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Restaurant Revisited: Unlucky Number Seven at Seven

by in Shows, November 27th, 2013

Restaurant: ImpossibleWhen Robert Irvine arrived at Seven restaurant in La Porte, Ind., he found that the restaurant was suffering from the trifecta of issues: poor food, drab decor and weak management. Owners Tonya and Chad, who are engaged, named the business after their blended family of seven children, including Tonya’s son Jake, who’s a cook at the eatery. It was up to Robert and his Restaurant: Impossible team to use their $10,000 budget and two-day timeline to overhaul both the menu and interior design at Seven, and work with the family to give the business the second chance at success it deserves. FN Dish checked in with Tonya a few weeks after the restaurant reopened to find out how it’s faring since Robert left.

“The first week we tripled our sales and have nearly doubled our sales every week since the show,” Tonya explains. “While everything is amazing, our favorite part of the renovation is the sevens in the foyer and the lights above the hostess station that all seven kids got to paint.”

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Introducing: Teri Hatcher from the Chopped Celebrity Holiday Bash

by in Shows, November 27th, 2013

Teri HatcherFor one night only, the Chopped Kitchen will turn into a celebrity playground as four television stars take their places at the stove and cook against the clock in three rounds of Chopped competition. Teri Hatcher, Anthony Anderson, Antonio Sabato Jr. and Dawn Wells will face off in the first-ever Celebrity Holiday Bash on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 10pm/9c, and in the spirit of the season, they’ll find holiday-themed ingredients in each of their baskets. While these all-stars may be after personal culinary vindication and lasting bragging rights in the kitchen, they’re also competing for charity, and the winner will ultimately be able to donate $10,000 to the organization of his or her choice.

To prepare for this all-star extravaganza, FN Dish is introducing you to each of the celebrities. Today we’re shining the spotlight on Teri Hatcher, who played Lois Lane on Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and, most recently, Susan Mayer on Desperate Housewives. Read on below to hear from Teri, learn about her experience in the kitchen, and find out her most-memorable meal, must-have kitchen tool and more. Then check back tomorrow for another one-on-one interview.

What’s your background in cooking?
Teri Hatcher: I have cooked my whole life, but … my parents used to pay me a quarter to cook dinner for them when I was … an early young teenager because they both worked. And I have cooked really big sort of traditional Christmas Eve dinners for, like, 25 people or Thanksgiving. But I feel like, especially when you’re thinking about in comparison to this show or being a quote unquote chef … it’s totally different to be able to follow a recipe than to be able to cook. So I’m definitely a really great recipe follower.

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Pork Chops Take On an Asian Persuasion

by in Recipes, Shows, November 26th, 2013

Pork chop rice bowlsChopped Dinner ChallengeThe Chopped Dinner Challenge is a new series of recipes showing you how easy it is to cook like a winning Chopped competitor. Every week, FN Dish will showcase a recipe created by Food Network Kitchens that uses at least one of the Chopped basket ingredients, plus basic grocery goods and simple staples. Consider it your very own Chopped challenge. Just take this frequent tip from the judges: Don’t forget to season!

For this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchens chose to feature the basket ingredient smoked pork chops, which have a ton of smokehouse flavor that can work with a number of dishes. But the pork takes on an Asian inspiration in this recipe for Vietnamese Grilled Smoked Pork Chop Rice Bowls, which uses the smoked pork to top a flavorful and filling rice bowl. It’s a supper your family will appreciate for its sweet, savory and spicy tastes. Plus it’s infinitely more fun and creative than ordering takeout.

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Watch the Top 5 Worst Staff Moments on Restaurant: Impossible

by in Shows, November 26th, 2013


No matter how efficient and accommodating its owners may be, if an eatery’s kitchen and front of the house staff members aren’t all committed to their jobs, their negative attitudes could ultimately put the business at risk of failure. After all, it’s the waiters who most often interact with diners and the kitchen employees who prepare their food, so much of what guests experience is the result of these workers. That’s why when Robert Irvine and his Restaurant: Impossibleteam visit struggling establishments,

they need each and every staff member — not just the owners or core management — to accept the transformation and be willing to make changes toward improvement. For some, these revisions are easy to assume, but others don’t agree with Robert’s recommendations as readily, and what results is often temper tantrums, pointed fingers and, in some cases, downright mayhem.

