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.

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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PHOTOS: Behind the Scenes of Episode 7

by , July 5th, 2016

Food Network StarFrom a frozen baking task in the Mentor Challenge to an impromptu tiki party in the Star Challenge, the Food Network Star finalists were pressed for patience, time and entertaining this week. The drama unfolded both in the kitchen and onstage, and it...

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

by , July 3rd, 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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What Your Ice Cream Is Missing: Sweet Sundae Sauces

by in Recipes, Shows, July 2nd, 2016

What Your Ice Cream Is Missing: Sweet Sundae SaucesOn its own, ice cream is great. Actually, it’s really great. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make this staple summertime dessert into an even more indulgent and sweet-tooth-satisfying treat. That’s where the sundae sauce comes in. Just a drizzle of these rich toppings is all it takes to make you feel like you’re eating an extra-special dessert. Bonus: These sauce recipes aren’t tricky or time-consuming to make. In fact, they’re easy enough to prepare on a weeknight when you’re feeling decadent. The co-hosts of The Kitchen showed off three must-try takes on sundae sauces on this morning’s brand-new episode. Read on below to get a trio of ideas from Katie Lee, Marcela Valladolid and Jeff Mauro.

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Caption It: You’re Invited to a Tiki Party

by , July 1st, 2016

Food Network StarThis Sunday marks the seventh week of the competition for the remaining Food Network Star finalists. With just a few challenges standing between them and potential Stardom, it's high time they celebrate with a party, right? Right. Well, kind of. This...

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This Week’s Winning Recipes

by , June 30th, 2016

Food Network StarThough all of the Food Network Star finalists' finished dishes should be camera ready and pleasing to look at, this week's Mentor Challenge put a special emphasis on artful culinary designs. Smiley faces, turkey patties a la turkeys, flowers and fish...

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“And What Was the Purpose of This Again?” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, June 29th, 2016

Marc Summers, a first-timer in the Cutthroat Kitchen arena, stopped by tonight to judge the Time Warp Tournament finale, a ’90s-themed extravaganza complete with (a very) up-and-coming boy band and a replica of a Double Dare-style obstacle course. Clad in signature shiny-gold Hammer-style pants, Marc shuffled back and forth and hammered thyme packets into a wall, just like Chef Clay did in Round 2. “And what was the purpose of this again?” the judge asked Alton Brown. According to the host, the purpose was quite simple. “It’s to humiliate whoever’s doing it — and to force them to waste time for about five minutes, when they really could be doing something better,” Alton explained. That’s the beauty of this sabotage and many others; in each and every round, you can be sure they’ll both test the limits of the competitors and deliver on the diabolical hilarity that comes from watching chefs bid on challenges and endure them, no matter the eviliciousness they may bear in the process.

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WATCH: When the Wheel Isn’t Your Friend

by , June 29th, 2016

Let's be honest: There was pretty much no chance that Rhett and Link's Wheel of Mythicality was going to yield such friendly "Will It" combos as peanut butter and jelly or strawberries and cream on Sunday's latest episode of Food Network Star. But ...

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The Trickiest Surprise Ingredients Featured on Cooks vs. Cons

by in Shows, June 28th, 2016

Cooks vs. ConsJust when Cooks vs. Cons competitors think they’re set to cook the assigned dish in Round 1, host Geoffrey Zakarian is on hand to change their plans with the announcement of a mandatory surprise ingredient that must be showcased. And again in Round 2, though competitors can prepare any dish they’d like, their freedom goes only as far as yet another surprise ingredient. Cereal, soda, pickles, mushrooms and chocolate — all of these sweet, savory, tangy eats and drinks, and others, have made appearances, though not all the uses of them were wholly successful. When we checked in with Geoffrey recently, he told us about another ingredient he’d like to see revealed in the future. When we checked in with Geoffrey recently, he told us about another ingredient he’d like to see revealed in the future: “I think … another protein, like a chicken that they have to butcher or something they have to butcher — that would wipe me right out.” Browse photos to see how both professional chefs and amateurs approached the surprises.

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Watch Episode 3 of Star Salvation

by , June 28th, 2016

Just as the remaining Food Network Star finalists worked with their own food wheel this week (remember when the wheel matched bread pudding and kimchi, octopus and macaroni and cheese?), so did the hopefuls on Star Salvation. Host Eddie Jackson unv...

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