo...

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Joy Is Running Away with the Fan Poll So Far — Who Are You Rooting For?

by , June 16th, 2016

Food Network StarBy now you've seen the Food Network Star fan vote, right? You know that by supporting your favorite finalists you can help them top the polls? Good, because right now it seems like you all have strong — strongly positive — feelings for one hopef...

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