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One-on-One with Geoffrey Zakarian from The Kitchen

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, January 6th, 2014

The KitchenYou know GeoffreyJeffKatieMarcela and Sunny from their other adventures on Food Network and FoodNetwork.com, but for the first time last Saturday, you watched them come together on their brand-new series, The Kitchen (airing Saturdays at 11am/10c). Katie and Geoffrey cooked alongside each other, Sunny showed off her version of crepes, and the group dished about the latest trends and topics in everyone’s favorite room of the house: the kitchen. Before the season gets too far underway, however, FN Dish wants fans to get to know each of the co-hosts a bit better, so we’ll be sharing exclusive interviews with all five chefs every day this week. Read on below to learn more about Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian today, and keep checking back to hear from Jeff, Katie, Marcela and Sunny.

Tell us your culinary point of view in the kitchen in a few sentences.
Geoffrey Zakarian: Classically rooted with a modern edge

Why did you want to get involved in The Kitchen?
GZ: I just love working with Food Network, but I love the composition of the show, and that we talk about all kinds of things …. The kitchen is where everything happens, basically.

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Best-Ever Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages and Giada’s Take on the Competition

by in Shows, January 6th, 2014


Now into its second season, Cutthroat Kitchen has welcomed dozens of chefs into the arena for a competition based on culinary skill, determination and, above all else, sabotage. To succeed in this cutthroat battle, it’s not enough to turn out deliciously inventive dishes; chefs need to think quickly and adapt in order to survive challenges that will inevitably befall them, like mandatory oddball ingredients, prohibited utensils and unconventional cooking devices.

Just in time for yesterday’s special episode of Cutthroat Kitchen wherein Alton hosted his first-ever guest judge, the queen of Italian cuisine, Giada De Laurentiis, Food Network looked back on some of the most-hilarious, unbelievable and downright evilicious sabotages to ever befall competitors. Many of the most-memorable challenges have involved inferior gadgets and utensils: mini pots, cheese graters and whisks made for children, plastic knives instead of steel ones and chopsticks in place of all other tools.

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Sunny Dishes on Episode 1 of The Kitchen + Offers Behind the Scenes Photos

by in Behind the Scenes, Food Network Chef, Shows, January 6th, 2014

The Kitchen Episode 1by Sunny Anderson

Haaaiii! It’s Sunny Anderson on the FN Dish check-in. On behalf of Katie Lee, Marcela Valladolid, Jeff Mauro and Geoffrey “GZ” Zakarian, as well as the crew, set design, culinary staff, producers and more — welcome to The Kitchen. I’ve been asked to share some behind-the-scenes bits. Make sure to come back next week when Jeff shares what’s really happening on set!

I hope you enjoyed the show and found it to be something you can put to work in your very own kitchen. This is the first of what we hope to be many episodes that will share recipes, quick fixes and fun chats about all things food and entertaining. Speaking of entertaining, I am too excited that I got to share the Lotus Flower Candle with you today. I’ve been holding it for months wanting to blab all about it on social media. In a world where I tweet cute pics of my cats sleeping, it’s easy to say keeping this cool entertainment “gadget” to myself for so long was hard. I really like this show for that reason — it’s truly host driven, with a huge help of a production staff. We all bring ideas from our personal lives to share with you. It reminds me of show-and-tell in grade school. I still don’t know how the crew disabled the flower so it wouldn’t play the costly “Happy Birthday” song. Just know if you look for them online, all of the ones I’ve found play the tune, so hopefully you get it for someone’s birthday cake or you know someone crafty who can disable the music. Where’s MacGruber when you need him?

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Did You See What Giada Had to Eat? — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, January 5th, 2014

From prohibited cooking utensils to forced ingredient swaps and mandatory products, Cutthroat Kitchen sabotages are the ultimate in culinary challenges. While these sabotages may send contestants into fits of panic during the competition, most rivals manage to turn out acceptable dishes for the judge of the day. No matter if chefs unapologetically show off or brilliantly hide the obstacles that befell them, it’s up to the judges to taste the plates before them and unknowingly eat sometimes hilariously inferior ingredients.

That’s what happened on today’s brand-new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen when special guest Giada De Laurentiis stopped by to judge. In Round 2, Chef La Salle presented her with a dish of chicken and waffles, but instead of using fresh chicken, Chef La Salle featured canned chicken. This chicken, which was packed in liquid, was first ground through a food processor and ultimately turned into chicken pate. When Giada finally saw — and smelled — the canned chicken firsthand during Alton’s After-Show, she couldn’t help but look away and hold her nose to avoid the stench. “The whole thing really reeks,” she admitted of the meat before Alton told her, “You put that in your mouth.”

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Get to Know Vanilla Ice — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, January 5th, 2014

Vanilla IceFN Dish is counting down to the Season 3 premiere of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off by introducing a new celebrity contestant every day. During the competition, the celebrities will be tested in a number of different challenges to see who has the most culinary chops. The winner will be awarded the title of Cook-Off Champion and $50,000 for the charity of his or her choice. Watch the premiere Monday, Jan. 6 at 9pm/8c, and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content.

