Let’s be honest. Chicken noodle, broccoli-cheddar and minestrone are all well and good soups, but when it’s roughly 100 degrees outside, the last thing you want to do is cozy up to a bowl of piping-hot liquid, right? But what about chilled soup? It’s just as light and satisfying as its steamy counterparts, but you can enjoy it without all of that … steam. On this morning’s new Chill Out episode of The Kitchen, Jeff Mauro and Katie Lee showed two ways to indulge your craving for soup without sweating it out in the kitchen. The secret lies in their simple recipes for cold soups, both easy to make and full of summertime flavors.
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First up, Ree Drummond’s boys are out boxing, so she’s cooking them a knockout dinner of Italian Sloppy Joes with garlic toast for when they get home. Then on The Kitchen, the hosts are looking for creative ways to beat the sweltering August heat. They’ve got tips for elevating your iced coffee, a recipe for chilly Sweet Corn Summer Gazpacho and Frozen Blueberry Daiquiris to top it all off. After that, Valerie Bertinelli’s son, Wolfie, is home to celebrate his birthday. She’s whipping up a spread of all his favorite dishes, and she is surprising him with his favorite Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting. Next, Patricia Heaton is throwing a pampering party with healthy picks, including citrus chicken lettuce cups and Avocado Hummus.
Then on Sunday, jet off to Florence, Italy, with Giada De Laurentiis as she reminisces about her grandmother, a stunning Italian beauty-turned-movie star known as Nonna Luna. Giada’s cooking some of grandmother’s favorite dishes, including Bitter Rice and White Chocolate Orzo Pudding. Up next, it’s the cheesiest episode of Guy’s Grocery Games ever, complete with cheesy dishes and an even cheesier joke counter. After that, Chopped is back with a fried-chicken-themed episode in which the chefs will have to incorporate the salty meat into every dish — even dessert.
Yesterday we brought you an exclusive interview with Donal Skehan, one half of the powerhouse duo that’s set to mentor-judge 10 budding culinary talents on the upcoming premiere of Food Network Star Kids. Today it’s all about Tia Mowry, who knows what it’s like to be on TV as a child and what it takes to command a kitchen as the host of Cooking Channel’s Tia Mowry at Home. Read on below to get her take on what’s ahead on Star Kids and learn more about her own style in the kitchen.
What can fans look forward to seeing when this series premieres?
Tia Mowry: Heart. Number one, there’s a lot of heart in this show. I mean, you are seeing these kids’ dreams come true, but I also think why there’s a lot of heart, you see this show is about inspiration, so definitely a lot of heart. Great laughs [too]. These kids are extremely entertaining, because they’re not filtered. So, whatever comes out of their mouth, comes out of their mouth. Gosh, just lots of fun. I think what I love about this show, it’s creative, it’s very entertaining and it’s inspiring. Also, I think there’s some hard competition. You’re going to really see some excellent cooks in the kitchen with these kids. You’re going to see smart kids
Anne Burrell is no stranger to the Cutthroat Kitchen arena, as she’s both competed on and judged this evilicious competition before. But the sabotages took a particularly diabolical turn for her tonight, when she returned to her post as a guest judge and later got to experience a few of the challenges for herself during the After-Show. No sooner did she take in host Alton Brown’s “custom cat condo” did she feast her eyes on an oversize shoe for shoofly pie. “But that was really nothing,” Alton Brown told her, as he prepared to unleash a far trickier test that she’d ultimately be wearing. He gave Anne what he called “fly vision,” thanks to psychedelic goggles that severely warped her vision. “They make you feel kind of drunk,” Alton added.
With the oddball specs snugly on her head, Anne did her best to prep a cocktail — but the task wasn’t without its challenges. “This is hilarious,” she admitted after knocking over a glass and attempting to feel her way around the prep station to land the tools she needed. Though she managed to fill up the shaker with a few liquors and even slice a grapefruit while under the influence of the googles, the real test came when it was time for her to pour the drink. “Did I make any of that in the glass?” she asked.
Fresh off a game-changing Season 12 of Food Network Star, Tregaye Fraser joined the Food Network family as an on-fleek chef with an uncanny ability to entertain. But that doesn’t mean the search for Star power has ended. In fact, the journey is set to continue this month when Donal Skehan and Tia Mowry team up to discover the next budding culinary talent — a young talent, that is. On Food Network Star Kids, the mentors will ask pintsize cooks to not only strut their kitchen chops but also shine on camera, just as an adult Food Network Star needs to be able to do.
Recently we checked in with Donal to get his take on what it’s like working with kids and the joint culinary-camera challenges he and Tia have in store for the finalists. Check out his exclusive interview below for a preview of the season and learn more about Donal.
Just like Food Network Star proper, this competition is special in that it asks kids to not just cook well but to also present and perform well. Do you think one part is trickier to master than the other?
