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What to Watch: Ina Garten Goes to the White House and the Premiere of Holiday Baking Championship

by in Shows, November 4th, 2016

Barefoot Contessa
Before turning back the clocks, spend the weekend with your favorite Food Network chefs as they share their updated takes on comfort food classics. On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond’s making lunch for her husband and her father-in-law and serving a Pineapple Upside-Down Cake for dessert. Then The Kitchen’s co-hosts are sharing their tips for innovative hostess gifts and making sweet and savory versions of stuffed apples. After that, Ayesha Curry is preparing a date-night meal for her husband, Stephen, and Valerie Bertinelli is making comforting recipes for a night spent at home with her husband, Tom.

On Saturday afternoon, Ina Garten is heading to Washington, D.C., to take in the local food scene and visit a former Barefoot Contessa staffer. Then, Ina takes a trip to the White House kitchen and makes some afternoon snacks for tea-time with first lady Michelle Obama.

Sunday morning, Guy Fieri is putting his own spin on classic comfort food recipes, Ina’s making a chicken dinner for Jeffrey, and Nancy Fuller is making a brown-bag lunch for a charity motorcycle rally. Sunday afternoon, Giada De Laurentiis is hosting a vintage-inspired cocktail party, and Duff Goldman is taking on some holiday baking challenges on Duff’s Sweet Spot.

It’s a Cooking Channel cook-off in Flavortown on Sunday night, when four Cooking Channel stars take on Guy and his twisted games. Then, it’s the premiere of Holiday Baking Championship with a new batch of bakers competing for the grand prize of $50,000. Finish the weekend with the finale of Worst Bakers in America as the last two recruits are tested on everything they’ve learned in Boot Camp.

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One-on-One with the Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay, Part 3 Champion

by in Shows, November 3rd, 2016

Kathy and Matt face off in dessertIn the new Chopped tournament, 12 former Chopped champions are getting the chance to go up against Bobby Flay in battle. In every round, four chefs compete to earn a spot in the finale, at the end of which one single champion will get the opportunity of a lifetime, to cook head-to-head against a Food Network great. With $40,000 on the line, the stakes are high, the pressure is on and the cooks are ready to show what they’ve got. In Part 3, chefs Aarthi Sampath, Kathy Fang, Matt Romine and Mike Romine cooked for their lives, but only one earned the win and the last spot in the tournament’s finale.

Hear from the Part 3 Winner

Coaching a Celebrity Worst Cooks Winner: Rachael Ray on Her First Win in Boot Camp

by in Shows, November 3rd, 2016

Loni and RachaelWhen it comes to Worst Cooks in America, there aren’t many other mentors who can beat Chef Anne Burrell, who holds the record for most wins (six out of eight). But in Season 9, mentor Rachael Ray — coaching only her second season in the series — rose to the top with celebrity recruit Loni Love. Rachael’s strategy of finding what her recruit loves about food and bringing that to the forefront worked successfully. Loni cooked a Southern comfort menu that came straight from the heart. It touched and impressed the judges, who awarded her the win. Loni left with $50,000 for her charity, the American Red Cross. And Rachael left with quite amazing bragging rights, having broken Anne’s record.

FN Dish sat down with Rachael on the set of Worst Cooks to find out more about how she approached the finale and coaching Loni to the win, as well as what she thought about being in the competition with Anne.

Read on for Rachael’s take on her success this past season.

Exclusive Interview with the Winner of Worst Cooks Celebrity Edition

by in Shows, November 2nd, 2016

The Red Team and Blue TeamLooking at the original nine celebrity Worst Cooks recruits, you never would have guessed the final two. But after seven weeks of tough competition, the Blue Team’s Loni and the Red Team’s Nicole rose to the top. And it all would come down to one last cook decided upon by a panel of experts in a blind tasting. At the end one winner would be crowned and awarded $50,000 for her charity, and her mentor would win bragging rights. Would Anne keep her record unbroken, or would Rachael clinch her first win? History could be made on this night.

Spoiler Alert: Get the exclusive interview with the winner.

Exclusive Interview with the Runner-Up of Worst Cooks Celebrity Edition

by in Shows, November 2nd, 2016

The Red Team and the Blue TeamNot everyone can be a winner, but on Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, both Loni and Nicole were winners just for making it to the finale. After weeks of difficult cooking challenges, the ladies showed they could cook like the best of them. Going into the finale, they represented their mentors Rachael and Anne in one last cook-off. If Anne won, it would mean another season with an unbroken record. But for Rachael it would mean her first win. Determining the outcome came down to a blind tasting by a panel of experts, who tried all three courses from both recruits before awarding the winner $50,000 for her chosen charity.

Spoiler Alert: Get the Interview with the Runner-Up

A Dizzying Cocktail — Alton’s Tournament of Terror After-Show

by in Shows, October 30th, 2016

Most cocktail recipes are pretty straightforward: Mix, stir or shake, then pour (and sip). But of course on Cutthroat Kitchen, few things are as easy as they seem, especially on a night like tonight, which saw the finale of Alton Brown‘s first-ever Tournament of Terror.