Iconic ’90s rapper Vanilla Ice sold 10 million albums and hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts with his award-winning single, “Ice Ice Baby.” Ice has also appeared in movies and TV shows, including Celebrity Boxing, Hollywood Squares, The Surreal Life and Ty Murray’s Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge. He currently stars on DIY Network’s The Vanilla Ice Project and Vanilla Ice Goes Amish. Ice plans to show that his creativity in renovating houses extends into the kitchen with his unique vegetarian cuisine. Ice is playing for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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Get to Know Tiffany — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, January 4th, 2014

TiffanyFN Dish is counting down to the Season 3 premiere of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off by introducing a new celebrity contestant every day. During the competition, the celebrities will be tested in a number of different challenges to see who has the most culinary chops. The winner will be awarded the title of Cook-Off Champion and $50,000 for the charity of his or her choice. Watch the premiere Monday, Jan. 6 at 9pm/8c, and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content.

Singer Tiffany, best known as the voice of the ’80s, is a critically praised songwriter in Nashville. She recently released her eighth album, Rose Tattoo. Besides music, Tiffany has starred in TV movies and appeared on The Young and the Restless and How I Met Your Mother. She also recently opened a vintage clothing boutique in Nashville. Not only can she sing to entertain, but Tiffany also loves to cook and entertain, which is her plan of action for the competition. Tiffany is playing for The Caring Place.

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Tool Takedown Poll: Which Gadgets Do You Prefer?

by in Shows, January 4th, 2014

The Kitchen's Tool TakedownThe New Year brings with it the chance for fresh starts and clean slates, and in the spirit of new beginnings, The Kitchen‘s co-hosts set out to help you declutter your kitchen once and for all by ridding it of nonessential gadgets. On the series premiere this morning, Jeff, Geoffrey, Katie, Sunny and Marcela kicked off the show’s first-ever Tool Takedown, a segment dedicated to finding out which of those specialized tools, like strawberry hullers and egg yolk separators are in fact more efficient than traditional, everyday items you likely already have on hand, like a simple knife.

Although the worth of each gadget comes down to personal preference, the group found after a few rounds of friendly competition that while all of the tasks can be done with paring or chef’s knives — or by hand — the dedicated tools may be nice to have if you want to involve kids in the cooking or if you don’t mind how neatly the job gets done.

FN Dish wants to know which tools you prefer. Are you hooked on specialized gadgets like strawberry hullers and avocado cubers, or do you rely on everyday knives to get the job done? Vote in the poll below to tell us which tools you use.

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Get to Know Penn Jillette — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, January 3rd, 2014

Penn JilletteFN Dish is counting down to the Season 3 premiere of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off by introducing a new celebrity contestant every day. During the competition, the celebrities will be tested in a number of different challenges to see who has the most culinary chops. The winner will be awarded the title of Cook-Off Champion and $50,000 for the charity of his or her choice. Watch the premiere Monday, Jan. 6 at 9pm/8c, and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content.

Penn Jillette is best known as one half of the world-famous, Emmy award-winning magic duo Penn & Teller, which is the longest-running headlining show in Las Vegas. Penn has also appeared on Dancing with the Stars and Celebrity Apprentice. His latest book — Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! — takes a humorous look at holidays from an atheist’s perspective. Penn is competing to try his magic in the kitchen and to prove he’s not all smoke and mirrors. Penn is playing for Opportunity Village.

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Cutthroat Kitchen Outtakes: Behind the Scenes with Alton and Giada

by in Shows, January 3rd, 2014


Fans of Cutthroat Kitchen may think that, given the timed pantry shopping, high-stakes bidding and ruthless sabotaging that takes place in each and every round, there would be few opportunities for laughs or games in the midst of the competition. But Giada De Laurentiis disproves that idea this week when she drops by to guest judge a special episode of the show. She and Alton Brown, longtime colleagues and familiar judge-mentors on Food Network Star, have seemingly developed an almost sibling-like relationship, so it’s no surprise that when they teamed up on Cutthroat Kitchen, playful bickering and well-meaning, friendly scoffs ensued.

Just in time for this Sunday’s episode with Giada, airing at 10pm/9c, we’re giving FN Dish readers the first look at some of the most-hilarious bloopers from the show. Click the play button on the video above to watch bonus outtakes of Giada and Alton in action, and see how these two worked together.

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What to Watch: Premieres of The Kitchen and Rachael Ray’s 3 in the Bag

by in Shows, January 3rd, 2014

The KitchenThis weekend, two brand-new shows are joining the Food Network lineup. On Saturday morning, watch the premiere of Food Network’s new series, The Kitchen — part cooking show and part talk show hosted by Jeff Mauro, Geoffrey Zakarian, Katie Lee, Marcela Valladolid and Sunny Anderson. Then, on Sunday morning, tune in for Rachael Ray’s new cooking show, 3 in the Bag, where she’ll show viewers how to create three exciting meals out of one grocery bag of ingredients.

Also this weekend, Giada De Laurentiis will judge a new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen filled with the usual sabotages. Plus, watch all-new episodes of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, On the Rocks, Sandwich King, Guy’s Big Bite, Giada at Home and a special Sunday-night episode of Chopped.

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