by Joel Raneri in Shows, June 23rd, 2017
by Maria Russo in Food Network Chef, Shows, June 22nd, 2017
On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is making a cowboy-worthy feast of some of her best Tex-Mex recipes. She’s whipping up Simple, Perfect Chili, Cheese Enchiladas, and decadent, individual Piña Coloda Tres Leches Cakes. Then, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are making dishes perfect for outdoor entertaining and sharing some gardening tips to give your party the perfect Instagram-worthy setting. On Sunday morning, Ina Garten is preparing make-ahead desserts, perfect for a dinner party, and Ayesha Curry is making a manly meal for her husband Stephen and his friends.
On Sunday evening, Guy Fieri is seeing double in Flavortown Market when three sets of twins compete for the $20,000 grand prize, and on Food Network Star, the remaining finalists must bring elegance to the wilderness in a special glamping-themed competition with guest judges Melissa d’Arabian and Andrew Zimmern.
by FN Dish Editor in Food Network Chef, Shows, June 22nd, 2017
Yesterday we introduced you to Natalie Sideserf, one half of the Sideserf Cake Studio business — and one half of the Sideserf family. Today it’s all about Natalie’s business partner and husband, Dave. Together, the Sideserfs are set to star on the all-new upcoming series Texas Cake House (premiering Monday, July 10 at 9|8c), which will give fans an insider’s look at how this power couple bring their next-level cake creations to life and manage to navigate their marriage along the way.
While Natalie handles much of the design elements of their business, Dave’s role runs the gamut, he tells us. But he’s quick to add that when it comes to eating and working with cake, “The taste test is my favorite part!” Read on below to hear more from Dave and find out how what he thinks is the trickiest part of running Sideserf Cake Studio. And learn all about his and Natalie’s too-cute dog, Mrs. Robinson.
Tell us a bit about your background and how you came to work with Natalie.
Dave Sideserf: I have always liked cooking and worked in kitchens growing up. After graduating college, I worked in the tech field, where I learned a ton about business development. After years of building the foundation of Sideserf Cake Studio, the time finally came where we both realized my full-time assistance was needed.
What was it like leaving your career to work with Natalie at Sideserf Cake Studio?
DS: My previous employer was a startup that was hired by some pretty major companies. Much of my time was spent working with those organizations onsite, which allowed me to gain a lot of exposure to the inner workings of businesses of varying sizes. That experience has been extremely helpful in building our brand. Read more
by Maria Russo in Food Network Chef, Shows, June 21st, 2017
Hannah Hart has over five-million followers on social media, a killer sense of humor, a passion for food and this summer, she’s taking a flavor-filled journey to some of the country’s favorite regional food spots in the new Food Network series I Hart Food. In the six-episode series, food enthusiast Hannah follows her appetite to discover incredible local dishes and awesome conversations. From investigating Santa Fe’s fiery fixation with green and red chilies to catching New England lobsters with her bare hands in Portland, Maine, Hannah’s food adventures explore every angle of these local specialties and the stories behind them. I Hart Food premieres Monday, August 14 at 10|9c on Food Network.
by FN Dish Editor in Shows, June 20th, 2017
Let’s just say that Natalie Sideserf isn’t your everyday cake decorator. While many bakers look to a sheet of fondant and a few roses to craft a birthday cake, Natalie pushes the limits of what you know cake to be by building from the base up hyper-realistic designs that are as much works of art as they are desert. Together with her husband and business partner, Dave, Natalie will offer fans an insider’s look at the start-to-finish process she and her team employ on their all-new series, Texas Cake House. The show premieres on Monday, July 10 at 9|8c, but we caught up with Natalie ahead of time to learn more about her style in the kitchen and the business she and Dave run, Sideserf Cake Studio.
How did you get started in this business?
Natalie Sideserf: After graduating from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, my friend Kelsey suggested I try to make a sculpted cow skull cake for our friend’s upcoming birthday. I gave it a try and immediately realized I had found the thing I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Being able to combine my love of food and art is a dream come true.
Where did you learn to sculpt cake?
