This summer The Great Food Truck Race returns for a new season, premiering Sunday, Aug. 28 at 9|8c. But this time things are a little bit different: Six teams of families have taken up the fight for the $50,000 grand prize as host Tyler Florence springs difficult challenges their way. None of the family members have ever operated a food truck business before, so they’re in for the ride of their lives, with some family drama along the way. The Great Food Truck Race: Family Face-Off kicks off in Los Angeles and follows a scenic route down the California coast, finishing on Catalina Island, where the best food trucking family will ride off into the sunset with the grand prize.
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Before a new Food Network Star is crowned this weekend, catch up on all the mouthwatering dishes your old favorites are making. First up on Saturday, Trisha Yearwood is hosting a pizza-and-movie night on the season premiere of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. She’s keeping things simple but delicious with sweet Malted Milk Fudge and Basil Pesto Pizza. Up next, it’s bacon everything when Valerie Bertinelli plans dinner for her friend Jo Stougaard, a bacon aficionado. On the menu is Jalapeno-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp, with salty-sweet Bacon Caramel Scuffins for dessert. After, Patricia Heaton is throwing a poolside luau party complete with tropical flavors like Macadamia Coconut Shrimp and Tropical Fruit Pops.
Then on Sunday, Giada De Laurentiis is back in Florence for the season premiere of Giada in Italy. She heads straight to the market and with her finds puts out a Northern Italian lunch for her friends, including Bruschetta and Marinated Bistecca Fiorentina. After that, it’s a class reunion on Guy’s Grocery Games as four chefs from Season 2 of Food Network Star reunite 10 years later. The alums will have to impress Guy Fieri with a 5-star dish made from a list of ingredients he picked specifically for them. After that, the three finalists on Food Network Star will watch their pilots with Giada and Bobby Flay, and a new Food Network Star will be crowned.
For Cutthroat Kitchen judge Richard Blais, there was no shortage of roller-coaster emotions as he tried his hands — or, rather, his tongs — at not one but two of the day’s sabotages during the After-Show. After host Alton Brown asked him to prep an everyday cobb salad, the judge was mostly pleased with the task. But in true Cutthroat fashion, the challenges didn’t stop there. “Why do you guys have to do this?” Richard joked after being saddled with a duo of challenges. He was forced to carry multiple shopping bags on both of his arms — which sounds easy enough — but then instead of being able to use his hands to prep the salad, he was given salad tongs. And that’s when the situation turned evilicious.
“The lettuce is going to be an issue,” Richard noted after he mangled his mise en place of fresh avocado and grilled chicken. When it came to cracking and peeling a hard-boiled egg, he said simply, “That’s not fun at all.” But once he learned the basic technique of working with tools upon tools, he couldn’t help but feel proud of himself. “Now I’m kind of crushing it,” he admitted, having successfully used tongs to hold a spoon and scoop out mustard for the base of his dressing. As he used the tongs to claw away chunks of bacon from the strips, he explained how downright diabolical this sabotage proved to be, calling it “one of the toughest challenges” he’d seen. Once again, though, the frustration didn’t last long. By the time Richard added the last of his ingredients to the salad, he admitted, “I’m feeling good about this.” Sure enough, he was pleased with the final results.
By Angela Carlos
This week on Chopped Junior the budding chefs attempted to dice and saute their way to the $10,000 prize. The competitors opened basket after basket until only one contestant was left standing.
These young cooks proved they are well-versed in cooking techniques: vacuum-sealing proteins in marinade to infuse flavor quickly, turning sloppy joes into elevated meatballs, and churning mayonnaise into creamy and cold ice cream.
Tonight Chopped Grill Masters continued with Part 4 of the five-part grilling and barbecuing tournament. In each of the four preliminary rounds, four expert grillers, barbecuers and chefs from across the nation competed for four spots in the finale, where only one will ultimately win the grand champion title. In tonight’s fourth and final preliminary part, four fierce competitors took up the challenge, but in each round, one chef got knocked out until only one remained, winning $10,000 and earning the last spot in the finale for a chance at an additional $50,000 in winnings. Hear from the Chopped Champion now.
