by Maria Russo in Shows, December 8th, 2014
by Ricky Smith in Shows, December 8th, 2014
In the largest Restaurant: Impossible challenge to date, Robert Irvine and his team traveled to Lake Luzerne, N.Y., for an extra-special mission at Double H Ranch, a year-round camp dedicated to serving children with life-threatening illnesses. Double H was founded on the premise of “health and happiness” according to CEO and executive director Max Yurenda, and the camp indeed lives up to its promise, as every child who attends is welcomed and made to feel safe and hopeful.
With the help and generosity of Lexus, Robert and his team had three days and an increased budget of $50,000 to transform the kitchen and dining hall at Double H, and it’s a good thing they had extra time and money to spend, because the 4,000-plus-square-foot dining room was among the largest they’d ever attempted. In true Irvine fashion, Robert welcomed the challenge, and not only did he overhaul those spaces and turn them into comfortable, friendly and functional designs, but he and Lexus also gifted the camp dozens of pieces of new equipment, plus a $10,000 donation. Read on below to hear from Max, and director of operations Jacqui Royael, to find out how Double H is doing today. Then, browse insider photos of the transformation in progress, and see Robert at Double H.
How have the new hot boxes improved serving time?
Jacqui Royael: The new hot boxes will allow more time for staff and campers to enjoy their meal together and less time waiting in a crowded line in the kitchen. The food can now be prepared and ready to go the minute the kids enter the dining hall, allowing all of camp to be served in half the time and eat together. So what once was 20-plus minutes and several trips back and forth to the serving line will now be a quick five to 10 minutes and one trip to have everyone enjoy a meal together.
by Maria Russo in Shows, December 7th, 2014
This past Sunday on Holiday Baking Championship, the competition was all about holiday traditions. The bakers were faced with the pre-heat challenge of creating something original using the classic combination of hot chocolate and peppermint. Then, they moved on to the real challenge: creating an over-the-top holiday breakfast including three sweet treats. Although her hot chocolate cakes from the pre-heat were praised by the judges, Terra was ultimately eliminated when her cream cheese surprise went awry. But this bourbon-loving Kentucky girl brought lots of fun and flavor during her time on the show. Relive Terra’s journey in GIFs
by Caitlyn Callegari in Shows, December 5th, 2014
Just in time for the holidays, Alton Brown decked the Cutthroat Kitchen halls on tonight’s all-new episode with a series of seasonal challenges — and even a Christmas tree-adorned sweater worn by judge Simon Majumdar. In true evilicious fashion, Alton didn’t shy away from punny sabotages inspired by the traditional holiday meals or activities, as the challenge dishes included a ham dinner, cocktail party fare and holiday cookies. And in Round 1 the chefs played a not-so-merry game of gift swap.
In the final round’s cookie challenge, Alton doled out the ultimate in seasonal sweets — a gingerbread house — but this one wasn’t exactly a treat. Complete with shortening, sugar, flour and leavening agents, plus various candies and decorations, this “gingerbread diorama,” as Alton called it, contained everything needed to make a cookie, and Chef Keith could use only the given ingredients to prepare his dish. While the contestant used nearly everything in Alton’s “majestic scene” in preparing his ultimately doomed cookies, only one element remained: a triple-decker butter figure shaped like a snowman. “Is he called Pat?” Simon jokingly asked Alton on the host’s After-Show, and Alton simply replied with a smile, “Yes, Pat, the Snowman Made Out of Butter.”
by Maria Russo in Shows, December 4th, 2014
It’s never too early to get into the spirit of the season. So in keeping with that notion, Food Network is celebrating the first weekend of December with holiday-themed episodes. Watch as the Food Network stars gear up for the holiday season, baking and preparing the perfect festive spreads. Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, Outrageous Christmas, Giada at Home, Guy’s Big Bite, Southern at Heart, Farmhouse Rules and Cutthroat Kitchen all share in the Christmas cheer.
Don’t forget to tune in to Guy’s Grocery Games, Rewrapped and Holiday Baking Championship; they are all equally packed with fun, with supermarket challenges and dessert obstacles alike.
by Lauren Miyashiro in Food Network Magazine, Shows, December 3rd, 2014
Three Iron Chefs and a Level 4 World-Class Kitchen Inferno Gladiator, together Alex Guarnaschelli, Bobby Flay, Michael Symon and Curtis Stone, make up one of the fiercest foursomes in culinary competitions. And in the brand-new upcoming series All-Star Academy hosted by Ted Allen, they’ll battle it out in the kitchen as mentor versus mentor with teams of shining home cooks.
