Guy Fieri is returning with a new season of Guy’s Grocery Games, premiering May 11 at 8|7c.The competition features four talented chefs battling in supermarket-themed cooking challenges with real-world obstacles, and it all takes place in an all-new grocery store this season. It could be shopping on a budget, substituting for out-of-stock ingredients or grabbing groceries at the last minute before closing time. In each challenge, the chefs must prepare dishes with items pulled from the shelves, then face judging in front of an expert panel. One by one, chefs check out, until the winner is left standing. He or she has the opportunity to net up to $20,000 in a timed shopping spree through the aisles.
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This weekend, Food Network has a bunch of new episodes from Ree, Amy, Damaris, Rachael and Guy, as well as the finale of the Chopped Tournament of Stars.
On Saturday, on The Pioneer Woman, Ree makes school treats for the kids. Then on Heartland Table, Amy cooks lunch with her cousin, who is a butcher. Come Sunday, on Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day, she shows you how to cook five make-ahead meals in one day. Then on Southern at Heart, Damaris shows you how to elevate ho-hum dishes using spices. Later on the new season of Guy’s Big Bite, Guy’s making one of his favorites, Brunswick stew, with his son Hunter. In the evening, tune in for an all-new Food Court Wars where a pair of friends battles a father-daughter team for eatery space. Then it’s the finale of the Chopped Tournament of Stars: Brandi, Carnie, Gillian and Michael compete for the title of champion and $50,000 for charity. Afterward watch Cutthroat Kitchen, where a chef’s whisk gets supersized when making mousse.
When it comes to gambling, there’s more to it than luck. Strategy plays an important part in how a game is won or lost, whereas cooking — especially competitively — requires skill. These two traits are necessary for contestants if they wish to excel in Food Network’s new series Kitchen Casino, which premieres Monday, April 7 at 9|8c. Only those chefs who can balance both have the opportunity to win the jackpot.
FN Dish recently caught up with Bill Rancic, the host of Kitchen Casino, to talk about the show, what’s expected of the contestants and what he thinks are the tools they need to succeed in this unique competition.
Among the many things that define the United States, foods are at the top of that list. And every region has its specialty, whether it is lobster rolls from the East, chili from the North, shrimp and grits from the South or tacos from the West. On the new series America’s Best Cook, premiering on Sunday, April 13 at 9|8c, home cooks from the four corners of the country have come to Food Network headquarters to be mentored by FN chefs and battle it out for a chance at winning the title of America’s Best Cook.
To coincide with the show, FN Dish has launched the Regional Foods Face-Off, a bracket challenge in which you, the fans, can vote for your favorite regional food. The editors have narrowed it down to four famous dishes from each of the regions, but after four rounds of voting, only one dish will come out on top. Round 1 is now closed. Vote in Round 2.
After four tumultuous rounds, four celebrity competitors have emerged as the best in their class and will move onto the Chopped Tournament of Stars finale. Star athletes, Rachael vs. Guy veterans, comedians and actors have competed and shown that any one of them can cook transformative meals out of mystery baskets. But only one will walk away the champion and winner of $50,000 for the charity of his or her choice. Who will it be? Watch the finale on Sunday, April 6 at 9|8c to find out. But until then, fans, here’s your chance to show your support in the fan vote.
In Houston, the dangerously dirty kitchen at gratifi kitchen + bar was just one of the major issues with which Robert Irvine was to contend during his latest Restaurant: Impossible mission. The eatery’s owner, Kevin Strickland, was notably arrogant and struggled to work well with his employees — and Robert. It took the Restaurant: Impossible team two days and $10,000 to overhaul gratifi kitchen + bar and transform Kevin’s brashness before they would ultimate relaunch the business. FN Dish has the first exclusive interview with Kevin since filming wrapped; read on below to hear from him and find out how gratifi is doing today.
“Most customers, whether new or old, think it is fantastic,” Kevin says of the interior overhaul on gratifi. He and his employees are pleased with the update as well, he says, adding of staff, “They see that it is a much nicer restaurant and they dress appropriately for it.” He adds, “The bar is 10 times better. It’s not only beautiful but now functions like a real bar.“
For this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient of quick-cooking grits. When you’re in a pinch, a box of grits comes in handy for a fast, creamy side dish, but in this case the grits are used for something entirely different. In this Butter-Roasted Chicken with Grit Waffles recipe, the grits add a nice crunch to waffles. And instead of frying the chicken, as is done traditionally with chicken and waffles, this recipe features roasted dark meat with a bit of sweetness and a kick. Your family will be excited to try this modern version of the classic Southern comfort food dish.
In Kitchen Casino, premiering Monday, April 7 at 9|8c, four chefs must not only know how to cook, but also how to play the game. The set of the show features a slot machine, poker table and oversized roulette wheel on which the chefs cook. From a platform above the competition space, two judges watch the chefs play the casino-themed games, doled out by host Bill Rancic. The set truly feels like a casino right out of Las Vegas in the ’60s. Get an exclusive tour below, and watch the premiere this coming Monday.
Seven weeks ago, 14 recruits entered Boot Camp calling themselves the worst cooks in America. Having been nominated by family and friends, they entered the competition to learn skills and techniques in hopes of winning the competition and $25,000 to make their dreams come true. In the end the one recruit who lasted the longest, showed the most improvement and cooked a final meal that greatly impressed a panel of culinary experts would win. The winner of Worst Cooks in America leaves with more than just prize money: He or she leaves with a set of skills that will last a lifetime. No longer a worst cook, this individual can now be referred to as the best of the worst.
FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the winner.
On Worst Cooks in America, 14 recruits came into Boot camp on day one of the competition. But after seven weeks, only one recruit could walk away with the win and the $25,000 in prize money. That meant that the other remaining recruit would walk away with nothing but the knowledge and skill he or she picked up during the challenges. But by no means is that runner-up a loser, transforming from one of the worst cooks to one of the best and ultimately making it to the finale — these are accomplishments to be proud of. The runner-up of Season 5 leaves the competition with a head held high.
FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the Season 5 runner-up.