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Foodie Call with Justin Warner: Chocolate Wine Cubes

by in Food Network Chef, June 6th, 2016

On this episode of Foodie Call, chocolate marries wine, and we all live happily ever after. But first, eponymous chocolatier Jacques Torres (perhaps you’ve heard of Mr. Chocolate?) stops by to officiate — and by that we mean he schools Justin Warner in the oh so important technique of tempering chocolate.

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5 Reasons Why the Produce Aisle Is the Best Part of the Grocery Store (and How to Shop It)

by in Food Network Chef, June 1st, 2016

5 Reasons Why the Produce Aisle Is the Best Part of the Grocery Store (and How to Shop It)I have a confession: I absolutely LOVE grocery shopping. This is a bit unexpected, since I’ve never enjoyed going to the mall, even as a teenager when my desire to master (pre-Atari) Pac-Man meant hours at the mall arcade. But the grocery store? I love it! I get lost in studying the merchandising and sales strategies, and can completely lose track of time browsing the shelves checking out SKUs. (I suppose this is why I have the job that I do.)

My favorite section of the grocery store is the produce aisle, and I want to make it yours, too. Here are five reasons why the fruit-and-veggie section of the grocery store plain old ROCKS:

1. What’s cheapest is what is best.
We operate with the assumption that if something costs more, it’s better. And often, that is true! But not in the produce aisle. When a particular vegetable or fruit is in season, the price goes way down due to the “overstock” at the “factory” — simple supply-and-demand economics. (Side note: Wouldn’t it be great if this were true everywhere? I’d love to get a Cadillac for less money than a used Chevrolet.)

Takeaway: Follow the sales in the produce aisle not only to save money but also to get the highest quality!

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Foodie Call with Justin Warner: Cheese Danish Upgrade

by in Food Network Chef, May 31st, 2016

This week on Foodie Call, Justin’s hanging out with a big cheese — the VP of sales at Murray’s Cheese, that is. Elizabeth Chubbuck explains the world of stinky, pungent (and utterly delicious) washed-rind cheeses to Justin and introduces him to one of her favorites: an absinthe-washed cheese that goes by the name of Miranda.

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Giada De Laurentiis Takes Over Food Network’s Snapchat Discover 

by in Community, Food Network Chef, Shows, May 22nd, 2016

Giada De LaurentiisIt’s that time of year again! That’s right, tonight (9|8c) marks the return of Food Network Star. Season 12 promises fierce competition, crazy challenges and the best contestants yet. And to add to the excitement, mentor Giada De Laurentiis is taking over Food Network’s Snapchat Discover.

For 24 hours only, you can get totally exclusive content to get you prepped for this season. We’ve got a special Q&A with Giada, a one-on-one tutorial for one of her favorite recipes and the audition tapes of this year’s contestants. So yeah, you’re going to want to see this.

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A Day in the Life of a Guy’s Grocery Games Judge: Part 2

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, May 5th, 2016

Guy's Grocery GamesLast time we chatted, I shared how a typical morning unfolds as we judges prepare for heading to set to film the actual show. So if you missed Part 1, click here.

Lights, Camera, Action

The chefs are introduced and then jog through the grocery store to join Guy in front of the kitchens, just as you see on TV. The chefs are told which game they are playing, and they scoot around to their carts. At that point, we stop down (stop filming) for just a minute or two to make sure the chefs truly understand the rules of that particular game. But that lasts only moments, which is woefully too short to plan out a menu. Guy then counts them off and they run with their carts. Here’s a little inside scoop: The chefs always head down Aisle 6 first, so the cameras can capture that cool shot of all the chefs racing with their carts together. So even if they want to go to produce first, for instance, it’s only after they hit the magical Aisle 6. One thing that was a huge surprise to me when I cooked on GGG for a charity episode is how physically exhausting it is to run around that HUGE store! If you need something in Aisle 9, you’d better remember to get it while you’re there, because running back may not be an option timewise!

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Ted Allen Takes Over Food Network’s Snapchat Discover

by in Community, Food Network Chef, Shows, April 26th, 2016

Today’s the day! Chopped Junior returns tonight (8|7c) with brand-new young competitors, sharp knives at the ready, prepared to take on the craziest baskets yet. And to celebrate, host Ted Allen is taking over Food Network’s Snapchat Discover.

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A Day in the Life of a Guy’s Grocery Games Judge: Part 1

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, April 19th, 2016

Guy's Grocery GamesAs a regular judge on Guy’s Grocery Games, the question I’m asked most frequently is, “Is it fun?” The short answer is YES. Being a part of GGG is truly a blast. So to give you an idea of why I love my job so much, I thought I would give you a little behind-the-scenes peek into the life of a GGG judge. Join me on a typical day.

6:40 a.m.: I wake up, five minutes ahead of my 6:45 a.m. “just-in-case” alarm. I drink the big bottle of water on my nightstand, splash water on my face, do a quick tooth-brushing, do 10 pushups to wake up, and throw a sweatshirt over my pajamas, slip some Toms onto my feet and head to the hotel restaurant for coffee. (Yes, I go to hotel lobbies and restaurants in my pajamas, sleep creases still in my cheek, and I hope I’m never too famous to do that.) Back in my room, I sip coffee, do my morning devotional, shower and dry my hair. One of the perks of this job is that I almost never have to factor in any makeup time before leaving. If I’m clean, that’s good enough.

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Foodie Call With Justin Warner: Chicago Dog Barbecue

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, April 5th, 2016

On this episode of Foodie Call, Justin teams up Jeff Mauro (everyone’s favorite Sandwich King and the keeper of the Kitchen Fails on FoodNetwork.com) to imagine a new type of barbecue. Tapping into Jeff’s Chicago roots, the pals consider the Chicago-style hot dog — and decide to combine it with a rack of beef ribs.

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Jeff Mauro Takes Over Food Network’s Snapchat Discover

by in Community, Food Network Chef, April 3rd, 2016

Can’t enough of Jeff Mauro — whether it’s with his castmates on The Kitchen (Saturdays 11a|10c), on a classic episode of Sandwich King or on his new Web series, Kitchen Fails? Oh, have we got good news for you! You can get all Jeff, all day, when he takes over Food Network’s Snapchat Discover today.

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Get Ready to LOL at Jeff Mauro’s Kitchen Fails

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, March 15th, 2016

Jeff Mauro, the Sandwich King himself and co-host of The Kitchen, knows how to have fun while cooking — just watch his Sandwich King blooper reel if you don’t believe us. In fact, some of the most-sidesplitting moments in the kitchen happen when you’re not trying to be funny. Usually they happen when you just plain fail.

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