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.

Caption It: Call-Waiting Edition

by , June 10th, 2016

Food Network StarIf Food Network Star finalists think their mentors, Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis, have particular requests when it comes to their presentations and offerings on the plate, just wait until this weekend when two special guests drop by unannounce...

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Star Salvation Exclusive: Eddie Jackson Returns to the Competition to Judge Ousted Rivals

by , June 9th, 2016

Food Network Star: Star SalvationIt was just one year ago that Eddie Jackson was in Food Star Kitchen, battling 11 other hopeful rivals with the goal of earning the coveted title of Food Network Star. Now, with that victory secured, he's returning to this hallowed arena, this time n...

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When the 1960s Take an Evilicious Turn — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, June 8th, 2016

In Heat 2 of his Cutthroat Kitchen: Time Warp TournamentAlton Brown, aka “Sgt. Pepper” this week, and the judge of the day, Mr. Jet “The Beat” Tila, traveled back in time with the four hungry chef competitors for a taste of sabotages a la the 1960s. During the After-Show, they rolled into the arena not in a yellow submarine, but in the SS Mustard submarine, in which three of the four Round 1 chefs were forced to prep their joint party-punch and party-snack offerings. And when it came time to put their own spins on a punch, they were met with yet another of the day’s sabotages: the now-infamous oversize gelatin mold.

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Star Salvation Exclusive: Alex Dishes on Her Mentoring Style and Reveals Crucial Advice from Bobby

by , June 8th, 2016

Food Network Star: Star SalvationYou hear from Alex Guarnaschelli in her weekly Star Reports, where she breaks down the Food Network Star competition like only a veteran judge can. Now, starting this Sunday night after the all-new episode, she and Eddie Jackson, last year's winner o...

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Fan Poll: Vote for Your Early Favorites

by , June 7th, 2016

Food Network StarAlright, fans. Be honest. You met the Food Network Star finalists just a few weeks ago, but we're guessing that you've already picked your favorites. Right?Finalists' true personalities are becoming clear to the mentors — and likely you watching ...

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

by , June 5th, 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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Leftovers Done Right: Easy Grilled Pork Becomes Next-Level Quesadillas

by in Recipes, Shows, June 4th, 2016

Leftovers Done Right: Easy Grilled Pork Becomes Next-Level QuesadillasThere’s no doubt about it: Leftovers happen to the best of us. No matter how much you try to portion plan or how much you pile onto your plate, there’s bound to be some extra fixings from dinner from time to time. And when it comes to using up those leftovers, you can simply reheat them and enjoy them as they are, or you can follow the lead of The Kitchen co-hosts and transform them into an all-new dish. After Marcela Valladolid prepped her smoky-sweet pork tenderloin on this morning’s all-new episode, Katie Lee put the leftover grilled meat and apricot salsa to work in a cheesy quesadilla, guaranteeing the leftovers will be anything but boring the next day. Check out both of the dishes below to see how they’re made.

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Caption It: When the Cameras Aren’t Rolling

by , June 3rd, 2016

Food Network StarOn the set of Food Network Star, the hours are long and the days are many. So when there's a break in filming and the mentors are left simply hanging out between takes, they do what anyone would likely do in their position: pose for the photographer ...

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Make All of the Winning Recipes from Food Network Star

by , June 2nd, 2016

Food Network StarGood news, fans. If you've ever watched mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis swoon over an especially impressive dish from a finalist on Food Network Star and wished you, too, could experience what they're tasting, you're in luck. We're collect...

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“You Have Created a Dough Fryer” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, June 1st, 2016

In true tournament fashion, Alton Brown went big for tonight’s Time Warp premiere, showcasing all-new sabotages worthy of the 1950s theme. After Chef Gentile, the winner of Heat 1, contended with a whopping four challenges, four that Alton thought were “all the interesting sabotages of the day,” Alton took a tour of those challenges with judge Simon Majumdar during the After-Show to relive the competitor’s eviliciousness escapades.

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