by Maria Russo in Shows, November 22nd, 2016
by Joseph Erdos in Behind the Scenes, Shows, November 19th, 2016
We’re just a few weeks into the premiere season of Clash of the Grandmas, and if the first battles were any indication, it’s clear that top-quality cooking knows no limits, age or otherwise. Aarti Sequeira is a judge on Sunday’s all-new episode (airing at 10|9c), and she noted the downright fierceness of the ladies facing off in the competition. They are “vivacious, spunky grandmas who love nothing more than to feed people, whether those people are their grandchildren, or someone else’s,” she explained, noting that their dishes often boast that extra something-something. In addition to the “love” that goes into their offerings, she said, there’s also “a little bit of I-don’t-give-a-damn,” which we can only assume is what makes their food so treasured. Read on below to hear more from Aarti and get her take on what it’s like to judge grannies’ cooking.
Aside from the age of the competitors, what makes Clash of the Grandmas different than other culinary battles?
Aarti Sequeira: There’s something special about the way that grandmothers cook. They can make the simplest of dishes, but there’s something in the way they turn their wrist, sprinkle in that brown sugar, layer in the cheese; it’s all so infused with a sense of comfort that every round, after eating their food, I felt like everything was going to be OK. I don’t get that when I taste even the best chef’s cooking!
by Maria Russo in Recipes, Shows, November 19th, 2016
When you pick up an Ina Garten cookbook or watch an episode of Barefoot Contessa, you might not realize how much work goes into creating the recipes, testing them and finally proclaiming them good enough to share. All of Ina’s recipes go through a rigorous testing period until they’re perfect, as the writer and TV host explains. Even Jeffrey has to wait until a recipe’s perfect before he can get a taste!
Thinking about Ina’s life story, it may seem like a stretch of the imagination that she went from writing nuclear policy in the White House to writing cookbooks in her Long Island home, but it happened. Despite the difference in subject, both lines of work require precision. But cooking goes a bit further, as it requires that something extra — the secret ingredient, if you will. And Ina has that. She says it’s just in her DNA. The rest is history: She didn’t attend cooking school or learn from a grandmother, but she picked up skills out of necessity while running her specialty food store, Barefoot Contessa. It started out as a way to try a new career and ended up giving her her well-known moniker. Would she have it any other way? Not really.
FN Dish recently chatted with Ina about her new series, Cooking for Jeffrey, her recently released cookbook and her Washington, D.C., special. Find out more about the elegant and earthy hostess in our interview.
by Joel Raneri in Shows, November 18th, 2016
Once you’ve settled the whole sweet-potato-versus-regular-potato debate, the next Thanksgiving side dish question you have to contend with is: flavored or not? Would you prefer to dress up a traditional recipe with bold tastes, or do you crave the comforting flavors of tradition? On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, which was devoted to a complete roster of turkey-day side dishes, the co-hosts showcased a cornucopia of ways to prepare squash, dressing and green beans — and the all-important potatoes, of course. Check out both of the new spins on spuds below, one a creatively flavored take on the usual recipe and the other a buttery mainstay with just a hint of extra-special presentation.
by Joel Raneri in Shows, November 15th, 2016
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and this weekend your favorite Food Network chefs are sharing some easy-to-make last-minute recipes. Thanksgiving isn’t just about turkey, so tune in to The Kitchen on Saturday morning for the Ultimate Guide to Sides, as the co-hosts will be sharing their recipes for potatoes, cornbread and, of course, a great cocktail. Then, on Sunday, Giada De Laurentiis is taking all the Thanksgiving leftovers and making a brunch featuring Crispy Turkey Bites, Sweet Potato Puffs and a Spicy Chai Latte.
