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Bringing Back a Classic: Amanda Freitag Chats About American Diner Revival

by in Restaurants, Shows, May 19th, 2015

Amanda FreitagWhy do we love the American diner? It’s because you know what to expect: a broad menu with the classic dishes you love, friendly service and a comfortable family environment. On American Diner Revival, premiering May 22 at 10:30|9:30c, the goal is not to change that definition of a diner, but to take it to the next level. While home improvement expert Ty Pennington remodels the interior and exterior of each diner, Amanda Freitag takes a look at the menus and finds ways to give them new life, by striking the right balance between old and new. Sometimes it means a menu overhaul, but in most cases it’s tweaking the dishes to encourage an influx of new customers while still keeping a constant flow of regulars.

FN Dish recently caught up with Amanda to chat about the show and how she approaches the challenge as a diner owner herself.

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Double the Fun, Double the Challenge: Cake and Ice Cream on Spring Baking Championship — Duff’s Recap of Episode 4

by in Shows, May 18th, 2015

BakersAlright, baking fans, things are getting serious. Last week proved how tough this competition is: Juliana, an immensely talented baker, had to go home. Tough break, but that’s Spring Baking Championship. This week the remaining five bakers started their challenge by making desserts on a stick. Anyone who has been to any state fair knows that making food on a stick is about as American as it gets. Hopefully Damiano has been to a state fair; if not, we will be regaled by tales of a stick-free Italy while he makes something incredibly delicious. Andy seemed a bit worried about desserts on sticks when he said, “They don’t teach this in culinary school.” But I was convinced he was being modest. Dwayne went three for three in the first three challenges and hasn’t been back on the podium since, and I know that he’s hungry for it. He’s a sweet guy, but he has the eye of the tiger.

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“This Is a Real Test of Teamwork” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, May 17th, 2015

What with its penchant for ruthless sabotage, Cutthroat Kitchen is surely an every-chef-for-himself-or-herself competition, but that doesn’t stop host Alton Brown from auctioning off a few strategically chosen team challenges. These unexpected tests force the rivals to learn to work together in the midst of their efforts at self-preservation, as was the case tonight during the fifth and final round of the Evilicious tournament, in which four previous victors came back for the chance to score the ultimate win and take home an additional $50,000.

With not one but two team sabotages up for grabs throughout the battle, the contestants quickly realized that their success was dependent on someone else’s agenda during the prep time. “This is a real test of teamwork,” Simon Majumdar noted of the Round 2 seesaw sabotage during the After-Show. He wondered how the two rivals split their time between working on their own dish and waiting for the other person to prep, and Alton told him simply, “They had to work it out.” Both Chef Yaku and Chef Jernard indeed managed to complete their dishes despite their teeter-tottering high above the arena, though Alton admitted, “This does explain why both of those chefs delivered the small amount of food they did.”

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What to Watch: Great Party Recipes and A Birthday Cake Bake-Off on Spring Baking Championship

by in Shows, May 15th, 2015

Spring Baking ChampionshipStart off your weekend with new episodes of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen and The Kitchen this Saturday morning on Food Network. Join Trisha Yearwood as she cooks up a perfect meal to help jump-start a healthy diet with dishes like Kale and Chorizo Soup and Smashed Sweet Pea Burgers. Then, the cast of The Kitchen is showing off their new deck plus great seasonal recipes and cooking tips. On Sunday, kick off the day with Giada De Laurentiis as she hosts a modern-day tea party on Giada at Home. Then, on Farmhouse Rules, Nancy Fuller has a lineup of artsy appetizers for a special cocktail party she’s catering in town.

The competition fun begins Sunday night at 8|7c with a fresh episode of Guy’s Grocery Games. Watch Spring Baking Championship at 9|8c to see which bakers come out on top in a birthday cake competition. Lastly, catch a new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen and watch as chefs try to make meatballs in a ball pit and a teriyaki dinner while on a seesaw, and more.

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Restaurant Revisited: Bad JuJu at The JuJu Bag

by in Shows, May 13th, 2015

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: ImpossibleIt was a perfect storm of sorts at The JuJu Bag in New Orleans when Robert Irvine first arrived at this part cafe, part barber salon: inferior food coming out of an ill-equipped kitchen, wall-to-wall oddball decor not fit for a restaurant, and an owner who was resistant to change. With limited time to work, it was up to Robert Irvine and his Restaurant: Impossible team to not only convince owners Tommye Myrick and Phyllis Johnson that their business was in need of a serious overhaul, but also to transform a dining space and a working salon. Read on below to hear from Tommye, aka the Director of the business, to find out how The JuJu Bag is doing today.

