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One-on-One with the Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay, Part 1 Champion

by in Shows, October 20th, 2016

Jay and Demetrio start the dessert roundIn the new Chopped tournament, 12 former Chopped champions are getting the chance to go up against Bobby Flay in battle. In every round, four chefs compete to earn a spot in the finale, at the end of which one single champion will get the opportunity of a lifetime, to cook head-to-head against a Food Network great. With $40,000 on the line, the stakes are high, the pressure is on and the cooks are ready to show what they’ve got. In Part 1, chefs Jay Abrams, Mackenzie Hilton, Bradley Stellings and Demetrio Zavala cooked for their lives, but only one earned the win and the first spot in the tournament’s finale.

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Exclusive Interview with the Latest Celebrity Worst Cook to Be Eliminated

by in Shows, October 19th, 2016

Elimination challengeThis week on Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, the recruits were tested on teamwork, communication skills and complex cooking techniques. We saw the return of Remote Control Chef, which had each team directing their mentor in cooking a recipe. The teams came together and worked well under the pressure. The Main Dish challenge, however, would prove to be an exercise in frustration for some, especially when it came to using a vast array of unfamiliar spices. The Red Team’s Matt and the Blue Team’s John ended up being nominated for the elimination challenge, where both had to create their own kebabs in order to save themselves. But an accident almost derailed one of the recruits. Find out who got sent home and who saved himself to cook another week.

Spoiler alert: Read on for an interview with the eliminated celebrity.

Bobby Flay Reveals His Competitive Strategy Ahead of the New Chopped Tournament

by in Shows, October 18th, 2016

Bobby Flay with Ted AllenFor the first time in Chopped history, Bobby Flay is entering the arena, initially as a judge and then as a competitor. In the new tournament Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay, premiering on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 9|8c, 12 chefs will try their luck in three preliminary rounds. Three champions will make it into a final round, and at the end of it the single best competitor will get the chance to battle Bobby in a wild-card round, which will determine if it’s even possible to beat the master of competition himself, Bobby Flay.

FN Dish caught up with the indomitable Bobby on the set of Chopped to chat about how he’s judging the competition, what he expects from the final round, his advice for the chefs and what it takes to beat him. Read on to learn Bobby’s best traits in competition.

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11 Easy Weeknight Dinners You Can Make with Ground Beef

by in Family, Shows, October 17th, 2016

Greek-Style Stuffed PeppersGround beef just may be the most-versatile ingredient around, and these recipes, featuring Asian, Italian, Greek and more bold flavors, are ideal for fuss-free family dinners.

Greek-Style Stuffed Peppers (pictured above)
This recipe for this amazingly flavorful dinner uses two smart shortcuts: You don’t have to cook the meat in a separate pan first, and by cutting the peppers horizontally you’ll save on cooking time too. Just pair the meal with a big loaf of crusty bread and call the kids to the table.

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Chopped Junior-Inspired Lunchboxes: Turkey and Cheese Mummy Kebabs

by in Recipes, Shows, October 15th, 2016

Mummy KebabsBy Angela Carlos

A recent Halloween episode of Chopped Junior wasn’t exactly business as usual. We’ve seen some pretty outrageous mystery basket ingredients over the many seasons of Chopped and Chopped Junior, but a vile of vampire blood? That certainly was a first.

Neither the zombie scabs (jerky) nor the bloody guts (pastry dough with raspberry jam) slowed down the young contestants, who fought for the $10,000 prize and cooked their way through the spooky mystery basket ingredients.

For this week’s Chopped Junior-inspired lunchbox idea, we borrowed from the haunted, crafty theme to make turkey and cheese mummy kebabs.

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Your Whole-Week Shopping List: Here’s What You Need to Make Dinner Monday Through Friday

by in Shows, October 15th, 2016

The KitchenKids’ sports practices, your pets’ vet appointments, your work demands and all the things that will inevitable arise at the very last minute — there are countless reasons why weeknights are hectic, but that doesn’t mean dinner should get pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. Instead of resorting to delivery pizza or your usual takeout order when time is tight, opt for these family-friendly meals from The Kitchen. On this morning’s all-new episode, the co-hosts devoted the entire hour to showcasing recipes that are both quick to prep and easy enough to make on busy evenings. The secret lies in being prepared — having everything you need to make dinner on hand — and relying on a few no-shame shortcuts from the grocery store.

