by Maria Russo in Shows, November 23rd, 2015
by Maria Russo in Shows, November 22nd, 2015
‘Tis the season for cookie swaps, family get-togethers and gatherings of all kinds, even among the celebrity set. In fact, with the holidays only weeks away, Andy Richter is opening up his house for a series of dinner parties with chefs, tastemakers and food fanatics from both the big screen and small. But of course when this comedian is in charge, guests will enjoy more than just dinner and drinks; there will surely be some laughs involved as well, and all of it will play out on the upcoming series Celebrity Food Fight.
Premiering Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 10|9c, this three-part show will feature two teams of stars each week, and as the teams progress from appetizers to dinner and dessert, they’ll be facing off in some friendly food-focused games. Think taste tests, cookbook trivia and kitchen gadget know-how — all while working in pairs to outscore the other team.
by Maria Russo in Holidays, Recipes, Shows, November 21st, 2015
It’s no secret that Cutthroat Kitchen host Alton Brown is game to try his hands at the eviliciousness he forces upon the competitors. Not only has he bobbed for doughnuts and walked the hamster wheel with Jet Tila, but he’s jumped into the ball pit with Simon Majumdar. On the latest installment of his After-Show, however, Alton sat out one sabotage in particular and made Antonia Lofaso take it on instead.
It was up to Antonia to blindly choose which challenge among three that she’d attempt, all of which Alton said “were especially cunning and horrible,” and ultimately she was saddled with making hushpuppies in the Hush Puppet Theatre. In true Antonia fashion, she quickly gauged the demands of the mirrored sabotage and adapted to its oddball stresses. But no sooner did she begin prep work of her hushpuppies did she encounter an unexpected challenge: Alton chatting next to her. “Shh. You’re confusing me,” she joked with him. As he wasn’t competing in this sabotage alongside her, he — and his chef hand puppet — could focus on making sure that she appreciated all of the eviliciousness this sabotage had to offer. But even though Alton may have stopped Antonia’s train of culinary thought, she looked to the host to help her in grabbing necessary equipment around the kitchen. “This is fun, isn’t it?” Alton asked the judge, though she wasn’t eager to agree. “This is actually the worst challenge I’ve ever been a part of,” Antonia admitted. No matter her struggles, she indeed managed to turn out impressive hushpuppies, as she said after seeing them for the first time, “These look fantastic.”
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, November 20th, 2015
No matter how many side dishes you’ve prepared or how lovely your tablescape may be on Thanksgiving, when it’s finally time for dinner on turkey day, your friends and family will be looking for, well, the turkey. This year, guarantee your juiciest, most-impressive bird yet with the help of the cast of The Kitchen. On this morning’s brand-new episode, the co-hosts shared a trio of holiday-worthy turkey recipes for both classic and creative takes on the traditional bird. Check out their picks below, then hear from all five co-hosts as they offer tried-and-true Thanksgiving hacks.
By cooking the turkey in pieces, as opposed to cooking a full, intact bird, Jeff Mauro guarantees his Easy Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey takes far less time to cook than a roasted turkey usually would. He dry brines the turkey with a salt rub, then roasts it with fresh celery, onion and garlic, as well as plenty of butter, for top taste.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, November 20th, 2015
Ten small but majorly talented bakers will be put to the test on Season 2 of Kids Baking Championship, premiering Monday, Jan. 4 at 8|7c. Hosts, mentors and judges Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli will lead the contestants, ranging in age from 10 to 13, through the difficult yet delicious challenges that test the kids’ baking skills. Pies, eclairs, macarons, cakes, cookies and more will be on the agenda. During the course of eight episodes, the kids will face eliminations until the best baker rises to the top, earning the title of Kids Baking Champion and $25,000.
