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Chopped Viewers’ Choice: Fans Choose the Chopped Mystery Basket Ingredients

by in Shows, January 26th, 2015
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Chopped basketChopped fans, here’s your chance to be a part of the competition. You’ll be able to choose the basket ingredients for unsuspecting chef-competitors for an upcoming episode. Food Network is giving you the opportunity to assemble the ingredients that make it into all three of the mystery baskets. It’s a special viewers’ choice episode that will take the competitors by surprise.

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Duff Goldman Speaks Out on Judging, Competitive Strategy and the Impressive Caliber of Bakers on Duff Till Dawn

by in Shows, January 26th, 2015

Duff GoldmanWhat makes Duff Till Dawn, premiering Thursday, Jan. 29 at 10:30|9:30c, such a unique competition show is that the judge and mentor is one in the same: Duff Goldman. As viewers got to see in Sunday’s sneak peek episode, Duff advises the bakers during competition and even helps them out during the challenge, all while hosting the show. But in the end he puts on his judge’s hat and, with two fellow judges, determines who has earned the Golden Whisk by being the best baker to interpret the challenge at hand. But what does it mean to be a judge for Duff?

In Part 2 of our interview with him, Duff delves into what he looks for in a good cake, the importance of strategy in competition and how even he, a veteran baker with years of experience, can learn from an up-and-coming cake artist.

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10 Talented Home Cooks Enter All-Star Academy to Compete for the Grand Prize

by in Shows, January 26th, 2015

Ted Allen hosts All-Star AcademyFrom across the country, 10 skilled home cooks have come to enter All-Star Academy, where they will be mentored by some of Food Network’s most-revered chefs, all while competing for a $50,000 grand prize. Premiering Sunday, March 1 at 9|8c, All-Star Academy, hosted by Ted Allen, features superstar chefs Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Curtis Stone and Michael Symon, who will guide the home cooks through challenges deemed difficult for even the most-well-seasoned chef. In the end, only one mentor and mentee will emerge victorious.

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One-on-One with the Latest Recruit Eliminated from the Red Team — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, January 26th, 2015

Red TeamThis season on Worst Cooks in America, 14 new helpless home cooks have joined the ranks to be mentored by chefs Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell. Split into the Blue and Red teams, they’ll face new cooking challenges every week, honing their skills until just two finalists (one from each team) remain to face off in one final cook-off, the winner of which will walk away with $25,000 in cash, along with bragging rights for his or her mentor. Unfortunately, however, every week the two lowest-scoring recruits will be kicked out of Boot Camp, losing the chance to win the prize money, but leaving with new skills they’ve learned from their mentors.

FN Dish has the exclusive interviews with the eliminated recruits from the Red Team and the Blue Team.

Find out who on the Red Team went home

One-on-One with the Latest Recruit Eliminated from the Blue Team — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, January 26th, 2015

Blue TeamThis season on Worst Cooks in America, 14 new helpless home cooks have joined the ranks to be mentored by chefs Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell. Split into the Blue and Red teams, they’ll face new cooking challenges every week, honing their skills until just two finalists (one from each team) remain to face off in one final cook-off, the winner of which will walk away with $25,000 in cash, along with bragging rights for his or her mentor. Unfortunately, however, every week the two lowest-scoring recruits will be kicked out of Boot Camp, losing the chance to win the prize money, but leaving with new skills they’ve learned from their mentors.

FN Dish has the exclusive interviews with the eliminated recruits from the Red Team and the Blue Team.

Find out who on the Blue Team went home

Speak Up, Fans: Where Do You Eat the Best Burger Ever?

by in Shows, January 26th, 2015

Best. Burger. Ever.Much like a pizza, a hamburger is a culinary blank canvas; to just a single patty and a soft, chewy bun you can add nearly any ingredient and transform the burger into an all-new creation worthy of breakfast, lunch or dinner. On tonight’s fourth and final episode of Best. Ever., your favorite Food Network chefs are exploring their picks for the Best. Burger. Ever., including meaty beauties stuffed with gooey cheese, classic favorites loaded with green chiles and bold, flavorful all-vegetable burgers.

