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Chatting with Natalie Sideserf, a Star of the New Series Texas Cake House

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, June 21st, 2017

Natalie SideserfLet’s just say that Natalie Sideserf isn’t your everyday cake decorator. While many bakers look to a sheet of fondant and a few roses to craft a birthday cake, Natalie pushes the limits of what you know cake to be by building from the base up hyper-realistic designs that are as much works of art as they are desert. Together with her husband and business partner, Dave, Natalie will offer fans an insider’s look at the start-to-finish process she and her team employ on their all-new series, Texas Cake House. The show premieres on Monday, July 10 at 9|8c, but we caught up with Natalie ahead of time to learn more about her style in the kitchen and the business she and Dave run, Sideserf Cake Studio.

How did you get started in this business? 
Natalie Sideserf: After graduating from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, my friend Kelsey suggested I try to make a sculpted cow skull cake for our friend’s upcoming birthday. I gave it a try and immediately realized I had found the thing I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Being able to combine my love of food and art is a dream come true.

Where did you learn to sculpt cake?
NS: I learned the basics of cake decorating while working at local bakeries, but I taught myself how to create elaborate cake sculptures by experimenting at home. It has taken me many years of practice, and I still learn something new with every cake.

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Chopped Grill Masters Is Back with Barbecuers, Grillers and Chefs Facing Off for $50,000

by in Shows, June 20th, 2017

Chopped Grill MastersSixteen of the most talented grilling professionals are heading outdoors to get ready for a showdown in the return of Chopped Grill Masters, premiering Tuesday, August 1 at 10|9c. Hosted by Ted Allen, and featuring a rotating panel of Chopped judges and special guests, each episode sees four Grill Masters competing over three rounds — appetizer, entree and dessert — as they showcase their exceptional skills, with only charcoal and propane grills, and a smoker at their disposal. The goal, to create unique dishes utilizing the mystery basket of ingredients to impress the judges, while also battling the outdoor elements. The winner from each heat of the five-part tournament earns a spot in the grand finale, where they will compete for the grand prize of $50,000 and a Napa Valley dream vacation.

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What to Watch: Father’s Day Festivities on The Kitchen and a Culinary Adventure on Food Network Star

by in Shows, June 16th, 2017

Food Network Star
This weekend is all about dad, and on Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is making a cowboy feast for her husband, Ladd, and her father-in-law, Chuck. She’s whipping up Breakfast Grits, steak and her mom’s Apple Dumplings. Then the co-hosts on The Kitchen are celebrating dad with a golf course-themed dessert and some basketball cupcakes.

On Sunday morning, Ina Garten is taking the fear out of typically daunting dishes like Souffle a L’orange and Ayesha Curry is using new ingredients to make a date night dinner for her husband, Stephen.

On Sunday evening, teams of dads and their kids are cooking up classic family recipes in Flavortown Market, and on Food Network Star, the finalists will become one with the elements when they’re tasked with making jungle appetizers and a main course in the desert.

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What to Watch: Summer Sides on The Kitchen and Guest Judge Sandra Lee on Food Network Star

by in Shows, June 9th, 2017

Food Network Star
On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is making the most important meal of the day, and she’s doing it the cowboy way. For her husband, Ladd, Ree whips up a Farmer’s Breakfast complete with eggs, ham, sausage and Crispy Bits Breakfast Potatoes. Then, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are sharing some of their favorite summer side dishes. On Sunday afternoon, Ina Garten is making pasta like a pro and Ayesha Curry is hosting a decadent ladies’ brunch.

On Sunday evening, Flavortown Market is giving defeated chefs a chance at redemption, but they’ll have to cook against their former competitors, and on Food Network Star, the finalists are making dishes for a ballroom of guests to celebrate Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

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What to Watch: Weeknight Dinners with Ina Garten and the Premiere of Food Network Star

by in Shows, June 2nd, 2017

Food Network Star
Start your weekend with Ree Drummond as she turns regular, everyday ingredients into delicious and indulgent dishes like Roasted Garlic and Four-Cheese Pull-Apart Bread. Then, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are cooking with the flavors of summer and sharing tips and tricks for hosting an outdoor party. On Sunday morning, Ina Garten is making weeknight dinners, and later, Ayesha Curry is celebrating her heritage with a Jamaican-inspired menu.

On Sunday evening, it’s the final round of Comeback Kitchen and the competitors must pull out all the stops and impress Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence with both their cooking and hosting skills when they each throw a dinner party. Then, it’s the premiere of season 13 of Food Network Star where we’ll meet the new competitors, the winner of Comeback Kitchen will be revealed, and guest judges Robert Irvine and Monte Carlo will help Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis decide who will be the first competitor to go home.

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Audrey and Jeff Dunham Reveal Their Best Bites from Incredible Edible America

by in Shows, June 2nd, 2017

Audrey and Jeff Dunham with The KingOn the new series Incredible Edible America, Mondays at 10|9c, comedian Jeff Dunham and his wife Audrey go on a cross-country road trip, on the hunt for the best eats the nation has to offer. The route follows along Jeff’s tour schedule — so you may even see some of his nutty and loveable characters make cameos on the show. Even they wanted to get in on the eating action, because these foods are too unique to miss.

FN Dish chatted with the couple to find out their most-memorable eats during the trip, and what impressed them most about the locations. There’s one sandwich named after the king of Rock and Roll that stood out.

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Duff Goldman Sweetens Up the Grocery Aisles on Dessert Games

by in Shows, June 1st, 2017

Dessert GamesGuy Fieri has handed the keys to his grocery store over to dessert master Duff Goldman and given Duff carte blanche to remodel the store, restock the shelves and sugarcoat his grocery games. Every week, starting Monday, July 10 at 8|7c, Duff will test the skills of a new batch of four pastry chefs as they race the aisles shopping, preparing and plating confectionary creations in three rounds of epic baking challenges. Those will include preparing desserts using savory ingredients, making store-bought treat makeovers, baking dessert imposters and more. The contestants must use shopping shortcuts and food hacks to rise to the top. The one that impresses a rotating panel of judges with their baking will earn a grand prize of $10,000!

Fans craving more can visit FoodNetwork.com/DessertGames for competition highlights, and can learn more about Duff Goldman and the panel of judges. They can share on social media using #DessertGames.

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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