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by Ricky Smith in Shows, November 20th, 2015
This past week, the bakers on Holiday Baking Championship made whoopie pies for the Pre Heat and candy-filled cakes for their Main Heat. Let’s just say that both were easier said than done. When it came to tasting the bakers’ whoopie pies, the judges couldn’t agree on the definition, because most of the treats definitely didn’t fit the mold. Actually, some bakers used molded pans, muffin tins or even sheet pans, as poor Susan did, cutting out rings of cake. When it came to the stuffed cake challenge, she tried to redeem herself by cooking a spherical cake modeled after an ornament; unfortunately, it collapsed under gravity. Relive some of the funniest moments from the episode in GIFs.
by Maria Russo in Shows, November 19th, 2015
This weekend, the Food Network chefs have you covered for all of your last-minute Thanksgiving needs. On Saturday morning, catch an all-new episode of The Kitchen featuring all of the co-hosts’ best turkey ideas, including Jeff Mauro’s Turkey in Pieces and Sunny Anderson’s Deep-Fried Turkey. Then, on Sunday night, don’t miss the All-Star Thanksgiving special featuring favorite recipes from Giada De Laurentiis, Ree Drummond, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Nancy Fuller and Damaris Phillips.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, November 19th, 2015
After hearing from her daughter that Stacey, the owner of Stella’s Dine-Inn Restaurant, needed help, Robert Irvine and his Restaurant: Impossible crew ambushed Stacey in an effort to rescue her New Kensington, Pa., eatery. When Robert arrived, he and his team were not only forced to contend with an oversize space that required a massive transformation, but also a sister-brother feud between Stacey and Dom, the cook at Stella’s. Read on below to hear from Stacey a few months after Stella’s reopening to see how the business is faring today.
Business has improved considerably since Robert and team completed their renovation of Stella’s, according to Stacey. “The first week after the show we did over half of our September sales. The second week we surpassed our September sales,” she explains. “The third week we did more than all of July and August.” She adds that the updated decor has gone over well, as she notes that the look “is so open and fresh.”
by Maria Russo in Shows, November 19th, 2015
A whole new cast of culinary misfits is entering Season 8 of Worst Cooks in America, which premieres Sunday, Jan. 3 at 9|8c. Five-time winner Anne, mentoring the Red Team, will once again go up against the Blue Team’s Tyler as each leads home cooks through intense challenges to train them to become better cooks in the kitchen. The single contestant who gains the most skills and makes the most-impressive transformation will be awarded a $25,000 grand prize, in addition to gaining bragging rights for his or her coach.
by Maria Russo in Shows, November 18th, 2015
If Chef Rocco DiSpirito’s struggle with this challenge was any indication, Alton Brown‘s black-and-white prep station, which demands identically mirrored, side-by-side cooking with both hands, is one doozy of a sabotage. The chef ultimately lost the Heat 3 battle of the Superstar Sabotage tournament to Chef Fabio Viviani on account of mismatched sweetness levels in his cake halves. But after Fabio claimed the crown, Alton and Jet Tila, the judge of the day, tried their hands at the same black-and-white workstation to see who could turn out the batter for Alton’s evilicious Doom Cake recipe — which, the host admitted, “doesn’t actually make cake, by the way” — in the least amount of time.
It didn’t take Jet long to realize the demands of the challenge, especially as he encountered the second ingredient in Alton’s cake: a mere 7 ounces, not a full 8-ounce cup, of milk. “You are so evil. I got to tell you,” the judge told Alton. While both guys looked to creative shortcuts while working one-handed, when Alton took his turn at the sabotage, he managed to finish the recipe nearly a minute faster than Jet did, though the host admitted to the judge, “I think your batters are more consistent.”
Alton Brown isn’t shy about doling out diabolical sabotages to anyone and everyone who enters the hallowed Cutthroat Kitchen arena, including grandmas, firefighters, the judges he keeps on hand and the A-list chefs on Superstar Sabotage. In this brand-new series, 16 all-star professionals, all renowned in their field, have agreed to subject themselves to Alton’s eviliciousness. While most will ultimately fall in their quest for Cutthroat glory, a few will shine — one in each of the four preliminary rounds and one of them again in the tournament finale. Check back to FN Dish after each episode to hear from the latest round’s winner in an exclusive interview. If you haven’t watched tonight’s new episode, read no further, because we’re about to break down the ins and outs of the battle.