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What to Watch: Christmas Brunches and a Special Restaurant: Impossible

by in Shows, December 6th, 2013

Trisha YearwoodThis weekend on Food Network, the holiday parties are in full swing. On Saturday, watch Ree host a Christmas cocktail party for her friends and family. Then Trisha invites her band over for a special brunch, complete with a jam session. Later, Giada throws a Christmas brunch with the help of her aunt Raffy. In the evening, watch a special comedy-themed episode of Cupcake Wars.

Start off Sunday morning with a feast from Guy as he prepares grilled swordfish for a holiday meal, complete with healthy and seasonal sides. On Farmhouse Rules, Nancy and her husband are celebrating their wedding anniversary and he’s planned a surprise hot air balloon ride. In the evening, watch all-new episodes of Guy’s Grocery Games and Restaurant Express, followed by a special holiday edition of Restaurant: Impossible where Robert gives back to the hurricane-torn Jersey Shore.

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Seafood vs. Italian: Which Restaurant Divided Concept Did You Like Better?

by in Shows, December 5th, 2013

Restaurant DividedIt was father versus son at Michael’s Porthole in Oceanside, N.Y., when Rocco DiSpirito entered the restaurant for the first time. Specializing in seafood, this waterfront eatery was on the brink of closure after a series of devastating accidents and natural tragedies, and while owner Mike Rodonis Sr. was committed to making its fish-focused menu work long-term, his son, Mike Rodonis Jr., who is also the chef at the restaurant, believed that a brand-new Italian concept was needed to jump-start the restaurant’s profitability. Rocco had no choice but to divided the space and pursue both ideas before ultimately determining which offered the greatest opportunity for lasting success.

Working with his Restaurant Divided team, Rocco transformed one half of the interior of Michael’s Porthole into Mike Jr.’s Il Portello, serving Italian-inspired appetizers, and converted the other half into Mike Sr.’s Canal House Grill, a made-over version of the existing restaurant. Rocco helped both guys tweak their menus to be both business-smart and appealing to customers, then the father and son served separate meals to customers and critics alike. After considering both business’ viability and hearing from diners, Rocco announced that the concept of Il Portello is stronger.

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Restaurant Revisited: Unfixable Family at Mike La Susa’s Italian Restaurant

by in Shows, December 4th, 2013

Restaurant: ImpossibleIt didn’t take long for Robert Irvine to realize he was facing two missions at Mike La Susa’s Italian Restaurant in Oak Creek, Wis. Not only was he to overhaul the decor and reinvent the menu, but he also had to contend with the family, owners Patrick and Mary, plus their son, Mike. This trio was barely able to communicate with each other when Robert arrived, and it was up to him to attempt to see to the root of their problems while working with his Restaurant: Impossible team to transform the failing eatery into a welcoming, comfortable space. With a budget of only $10,000 and just two days to institute changes, Robert ultimately reopened Mike La Susa’s to a crowd of customers. Read on below for an exclusive update on how the restaurant is doing today.

Mike is enjoying the updated menu, although business has struggled a bit since the transformation, as the changes in the list of offerings have been difficult for longtime customers to accept. He’s still the main cook, and he is planning to eventually add some of the original dishes back to the menu.

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Watch the Top 5 Tough Love Moments on Restaurant: Impossible

by in Shows, December 3rd, 2013

Much of the work Robert Irvine does on Restaurant: Impossible focuses on showing business owners and their employees where they’ve made mistakes in the past and how they can best fix them going forward. To teach those lessons, however, so that the staff will learn once and for all how to avoid similar struggles in the future, Robert is forced to be brutally honest in his assessment of the restaurant’s design, its food and the management skills of its leaders. It’s ultimately for the betterment of the business that Robert shares his tough love in the form of constructive criticism and unhindered remarks about what he’s seeing and tasting at the restaurant.