Donal Skehan: It’s a tricky one because, like, obviously, to be a cook you have to have incredible skills to make people enjoy your food, that’s — I think sometimes I believe it’s something you’re kind of born with. Either you can do it or, I mean, you can learn it, but I think it’s something that you know if you have it in your heart and it’s something that that’s the place that you cook from, I think that’s something really cliché, but it is, and it’s true, though. And I do think that side of it is such an important part to have because you can teach most things, but if you don’t kind of have it from the outset, it’s going to be very hard to kind of create. So I think in this competition you do, but as soon as people start cooking you see who’s a natural cook and who’s someone who has learned it as a skill. Both can be very good, but you do see it more out there than ever before.
Tonight Chopped Grill Masters found its Grand Champion! Four chefs who won the preliminary rounds came back for one last battle in the Napa Valley, sweating over hot grills to create the best dishes of their lives. The competition was so close that the judges had to take into account every single detail. Surprisingly, the most-lauded chefs were knocked out in the initial two rounds, leaving an underdog vs. a fine-dining chef. In the final round, both turned out desserts that earned them high marks and applause, but as the rules go, the judges had to consider every round. The one who cooked the best three courses left not only with the Grand Champion title, but also with a whopping $50,000 grand prize. Hear from the Chopped Grill Masters Grand Champion now.
By Angela Carlos
This week’s episode of Guy’s Grocery Games was a real blast from the past. Four competitors from Food Network Star, Season 2 arrived in Flavortown ready for their 10-year reunion and the chance to compete against each other for a $20,000 shopping spree. As with all reunions, there was a certain amount of reminiscing that went on, even within the games themselves.
For Game 1 Guy asked his friends to make a Five Star Dish that would represent who they are, with one catch. In an homage to the competitors’ first challenge on Food Network Star, each dish had to include five items: wine, pork, steak, shrimp and onion.
Then came the figs. Reggie Southerland made a surprise appearance midway through game one with his favorite ingredient. The sweet addition threw a wrench into the contestants’ culinary plans. But they made do, tossing the dried figs into their sauces and demi-glace to add a little sweetness to their savory main courses.
Watching the chefs work with the surprise ingredient got us thinking about how we like to use figs in the kitchen. Read more
With the Summer Games just around the corner, the co-hosts of The Kitchen let their Olympic spirit shine this weekend when they featured a globally inspired feast complete with recipes from around the world (think Mexican burgers, Vietnamese hot dogs and Brazilian chocolates) — and indulged in some friendly competition. They created an over-the-top obstacle course that demanded not only balance, agility and focus but also a hearty appetite as they tried Bobbing for Doughnuts on a string.
Take a peek at the photo above from this morning’s episode. Here Jeff Mauro is enduring the Spoon Balance test, in which he’s attempting to navigate tricky pool toys while keeping the lime on the spoon in his mouth. Next up for him will be the doughnut station, and then it’s on to Marshmallow Archery in a race against the clock.
This summer The Great Food Truck Race returns for a new season, premiering Sunday, Aug. 28 at 9|8c. But this time things are a little bit different: Six teams of families have taken up the fight for the $50,000 grand prize as host Tyler Florence springs difficult challenges their way. None of the family members have ever operated a food truck business before, so they’re in for the ride of their lives, with some family drama along the way. The Great Food Truck Race: Family Face-Off kicks off in Los Angeles and follows a scenic route down the California coast, finishing on Catalina Island, where the best food trucking family will ride off into the sunset with the grand prize.
Before a new Food Network Star is crowned this weekend, catch up on all the mouthwatering dishes your old favorites are making. First up on Saturday, Trisha Yearwood is hosting a pizza-and-movie night on the season premiere of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. She’s keeping things simple but delicious with sweet Malted Milk Fudge and Basil Pesto Pizza. Up next, it’s bacon everything when Valerie Bertinelli plans dinner for her friend Jo Stougaard, a bacon aficionado. On the menu is Jalapeno-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp, with salty-sweet Bacon Caramel Scuffins for dessert. After, Patricia Heaton is throwing a poolside luau party complete with tropical flavors like Macadamia Coconut Shrimp and Tropical Fruit Pops.
Then on Sunday, Giada De Laurentiis is back in Florence for the season premiere of Giada in Italy. She heads straight to the market and with her finds puts out a Northern Italian lunch for her friends, including Bruschetta and Marinated Bistecca Fiorentina. After that, it’s a class reunion on Guy’s Grocery Games as four chefs from Season 2 of Food Network Star reunite 10 years later. The alums will have to impress Guy Fieri with a 5-star dish made from a list of ingredients he picked specifically for them. After that, the three finalists on Food Network Star will watch their pilots with Giada and Bobby Flay, and a new Food Network Star will be crowned.