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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Ice Cream? Play Along with Hungry Games

by in Shows, October 20th, 2014

Richard Blais, Ice Cream GamesIf you watched last night’s episode of Hungry Games, you probably learned more about ice cream than ever before. Who knew ice cream science and history could be so sweet? Richard Blais tested unsuspecting customers’ taste expectations by presenting them with a savory ice cream flavor. It wasn’t a favorite, to say the least, but it sure did prove a point: We expect ice cream to be sweet. But that doesn’t mean all ice cream flavors must be sweet — a little bit of salt goes a long way in making ice cream even more pleasurable to eat.

Take the quiz below and share your results with fellow fans of the show on Twitter using the hashtag #HungryGames.

Watch new episodes of Hungry Games on Mondays at 8|7c.

Test Your Ice Cream IQ

The Sting of Elimination for a Judge — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, October 19th, 2014

It’s no secret that Cutthroat Kitchen judges are secluded from the sabotages taking place during competitions and forced to evaluate the dishes based solely on what’s in front of them — such a strategy guarantees the focus remains on the food at all times. But on tonight’s all-new Alton’s After-Show, judge Jet Tila revealed that after learning what one chef had endured in the name of sabotage, he felt a tinge of guilt — especially after his decision led to the contestant’s elimination.

“You feel so bad after the fact. Now I realize,” he admitted after Alton spoke of how Chef Alex had to use only kitchen tongs to cut her wrap ingredients. “I was dinging so badly on her just horrible knife cuts. They literally looked like she’s just tearing things apart. But now I get it.” Alton went on to explain that because the judges are blind to the sabotages, they’re forced to evaluate on “flavor, presentation and ‘does it remind me of the thing it’s supposed to remind me of.’” But he admitted, “It doesn’t mean they’re all equally weighted. The truth is is anybody’s who’s a chef is going to more heavily weight flavor above all.”

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The Cast of Chopped Awards the Best Bloody Mary in America

by in Events, Shows, October 19th, 2014

Chopped Brunch

Brunch, that between-breakfast-and-lunch mealtime, is the perfect opportunity to enjoy both sweet and savory dishes, sometimes all in one dish. And when it comes to the perfect accompanying drink, Bloody Marys are a popular choice. At this Saturday’s Chopped Best Bloody Mary Brunch at the New York City Wine and Food Festival, the judges from Chopped gathered to taste offerings from 12 finalists in Absolut’s nationwide search for the best Bloody Mary. Also on hand were former competitors from the show, who presented food pairings that ran the gamut from tried-and-true brunch classics to fusion dishes.

The award of the day, chosen by the Chopped judges, went to David Wakefield of TenOak in Texas.

Read on to get the winning drink combination

What to Watch: Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Rewrapped, Halloween Wars and Hungry Games

by in Shows, October 17th, 2014

Hungry Games
The closer we creep toward Halloween, the more we seem to have dessert on the brain — especially if this weekend’s programming is any indication. It’s a dessert dream on Food Network with Rewrapped, Halloween Wars and Hungry Games. On Rewrapped, contestants spice up a favorite childhood snack, Hostess Sno Balls. On Halloween Wars the teams tackle the age-old mummies versus werewolves rivalry with sweets, and on a special sneak peek of Hungry Games it’s an ice cream wonderland.

If those shows have satisfied your sweet tooth, be sure to tune in to The Pioneer Woman, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, Farmhouse Rules, Guy’s Grocery Games and Cutthroat Kitchen. You can find savory recipes for dishes such as Chipotle Salsa, Slow-Cooker Stout Beef Stew and German Potato Salad. And on Guy’s Grocery Games and Cutthroat Kitchen, it’s two nail-biting journeys to see which contestants will overcome all the obstacles Guy Fieri and Alton Brown throw their way.

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Alton Cooks the Superstar Sabotage Tournament: Pancakes

by in Recipes, Shows, October 16th, 2014

While host Alton Brown didn’t offer the chefs any pancake shortcuts during yesterday’s Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage, he’s giving one to fans in the form of his “Instant” Pancake Mix (pictured above), a go-to recipe that lets you do most of the hands-on work in advance and keeps work simple when you’re ready to cook.

Better than the boxed stuff you buy from the supermarket, Alton’s DIY mix comes together with only a few pantry staples, like flour, baking soda and salt, and, perhaps best of all, it keeps for up to three months and yields as many as three batches of pancakes. Keep it on hand for when you want a stress-free morning meal, and when you’re ready to enjoy, stir in eggs, buttermilk and butter to create the ultimate quick-fix breakfast.

