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 Interview with Past Star Winner Aarti, Who’s Back for the Finalists’ Last Presentations

by , July 21st, 2016

Food Network StarIt was just a few years ago that Aarti Sequeira secured her future as a Food Network Star, besting her fellow finalists to earn the Season 6 crown. Now, with incomparable been-there-done-that wisdom and an acute realization of what the remaining Seas...

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“This Is Like a Ballet of Pain” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, July 20th, 2016

It’s not often that that Cutthroat Kitchen judges get to choose their own poison, so to speak, when they drop by Alton’s After-Show (usually that’s host Alton Brown‘s job). But tonight Antonia Lofaso enjoyed the freedom to select which sabotage she’d be saddled with. Alton explained that they’d be prepping lobster rolls together — literally, that is — and it was up to her to opt to do so in a giant stockpot alongside Alton or in a harness tethered to him. Ultimately she chose the harness, and we’re glad she did, because what resulted as they both put signature spins on lobster rolls was diabolically hilarious — not to mention downright delicious.

Antonia and Alton agreed that the Connecticut-style lobster roll preparation, which features butter instead of mayo as the binder, is the way to go, but tonight Alton opted for mayonnaise “to contrast,” he explained. After Antonia toasted her bun, Alton oh so gingerly scooted the duo over to his station to work on his lobster. Sure enough, no sooner did Alton get a handle on his prep did Antonia shimmy them back to her table. “This is like a ballet of pain,” Alton noted as they did an impromptu two-step in the kitchen. After what Alton called “a completely neutral Bob” joined them for tasting, the Bob wordlessly deemed Alton’s to be the best of the day — which didn’t actually come as a surprise to Antonia. “It’s true. It’s the mayonnaise. I didn’t put any salt. I’m a failure,” she proclaimed in a series of heartbreaking culinary admissions. And for Alton, that was music to his ears. “Best day ever,” he said.

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Watch the Finale of Star Salvation

by , July 20th, 2016

This is it. After five weeks of culinary and camera challenges, Star Salvation hosts Alex Guarnaschelli and Eddie Jackson have just one battle left to judge before selecting the finalist who's most worthy of returning to the Food Network Star compe...

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The Search for Pintsized Star Power with the First-Ever Season of Food Network Star Kids

by in Shows, July 19th, 2016

Food Network Star KidsWe may be just a few weeks away from finding out who among the Food Network Star, Season 12 finalists will become the newest member of the Food Network family, but that doesn’t mean the search for Star power is ending. This summer, for the first time ever, Food Network is set to discover the greatest rising talent of the next generation: a kid Star. In the premiere season of Food Network Star Kids, the most-ambitious young cooks from around the country are set to converge upon Los Angeles in the hopes of making their food TV debut, and it all begins on Monday, August 22 at 8|7c.

Over the course of six weeks, 10 fearless pintsized hopefuls will attempt to prove themselves worthy of the title of Food Network Star, showcasing not only their comfort on camera but also their culinary skill sets, which surely go well beyond their years. Just like the adult finalists that came before them, these kid competitors will come face to face with a series of demanding challenges to test their ingenuity and quick thinking in the kitchen as well as their ability to command an audience of viewers. They’ll be led by Cooking Channel sensations Tia Mowry and Donal Skehan — two food authorities and experts in the world of entertainment who know just what it takes to make a mark on the industry — who will both judge the kid competitors through their tasks.

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WATCH: Emotional Family Reunions for the Final Four

by , July 19th, 2016

Remember the unexpected twists that came in Week 4's hotel challenge when VIP guests Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Hannah Hart made special meal requests? Or the shock in Week 5 when Robert Irvine stole 10 minutes from the finalists' prep time? Or the c...

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

by , July 17th, 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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Caption It: Summer Game So Strong

by in Shows, July 16th, 2016

The KitchenBeachside selfies, trips to the farmers market, rooftop lounging — there are seemingly countless ways to celebrate summer, but perhaps chief among them is outdoor dining. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the cast shared their top best recipes, tips and entertaining know-how to help you host the ultimate Summer Cookout. After his fellow co-hosts showed off how-tos for nautical napkin holders and seashell salt and pepper bowls, Jeff Mauro introduced Edible Sand Castles, made not with sand from the shore but with brightly colored gelatin instead. And the results were nothing short of impressive.

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Caption It: Ready, Set, Run

by , July 15th, 2016

Food Network StarWhat started as a competition of 13 eager hopefuls has narrowed to just the final-four contestants. Ana, Damiano, Jernard and Tregaye have proved to be the strongest of the bunch — but they're not finished yet. As they look ahead to their next Food...

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Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Earns Fourth Consecutive Emmy Nomination

by in News, Shows, July 14th, 2016

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives“We’re rolling out!”

To the Emmy Awards, that is.

The 2016 Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced on Thursday, and for the fourth year in a row, Guy Fieri‘s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives has earned a sought-after nomination in the Outstanding Structured Reality Program category. It’s no secret that you, Food Network fans, crave Guy’s coast-to-coast exploration of all manner of homemade meaty, cheesy and downright indulgent fare, and it appears the Television Academy is just as pleased with Guy’s adventures.

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Make This Week’s Winning Recipes

by , July 14th, 2016

Squid Ink PastaAfter the Week 8 challenges kicked off with a task to reinvent regional specialties, the Food Network Star mentors put the spotlight on guilty pleasures — those decadent, indulgent, over-the-top dishes that are almost too wonderfully sweet, salty a...

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