by Joel Raneri in Shows, September 22nd, 2016
by Food Network Kitchen in Recipes, Shows, September 22nd, 2016
This Halloween, it’s time to bake up some thrills, chills, tricks and treats! Starting Monday, Oct. 3 at 9|8c, seven terrifyingly-talented bakers will compete to create the most spectacularly spooky desserts on this season of Halloween Baking Championship. Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, joined by his sidekick Walter, will challenge the bakers’ creepy creativity as they make bite-sized monster morsels, creepy clown cake-pops, desserts stuffed with trick-or-treat candy and more! Throughout the five-week competition, judges Sandra Lee, Carla Hall and Damiano Carrara will critique the hair-raising confections, and at the end they will award one baker the title of Halloween Baking Champion and the grand prize of $25,000!
by Maria Russo in Shows, September 21st, 2016
By Angela Carlos
The final round of Chopped Teen Tournament wrapped up this week with the one lucky winner walking away with bragging rights and a $25,000 prize. Each of the three rounds of mystery baskets had their surprises, but our eyes focused on the entree basket.
Sure, we enjoyed watching the contestants incorporate confetti popcorn into their merguez and mussels appetizer, and later we reveled in seeing the final two break down a gelatin fishbowl for their dessert course. But who would have thought that okra would be the star of the entree round, outshining prime rib, funnel cake and even the candied dried crabs?
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, September 21st, 2016
Though Alton Brown frequently makes the Bobs endure all manner of evilicious escapades in the name of sabotage on Cutthroat Kitchen, on tonight’s After-Show, two of his sidekicks suffered nothing short of an epic battle following the Camp Cutthroat 2 finale.
To celebrate the fifth and final heat of his wild camp tournament, Alton waged a down-and-dirty war on the top-two chefs in Round 3, complete with barbed wire, fox holes and “grenades” (aka water balloons). Just like chefs Daniel and Gabriel had to face off, so too did two Bobs on the After-Show, only the Bobs weren’t tasked with outcooking each other; they simply had to scurry their way through Alton’s makeshift “race course,” as the host called it. But just because Alton and judge Richard Blais weren’t about to race through the dirt doesn’t mean they didn’t enjoy a little competition of their own. “I’m putting all of [my money] on Crockett,” Richard proclaimed, betting on the Bob who donned a Davy Crockett-style faux-raccoon hat to win the race. Alton, however, showed his support for “short Bob,” he said, before moving to a rock perch to launch water-balloon grenades at the Bob with Richard.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, September 20th, 2016
After their first week of Worst Cooks Boot Camp, the celebrity recruits had their official day of lessons and challenges in tonight’s second episode. Both teams faced a Hawaiian cooking challenge, preparing not one dish, but two: an appetizer and an entree. For those with limited culinary experience, and just 60 minutes on the clock, that’s a feat easier said than done. Unfortunately two recruits ended up being nominated for the elimination challenge, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and I Dream of Jeannie’s Barbara Eden. The one who passed the blind judging would live to see another week of grueling Boot Camp, but the other would be going home.
Spoiler alert: Read on for an interview with the eliminated celebrity.
by Maria Russo in Recipes, Shows, September 17th, 2016
On tonight’s Teen Tournament finale, the four winners from the preliminary rounds battled one more time in the Chopped kitchen. This final fight for the finish would determine the winner of the $25,000 prize and the coveted title, which is pretty good for a teen still in high school. The young chefs once again faced challenging baskets along with the building pressure of a ticking timer and the judges’ critiques. Creativity, presentation and flavor would determine the results as the best young chef rose to the top with three courses worth the win.
Get the Exclusive Interview with the Chopped Teen Grand Champion
by Food Network Kitchen in Recipes, Shows, September 16th, 2016
The secret is out: To cook a successful dish at home, you need not have a long, intricate recipe on hand or even any recipe at all. Sometimes, a simple how-to for the process or a general method for creating it will suffice. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the cast hosted a Recipe-Free Show, complete with savory and sweet eats and drinks, from saucy meatballs to a buttery fruit crisp, that are easy enough to put together without a recipe. Check out the cast’s easy ideas for making a trio of go-to salad dressings, each quick to prepare and ideal for no-recipe cooking.