Beginning in March 2015, 10 of America’s most-skilled home cooks will make their way to Alex, Bobby, Michael and Curtis’ All-Star Academy, where they’ll be faced with rigorous kitchen challenges over the course of eight episodes. It’s up to the mentors to support their team members as they face off in the contest, but the contest isn’t just for the home cooks; with their own stellar culinary reputations on the line, Alex, Bobby, Michael and Curtis will want to guide their apprentices well if they want their team to make it to the end and one of their students to claim the $50,000 grand prize.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, December 2nd, 2014
If you could dine at any restaurant in the States, where would you go? Forget the hyped-up neighborhood spots you’ve been wanting to check out. Think about the places you would cross the country for if you had the opportunity.
Start working on your culinary bucket list and tune in to Top 10 Restaurants with Food Network Magazine on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 9|8c to compare notes. Bobby Flay is host of the Food Network special and will reveal America’s must-try meals, coast to coast. In this drool-inducing countdown, the Iron Chef and restaurateur works his way from a small-town dive to a spot on the coast where diners sit above the clouds. He’ll guide you through the specialty dishes as well as the culture behind each restaurant. From a world-renowned nine-course meal to a backyard BBQ joint run by a 79-year-old pitmaster, you’ll have a hard time prioritizing the diverse list. Whether you go to taste an innovative, new way of cooking or to feast from a menu that hasn’t changed in decades, each pick on this list is sure to be an experience you’ll never forget.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, December 2nd, 2014
When you think of the word “meatballs,” what comes to mind? It’s probably something different for everyone: It could be spaghetti and meatballs or Swedish meatballs, a meatball grinder or meatballs made with something other than beef or pork. On tonight’s episode of Chopped
, the chefs face cooking meatballs out of their mystery baskets in every round. And the Chopped judges decided to get in on the fun, too, taking on the appetizer basket from the show on After Hours
Faced with the ingredients lamb shanks, fresh ginger, baby leeks and one outlier, creme brulee, the judges have 30 minutes to make a meatball dish, but each one takes a very different direction. “We have no choice but to grind this stuff,” says Scott about the lamb shanks, which can take a long time to cook. But he turns on a dime when it comes time to cook, deciding to braise the lamb shanks to make a ragu with vegetarian “meatballs” made out of spinach, leeks and ricotta.
by Maria Russo in Shows, December 1st, 2014
Yule logs, which the French call “buche de Noel“, are very impressive for the holidays. They’re sure to stop every family member in their tracks. But they’re not the easiest things to make, as we saw on last Sunday’s Holiday Baking Championship. The five remaining bakers tried their luck at making their own yule logs in the main challenge, but not everyone could roll with the punches. Two bakers didn’t create traditional rolled yule logs — Erin on purpose and Terra had no choice. David, however, made two yule logs, going out of his way to set a stage for his Sugar Plum Fairies, right out of The Nutcracker. But going out of his way didn’t do him any good, as the judges pointed out, ending up in his elimination. Relive this decorator and professional baker’s time on the show.
Relive David’s journey in GIFs
by Maria Russo in Shows, November 30th, 2014
While some cooks enter the kitchen with a get-it-done attitude toward mealtime, Daphne Brogdon prefers to dish up her dinners with a side of humor. This blogger and standup comedian is a mom to two children, and on her all-new series, Daphne Dishes (premiering Sunday, Jan. 4 at 12|11c), she’s revealing her how-tos for serving up creative takes on traditional meals. As Daphne opens up her home each week and shares go-to meals fans can count on, she’ll offer tips for transforming everyday staples — and even reveals how she outcooks her professional chef husband when it comes to family diner.
What can you expect on Daphne’s menus? Over the course of six episodes, she’ll dress up the tried-and-true chicken breast with a next-level filling, plus show how simple it can be to turn seemingly forgotten leftovers into brand-new pasta dinners and reinvented vegetable sides. In true Daphne fashion, she’ll share her family’s take on common events like birthday parties, low-key family suppers and game-day extravaganzas alike, all while dishing out humor.
From chip-based cooking vessels and tools to mandatory claw hands and honey-soaked ingredients, Cutthroat Kitchen judge Jet Tila is no stranger to the most-diabolical sabotages to befall competition. But even this veteran judge could hardly believe his ears when host Alton Brown asked the crew to “bring in the compost pile” during the latest installment of his After-Show.
“Did you say ‘compost pile’?” Jet asked Alton, laughing. Sure enough, Jet had heard correctly, and indeed Alton had auctioned off a compost pile-inspired challenge that forced one chef to surrender his shopping basket and dig for all of his ingredients amongst 200 pounds of coffee grounds. “I don’t know what that is,” Jet admitted as he sifted through the pile and found — and later sniffed — a mound of mystery meat. According to Alton, it was simply “some kind of canned ham product.”