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.

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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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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