In the more than six seasons Restaurant: Impossible has aired, Robert’s gone to great lengths in words and actions to prove his point to businesses owners and their staff, holding no bars in his assessment of the good, bad and just plain awful scenes he finds in kitchens and dining rooms. Click the play button on the video above to watch the top-five tough love moments, then tune in to an all-new episode Wednesday at 10pm/9c to watch Robert tackle his latest restaurant mission.

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Winter Grilling and Using a Leftover Condiment for Twice the Rewards

by in Recipes, Shows, December 2nd, 2013

Cocktail Sauce ChickenChopped Dinner ChallengeThe Chopped Dinner Challenge is a series of recipes showing you how easy it is to cook like a winning Chopped competitor. Every week, FN Dish will showcase a recipe created by Food Network Kitchens that uses at least one of the Chopped basket ingredients, plus basic grocery goods and simple staples. Consider it your very own Chopped challenge. Just take this frequent tip from the judges: Don’t forget to season!

On this week’s special holiday episode of Chopped, the celebrity competitors found rosca de reyes (three kings cake), Wagyu rib-eye steaks, broccoli and cocktail sauce in their mystery baskets. Unfortunately not all of them did the best job of incorporating the cocktail sauce into their dishes. But for this Chopped Dinner Challenge, the cocktail sauce gets its starring role, serving as a barbecue sauce for chicken. This recipe for Grilled Chicken Legs with Cocktail Barbeque Sauce is a great excuse to do some grilling in winter, whether it’s in the comfort of the kitchen or outdoors, weather permitting. It’s also a great use for cocktail sauce leftover from a holiday party. Your family will appreciate a taste of summer in the middle of the cold winter with this meal for dinner.

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Introducing: Dawn Wells from the Chopped Celebrity Holiday Bash

by in Shows, November 30th, 2013

Dawn WellsFor one night only, the Chopped Kitchen will turn into a celebrity playground as four television stars take their places at the stove and cook against the clock in three rounds of Chopped competition. Teri Hatcher, Anthony Anderson, Antonio Sabato Jr. and Dawn Wells will face off in the first-ever Celebrity Holiday Bash on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 10pm/9c, and in the spirit of the season, they’ll find holiday-themed ingredients in each of their baskets. While these all-stars may be after personal culinary vindication and lasting bragging rights in the kitchen, they’re also competing for charity, and the winner will ultimately be able to donate $10,000 to the organization of his or her choice.

To prepare for this all-star extravaganza, FN Dish is introducing you to each of the celebrities. Today we’re shining the spotlight on Dawn Wells, a former Miss Nevada who went on to play Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island. Read on below to hear from Dawn, learn about her experience in the kitchen, and find out her favorite food city to visit, late-night snack and more. Then tune in on Sunday at 10pm/9c to watch Dawn, Anthony, Antonio and Teri compete on the Celebrity Holiday Bash.

What’s your background in cooking?
Dawn Wells: I’m just a home cooker. I’m not a fancy cooker. I’m not a baker. My mother is half German, half Italian. My mother could cook anything at any time, so I grew up with it. Not particularly recipes. My mother and I did a cookbook together years ago. There’s three or four recipes that I hold onto.

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Introducing: Anthony Anderson from the Chopped Celebrity Holiday Bash

by in Shows, November 29th, 2013

Anthony AndersonFor one night only, the Chopped Kitchen will turn into a celebrity playground as four television stars take their places at the stove and cook against the clock in three rounds of Chopped competition. Teri Hatcher, Anthony Anderson, Antonio Sabato Jr. and Dawn Wells will face off in the first-ever Celebrity Holiday Bash on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 10pm/9c, and in the spirit of the season, they’ll find holiday-themed ingredients in each of their baskets. While these all-stars may be after personal culinary vindication and lasting bragging rights in the kitchen, they’re also competing for charity, and the winner will ultimately be able to donate $10,000 to the organization of his or her choice.

To prepare for this all-star extravaganza, FN Dish is introducing you to each of the celebrities. Today we’re shining the spotlight on Anthony Anderson, the Los Angeles native who’s a longtime star of Law and Order in the role of Detective Kevin Bernard and who also plays Gary on Guys with Kids. Read on below to hear from Anthony, learn about his favorite dish to cook, and find out his go-to cookbook, late-night snack and more. Then check back tomorrow for another one-on-one interview.

