The appetizer mystery basket on the week’s episode of Chopped Junior was truly challenging. What were our young contestants supposed to make with arctic char, cotton candy, dandelion greens and tiny ice cream bites? But, as always, our pint-sized chefs were super-clever. To balance the sweetness of the cotton candy and ice cream with the bitterness of the dandelion greens, almost all of them made a sweet-and-sour dressing or sauce to toss the greens in. But what did remain a challenge was cooking the arctic char — a fish that looks like salmon but is actually related to trout. It has a milder and cleaner flavor and is more delicate than salmon but is still high in heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. We saw most of our contestants’ fish fillets fall apart right in the pan, with soggy skin. Because arctic char is expensive, you definitely want to cook it properly.
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On the all-new series Kids BBQ Championship, premiering Monday, May 23 at 8|7c, eight talented young grill masters will be battling for the chance to win a $20,000 cash prize and the coveted title of champion. Mentoring and judging them through all the challenges will be Season 11 Food Network Star winner Eddie Jackson and lifestyle expert Camila Alves, who’s previously appeared on Chopped Junior as a guest judge. Get to know more about Camila, learn her take on grilling, and get some behind-the-scenes insight into the show.
When did you first become interested in cooking?
I’ve always loved food and I’ve always helped in the kitchen. I never became a cook myself until I had a family.
What’s your earliest food memory?
My earliest food memory is of my mother in the kitchen cooking lasagna.
Six weeks ago, eight bakers entered the Spring Baking Championship to prove their skills for a chance to win $50,000 and the title of champion. This season the bakers saw their fair share of ups and downs: In the premiere Susana cut herself so badly that she didn’t come back to the competition until the Main Heat. And Audrey’s Main Heat cake was such a disaster that it appeared she’d be going home, but her flavors saved her. Then in Episode 5, Kenny finally won his first challenge after having come close many times before, but in that same episode he was eliminated. But all the while, another baker was gradually rising to the top with win after win.
With nearly 12 full seasons under their belts, the Cutthroat Kitchen judges are pros at the ins and out of all things evilicious, from host Alton Brown‘s surprise antics to the makings of an especially diabolical sabotage. But on tonight’s all-new episode, guest judge Monti Carlo experienced sabotages in all their glory during her first-ever visit to the Cutthroat arena. And of course, her initial reaction to the extent of the eviliciousness before her was downright shock when she appeared on the After-Show.
Forget everything you know about homemade desserts because these two-ingredient beauties are reinventing the sweet-treat wheel. Neither tricky nor time-consuming to make, fuss-free picks like flavorful ice cream, fruity sorbet and chocolatey ice pops are indeed easy to make with products and produce you likely have on hand. Read on below to see how the cast of The Kitchen put them together on this morning’s new episode.
Now that you can finally spend more time outdoors, your favorite chefs have new, easy recipes that’ll allow you to enjoy more time in the beautiful weather. On Saturday morning the co-hosts of The Kitchen are serving up simple and delicious eats like lemon-herb chicken and two-ingredient desserts.
On this week’s episode of Chopped Junior there were definitely some challenging secret ingredients in the contestant’s bright yellow mystery baskets. But ultimately it wasn’t the beef tongue, the quail or even the outrageous tie-dyed cake that really tripped up our young chefs — the trickiest ingredient turned out to be a simple carrot!
Glazing carrots is a super-easy technique, but I think we can all agree that when there’s a clock ticking down and a $10,000 prize on the line, it’s easy to burn those little root vegetables — and that’s exactly what happened to two contestants.
Chopped fans, ever wonder: Who puts together the mystery baskets? Where does the fourth plate of food go? Does Ted Allen ever get a taste? Do the judges really have to eat that? Chopped host Ted Allen took the time to sit down with Food Network to answer the questions fans have been asking and wondering about through the many seasons of the show. He reveals some of the secrets behind one of the most-popular cooking competition shows on TV.
Can anyone tell which chef is going to win before the cooking begins?
Well, like everybody else, we kind of pick our favorites as they walk in, and just [keep them] in the back of our minds … . I got it right on our show that we shot last Friday, but you can never really tell, and that’s what’s exciting about it. You never can tell, and even if someone has the best resume, that doesn’t mean that they’re going to get a basket that suits them or that’s full of things that they’re going to succeed with.
What is your favorite mystery basket ingredient?
Well, out of about 5,000 of them, that’s going to be sort of hard. I mean, gosh, Rocky Mountain oysters, chicken feet … we’ve even had eyeballs. My favorite mystery basket ingredient remains the whole chicken in a can, not so much because I love the food, [but because] I love the sound it makes when it plops out of the can.
It wasn’t long ago that grandmas entered the Cutthroat Kitchen arena for their turn at old-fashioned eviliciousness. Tonight, though, the focus shifted to the younger generations, as moms and daughters teamed up for a special Mother’s Day episode designed to bring out the most-diabolical sides in everyone. Judge Jet Tila was on hand to watch this not-so-sweet competition unfold, and after wrapping up three rounds of battle, he met host Alton Brown in the beauty parlor to dish on the gossip of the day during Alton’s After-Show. The pink-seat shop at which Jet and Alton sat was home to one of the day’s most-evilicious sabotages. For the mother-daughter duo saddled with this challenge, the Bob-style manicure to which they were treated was all but a relaxation treatment. “They had to do everything with one hand,” Alton explained of their prep work. “And occasionally the Bobs, with their creepy little raccoon, gecko hands, would change, and [the mother-daughter team] would have to [prep] on the other side.”
If you’ve dropped the Mother’s Day ball this year and forgotten to pick up a present for Mom, you’re in luck, because it’s not too late to invite her to a tea party in her honor. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts used everyday craft supplies and garden-fresh fixings to create a sweet atmosphere with the decor, and assembled a menu of can-do recipes. Read on below to see what they made and learn how they did it.