by Maria Russo in Shows, October 25th, 2015
by Maria Russo in Recipes, Shows, October 24th, 2015
It’s no secret that Cutthroat Kitchen loves a solid swap-out; from inferior ingredients taking the place of quality pantry picks to professional-grade utensils being traded for oddball replacements, chefs have been forced to work and cook with all manner of second-rate products. And on tonight’s brand-new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, host Alton Brown proved his eviliciousness once again when he auctioned off a sabotage that forced one chef to do all of the mixing and cooking needed for stuffed shells in what else but seashells.
Before competitors could start bidding, though, the Cutthroat culinary crew had to make sure that such a feat was even possible; after all, it’s not every day that you boil noodles in a shell, right? In the latest installment of Testing the Sabotages, food stylist Abel Gonzalez attempted the sabotage, with surprising results. “I’m going to go [with] low heat,” Abel said as he gingerly placed a water-filled conch shell atop the stove. “I’m worried about them cracking.” As he began making his tomato-garlic sauce in a smaller shell, he noted the sound of cracking shells, but that didn’t stop him from proceeding. “They’re holding up,” he said. After a bit of careful mixing and a light-handed assembly, Abel baked the filled pasta shells inside the sauce shell, and what resulted was just what he was looking for. “It smells great. The cheese is oozing. Mmm. Pretty tasty,” he said after just one bite.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, October 23rd, 2015
You went apple picking this weekend, and not only did you score a bushel of fresh-from-the-orchard apples, but you also grabbed a gallon of cider and a dozen cider doughnuts. After polishing off a few doughnuts on the car ride home — and a few more before and after dinner that night — what’s left to do with the extras? Enter The Kitchen. On this morning’s all-new episode, Sunny Anderson and Katie Lee introduced two brand-new ways to put leftover doughnuts to work; both ways are easy and guaranteed to please your sweet-tooth cravings.
Just when you think that everyday bread pudding can’t get any more indulgent, Sunny’s Apple Cider Doughnut Bread Pudding raises the stakes with a custard laced with pumpkin pie spice — and a base of doughnuts, of course. If you don’t have apple cider doughnuts on hand, pumpkin spice doughnuts or even the plain variety will work, Sunny notes. She bakes doughnut pieces with the spiced custard, chewy dried cranberries and chopped pecans for texture, then serves the bubbly mixture while it’s still warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for added richness.
by Ricky Smith in Shows, October 23rd, 2015
Get highlights from Episode 5 of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, and see some of the craziest moments in GIFs.
by Maria Russo in Shows, October 22nd, 2015
It’s time to start prepping for all of your Halloween festivities — and this weekend your favorite shows will have all the tricks, tips and recipes you’ll need. First up on Saturday, Ree Drummond is making a care package for her daughter that includes Brownie Cookies and Homemade Cheddar Crackers. Next, Nancy Fuller turns her farm into a haunted adventure complete with ghoulish treats. Then, The Kitchen co-hosts reveal the best crafts and tricks for your Halloween party, including two ways to transform apple cider donuts. After that, Patricia Heaton prepares a haunted feast including Tombstone and Coffin Grilled Cheeses and Zombie Punch. Then on Saturday night, Alfonso Ribeiro is going behind the scenes to find out how Hot Tamales, Dum Dums and Tootsie Pops are made.
On Sunday morning, Damaris Phillips is carving pumpkins while enjoying Roasted Chicken White Chili and Red Velvet Lava Cake. And on Sunday night, Guy Fieri challenges chefs to turn the main ingredients of lemon bars into a dinner on Guy’s Grocery Games. Next, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, helps decide which team wins Halloween Wars and the grand prize of $50,000. Then, Alton Brown has a new slate of sabotages planned for the chefs on Cutthroat Kitchen.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, October 22nd, 2015
Though Miriam had invited Robert Irvine to her friend Jodi Boucher’s Bradenton, Fla., restaurant, Theresa’s Restaurant, Jodi did not know that he was on his way, which set the scene for an all-new Restaurant: Impossible Ambush. When Robert and his team surprised Jodi, they found abounding employee issues and a drab dining room, though perhaps paramount to those problems was Jodi’s weak leadership. It was up to Robert to help her drop her micromanaging ways if she was to enjoy a second chance at success at Theresa’s Restaurant. Read on below for the first interview with Jodi to find out how her business is faring today.
