by Lauren Piro in Food Network Chef, View All Posts, June 20th, 2016
by Lauren Piro in Food Network Chef, View All Posts, June 13th, 2016
This week on Foodie Call, Justin takes us (and David LaForce, executive chef at El Vez and winner of NYChiliFest 2016) back “home, home on the range,” with a chili inspired by cowboys. Justin thinks he can impress the chili champion with a recipe that operates almost like a magic trick.
by Lauren Piro in Food Network Chef, June 6th, 2016
This week on Foodie Call, Justin considers the humble chickpea. The teeny bean is a crucial ingredient in many Middle Eastern dishes, so you’d think it wouldn’t necessarily impress Chef Einat Admony, owner of three renowned Mediterranean restaurants in New York City. And yet, with a riff on pizza in his back pocket, Justin does it.
by Melissa d'Arabian in Food Network Chef, June 1st, 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.
by Lauren Piro in Food Network Chef, May 31st, 2016
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!
by Kristina Bornholtz in Community, Food Network Chef, Shows, May 22nd, 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.
by Melissa d'Arabian in Food Network Chef, Shows, May 5th, 2016
It’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.
by Kristina Bornholtz in Community, Food Network Chef, Shows, April 26th, 2016
Last 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!
by Melissa d'Arabian in Food Network Chef, Shows, April 19th, 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.
by Lauren Piro in Food Network Chef, Shows, April 5th, 2016
As 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.
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.