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.

Try Your Hand at Alton’s Ingredient Pictograph Game — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, July 13th, 2016

While some Cutthroat Kitchen sabotages require physical dexterity and downright flexibility (remember that hanging-doughnut buffet and the Double Dare-style obstacle course?), one sabotage in particular from tonight’s new episode challenged the mind more than the body.

On the After-Show, host Alton Brown explained the task to Sherry Yard, the guest of the day, by saying, “We decided to make Jenny lose all of her ingredients and get them back by solving pictographs.” The challenge involved Chef Jenny shuffling through a deck of word-picture puzzles in an attempt to sound out the names and earn the items, which the competitor indeed managed to do. When it was Sherry’s turn to master the cards, the judge initially struggled over the meaning of the designs, but with a little help from Alton, she caught on quickly.

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Watch Episode 5 of Star Salvation

by , July 13th, 2016

The penultimate battle of Star Salvation kicked off not with a taste of food but with a whiff of it. Returning hopefuls Monterey and Yaku welcomed newcomer Erin, and all three sniffed some seemingly simple picks, such as fennel pollen and kumquats,...

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WATCH: Erin Defends Her Dish to Bobby Flay

by , July 12th, 2016

For baker Erin, the task of prepping the dessert course in this week's Guilty Pleasures-themed dinner had the potential to be a slam dunk, home run, hole in one for her. She set out to make a chocolate chip cookie-focused plate, rounded out with ch...

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Alton’s Out for Revenge on Camp Cutthroat 2

by in Shows, July 11th, 2016

Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton's RevengeRemember what happened last summer when Alton Brown sent away a batch of chefs for the first-ever Camp Cutthroat tournament? The bears, the fire pits, the obstacle course — it was an indeed an evilicious time for everyone. But after five weeks in the wilderness, one chef ultimately managed to prove her outdoor survival skills and reign supreme over sabotage with an impressive camp victory. This summer, however, competitors won’t be getting away so easily.

On Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton’s Revenge, premiering Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 10|9c, the host will unveil an even more diabolical five-week itinerary intended to challenge sabotage-savvy chefs in ways they could never have imagined. Not only will Alton unveil familiar camp challenges (prepare now for Bob the Bear sightings), but he’s also planning some never-before-seen surprises. Think chilly swims, unforgiving sand, sharp tools and wild animals — all designed to guarantee anything but a pleasant stay at his evilicious sleepaway camp. If chefs want to leave singing “Kumbaya” and avoid fireside chants of misery, they must be prepared to outlast the fiercest creatures in the woods — and on Alton’s sabotage agenda.

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

by , July 10th, 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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2 Ways to Make Mussels in the Slow Cooker

by in Recipes, Shows, July 9th, 2016

Slow-Cooker Mussels with a Creamy Wheat Beer and German Mustard SauceIt’s July. It’s steamy. You’re likely sweating. And yet tonight’s dinner still has to be made. Instead of cranking on the stove and making your kitchen and home only more sweltering, skip the range altogether and opt for a stove-free supper. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts showed off new ways to enjoy a Stove-Free Summer, including one machine that will save the day come dinnertime: the slow cooker. Thanks to this do-the-work-for-you device, you can set and forget many of the same items you’d otherwise watch over on the stove. And best of all, it doesn’t heat up your kitchen. Check out two ways to prep mussels right in the slow cooker for simple weeknight cooking.

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Caption It: Hands-On Mentoring

by , July 8th, 2016

Food Network StarAs an Iron Chef, a master of all things brunch and barbecue, and a bona fide pro at holding his own when rivals attempt to beat him, Bobby Flay is at home in the kitchen. So it's no surprise that when he comes face to face with a stove full of pans i...

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WATCH: Ana Sets Her Sights on Victory

by , July 7th, 2016

In this seventh week of Food Network Star, the competition among the finalists is more intense and the rivalries more poignant than ever. Sunday night's elimination was the first decidedly emotional exit this season — and for more than just the o...

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“My Finest Sabotage of All Time” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, July 6th, 2016

With a statement as bold as that from Alton Brown, you’re likely expecting the challenge in question to be shocks of electricity, a cage-fighting match or a contraption that would (nearly) paralyze the chefs, right? We’re happy to report that none of those sabotages made an appearance during tonight’s all-new special judges’ episode of Cutthroat Kitchen. Instead, what Alton deemed to be “my finest sabotage of all time” was nothing more than a makeshift stool in a dingy, dimly lit “holding area,” where one judge had to sit. How bad could that be? Well, it turns out that it was bad enough to ultimately doom Simon Majumdar and just about guarantee Antonia Lofaso‘s win in Round 3.

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Watch Episode 4 of Star Salvation

by , July 6th, 2016

This marks the halfway point of the Star Salvation competition, which means that the remaining hopefuls are just three weeks away from one person claiming redemption and returning to Food Network Star, and in true Salvation fashion, the contest is ...

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