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Rupa Bhattacharya Rupa Bhattacharya is a Food and Beverage Editor in Food Network Kitchen. “I eat, figure out what ought to be written about food, drinks and new business products, and then write it, and do lots of things with wine.”

Next Iron Chef: Caramel 101

by in Shows, October 29th, 2010


Caramel was Chef Duskie Estes’ downfall this week on The Next Iron Chef (as you can tell just by looking at her attempt at a caramel apple, below). Here’s how to have it not be yours.

When Chef Estes couldn't get her caramel to heat up properly on the grill, she tried sticking the pot in the fryer. Not a good idea.

Caramel is made by heating sugar until all of the inherent moisture evaporates and the molecules break down and re-form. It’s a tricky process, but it’s not hard to do once you have the basics down:

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Next Iron Chef: Under Pressure

by in Shows, October 15th, 2010

In Episode Two's diner challenge, Chef Dumont used a pressure cooker for the first time to cook her one-hour pot roast. What went wrong?

Because of the crazy time constraints on Iron Chef, pressure cookers get used more there than on possibly any other show we do. (And definitely more than in your average restaurant kitchen—chefs tell us all the time that they’d never used one before ICA.)

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