NS: I learned the basics of cake decorating while working at local bakeries, but I taught myself how to create elaborate cake sculptures by experimenting at home. It has taken me many years of practice, and I still learn something new with every cake.
by Joel Raneri in Shows, June 16th, 2017
Sixteen of the most talented grilling professionals are heading outdoors to get ready for a showdown in the return of Chopped Grill Masters, premiering Tuesday, August 1 at 10|9c. Hosted by Ted Allen, and featuring a rotating panel of Chopped judges and special guests, each episode sees four Grill Masters competing over three rounds — appetizer, entree and dessert — as they showcase their exceptional skills, with only charcoal and propane grills, and a smoker at their disposal. The goal, to create unique dishes utilizing the mystery basket of ingredients to impress the judges, while also battling the outdoor elements. The winner from each heat of the five-part tournament earns a spot in the grand finale, where they will compete for the grand prize of $50,000 and a Napa Valley dream vacation.
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by Joel Raneri in Shows, June 9th, 2017
This weekend is all about dad, and on Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is making a cowboy feast for her husband, Ladd, and her father-in-law, Chuck. She’s whipping up Breakfast Grits, steak and her mom’s Apple Dumplings. Then the co-hosts on The Kitchen are celebrating dad with a golf course-themed dessert and some basketball cupcakes.
On Sunday morning, Ina Garten is taking the fear out of typically daunting dishes like Souffle a L’orange and Ayesha Curry is using new ingredients to make a date night dinner for her husband, Stephen.
On Sunday evening, teams of dads and their kids are cooking up classic family recipes in Flavortown Market, and on Food Network Star, the finalists will become one with the elements when they’re tasked with making jungle appetizers and a main course in the desert.
by Joel Raneri in Shows, June 2nd, 2017
On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is making the most important meal of the day, and she’s doing it the cowboy way. For her husband, Ladd, Ree whips up a Farmer’s Breakfast complete with eggs, ham, sausage and Crispy Bits Breakfast Potatoes. Then, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are sharing some of their favorite summer side dishes. On Sunday afternoon, Ina Garten is making pasta like a pro and Ayesha Curry is hosting a decadent ladies’ brunch.
On Sunday evening, Flavortown Market is giving defeated chefs a chance at redemption, but they’ll have to cook against their former competitors, and on Food Network Star, the finalists are making dishes for a ballroom of guests to celebrate Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, June 2nd, 2017
Start your weekend with Ree Drummond as she turns regular, everyday ingredients into delicious and indulgent dishes like Roasted Garlic and Four-Cheese Pull-Apart Bread. Then, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are cooking with the flavors of summer and sharing tips and tricks for hosting an outdoor party. On Sunday morning, Ina Garten is making weeknight dinners, and later, Ayesha Curry is celebrating her heritage with a Jamaican-inspired menu.
On Sunday evening, it’s the final round of Comeback Kitchen and the competitors must pull out all the stops and impress Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence with both their cooking and hosting skills when they each throw a dinner party. Then, it’s the premiere of season 13 of Food Network Star where we’ll meet the new competitors, the winner of Comeback Kitchen will be revealed, and guest judges Robert Irvine and Monte Carlo will help Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis decide who will be the first competitor to go home.
by FN Dish Editor in Shows, June 1st, 2017
On the new series Incredible Edible America, Mondays at 10|9c, comedian Jeff Dunham and his wife Audrey go on a cross-country road trip, on the hunt for the best eats the nation has to offer. The route follows along Jeff’s tour schedule — so you may even see some of his nutty and loveable characters make cameos on the show. Even they wanted to get in on the eating action, because these foods are too unique to miss.
FN Dish chatted with the couple to find out their most-memorable eats during the trip, and what impressed them most about the locations. There’s one sandwich named after the king of Rock and Roll that stood out.
Guy Fieri has handed the keys to his grocery store over to dessert master Duff Goldman and given Duff carte blanche to remodel the store, restock the shelves and sugarcoat his grocery games. Every week, starting Monday, July 10 at 8|7c, Duff will test the skills of a new batch of four pastry chefs as they race the aisles shopping, preparing and plating confectionary creations in three rounds of epic baking challenges. Those will include preparing desserts using savory ingredients, making store-bought treat makeovers, baking dessert imposters and more. The contestants must use shopping shortcuts and food hacks to rise to the top. The one that impresses a rotating panel of judges with their baking will earn a grand prize of $10,000!
Fans craving more can visit FoodNetwork.com/DessertGames for competition highlights, and can learn more about Duff Goldman and the panel of judges. They can share on social media using #DessertGames.