“Weekday sales have doubled and weekend sales have tripled” since Robert and his team left Theresa’s Restaurant, according to Jodi. “This has been amazing for business,” she says. And she adds that locals have been quick to chat about the restaurant’s updated interior and new design. “The customers are absolutely shocked at the transformation. The fresh new look has everyone in the town talking about us. Very modern but not too much,” she notes.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, October 22nd, 2015
In this new Impossible tournament, Chopped is switching up the format: Chefs will compete in three preliminary rounds for a chance to earn a spot in the finale, where the champion will get the opportunity to compete against Robert Irvine in a wild-card round. Just for getting there, the champion will pocket $15,000, but upon beating Robert, he or she will win an additional $25,000, for a total of $40,000.
On tonight’s episode, four very accomplished chefs who’ve competed successfully on Chopped before have returned to take on the most-impossible mystery baskets, but only one of them will earn a spot in the finale for an opportunity to get to Robert.
Get the Exclusive Interview with the Part 1 Winner
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, October 21st, 2015
Chopped fans, doesn’t it seem that with every new episode the mystery baskets just keep getting weirder and weirder? Well, with the recent Chopped: Impossible tournament, the ingredients were quite possibly the most impossible anyone has seen. But digging into the history of Chopped, we’ve discovered some very out-of-the-box items.
Going through all of the seasons of Chopped, we’ve narrowed down the list of mystery basket ingredients to 15 of the most impossible. Although these ingredients may have stumped many of the chefs who have come before, now’s your chance to master these ingredients. Future competitors, take note! We’ve consulted with the chefs of Food Network Kitchen and present to you the final list, with advice on how to use the ingredients. But we want to know: Which ingredient do you think is the most impossible of them all?
Vote in the poll after the jump.
by Maria Russo in Shows, October 21st, 2015
This season on Worst Cooks in America, seven celebrity recruits have signed up to be whipped into shape by mentors Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray, but unfortunately one recruit has to be eliminated in each episode. Last week Barry Williams couldn’t get the hang of the pasta machine and ended up in the elimination challenge, where he lost a pasta cook-off to Ellen. This week Ellen, Jenni and Kendra remain, but there are only two spots in the finale. Unfortunately, one of the most-entertaining recruits leaves the competition, just short of the finale. FN Dish has the exclusive exit interview with tonight’s eliminated recruit.
SPOILER ALERT: Read on to find out who went home.
by Maria Russo in Shows, October 18th, 2015
You’ve made it into the Cutthroat Kitchen arena and the battle is about to begin. Have you considered how you’re going to play the game? While the objective may be simple enough — cook the challenge dish and spend as little money as possible — being successful is anything but easy, thanks to those tricky sabotages. Are you set to spend all of your $25,000 in order to avoid all kinds of diabolical unfoldings, or is it more important to you to hold onto your money and navigate the waters of eviliciousness one sabotage at a time? Take the quiz below to find out how you’d approach the auction.
The road to Cutthroat Kitchen glory is hardly ever a straightforward one, since the name of the game, of course, is eviliciousness. But some competitors, whether because of their rivals’ determination, their own bidding strategy or perhaps just sheer bad (good?) luck, end up saddled with a particularly diabolical lot of challenges each and every round. Chef Michael was one such contestant; on tonight’s brand-new episode, he endured several especially trying sabotages that challenged not only his mental prowess in the face of culinary disruptions but also his physical competency.
In Round 1, Chef Michael no sooner started the fish sandwich battle than he found himself seated in a three-person rowboat — and a tipsy one at that. With every movement, the boat rocked from side to side, throwing his prep work off balance. “I like that,” Susan Feniger, the guest judge of the day, told host Alton Brown with a smile during the After-Show. Unfortunately for Chef Michael, the challenges only worsened as the day went on, as Round 2’s chili test again saddled him with an inferior situation: this time seated atop a bucking horse ride. It “really didn’t have anything to do with food,” Alton told Susan. “It was just painful and horrible to watch.” But not matter the bumpy ride, Chef Michael kept his cowboy hat held high and proclaimed from the horse, “Yee-haw!”