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My Next Food Network Star Spotting

by in View All Posts, January 22nd, 2009

Giada at homeWhen I first started at the Food Network, I envisioned lively coffee breaks with Giada on slow Monday afternoons. Or maybe shop talk over a toasty sandwich with Bobby in the Kitchens… Though this is not our reality and only some shows tape here in Chelsea Market, I have a few memorable run-ins to share.

I once heard Michael Symon’s distinctive laugh echoing down a hallway and scampered down to catch a glimpse. He’s definitely the Iron Chef with a heart of gold. Another time, I literally bumped into Duff Goldman while taking a corner too quickly. He laughed it off as I stuttered an apology and awkwardly ran back to my desk. Just last week I rode the elevator with Rachael Ray and her husband John – really!

But my favorite star-spotting happened while I was diligently finishing an expense report and heard a familiar voice. I looked up and, lo and behold, there was Alton Brown standing right in front of me!

What’s your best Food Network star run-in? We want stories!
~ LT, Production Coordinator

Which Food Have You Worked For?

by in View All Posts, January 21st, 2009


So Adam Gertler returned to Food Network this week with a new show entitled, Will Work For Food [Mondays at 8:30pm/7:30c]. Adam is exposed to a pretty wild world of food jobs which made us wonder… Which Food (job) Have You Worked For?

Here’s a quick round-up from The FN Dish staffers:

* Ice cream bicycle boy — bike with mini-freezer on the front
* Pea picker — endless hours in the sun for pennies per pod
* Amusement Park ‘Fried Dough” Fryer
* Candy Girl at the first multiplex theater in Long Island
* Hostess for uppity tourist trap in East Hampton
* Bacon cook in Vermont — ah, grease in the hair
* DC Nightlife Critic — countless brewery tours (& tastes)
* Dude Ranch Cook — quit over Alan Jackson brouhaha

We want to hear yours… Spill it!!

Sunny’s Viewing Party – “Cakes”

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, January 20th, 2009

Subbing for Bruce, Sunny Anderson gets the behind-the-scenes dish from the “Cakes” episode of Ultimate Recipe Showdown.

Guy Gives the Scoop on URS

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, January 19th, 2009

Bruce tracks down Guy Fieri on the set of Ultimate Recipe Showdown for the scoop about the new season.

Fun Facts About Guacamole

by in View All Posts, January 14th, 2009


As I walked in this morning, I noticed a sign on the mailroom door announcing the All-Staff Guacamole Cook Off this Friday!  I decided to postpone a few other blog ideas to next week and share some fun facts about the delicious green dip.

Did you know that guacamole dates back to the Aztecs?  The Aztecs were particularly fond of ahuaca-mulli, or avocado-sauce, because of the high fat content of the fruit (apparently, an avocado is a fruit!).  But don’t be alarmed! Read more

Food Network Magazine — We have issues

by in View All Posts, January 13th, 2009


That’s right. The second Food Network Magazine just hit newsstands. It’s got 133 new recipes, new Sandra cocktails, game day with Guy, Bobby at home — plus, light takes on comfort food. Or just try these amazing looking cookies.

You can take advantage of a pretty sweet deal here or just pick up an issue at the store.

FN fans noted the first installment sold out quickly so we also corralled a list of stores that stock it.
Get the full list.

Shameless Self-Promo — So Sous Us!

by in View All Posts, January 13th, 2009


Yes, we work here but many of us are true fans as well. We watch the shows, try the recipes and live the life. Crazy…but true.

That said, one new FN show is seemingly creating even more buzz in the halls than usual. CHOPPED, hosted by Ted Allen, premieres tonight, triggering heightened chatter around our fancy, coffee maker-sized watercooler. Frantic sous chefs, insane time constraints, amazing food, flowing tears — all good.

Without giving it away, Rene Lynch (Daily Dish blog on the LA Times) summarized it best…
The format makes for one heck of a nail-biting experience, and it succeeds in placing the viewer in the shoes of the contestants. Who hasn’t raced around their kitchen, staring at the mismatched ingredients in the cupboard, while the clock is ticking?

Ok — enough shamless promotion.
Tune in tonight and let us know what you think…
Watch the promo here.

Sunny’s Viewing Party – “Burgers”

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, January 12th, 2009

Subbing for Bruce, Sunny Anderson gets the behind-the-scenes dish from the second episode of Ultimate Recipe ShowdownBurgers.

Resolution Watch ’09

by in View All Posts, January 7th, 2009


Seven days into ’09 feels like a good time for a check in…
ARE RESOLUTIONS BEING KEPT?

We took a quick poll around the office…

Alexis (runs FineLiving.com) — resolution:
Less take-out, more big-batch, healthy cooking on the weekends. Update: So far, so good. Alexis whipped up Giada De Laurentiis’ tasty lentil soup and has been enjoying all week.

Danielle (FN’s interactive marketing guru) — resolution:
Fewer processed frozen meals and more packed lunches. Update: Has fallen off the wagon twice this week with her frozen faves — but hey, there was a sale. To boost the healthy factor, Danielle makes her own side salads.

Mark (FN Dish contributor) — resolution:
Bank more green with bag lunches versus pricey pre-made sandwiches. Sense a theme here? Update: Three for three this week — two hand-rolled turkey wraps and one amazing pot of chili (inspired by some great tips and enhanced with his secret weapon — chocolate!).

Emily (FoodNetworkStore.com) — resolution:
Less coffee! Loves the taste, hates the jitters. Update: Tea and tea only for over a week! She attributes her mighty resolve to the Mighty Leaf variety pack.

Rachael (FN Dish producer) — resolution:
Joint plan with her boyfriend to give up beer FOR THE YEAR. Update: So far, so good! However, wine is still fair game and Rachael just enjoyed a great sparkling Bonarda from Italy.

How are YOU doing? Hanging tough? Need moral support?
We want to hear your secrets to success (or your downfall)…

And, if you do need encouragement, try the healthy eating tips and recipes on our new blog, Healthy Eats.

URS Viewing Party – “Comfort Food”

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, January 5th, 2009

Subbing for Bruce, Sunny Anderson hosts a viewing party for the first episode of Ultimate Recipe ShowdownComfort Food.

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