by Maria Russo in Shows, June 28th, 2015
by Christie Bok in Shows, June 26th, 2015
While surely all Cutthroat Kitchen sabotages are designed for a bit of shock-and-awe factor, perhaps no single challenge delivered as much wow-worthy reaction as the brand-new dollhouse that was rolled out — literally — for tonight’s Round 3 oatmeal cookie battle. For host Alton Brown, this is quite simply “the most-spectacular thing that we’ve ever done here on Cutthroat Kitchen,” he said to guest judge Susan Feniger during the After-Show.
He explained that in this at once oversize and miniature house, one chef not only had to prep all of the cookie ingredients, but also cook them in there by way of the mini kitchen. “This was like a miniature kitchen dropped into the middle of hell,” Alton told Susan, adding that in true evilicious fashion, this sabotage wasn’t just what met the eye.
Aubrey, who works on the show’s team bringing the sabotages to life, explained that this house featured “some challenging ways for the chef to have to use the kitchen.” Think hanging through wall cutouts to reach the kitchen and crawling along stairs to get to the bathroom, where Chef Demarco, who was gifted this unprecedented challenge, chose to use the shower basin as a mixing bowl. “Our Cutthroat Kitchen workshop wasn’t big enough to build the whole thing in one piece, so we had to build [the house] in two separate pieces,” Aubrey explained, “and then when we rolled it into stage, we could actually put the roof on.”
Check out more photos below to see inside the dollhouse and get an up-close look at what this sabotage entailed.
by Maria Russo in Community, Shows, June 23rd, 2015
When it comes to showing someone how much you care about them, a home-cooked meal can be just the right gesture. This weekend, tune in for all-new recipes and episodes on Food Network, where stars like Ree Drummond and Trisha Yearwood cook for their family and friends. On Saturday morning, catch up with Ree as she makes Breakfast Biscuits for her husband and son, who are working on the ranch. Next, join the birthday celebration at Trisha’s house, where she and her friend Glenda are making fun finger foods like Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars for their costume party. On Sunday morning, Daphne Brogdon takes you around the world with an internationally inspired menu that features sticky ribs with a homemade banana sauce and a soba noodle salad.
The competition heats up on Sunday night, first with a summer celebration on Triple G. Watch the chefs channel their creativity as they turn cherry pie ingredients into a chicken dinner worthy of a $20,000 prize. Next, jump-start your patriotic festivities with Food Network Star, where the finalists cook for a 4th of July cookout. The weekend wouldn’t be complete without a few evilicious challenges from Alton — don’t miss an all-new Cutthroat Kitchen at 10|9c.
by Christie Bok in Shows, June 23rd, 2015
A far cry from ordinary PB&Js, the next-level sandwiches popping up at restaurants across the country are no longer relegated to combinations of squishy bread and moist cold cuts; instead they’re piled high with everything from runny egg yolks to pickled vegetables. On yesterday’s brand-new episode of Guilty Pleasures, Rachael Ray and Curtis Stone faced off in a battle of the between-bread beauties: She showed off one craveworthy selection featuring a heaping helping of french fries in the middle, and he opted for another creation, which came compete with seemingly all of the Italian meats at the deli.
Recently Food Network asked you to tell us about your best-ever sandwich eats, and in true superfan fashion, you delivered in droves, with comments and photos of piled-high plates that range from wake-up-worthy breakfast bites to a super-meaty selection. When it comes to all things on bread, there’s no denying you all know how to indulge. Keep scrolling below to see FN Dish’s favorite selections.
by Maria Russo in Shows, June 21st, 2015
In this episode of Top 5 Restaurants, Food Network found the best of the best in American barbecue. Hosts Sunny Anderson and Geoffrey Zakarian revealed the sticky, saucy and bold-spiced meat that dominated this week’s list. Keep reading to find out which mouthwatering barbecue smoked the rest.
by Maria Russo in Recipes, Shows, June 20th, 2015
“You want your flour, you want your leavener and a little bit of salt.” Those three things are what Cutthroat Kitchen food stylist Jamie Peterson says are needed in order to concoct the usual dry-ingredient mixture for waffle batter. On tonight’s all-new episode, one chef was forced to make waffles not with these traditional ingredients but with a platter of junk food, including butter crackers, gummy candies and potato chips; sure enough, those three items weren’t guaranteed. Before Alton Brown could auction off this diabolical challenge to the competitors, the culinary team had to test it, and what Jamie found was shocking.
