By Joseph Erdos and Sara Levine
Portland, Oregon, should be on any food fanatic’s radar. If you want to sample food from more restaurants than you could ever possibly visit over a single weekend, plan a trip during Feast Portland, the city’s annual food festival. Feast celebrates all the great eats and drinks the city and region has to offer, plus tastes from more top chefs and restaurants across the country. Portland in September is gorgeous and green, perfect weather for walking off the food (and wine, and craft beer …) you’ve consumed. We just returned from the fourth annual Feast and can confirm that the festival’s name couldn’t be more appropriate. Here’s just a handful of our favorite bites. Read more
Whether it’s a cake, pie or cookies, sweets have an expected place in the traditional holiday meal. And Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship celebrates all of that. The show returns on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 9|8c to deliver decadent baked goods galore as 10 talented bakers compete to create the most-irresistible holiday treats. Bobby Deen presides as host as the bakers strive to prove their skills in challenges that celebrate the season. And once again judges Duff Goldman, Nancy Fuller and Lorraine Pascale will determine who will be crowned the winner and take home the grand prize of $50,000.
This fall the competition heats up with an Impossible tournament and kids competing in the series spinoff Chopped Junior. In Chopped: Impossible, premiering Thursday, Oct. 22 at 8|7c, 12 returning champions are pushed to the limits with mind-blowingly impossible baskets in a four-part tournament. Restaurant: Impossible’s Robert Irvine will serve as judge in the first three preliminary rounds, but he’ll get the chance to face off against the final competitor in a wild-card round. The winner will earn $15,000 just for getting to the final round, but if the final competitor wins against Robert, he or she will pocket an additional $25,000 for a total of $40,000.
Making everything from spider cupcakes to mummy macarons, seven of the country’s top bakers will compete to create Halloween’s spookiest confections on Halloween Baking Championship, premiering Monday, Oct. 5 at 9|8c. To survive this haunted competition, hosted by Richard Blais, contestants must prove their baking abilities and impress judges Ron Ben-Israel, Carla Hall and Sherry Yard. Only one winner will take home the grand prize of $25,000 and earn the title of Halloween Baking Champion.
Now in its sixth season, The Great Food Truck Race (Sundays at 9|8c) is going back to its roots of Season 1, featuring professional food truck operators hoping to win $50,000 for a jolt of financing to make each of their businesses even more successful. This season promises some real drama, more than just bumps in the road, on the path to success. There’s a lot to tune in for, according to host Tyler Florence.
Thinking back six years ago before the show began, Tyler noted that the food truck business was completely different, and he pointed out the significance the show has had on the industry. In just the length of the series, the industry has flourished, and more and more culinary-inclined folks are trying out the mobile eatery business to reap its fast rewards.
FN Dish caught up with Tyler to chat about the new season and the food truck industry itself, how it’s evolved and what it’s like today. Read the interview to find out what Tyler would be doing if he were starting over as a chef fresh out of culinary school.
If you’re a food obsessive like us, good eats are at the epicenter of your summer travel plans. Here are the summer vacation tastes we FoodNetwork.com staffers fantasize about for the rest of the year — and the recipes that help us re-create those lazy beach days (or Parisian adventures!) back home. Read more
Memorial Day has come and gone, and now it’s officially summer, aka grilling season for us food obsessives. We’ve got countless amazing reasons to fire up your grill and win summer, but to narrow the field, here are personal recipe picks from FoodNetwork.com staffers. Behold the decadent burgers, in-season sides, fresh seafood and even grilled desserts that we’re most excited to make (and devour) this summer. Read more
Chopped fans, have you dreamt of being able to cook like a competitor on the show? Now here’s your chance to make it come true. All you have to do is participate in the Chopped at Home Challenge, the final round of which starts today. Simply enter a dish using a set mystery basket of ingredients for a chance to compete in the Chopped kitchen at Food Network headquarters. And to top it all off, the winner will receive $10,000, just like a real Chopped champion.