Sunny’s Grilled Chicken and Kale Salad with Creamy “Equal-Parts” Harissa Salad Dressing
The name of the game here is 1/4 cup — keep that measurement in your mind. Just as the title suggests, this rich dressing boasts equal parts (1/4 cup) of mayonnaise, tangy buttermilk, spicy harissa and two kinds of fresh greens: cilantro and scallions. Once that mixture is whisked, it’s ready to be tossed with Sunny’s kale salad, which is studded with juicy chicken and grapes.
by Nora Horvath in Shows, September 16th, 2016
By Angela Carlos
This week on Chopped Teen Tournament, four young chefs battled for the final spot in the Chopped Teen finale and a chance to win the $25,000 prize. The Chopped Champion hopefuls put their cooking skills to the test, turning pairings, such as Linzer torte cookies and rabbit in a can, into something worthy of the critical judges’ plates and palates.
In the entree round the three remaining competitors opened their baskets to find bison skirt steak — not so unusual, considering the canned rabbit the contestants worked with in the appetizer round. However, this skirt steak proved to be the undoing for some and the salvation for others when it came time to judge their technique.
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by Maria Russo in Shows, September 14th, 2016
Stay in this weekend and cook simple comfort foods with your favorite Food Network chefs. First up on Saturday, Ree Drummond’s husband, Ladd, is helping her in the kitchen as they put on a dinner for two. On the menu is easy fried shrimp and a grilled corn casserole. Next, Trisha Yearwood is taking advantage of the gorgeous weather by preparing a picnic with easy-to-make recipes like orzo salad and zucchini bread. After that, the hosts of The Kitchen are going recipe-free with simple dishes like Asian pot pie and fruit crisp. Up next, Valerie Bertinelli’s hosting a movie night complete with easy bites like s’mores popcorn and crab boil sliders. After that, the youngest Smollett sibling, Jocqui, is eager to prove his cooking chops are as advanced as his siblings’. He’s whipping up a Mexican feast complete with homemade tortillas and a horchata-based cocktail.
On Sunday, Guy Fieri’s hosting football pro Marcel Reece and they’re cooking up a meal for big appetites including grilled mojo mahi mahi and toasted quinoa pilaf. Then, it’s the premiere of Life’s a Party with David Burtka. The chef-actor is throwing a birthday party with the help of his adorable twins Gideon and Harper. He’s planning a menu full of crowd-pleasing dishes like mint pesto pasta and tangerine chicken. Next, Bobby Flay is demonstrating some of the brunch recipes from his new Bobby Flay Fit cookbook, including spicy turkey merguez scramble and a tasty Cream of Wheat take on PB&J. Later, it’s the fourth installment of Guy’s Superstar Games, where the five remaining chefs will battle it out to secure a spot in the finale. Next, the final three families in The Great Food Truck Race must beat the heat to create an indulgent sweet dessert in the sweltering Palm Springs desert. Finally, Anne Burrell and Alex Guarnaschelli guest-judge on Cooks vs. Cons, where contestants will have to impress them with a dish made with pizza.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, September 14th, 2016
If the first three weeks of Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton’s Revenge were any indication, anything can happen while chefs are tucked away in the deep woods. And on tonight’s new episode — the fourth heat and the last preliminary battle before next Wednesday’s finale face-off — it seems as if Richard Blais, the judge of the day, had prepared himself for the worst, as he showed up to camp outfitted with not only sunglasses and a hat, but a heavy-duty backpack and a fanny pack as well. “You are certainly rigged for adventure,” Alton Brown told the judge during the After-Show. It turns out it was a good thing that Richard came dressed for a number of occasions, because Alton was quick to test the judge’s outdoor survival skills.
“Think of it as a wax museum of horror,” Alton told Richard, introducing him to a few Heat 4 challenges. Sure, Richard saw the hanging tent, and indeed he came face to face with the snacks-turned-grill-coals. But the main event that awaited him wasn’t on land — it was in the water in the form of an ingredient hunt around the lake on a Jet-Ski-towed sled.
This new season of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition started off with nine recruits, but unfortunately there was room for only eight in Boot Camp, four per team. On tonight’s premiere, one celebrity went home without having been chosen for a team. After a baseline challenge that had the recruits cooking with swag-bag items, and a challenge to cook a brunch dish, Anne and Rachael carefully determined which celebs they thought would best fit their teams — who they could mold into potential winners. But one was left the odd man out. Find out who was the first celebrity to exit Boot Camp.
Spoiler alert: Read on for the interview.