Tackling the flour component was easy enough for Jamie — just grinding the butter cookies with butter powder. But making a leavener is far trickier. “I’m going to take the egg white powder and reconstitute it into egg whites, and then try to whip it into a meringue to make it become the leavening agent we need,” he explained. “This is a make-or-break moment.” Sure enough, it worked, and he achieved stiff peaks after just a bit of whisking. “You’re a waffle! I made you from nothing,” Jamie jokingly and excitedly told the waffle after lifting the top of the waffle machine to reveal an ideally formed waffle. He took a bite and was quick to boast, “First of all, that’s delicious.”
by Christie Bok in Shows, June 19th, 2015
In the spirit of Father’s Day this weekend, The Kitchen co-hosts shined a light on one of Dad’s all-time favorite pastimes — snacking — on this morning’s episode. While bags of cheese-flavored chips and salty pretzels are surely tried-and-true classics, you can easily dress up these go-to bites and turn them into all-new munchies.
You know Dad loves Buffalo chicken wings, so he’ll surely be wowed by these Buffalo Potato Chips too. The secret ingredient? A mild hot sauce drizzle, which clings to ruffled potato chips. For an extra level of flavor, add blue cheese for a welcome bite.
by Ricky Smith in Shows, June 16th, 2015
This Saturday on Food Network, tune in to see what your favorite chefs are cooking to celebrate the fathers in their lives. First, catch up with Ree Drummond as she cooks a Tex-Mex lunch for her father-in-law Chuck and his crew, who’ve been working on the ranch. She makes slow-cooked Spicy Shredded Pork and Cheese Enchiladas, dishes that are sure to satisfy a cowboy-sized appetite. Then, Trisha Yearwood and her sister make some of their favorite guy-friendly dishes, like a loaded Taco Pizza and a decadent German Chocolate Cake. End your afternoon with a Father’s Day-themed episode of The Kitchen, where the cast brings you a special dad edition of Tool Takedown and a homemade banana-split ice cream cake.
Food Network’s Father’s Day-inspired meals continue on Sunday morning. Check out Daphne Brogdon’s new recipes like her “Dad-hattan” cocktail to toast her husband, Mark. Next, join Damaris Phillips for a brunch sparked by her grandfather’s sweet tooth, where she whips up Cinnamon Roll Biscuits with Sweet Tea Caramel and Five-Cup Ambrosia. On Sunday night, put your game face on (and grab Dad too) to get ready for three hours of back-to-back competition. Watch as four dads race down the grocery aisles on Triple G, and then stay tuned to see Food Network Star finalists tasked with making tiny and trendy food creations. Plus, you won’t want to miss the all-new sabotages on Cutthroat Kitchen.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, June 16th, 2015
There was no escaping smoky flavors on tonight’s episode of Chopped
, as each basket contained barbecue-themed ingredients. That was no problem for judges Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy and Maneet Chauhan as they dug into the entree basket after the competitors left the set. On an all-new Chopped After Hours
, they took on some classic ‘cue ingredients: North Carolina BBQ sauce, avocado, rainbow chard and spareribs.
“The other barbecue sauce, you’re kind of stuck going down one road,” Marc says. “Here you can go maybe more on the Asian side or probably maybe Indian direction.” Everyone else agrees that they are happy about the choice of sauce. Maneet ends up going in a completely different direction, trying her hand at making a Brazilian stew called feijoada. It includes rice, which she decides to make in the microwave. Ted thinks it’s a great time-saver, saying “I don’t know why more people don’t do that!”
by Maria Russo in Community, Shows, June 16th, 2015
Chopped Grill Masters and Chopped Teen Tournament are back for second seasons on Food Network. First off starting July 14 at 10|9c, Tuesday nights are getting fired up with Chopped Grill Masters. There’s a $50,000 grand prize on the line as 16 chefs/grilling pros head out of the kitchen to compete in the great outdoors, working with mystery baskets that put their grilling and barbecue skills to the test. Judges Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli and Chris Santos, with special guest judges Amy Mills and Tim Love, will decide the fate of each competitor in the five-part tournament. Once the dust clears, there will be only one Grill Masters Chopped Champion.
Though the meaning of barbecue varies from region to region and even from state to state, there’s no denying that all things meaty, saucy and grilled are some of the best bites of the season. In celebration of the over-the-top eats featured on last night’s episode of Guilty Pleasures, Food Network asked you, the fans, to tell us about your top plates of barbecue. And in true superfan fashion, you delivered in droves, not just commenting but also showing photos of piled-high plates of sticky ribs, grill-marked chicken and everything in between. When it comes to true ‘cue, there’s no denying you all know how to indulge. Keep scrolling below to see more of FN Dish’s favorite selections.