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What to Watch: Ina Garten Cooks a Birthday Meal for Jeffrey and Triple G Chefs Make Guilty Pleasure Foods

by in Shows, October 14th, 2016

Barefoot Contessa
While the leaves are falling outside, stay in this weekend and get some new recipes from your favorite Food Network chefs. Head over to the ranch on Saturday morning as Ree Drummond is testing out some new recipes for chicken-fried steak, chocolate pie and homemade biscuits. Then, take a trip to Nashville, where Trisha Yearwood and her sister, Beth, are trying their hands at Chopped. Trisha’s making an appetizer, entree and dessert from a basket of mystery ingredients. After that, The Kitchen co-hosts are making a week’s worth of dinners and sharing some tips to make mealtime easier. And then Valerie Bertinelli brews a beer-centric menu with slow-cooker pulled pork and a beer-infused milkshake.

On Sunday morning Guy Fieri is making homemade versions of Thai takeout favorites, like red beef curry and Coconut Jasmine Rice. Then, it’s Jeffrey’s birthday, and Ina Garten is making him an Italian feast featuring her roasted meatballs, Creamy Parmesan Polenta and Bruschetta with Sauteed Chard. After that, Sandra Lee’s bringing the spooky and revisiting some of her best costumes and favorite treats from Halloweens past.

On Sunday night, head over to Flavortown Market, where four chefs are making their most-decadent dishes; then, tune in to Halloween Wars, where the four remaining teams must capture the horror of a two-faced monster. Finish off the weekend with a bit of wedded bliss, as Duff Goodman and Lorraine Pascale have their worst bakers sculpt wedding cake toppers and bake four-layer celebration cakes.

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Grannies Get Competitive on the Upcoming Series Clash of the Grandmas

by in Shows, October 13th, 2016

Clash of the GrandmasJust when you think you know what to expect from grandmas — knitted scarves, cozy quilts or sweet apple pies, perhaps — the ladies competing on the all-new series Clash of the Grandmas are here to dispel those stereotypes once and for all (though they may still bring the apple pie).

Premiering Sunday, Nov. 13 at 10|9c, Clash of the Grandmas will feature four grandmothers each week as they battle in a series of holiday-themed face-offs. These grannies, each boasting undeniable culinary chops, have time-honored recipes in their repertoires and a knack for delivering tried-and-true comfort. It will be up to them to showcase their skills in unexpected challenges if they want to outcook each other and take home the coveted prize of $10,000.

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Exclusive Interview with the Next Celebrity Worst Cook to Be Eliminated

by in Shows, October 12th, 2016

Blue TeamIn a surprise turn of events last week on Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, no recruit was eliminated from Boot Camp. But this week that wasn’t the case. Facing a chicken-and-waffles challenge may have seemed dandy at the first mention, but once Chef Anne revealed there would be chicken butchering involved, everyone was terrified. Executing that task was a challenge, and cooking the chicken through was yet another — one that Matt and Mindy couldn’t accomplish. The two ended up in the elimination round, where (surprise!) they had to butcher chickens once again for the mentors to judge blind. The recruit with the best and most pieces would get a pass to next week, and the other would be sent home.

Spoiler alert: Read on for an interview with the eliminated celebrity.

“I Couldn’t Put You in a Box in a Box” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, October 10th, 2016

If the first two weeks of Cutthroat Kitchen: Tournament of Terror were any indication, Alton Brown is not holding back when it comes to his or the judges’ costumes. (Remember when Alton rolled in on a dolly while wearing a Hannibal Lecter mask in Heat 1?) This week’s installment, the third heat in the tournament, was no exception, with Alton sporting an alien getup and Jet Tila transforming himself into Jetbot 2000, a straightedged robot with decidedly clunky arms and legs. During the competition, Jet had a tricky time navigating the stairs into the kitchen, and on the After-Show, his struggles only continued.

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