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What to Watch: Cook Like a Pro with Ina Garten and a Burger Battle on Triple G

by in Shows, May 26th, 2017

Roast Chicken with Radishes

It’s almost Memorial Day weekend, but there’s still plenty of time to get some new recipes to add to your backyard barbecue menu. On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is cleaning out her fridge and utilizing leftover ingredients to make a menu including Chicken Alfredo, gazpacho and Lemon Rice Pudding. Then, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are grilling up a storm and Valerie Bertinelli is making a menu of grill-tastic dishes including breakfast, lunch and dinner. On Sunday morning, Ina Garten is sharing her tips for cooking chicken like a professional chef and Ayesha Curry is making southern style barbecue for a family dinner.

On Sunday evening, the remaining competitors on Comeback Kitchen are cooking with forgotten pantry ingredients and presenting their dish during a live web stream, and on Guy’s Grocery Games, four burger masters are making classic burgers without any of the classic ingredients.

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Exclusive: Chatting with the Newly Crowned Iron Chef Stephanie Izard

by in Shows, May 21st, 2017

Iron Chef GauntletThere’s reason to celebrate in kitchens everywhere tonight: For the first time since 2012, a new Iron Chef has joined the Chairman’s esteemed ranks. Stephanie Izard, a chef and restaurateur based in Chicago, defeated not only six challengers to earn the right to run the gauntlet but also a trio of Iron Chefs — Bobby Flay, Michael Symon and Masaharu Morimoto — following a series of three epic battles on Iron Chef Gauntlet. Each of these showdowns featured a different Secret Ingredient, and it was up to her to decide with which Iron Chef she wanted to do battle as each altar was revealed. It took only the first heat to realize that she wasn’t going to make this mission easy on herself, as she chose to face off against undisputed pepper king and Southwestern-cooking master Iron Chef Flay in Battle Pepper. From there, she challenged Iron Chef Symon to Battle Cheese and Iron Chef Morimoto, a seafood guru, to Battle Tilefish. And though she fell to Iron Chef Flay in the first heat, she ultimately out-cooked Iron Chefs Symon and Morimoto to best their combined score by three precious points.

We were on set with Chef Izard became Iron Chef Izard and caught up with her moments after her momentous victory. Read on below to get her take on where she went wrong in Battle Pepper, and find out why she told us, “I made the challenges as hard as possible for myself.”

Congratulations, Iron Chef! Take us back to the moments before Alton announced the results. You see an empty fourth podium, one that you could potentially take your place on as an Iron Chef. What was going through your mind?
Stephanie Izard: I had a feeling that Iron Chef Flay had beat me by a couple points, and I had a feeling that I had beat Symon by, hopefully, more than a couple points. … Morimoto made a soup and I made a soup, and in my mind, I was thinking, “I wonder which — even just coming down to which soup would you want to eat more.” I feel like the Iron Chefs are like: “All right, all right. You can be in our club.”

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What to Watch: Ree’s Breakfast Hacks and The Final Battle on Iron Chef Gauntlet

by in Shows, May 19th, 2017

Iron Chef Gauntlet

Stay out of the heat, grab a seat on the couch, and spend this weekend learning some new recipes from your favorite Food Network cooks. On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is experimenting with breakfast, testing new recipes, hacks and make-ahead meals. Then, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are testing out some new flavor combinations, and on Sunday morning, Ayesha Curry is making a citrus-based menu for a ladies’ lunch.

On Sunday evening, Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence are back on Comeback Kitchen to see which former Food Network Star finalist will get another chance at stardom. After that, Chef Stephanie Izard enters The Gauntlet to battle Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Symon for a chance to enter the ranks of the esteemed Iron Chefs. Then, finish up the weekend by visiting some of the Iron Chef stars’ favorite spicy and seafood-centric restaurants.

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Exclusive: Chef Stephanie Izard Looks Ahead to the Gauntlet

by in Shows, May 15th, 2017

Iron Chef GauntletFresh off a grueling five-week competition that saw both high and low moments for each competitor, Chef Stephanie Izard has bested her fellow challengers and has earned the right to advance to next week’s Iron Chef Gauntlet finale, where she’ll compete in the gauntlet. This three-tiered face-off will see her pitted against no fewer than three famed Iron Chefs — Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Symon — all for the chance to claim that coveted title for herself.

We checked in with Chef Izard moments after she learned of her victory over Chef Sarah Grueneberg in the Secret Ingredient Showdown and chatted about what awaits her next week. Read on below for an exclusive interview.

Congratulations! You’re officially headed to the Gauntlet. How are you feeling?
Stephanie Izard: Good. I’m relieved. … Now I’m just already in the zone. What are three dishes that I have not made thus far that I can bust out?