Tune in this Saturday for entertaining tips as Food Network chefs try out new recipes on old friends. Kick things off at noon with Valerie Bertinelli as she puts on a low-cost barbecue complete with Barbecue Grilled Chicken and an icy Lemon-Basil Granita. After, Patricia Heaton is throwing a boozy brunch party for one of her friends. On the menu is fresh Tropical Fruit Parfaits and Iced Raspberry Prosecco Cocktails.
Then on Sunday, get the popcorn ready and put your feet up for back-to-back episodes of Food Network Star. First, see which eliminated finalist is making a comeback on Star Salvation; hosts Alex Guarnaschelli and Eddie Jackson put the contestants through a six-week challenge to see who deserves a second shot at Stardom. Then, the four finalists battle it out for a chance at shooting a pilot with the help of Season 2 winner Guy Fieri. After that, amateur cooks and professional chefs battle it out on Cooks vs. Cons. The contestants must create pro-worthy dishes that incorporate cherries, and the winner will bring home some serious bacon.
By Angela Carlos
On this week’s episode of Chopped Junior, judges marveled at the contestants’ skills at transforming mystery basket ingredients into culinary revelations. In the entree round, Ethan’s perfectly seared branzino received a nod from judge Chris Santos, and the sense of balance in Tara’s crema sauce, which topped her boar tacos, left a lasting impression on the discerning judge.
Although the Smollett siblings may be most well-known for their acting and musical talents, they reveal another side to their creativity in their new series: cooking for and entertaining family and close friends. Premiering on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 12:30|11:30c, Smollett Eats gives fans a peek into the siblings’ food-filled lives. Whether it’s putting on a themed kids’ birthday party, throwing a late-night cookout or hosting a pop-up dinner, the Smolletts are up for celebrating with food. On the show, Jake, the family chef, is joined by his brothers, Jocqui, Jojo and Jussie, and his sisters, Jazz and Jurnee. The six siblings prove that a family that cooks together stays together, and where there’s food, there’s love.
It’s not often that that Cutthroat Kitchen judges get to choose their own poison, so to speak, when they drop by Alton’s After-Show (usually that’s host Alton Brown‘s job). But tonight Antonia Lofaso enjoyed the freedom to select which sabotage she’d be saddled with. Alton explained that they’d be prepping lobster rolls together — literally, that is — and it was up to her to opt to do so in a giant stockpot alongside Alton or in a harness tethered to him. Ultimately she chose the harness, and we’re glad she did, because what resulted as they both put signature spins on lobster rolls was diabolically hilarious — not to mention downright delicious.
Antonia and Alton agreed that the Connecticut-style lobster roll preparation, which features butter instead of mayo as the binder, is the way to go, but tonight Alton opted for mayonnaise “to contrast,” he explained. After Antonia toasted her bun, Alton oh so gingerly scooted the duo over to his station to work on his lobster. Sure enough, no sooner did Alton get a handle on his prep did Antonia shimmy them back to her table. “This is like a ballet of pain,” Alton noted as they did an impromptu two-step in the kitchen. After what Alton called “a completely neutral Bob” joined them for tasting, the Bob wordlessly deemed Alton’s to be the best of the day — which didn’t actually come as a surprise to Antonia. “It’s true. It’s the mayonnaise. I didn’t put any salt. I’m a failure,” she proclaimed in a series of heartbreaking culinary admissions. And for Alton, that was music to his ears. “Best day ever,” he said.
Tonight Chopped Grill Masters continued with Part 3 of the five-part grilling and barbecuing tournament. In each of the four preliminary rounds, four expert grillers, barbecuers and chefs from across the nation compete for four spots in the finale, where only one will win the grand champion title. In tonight’s third part, four fierce competitors took up the challenge, but in each round, one chef got knocked out; in the end, only one remained, winning $10,000 and going on to the finale for a chance at an additional $50,000 in cold, hard cash. Hear from the Chopped Champion.