Guest judge Anne Burrell was in for the ultimate dizzying drink when she visited the After-Show. She checked out a few sabotages, then landed atop an especially evilicious sabotage: the rotating bed from Round 3, atop which she had to prep a Bloody Mary. But in true Cutthroat fashion, it wasn’t all about the bed; it was what the bed did that made this challenge interesting. “There’s one thing that I left out, Anne. One thing,” Alton told her after she was settled with her ingredients. Within moments the mischievous mattress began moving, but Anne didn’t let that scare her, taking the motion in stride. “This is so fun,” Anne said, realizing the full extent of the sabotage. “Does this thing go any faster?”

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A Pizza That Looks and Tastes Like a Pumpkin

by in Recipes, Shows, October 29th, 2016

Pumpkin Crust Halloween PizzaYou’ve seen the Halloween treats that look like pumpkins, like this cheese ball and this soup. And you’ve surely seen the recipes that taste like pumpkin, like this pasta and these spice buns. But it’s rare that a recipe will be both: served in a cute pumpkin package, with all of the warm spice you know and love in a typical pumpkin treat. That’s where this next-level recipe from Jeff Mauro comes in. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, he introduced a too-cute pizza that tasted just as impressive as it looked, in all its pumpkin glory. Read on below to learn how he did it and get the family-friendly recipe.

Jeff’s Pumpkin-Crust Halloween Pizza (pictured above) gets its fall flavor from — you guessed it — the crust. When mixing up his yeast dough, Jeff adds a hefty dollop of pumpkin puree, which lends a subtle orange tint to the crust and also a mild flavor. As for the toppings, cheese lovers, this one is for you. His decadent combo of ricotta and mozzarella delivers ooey-gooey results, while the butternut squash pieces and basil garnish are used to create a full pumpkin effect (and boost the taste) right on top of the savory pie.

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Ina’s Back in the White House: Exclusive Interview About Her Barefoot in Washington Special Visit

by in Behind the Scenes, Shows, October 28th, 2016

Michelle Obama and Ina GartenWhen Ina Garten worked in Washington, D.C., little did she know she’d end up in a completely different career, first operating a specialty foods store in Long Island and then writing cookbooks and hosting a very successful cooking show on Food Network. Now, years later, Ina returns to the nation’s capital in the special Barefoot in Washington, premiering on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1|12c. After making various stops in the city to see how the culinary scene has transformed, and to reconnect and cook with longtime friends, Ina makes one last stop at the White House to see how the gardens and the kitchen supply food for state dinners as well as the wider community. And before she leaves, Ina sits down to tea with Mrs. Obama.

FN Dish recently sat down with Ina to chat about the special.

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What to Watch: Halloween Tricks, Sweet Treats and a Triple G Rematch

by in Shows, October 28th, 2016

The Kitchen
Halloween is creeping around the corner, and this weekend your favorite Food Network chefs are sharing their recipes for some spooky and sweet treats and cozy comfort food favorites. On Saturday morning, join Ree Drummond on the ranch as she deep-fries cheesecake and whips up a bunch of decadent sweet treats. Down in Nashville, Trisha Yearwood is throwing a Mardi Gras-themed party and serving bite-sized versions of New Orleans classics. Then The Kitchen’s co-hosts are making spooky Halloween-themed recipes and creating last-minute, DIY food costumes. After that, Ayesha Curry is throwing a decadent brunch for her closest friends, and Valerie Bertinelli is preparing a fall-themed feast.

On Sunday morning, Guy Fieri’s taking some risks with his fried chicken recipe, Ina Garten and her husband, Jeffrey, are getting a lesson in pizza making, and Nancy Fuller’s grandchildren are baking cupcakes for the annual fairground competition. Then, Giada De Laurentiis is decorating her living room and kitchen like a haunted house, and Bobby Flay and Sunny Anderson are focusing on the sweeter side of brunch.

On Sunday night, Flavortown Market is hosting former finalists from Triple G tournaments to go head-to-head for a once-in-a-lifetime rematch and on the finale of Halloween Wars, the teams are making displays featuring a demonic wedding. Finish off the weekend at Worst Bakers Boot Camp where the recruits are baking 3D dog cakes.

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One-on-One with Monti Carlo, a Judge on Clash of the Grandmas

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, October 28th, 2016

Monti CarloWe’re just a few weeks away from the premiere of Clash of the Grandmas (Sunday, Nov. 13 at 10|9c), when four grandmothers, each with undeniable culinary chops and a style all her own, will take to the kitchen for the chance to win $10,000. Earlier this week we caught up with Eddie Jackson and Nancy Fuller, both of whom will sit on the judges’ panel for Sunday’s premiere episode. And today it’s all about the third and final judge, Monti Carlo. Not only is Monti a chef with a history of esteemed judging on Food Network, but she’s also a granddaughter, who first learned fundamental recipes while cooking alongside her own grandmother. Read on below to hear from Monti about cooking with her Abuela Dora, and find out what’s to come on the premiere of Clash of the Grandmas.

What can viewers look forward to seeing in Clash of the Grandmas?
Monti Carlo: Out of all the shows I have judged on Food Network, this one has been my absolute favorite! It is just so much fun to watch these grandmas compete! They are cute, they are funny and they are fierce! Also, when Eddie [Jackson] and I sit next to each other on the panel, it looks like the before and after from one of those Charles Atlas comic book ads. You know the ones where a weakling transforms into a bodybuilder? Dude has #AllTheMuscles

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