On Sunday evening, Guy Fieri is welcoming some of Triple G’s most-memorable chefs back to Flavortown to compete in two challenges jam-packed with unexpected twists. Then, Thanksgiving is the theme on Holiday Baking Championship, and Grandma’s classic recipes are put to the test on Clash of the Grandmas.
by Maria Russo in Shows, November 12th, 2016
Nine of America’s bravest chefs are gearing up to compete in an epic four-part Flavortown showdown for a chance to cook against Mr. Impossible himself, Robert Irvine, and a chance at winning up to $40,000. Starting Sunday, Dec. 4 at 8|7c, three chefs will compete each week in two grueling rounds of culinary competition and the last one standing will win $10,000 and a spot in the grand finale. But before bagging the prize, the winning chef will have a chance to double the money in a cook-off against Robert Irvine. The finalist from each episode will advance to the grand finale, where he or she will vie for a chance to compete against Robert one last time, a chance at another $20,000 and the title of Guy’s Grocery Games: Impossible Champion.
by Joel Raneri in Shows, November 11th, 2016
For the first time ever, not one but two Food Network pals dropped by The Kitchen this morning for an epic Friendsgiving celebration. Nancy Fuller, Valerie Bertinelli and all five co-hosts took turns showcasing their best-bet recipes for all of the Thanksgiving feast, from the all-important turkey to a simple drink and a dressed-up dessert. Nancy was all about one dish — a “one-dish,” to be exact. With the help of Jeff Mauro, she prepped her super-cheesy Root Vegetable One-Dish, a big-batch casserole filled with a whopping five seasonal picks — celery root, parsnips, sweet and Yukon gold potatoes, and rutabaga — baked at once in a single pan.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, November 10th, 2016
This weekend your favorite Food Network chefs are talkin’ turkey and sharing Thanksgiving recipes you’ll be thankful for. Saturday morning, it’s a Frontier Friendsgiving on the ranch, and Ree Drummond is celebrating with her two closest friends and a boozy gravy recipe. Down in Nashville, Trisha Yearwood is making a portable Thanksgiving feast for her niece who’s a nurse, and then the co-hosts of The Kitchen are making The Ultimate Thanksgiving Mac and Cheese with help from Nancy Fuller and Valerie Bertinelli. On Saturday afternoon Ayesha Curry is making two kinds of turkey, and Valerie’s hosting Thanksgiving for her whole family.
Sunday morning, take a break from turkey and tune in to Guy Fieri, who’s serving up a leg of lamb for his Thanksgiving feast. Later on, Giada De Laurentiis is hosting a Thanksgiving feast, Nancy Fuller is leaving the Thanksgiving decor to her grandkids, and Bobby Flay’s making the ultimate day-after-Thanksgiving brunch.
Sunday night, it’s Thanksgiving in Flavortown, and grandmas are throwing down with their Thanksgiving recipes on Holiday Baking Championship and Clash of the Grandmas.
by Joel Raneri in Shows, November 8th, 2016
In the new tournament Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay, three chefs competed in preliminary rounds in order to gain a spot in the finale, for a chance to go up against the formidable competitor Bobby Flay. In the end Seis was the chef to battle Bobby. He’d won $15,000 for just getting to that point, but to earn $25,000 more he’d have to also beat Bobby. Both chefs would have to cook Seis’ choice of dish — in this case bibimbap, a dish Bobby had previously lost with on his own show, Beat Bobby Flay. Find out if Seis was able to beat Bobby again, or if Bobby redeemed himself from last time.
FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the Winner
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, November 7th, 2016
This holiday season, Food Network is your one-stop shop for Thanksgiving recipes, holiday-themed competitions and plenty of tips for the perfect holiday party. Join Guy Fieri, Ree Drummond, Valerie Bertinelli and more of your favorite Food Network chefs as they share their recipes for decadent and delicious Thanksgiving menus. Looking for some help whipping up side dishes? The co-hosts of The Kitchen have the Ultimate Guide to Sides. And if you’re wondering what to do with all the leftovers, turn to Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay, who are both putting their own spins on day-after-Thanksgiving brunch.
With the holiday season comes a whole new batch of holiday-themed competitions on Chopped, Guy’s Grocery Games and Beat Bobby Flay. There’s also a brand-new season of Holiday Baking Championship, which includes a special Thanksgiving challenge.
All season long on Worst Bakers in America, we’ve seen the friendly rivalry develop between longtime friends Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale. Each mentor came into the finale thinking he or she could win the bragging rights. But in reality there would be but one winner, and it was Lorraine and her Red Team recruit Carla. Gamblers may not have put their money on this pair to win, but that just goes to show that the underdog sometimes gets her way, as Lorraine points out herself.
FN Dish caught up with the winning mentor after the finale to chat about what it took for her to win with Carla, and find out what she has to say to sore loser Duff.
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