Who do you like to cook for?
Anthony Anderson: Friends and family. I’m always trying to have something at my house, always trying to find a reason just to get people over to the house and sit down and eat and cook and keep them there.

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What to Watch: Holiday Episodes of Iron Chef America and Chopped

by in Shows, November 29th, 2013

Chopped Celebrity Holiday BashThis weekend, Food Network is starting the holidays early with festive episodes. First thing Saturday morning, watch Ree throw an impromptu dinner party for her dad. Then on Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, Trisha invites her friends and sister over for a cocktail party. On Giada at Home, Giada shows how she makes treats for holiday gift giving. And on a special night, watch Iron Chef America as teams of Food Network and Cooking Channel chefs face off in a battle of Holiday Ingredients Past.

On Sunday morning, start the day with Rachael’s plan for easy entertaining. Afterward, Guy makes grilled lamb ribs with matching sides. Then on Southern at Heart, Damaris shows Buddy how to use bourbon to give his holiday meal with his wife a special touch. On Farmhouse Rules, Nancy Fuller hosts a dinner party with farm flair. In the evening, tune in for all-new episodes of Guy’s Grocery Games and Restaurant Express, followed by a special episode of Chopped, where TV stars Antonio Sabato Jr., Dawn Wells, Anthony Anderson and Teri Hatcher cook with holiday-themed baskets.

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Introducing: Antonio Sabato Jr. from the Chopped Celebrity Holiday Bash

by in Shows, November 28th, 2013

Antonio Sabato, Jr.For one night only, the Chopped Kitchen will turn into a celebrity playground as four television stars take their places at the stove and cook against the clock in three rounds of Chopped competition. Teri Hatcher, Anthony Anderson, Antonio Sabato Jr. and Dawn Wells will face off in the first-ever Celebrity Holiday Bash on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 10pm/9c, and in the spirit of the season, they’ll find holiday-themed ingredients in each of their baskets. While these all-stars may be after personal culinary vindication and lasting bragging rights in the kitchen, they’re also competing for charity, and the winner will ultimately be able to donate $10,000 to the organization of his or her choice.

To prepare for this all-star extravaganza, FN Dish is introducing you to each of the celebrities. Today we’re shining the spotlight on Antonio Sabato Jr., the Rome-born model who played Jagger Cates on General Hospital. Read on below to hear from Antonio, learn about his favorite dish to cook, and find out his guilty pleasure food, a must-have at his last supper and more. Then check back tomorrow for another one-on-one interview.

What’s your background in cooking?
Antonio Sabato Jr: I was born in Italy, so you would think I am a pretty good cook. Basically what my cooking background is whatever I’ve learned from my parents I kind of do and redo and kind of just put my touch to it. I wouldn’t call myself a chef, but I do enjoy myself cooking some stuff. I kind of improvise as I go. I go in the kitchen and I find what’s there, and make it up as I go. I don’t follow recipes or anything of that sort of stuff.

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Restaurant Revisited: Unlucky Number Seven at Seven

by in Shows, November 27th, 2013

Restaurant: ImpossibleWhen Robert Irvine arrived at Seven restaurant in La Porte, Ind., he found that the restaurant was suffering from the trifecta of issues: poor food, drab decor and weak management. Owners Tonya and Chad, who are engaged, named the business after their blended family of seven children, including Tonya’s son Jake, who’s a cook at the eatery. It was up to Robert and his Restaurant: Impossible team to use their $10,000 budget and two-day timeline to overhaul both the menu and interior design at Seven, and work with the family to give the business the second chance at success it deserves. FN Dish checked in with Tonya a few weeks after the restaurant reopened to find out how it’s faring since Robert left.

“The first week we tripled our sales and have nearly doubled our sales every week since the show,” Tonya explains. “While everything is amazing, our favorite part of the renovation is the sevens in the foyer and the lights above the hostess station that all seven kids got to paint.”

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