“We have taken Robert’s suggestions,” Tommye says, adding that they’ve downsized their staff and changed their hours “to fit the needs of the community.”

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One-on-One with the Chopped All-Stars, Part 3 Winner

by in Shows, May 12th, 2015

Michael and AntoniaCelebrated chefs from around the country have entered Season 4 of the Chopped All-Stars tournament for a chance to walk away victorious. For many it’s not their first time setting foot in the hallowed kitchen, but for others it’s their first attempt at cooking with and transforming mystery basket ingredients. On the line is the largest prize yet, $75,000 for charity. In Part 3 Antonia Lofaso, Cat Cora, Marcel Vigneron and Michael Psilakis brought their best game to the competition, but in the end it all came down to the one who best dealt with the baskets. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the Part 3 winner.

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Celebrating Moms on Spring Baking Championship — Duff’s Recap of Episode 3

by in Shows, May 11th, 2015

BakersAs a chef, my biggest inspiration is my mom, so what better way to show her my appreciation than to cook for her on Mother’s Day? I’m on the road right now, Mom, but when I get back, I got a treat for you!

This week on Spring Baking Championship we asked all the bakers to bake for their moms. The first thing they had to make was something yummy using coffee and cream. I loved this challenge. I’m not a daily coffee drinker, but I love the flavor of coffee and I frequently try to use coffee desserts when writing menus. Here’s a fun fact: Coffee is to chocolate like salt is to beef. A little bit of coffee in a chocolate dessert will really make those chocolate flavors stand out without tasting like coffee. Try it next time you are baking a chocolate cake; you’ll be amazed. Now onto the competition.

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Meet Cutthroat Kitchen’s Newest Models — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, May 10th, 2015

Just when you think you’ve seen it all on Cutthroat Kitchen, host Alton Brown unveils a next-level sabotage that just may take the cake in terms of creativity — and downright hilariousness. During tonight’s Heat 4 of the Evilicious tournament, the Round 2 dish was veal Milanese, and in true Milanese style, fashion was the name of the game. Two chefs strutted their stuff and struck more than a few poses as they walked from one catwalk to another, donning culinary getups complete with all of their allowed cooking tools. For Chef Tregaye, who, along with Chef Yaku, was saddled with this sabotage, the fashion show was less of a challenge and more of an enjoyable time for dress-up. “This might be the funnest sabotage ever,” she said. And it appears that Alton and Simon Majumdar, the guest of the day, would likely agree after the two of them attempted this very sabotage as well.

“No, you look like a deranged Terminator,” Simon jokingly told Alton after the host showed off his runway moves. To show Alton how it’s done, the judge took the floor, ending his impromptu catwalk with a fierce “sizzle.”

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Chewy vs. Crispy: How Do You Like Your Chocolate Chip Cookies?

by in Shows, May 9th, 2015

Chocolate Chip CookiesThis morning’s brand-new episode of The Kitchen was all about moms. From brunch-ready recipes like baked eggs to pretty, edible gift ideas, the Mother’s Day celebrations were in full effect, especially when it came time to make a treat Mom’s likely known for: the chocolate chip cookie. Katie Lee’s go-to cookie (pictured above) featured brown sugar, which promises a chewy bite. As the cast explained in their go-to guide to chocolate chippers, if you were to leave out the brown sugar, the end result would be a bit crispier.

FN Dish wants to know what the ultimate chocolate chip cookie looks — and tastes — like to you. Do you prefer it a dark-golden color with a crispy, crunchy texture, or do you prefer the cookie with a soft, chewy center? Let us know by voting in the poll below.

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What to Watch: Celebrate Mother’s Day all Weekend Long with Food Network

by in Shows, May 8th, 2015

Damaris PhillipsThis weekend on Food Network, join your favorite chefs as they celebrate Mother’s Day with family-favorite recipes and quality time in the kitchen. On Saturday morning, tune in for new episodes of The Pioneer Woman, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen and The Kitchen for great recipes like Lobster Mac and Cheese from Ree Drummond, Apple Chocolate Cake from Trisha Yearwood and surprising muffin-tin dinners from the cast of The Kitchen.

On Sunday, stay tuned for more family fun and unbeatable recipes on Giada at Home, Southern at Heart and Farmhouse Rules. The festivities continue through Sunday night’s competition, with Guy’s Grocery Games and Spring Baking Championship. First, watch as four moms compete for the ultimate Mother’s Day gift of a shopping spree worth up to $20,000 on Guy’s Grocery Games. Then, on Spring Baking Championship, the skilled bakers must whip up an impressive and festive brunch for Mother’s Day. Last but not least, Cutthroat Kitchen is on at 10|9c with new challenging sabotages and hysterical obstacles.

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