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One-on-One with the Latest Iron Chef Gauntlet Challenger to Go Home

by in Shows, May 15th, 2017

Iron Chef GauntletWith the title of Iron Chef on the line, the stakes for the seven Iron Chef Gauntlet challengers couldn’t be higher. Of course each of them craves the opportunity to run the gauntlet against a trio of revered Iron Chefs, but ultimately six will fall in their quest to do so. After each week’s new episode, check back here to find an exclusive exit interview with the chef most recently eliminated. Today, we’re set to break down the latest episode, so if you haven’t watched it yet, don’t read on until you do.

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One-on-One with the Latest Iron Chef Gauntlet Challenger to Go Home

by in Shows, May 15th, 2017

Iron Chef GauntletWith the title of Iron Chef on the line, the stakes for the seven Iron Chef Gauntlet challengers couldn’t be higher. Of course each of them craves the opportunity to run the gauntlet against a trio of revered Iron Chefs, but ultimately six will fall in their quest to do so. After each week’s new episode, check back here to find an exclusive exit interview with the chef most recently eliminated. Today, we’re set to break down the latest episode, so if you haven’t watched it yet, don’t read on until you do.

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What to Watch: Meals Perfect for Celebrating Mom and a Surprise Elimination on Iron Chef Gauntlet

by in Shows, May 12th, 2017

Iron Chef Gauntlet

This weekend is all about mom, and what better way to show her you care than by making some homemade dishes from some of your favorite Food Network cooks? On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is making some of her kids’ favorite meals like Broccoli Cheese Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Chicken Noodle Soup and Vanilla Yogurt Berry Parfaits. Then, the co-hosts on the kitchen are having a Mother’s Day tea party with actress Susan Lucci, and later Valerie Bertinelli is making a family feast using some of her mom’s favorite recipes.

On Sunday afternoon, Giada De Laurentiis is making a sunset dinner for her mother and daughter, and Ayesha Curry is serving breakfast for dinner at an adult slumber party. On Sunday evening, three Triple G judges and their moms are shopping and cooking their way to a chance at winning $20,000 for charity, and on Iron Chef Gauntlet, we’ll find out which competitor will enter the gauntlet and compete against Bobby Flay, Michael Symon and Masaharu Morimoto for the chance to become an Iron Chef. Then, it’s all about sandwiches and meat on Iron Chef Eats.

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Alex Guarnaschelli on the Secret to Iron Chef Success, the Mistakes She Won’t Forgive and a Certain Risotto by Bobby Flay

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, May 12th, 2017

Iron Chef GauntletAfter competing in not one but two seasons of The Next Iron Chef, Alex Guarnaschelli ultimately earned the coveted title in December of 2012, which means she’s all too familiar with the nerves and hopes the remaining Iron Chef Gauntlet contestants are feeling right now. On Sunday, she and Ching-He Huang will come together to judge the final Secret Ingredient Showdown, an all-important battle, as it’s the last before one challenger advances to the gauntlet.

We chatted with Alex to find out what it’s like for her to reenter the world of Iron Chef, not as a competitor this time but as a judge. It turns out, though, that being on the other side of the table doesn’t eliminate her anxieties. “I still get up in the middle of the night and have night sweats from this competition,” she told us. Taking on this role, however, means that she will expect exemplary work, especially when so much is on the line. Read on below to get her take in this exclusive one-on-one interview.

You know better than most what it’s like to both compete on and judge Iron Chef. What’s it like to be back in this world?
Alex Guarnaschelli: I still get up in the middle of the night and have night sweats from this competition, like, “The eggplant is overcooked!” The tagline was, and is, “The only title that matters.” And I think that really is still true. I think people still feel that way. It’s very iconic, and I don’t think that ever dissipates with time. And I think it’s been napping gently under a tree, and now it’s time to wake up.

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Chopped Junior Champions Return to Compete for the Ultimate Prize

by in Shows, May 11th, 2017

Chopped Junior ChampionsSixteen former Chopped Junior winners return to prove that they have what it takes to beat the odds and be victorious in the five-part tournament, Chopped Junior: Champions, premiering Tuesday, May 30 at 8|7c. These young hot shots must take on mystery baskets in three rounds – appetizer, entree, dessert – and create dishes that impress a rotating panel of judges, including Maneet Chauhan, Alex Guarnaschelli, Kristen Kish, Marc Murphy, Marcus Samuelsson and Dale Talde. The winners from the individual heats will meet to compete in the grand finale on Tuesday, June 27 to determine which junior chef walks away with a cash prize of $25,000 to jump start their dreams!

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One-on-One with the latest Iron Chef Gauntlet Challenger to Go Home

by in Shows, May 8th, 2017

Iron Chef GauntletWith the title of Iron Chef on the line, the stakes for the seven Iron Chef Gauntlet challengers couldn’t be higher. Of course each of them craves the opportunity to run the gauntlet against a trio of revered Iron Chefs, but ultimately six will fall in their quest to do so. After each week’s new episode, check back here to find an exclusive exit interview with the chef most recently eliminated. Today, we’re set to break down the latest episode, so if you haven’t watched it yet, don’t read on until you do.

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