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POLL: Your Favorite Pizza Toppings and More — Play Along with Hungry Games

by in Shows, October 16th, 2014

Pizza on Hungry GamesPizza may be one of the most-personal foods out there. Just think about it: Everyone has a favorite topping, everyone eats it a different way, and everyone has a favorite pizza place. On Hungry Games‘ Pizza Games episode, airing Monday at 8|7c, Richard Blais finds out how well consumers can identify popular pizza toppings without using two of their senses, and he also pranks people into overpaying for pizza just by changing the way he markets the pies. It’s all in good fun, though, as he strives to uncover how our pizza cravings get us to behave in a certain way.

Before the episode, we want to know what your favorite topping is, the kind of pizza you prefer and your favorite way to eat a slice. Vote in our polls, and also find out what fellow fans are thinking.

Vote in the Pizza Polls

Can You Mix It? — Testing the Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

by in Shows, October 15th, 2014

In true evilicious fashion, Cutthroat Kitchen host Alton Brown has been known to not only sabotage chefs’ ingredients, but also to disrupt their means and methods of preparing and cooking them so as to guarantee the most hilariously challenging situation possible. And during tonight’s second preliminary heat of the Superstar Sabotage tournament, he proved he wasn’t about to forgo those unfavorable trials simply because of the all-stars’ celebrity status when he auctioned off mandatory — and inferior — mixing and cooking vessels during the Round 1 pancake test.

A colander and a Bundt pan took the place of two chefs’ bowls and skillets, as the chefs were doomed with sabotages that forced them to both combine all of their ingredients and cook their pancakes in those sole vessels. Given that pancakes ought to come together with both dry and liquid ingredients, would it be possible to prepare a batter in a colander, and what would happen when they tried to cook round pancakes in a fluted pan? It turns out that the Cutthroat Kitchen culinary team had similar questions before these items were sold at auction, and they tested the sabotage ahead of the battle to make sure the challenge was feasible.

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Host Richard Blais Offers Some Food for Thought on the New Series Hungry Games

by in Shows, October 15th, 2014

Richard Blais, host of Hungry GamesWhen it comes to food, many of us might not think past the fact that if you’re hungry, you eat. It’s natural. It’s survival. But there’s more to it: Why do you suddenly crave a certain food over another? And what is it about eating that’s so pleasurable — that happy byproduct of sustenance? In the new series Hungry Games, chef and food geek Richard Blais delves into the science of food, beyond everything you thought you knew. There’s more to that pizza craving than you thought!

Watch the premiere on Monday, Oct. 20 at 8|7c (with a sneak peek on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 10|9c) and join Richard Blais for a Twitter Q&A on Monday, Oct. 20, at 1pm EST. Tweet with the hashtag #HungryGames

We recently caught up with Richard to chat about the show’s concept.

FN Dish: How would you sum up the concept of the show? What do you think viewers will take away from it?
Richard Blais: It’s a show full of “wouldn’t you knows.” It’s on-the-street experiments and taste tests and a real family-friendly dose of fun education. I learn so much shooting each episode, and the viewers will get a kick out of playing along at home. It will be a show where families bet on who’s doing the dishes by playing along!

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POLL: Your Favorite Ice Cream Flavor and More — Play Along with Hungry Games

by in Shows, October 14th, 2014

Ice Cream ConeNeedless to say, ice cream is one of the most pleasurable foods: It’s sweet, it’s creamy, it’s cold and it always satisfies the craving. In Hungry Games‘ Ice Cream Games episode, airing Sunday, Oct. 19 at 10|9c, Richard Blais reveals what makes ice cream America’s national dessert and which flavor is everyone’s favorite, and he plays some games to test people’s reactions to more unusual flavors that turn their expectations upside down.

Before the episode, we want to know what your favorite flavor is and how you like to eat your ice cream. Vote in our polls, and also find out what fellow fans are thinking.

Vote in the Ice Cream Polls

Enter to Win a Signature Piece of Cutthroat Kitchen Fan Gear

by in Contests, Shows, October 14th, 2014

Cutthroat Kitchen GiveawayFor the first time ever, this fall 16 of your favorite A-list chefs are coming together in the name of eviliciousness to face off in Cutthroat Kitchen‘s premiere Superstar Sabotage tournament. In the first two rounds, ___ and ___ have claimed coveted spots in the no-mercy finale taking place on Wednesday, Nov. 5, and tomorrow night a new group of chefs will battle to overcome sabotages in the third of four heats.

Just in time for this unprecedented tournament, FN Dish is giving Cutthroat Kitchen’s most-dedicated fans the chance to show their spirit by entering to win a piece of show swag. The Food Network Store has just released a brand-new collection of signature items showcasing Cutthroat Kitchen’s classic hanging-utensil logo, including custom-made chef’s coats, khaki aprons and baseball hats. Check out all of the Food Network Store’s evilicious items up for sale now.

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