Tonight the Season 5 Champions tournament continued with the final preliminary round, where four previous Chopped champs battled it out to earn the last spot in the grand finale. There the winners of all four preliminary rounds will compete for a chance to walk away with $50,000. In the last round of this fourth battle, one young chef went up against one experienced chef, who also happens to be an expert in pastry. The dessert round looked like it would be an easy win, but when it came to considering all three rounds, the judges chose the competitor who presented the best three courses overall. Find out who won this fourth preliminary battle and earned the last finale spot.
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As a regular judge on Guy’s Grocery Games, the question I’m asked most frequently is, “Is it fun?” The short answer is YES. Being a part of GGG is truly a blast. So to give you an idea of why I love my job so much, I thought I would give you a little behind-the-scenes peek into the life of a GGG judge. Join me on a typical day.
6:40 a.m.: I wake up, five minutes ahead of my 6:45 a.m. “just-in-case” alarm. I drink the big bottle of water on my nightstand, splash water on my face, do a quick tooth-brushing, do 10 pushups to wake up, and throw a sweatshirt over my pajamas, slip some Toms onto my feet and head to the hotel restaurant for coffee. (Yes, I go to hotel lobbies and restaurants in my pajamas, sleep creases still in my cheek, and I hope I’m never too famous to do that.) Back in my room, I sip coffee, do my morning devotional, shower and dry my hair. One of the perks of this job is that I almost never have to factor in any makeup time before leaving. If I’m clean, that’s good enough.
No stranger to the role of judge or competitor on Cutthroat Kitchen, Richard Blais is a bit of an evilicious die-hard (he did win Round 1 of the latest Superstar Sabotage tournament, after all). And on tonight’s new episode, he proved his dedication in the most-permanent (or at least a permanent-looking) way: a Cutthroat Kitchen tattoo. The name of the game this week was breakfast, and for this special episode both host Alton Brown and Richard, who was the guest judge of the day, donned themed bathrobes as they doled out and critiqued contestants’ morning meals. And when Richard pulled back his own fuzzy robe, he revealed a shockingly realistic tattoo of the show’s logo on the left side of his chest.
French toast: bread, eggs, milk or cream. That’s it, right? Right … technically. But the world of French toast goes beyond those basic ingredients, and what results when you add even more flavors and textures — or even dress up the three staple ingredients — can be downright indulgent and worthy of both breakfast and dessert. On this morning’s all-new “secrets” episode of The Kitchen, the cast revealed little-known tricks for upgrading some of your favorite dishes and common pantry items in new, bold ways. Enter French toast. By using extra-special bread, making a creamy custard with warm spices and finishing the dish with sweet toppings, the co-hosts transformed this go-to dish into a next-level winner.
What to Watch: The Pioneer Woman Answers Fan Questions and The Kitchen Co-Hosts Share Restaurant Secretsby Ricky Smith in Shows, April 15th, 2016
Ever wonder how your favorite chefs make their food taste and look so good? Tune in this weekend as Food Network chefs reveal secrets from their own kitchen, their time working at restaurants and more. First up on Saturday, Ree Drummond is answering her fans’ most-asked questions while she makes Mexican chicken soup and white sandwich bread from scratch. Then, the co-hosts of The Kitchen are spilling the secrets restaurants use to make your food taste more delicious, while making potato chip-crusted salmon and a pickle-brined pork chop.
We continue down redemption road on Guy’s Grocery Games this week, as previous contestants get a chance to show off their culinary talents and impress the judges for a win.
In the first round, contestants were challenged to make a chicken dinner using radishes and tofu. And we loved that most of the contestants weren’t scared off. In fact, one was excited to use radishes, because she thinks of them as the “underdog of vegetables.” We couldn’t agree more. And now that spring is upon us, we can’t wait to cook with and eat those crunchy and spicy little roots.
Tonight the Season 5 Champions tournament continued with four more previous Chopped champs battling it out for a coveted spot in the finale. There the winners of all four preliminary rounds will compete one last time for a chance to walk away with $50,000. In this third battle, the dessert round became the determining factor: The final two chefs battled neck and neck throughout the competition, which meant the judges would be looking at even the slightest slip-up to make their decision. After taking into consideration all three courses, the judges chose the chef who did the best job transforming the baskets. Find out who won this preliminary battle and earned the third finale spot.
Eight of the country’s finest young barbecuers are taking on the first-ever battle to find the best kid grill master. In the new series Kids BBQ Championship, premiering Monday, May 23rd at 8|7c, hosts Camila Alves and Eddie Jackson lead the young chefs through a series of red-hot challenges that will test the barbecue skills as well as their creativity on the grill. Only one young competitor will take home the grand prize of $20,000 and a feature in Food Network Magazine. With themed challenges ranging from a Hawaiian luau to a cowboy campfire, each episode will also features some of the biggest names in barbecue, such as Tim Love and Graham Elliot serving as guest judges.
You know that Cutthroat Kitchen is all about the ingredient swap-out, often replacing chefs’ quality meat, produce and dairy with lesser versions, all in the name of a good old-fashioned sabotage. Such a challenge was the name of the game in Round 2 tonight, when two chefs faced off in an air-hockey death match over nice and not-so-nice poutine ingredients. On the After-Show, host Alton Brown used the inspiration from that evilicious sabotage to challenge the judge of the day, Simon Majumdar, to a one-on-one battle over ingredients for scrambled eggs.
As of today, spring has officially sprung on Food Network. That’s right — Spring Baking Championship debuts tonight (9|8c)! In honor of the best spring-y bakes you’ve ever seen, host Duff Goldman is taking over Food Network’s Snapchat Discover.
For one day only, you can see your favorite baker in action, with some of his favorite tips, behind-the-scenes and some epic Spring Baking fails. But go now! The content will disappear from the Food Network Snapchat channel at the end of the day and be replaced with brand-new content tomorrow.