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.

#LookWhoIsBack: Matthew Sets His Sights on Star Salvation

by , July 1st, 2015
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#LookWhoIsBack: Matthew Sets His Sights on Star Salvation

Perhaps one of Food Network Star's most-divisive finalists in the history of the competition, Matthew Grunwald shocked the Selection Committee and fans alike when he strutted into Food Star Kitchen on Day One with not only a difficult-to-grasp POV o...

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“The Most-Spectacular Thing That We’ve Ever Done Here” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, June 28th, 2015

While surely all Cutthroat Kitchen sabotages are designed for a bit of shock-and-awe factor, perhaps no single challenge delivered as much wow-worthy reaction as the brand-new dollhouse that was rolled out — literally — for tonight’s Round 3 oatmeal cookie battle. For host Alton Brown, this is quite simply “the most-spectacular thing that we’ve ever done here on Cutthroat Kitchen,” he said to guest judge Susan Feniger during the After-Show.

He explained that in this at once oversize and miniature house, one chef not only had to prep all of the cookie ingredients, but also cook them in there by way of the mini kitchen. “This was like a miniature kitchen dropped into the middle of hell,” Alton told Susan, adding that in true evilicious fashion, this sabotage wasn’t just what met the eye.

Aubrey, who works on the show’s team bringing the sabotages to life, explained that this house featured “some challenging ways for the chef to have to use the kitchen.” Think hanging through wall cutouts to reach the kitchen and crawling along stairs to get to the bathroom, where Chef Demarco, who was gifted this unprecedented challenge, chose to use the shower basin as a mixing bowl. “Our Cutthroat Kitchen workshop wasn’t big enough to build the whole thing in one piece, so we had to build [the house] in two separate pieces,” Aubrey explained, “and then when we rolled it into stage, we could actually put the roof on.”

Check out more photos below to see inside the dollhouse and get an up-close look at what this sabotage entailed.

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

by , June 28th, 2015
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Food Network StarIt's the nature of the Food Network Star beast that even though no matter how badly finalists want to achieve their dreams of stardom, ultimately only one can win the coveted title, and with that, 11 finalists will be going home. Every week Star Talk...

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Garlicky Flatbread with Tomato Sauce on the Side — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, June 28th, 2015

Garlicky Grilled Flatbread Strips with Fresh Tomato SauceIf summer parties are all about casual, alfresco entertaining, then the menu at these seasonal bashes should be just as relaxed; that’s where this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week comes in. Instead of an intricate, involved hors d’oeuvre, opt for this simple, eat-with-your-hands appetizer. Ready to eat in only 25 minutes, this crowd-pleasing recipe takes advantage of a welcome timesaver — prepared pizza dough — to turn out chewy, smoky grilled flatbread that’s made conveniently on the grill, so you can spend time outside with your guests. For even more flavor, brush the dough with a garlic-spiked olive oil before grilling, and serve the bread with bright, no-cook tomato-vinegar sauce on the side.

For more easy party ideas, check out Food Network’s Let’s Entertain board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Garlicky Grilled Flatbread Strips with Fresh Tomato Sauce (pictured above)

Caption It: Start Your Engines

by , June 26th, 2015
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Food Network StarStars, stripes and fireworks — they're all set to be on display this weekend as the finalists leave Food Star Kitchen behind and head outside for a 4th of July cookout. Though of course all of the rivals are seeking individual Stardom, once again t...

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A Star Salvation Preview: Host Alex Shares Must-Have Skills and Reflects on Competition Flashbacks

by , June 25th, 2015
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Alex GuarnaschelliWhile three Food Network Star finalists have already met their fate at elimination — and another one will do the same this week — all hope is not lost for those competitors, or for the next few to follow in the coming weeks. Beginning this Sunday...

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A Star Salvation Preview: Host Jeff Dishes on Working with Alex and the Importance of Calming Nerves

by , June 24th, 2015
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Jeff MauroWhile three Food Network Star finalists have already met their fate at elimination — and another one will do the same this week — all hope is not lost for those competitors, or for the next few to follow in the coming weeks. Beginning this Sunday...

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Fans Show Us Their Guilty Food Pleasures: All About Sandwiches

by in Community, Shows, June 23rd, 2015

Fans Show Us Their Guilty Food Pleasures: All About SandwichesA far cry from ordinary PB&Js, the next-level sandwiches popping up at restaurants across the country are no longer relegated to combinations of squishy bread and moist cold cuts; instead they’re piled high with everything from runny egg yolks to pickled vegetables. On yesterday’s brand-new episode of Guilty Pleasures, Rachael Ray and Curtis Stone faced off in a battle of the between-bread beauties: She showed off one craveworthy selection featuring a heaping helping of french fries in the middle, and he opted for another creation, which came compete with seemingly all of the Italian meats at the deli.

Recently Food Network asked you to tell us about your best-ever sandwich eats, and in true superfan fashion, you delivered in droves, with comments and photos of piled-high plates that range from wake-up-worthy breakfast bites to a super-meaty selection. When it comes to all things on bread, there’s no denying you all know how to indulge. Keep scrolling below to see FN Dish’s favorite selections.

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New Photos: Go Behind the Scenes of Food Network Star, Season 11

by , June 23rd, 2015
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Food Network StarAn action-packed episode complete with two trendsetting challenges and a duo of special guests judges, Sunny Anderson and Geoffrey Zakarian, this past Sunday's episode saw no shortage of tense moments for the finalists — or slimy, stinky and incend...

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Meet, Greet and Eat with Your Favorite Chefs at the New York City Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, News, June 23rd, 2015

Meet, Greet and Eat with Your Favorite Chefs at the New York City Wine & Food FestivalThough summer’s just begun, it’s not too soon to start planning an autumn getaway — especially when the promise of your favorite chefs is right before you. For the eighth year in a row, the most-famed names in the culinary world are set to come together for a weekend-long celebration of all things food and drink at the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival. This year more than 500 chefs will be in attendance at nearly 100 events, kicking off in Manhattan on Thursday, October 15.

From the now-infamous battle of beef at the annual Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats and hosted by Rachael Ray to Giada De Laurentiis’ Italian Feast, presented by Ronzoni, and Geoffrey Zakarian’s Saturday morning brunch, you’re invited to join these chefs and others for walk-around tastings, intimate seated dinners, late-night bashes and wake-up-worthy brunches alike.

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