Before you tune in tonight at 10|9c to learn where you can enjoy the stars’ top finds, FN Dish wants to know: When it comes to between-the-bun specialties, what’s the best burger you’ve ever had, and where did you eat it? Was it a juicy, no-frills burger from the diner, topped with cheddar and ketchup, or perhaps a gourmet-style presentation from a 5-star restaurant? Leave a comment below, tell us on Food Network’s Facebook page or Food Network’s Google+ page, or tweet @FoodNetwork using #BestBurgerEver to tell us your local restaurant picks and share your version of the ultimate burger. FN Dish will round up your answers and reveal your top selections on Thursday.

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“Brown-Bag Brownie. Nailed It” — Testing the Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

by in Shows, January 25th, 2015

Cutthroat Kitchen is nothing if not punny, as Alton Brown is notorious for putting literal spins on the challenge dishes, all in an effort to create hilariously diabolical sabotages. When it came time for the competitors to make brownies for dessert on tonight’s all-new big-game episode, he reached for what else but brown bags to auction off as one contestant’s sole mixing and cooking vessel. These everyday bags are surely thin and weak, so would such a mandate be fair to ask of a chef, and is brown-bag baking even possible?

The Cutthroat Kitchen culinary crew set out to answer that very question as they attempted this sabotage before the contest in the latest installment of Testing the Sabotages. After a quick triple-ply maneuver to prevent batter seepage, food stylist Chelsey proclaimed, “Brown-bag brownie. Nailed it,” proving once and for all that brownies can indeed be made in brown bags.

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Playing for Pride: Competition Without the Prize — Duff Goldman’s Take on Duff Till Dawn

by in Shows, January 23rd, 2015

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Duff Goldman’s new show, premiering Thursday, Jan. 29 at 10:30|9:30c (with a sneak peek Sunday, Jan. 25 at 11|10c), might be the first of its kind: a competition show with no final prize, no money, nothing, nada, zilch, except for the Golden Whisk, the only physical reward. On Duff Till Dawn, it’s not $10,000 or $25,000 on the line; it’s pride. The Golden Whisk, well, it’s just the proverbial icing on the cake. It’s just about as good as any award show statuette, as any of the winning bakers is free to rub it in other bakers’ faces, having earned bragging rights. But at the bottom of it all, “it’s a really fresh take on competition,” Duff said, where everyone gets to show off what they can do.

FN Dish caught up with the artiste extraordinaire, owner of Charm City Cakes and maker of epically awesome cakes, to talk about the concept of the new show, actually competing from dusk till dawn in his bakery and why there is no monetary reward.

What Makes Duff Till Dawn so Unique in Duff’s Opinion

10 Great Ideas for Getting Your Kids Involved in Grocery Shopping

by in Family, Shows, January 23rd, 2015

Shopping with KidsHow often do you put off grocery shopping as long as possible to avoid having to take your kids with you? You can already hear them moaning, groaning and grabbing for every last food that you don’t want to buy. These ideas will have you actually excited to shop as a family, watching your little ones learning as they go, and excited about all the nutritious foods they will be asking to eat throughout the week!

10. Always have a list. Before you leave the house, make a list and stick to it.

9. Ask kids what they want to add to the list and then make them responsible for finding the items in the store.

8. Before you leave the house, take inventory of your kitchen. Assess what you actually use on a regular basis and notice which items sit in your pantry for months on end. Make a mental or literal note to avoid those items while shopping.

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What to Watch: Game Day Specials all Weekend Long and a Special Preview of Duff Till Dawn

by in Shows, January 23rd, 2015

The KitchenPlan your big-game menu this weekend with Food Network. Tune in on Saturday for Ree Drummond’s two-way chicken nachos and desserts for game day. On The Kitchen, the chefs are offering countless party planning tips and slow-cooker recipes that will win over your guests. Chef Anne Burrell joins the cast to show off her mouthwatering turkey burgers.

On Sunday, watch Giada De Laurentiis and Daphne Brogdon cook up their special game-day snacks. Don’t forget to tune in at night, because the competitions are starting to heat up. Watch Guy’s Grocery Games, Worst Cooks in America, Cutthroat Kitchen and the special sneak peek of Duff Till Dawn.

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