In the more than six seasons of Restaurant: Impossible, the show has seen employees quit unexpectedly, get fired on the spot and storm out of the eatery, all while being filmed. Click the play button on the video above to relive the top-five worst staff moments ever recorded, then tune in to an all-new episode of Restaurant: Impossible tomorrow, Wednesday, at 10pm/9c to watch Robert tackle his latest mission.

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Stay for Leftovers: Thanksgiving Live! Google+ Hangout

by in Holidays, Shows, November 23rd, 2013

Google HangoutThanksgiving Live! may be over, but there’s more turkey talk on our Google+ Hangout. The conversation continues with Alton, Bobby, Giada and Ina, who are joined by Jeff Mauro, Sunny Anderson, Katie Lee and Marcela Valladolid. Post your questions on Google+ and watch the Hangout below.

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Cook All the Recipes from Thanksgiving Live!

by in Holidays, Shows, November 23rd, 2013

RecipesThanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without lots and lots of food. So while Alton, Bobby, Giada and Ina are answering your turkey day questions on Thanksgiving Live!, they’re also whipping up some great holiday recipes. Don’t worry if you missed an ingredient or a direction, we have all the recipes available right here on FN Dish. You’ll find everything from the show including Alton’s centerpiece Thanksgiving Live Roast Turkey, Bobby’s Roasted Shrimp in Cazuela, Ina’s Kir Royale and Giada’s Apple Crostata.

Keep watching Thanksgiving Live! and stay for the Google+ Hangout directly afterward for some great ideas on using up leftovers and more turkey talk from our Food Network stars.

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Get All the Trimmings On Today’s Thanksgiving Live!

by in Holidays, Shows, November 23rd, 2013

Thanksgiving LiveThanksgiving Live! is finally here. Tune in today at 12pm EST to watch Alton, Bobby, Giada and Ina cook up their Thanksgiving favorites, all while answering your questions about cooking and serving turkey dinner. Use the hashtag #ThanksgivingLive on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+ to ask away. Your questions may be answered on live television. Here’s a rundown of what to look forward to:

Lots and lots of recipes: If you’re looking for the dishes cooked on today’s show, stop by a little later and we’ll have them posted right here.

Behind the scenes snapshots: During the show we’ll also be posting behind-the-scenes photos of what goes on in the kitchen during taping and all the fun that happens during commercial breaks.

The after show: Even though Thanksgiving Live ends at 2pm, that doesn’t mean the turkey talk is over. The conversation continues in our Google+ Hangout. Alton, Bobby, Giada and Ina will be joined by Jeff Mauro, Sunny Anderson, Katie Lee and Marcela Valladolid; the cast of Food Network’s new show The Kitchen @ Food Network, to talk about turkey leftovers and post-holiday eating. Watch here at 2 pm and ask more of your questions on Google+.

Don’t forget to check out Food Network’s Thanksgiving Central for recipes, menus and entertaining ideas.

What to Watch: Trisha Cooks with Kelly Clarkson, Thanksgiving Live and Square Dancing on Farmhouse Rules

by in Shows, November 22nd, 2013

Trisha and KellyThis weekend, Food Network has all the fun, starting in the kitchen. On Saturday morning, watch as Kelly Clarkson stops by from her busy tour to cook — and sing — with Trisha. Then tune in to Food Network’s yearly tradition, Thanksgiving Live! Ina, Alton, Bobby and Giada will be on call, live, answering viewers’ questions while cooking up a holiday dinner. Then in the evening watch a special aquarium-themed episode of Cupcake Wars.

On Sunday Morning, Guy plans an Indian menu for his family inspired by tandoori-style cooking. Then Damaris shows a soldier how to cook a special meal for his wife. On Farmhouse Rules, Nancy Fuller hosts a square dance in her barn with local food to feed her neighborhood friends. And finally in the evening, watch all-new episodes of Guy’s Grocery Games and Restaurant Express.

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BBQ vs. Chops: Which Restaurant Divided Concept Did You Like Better?

by in Shows, November 21st, 2013

Restaurant DividedFor Phil and Robin Schmidt, the struggling business at Phamous Phil’s BBQ & Grille didn’t just lead to an inability to pay bills; it created a significant amount of tension in their marriage as well. These husband-and-wife owners run the nearly four-year-old eatery in Collegeville, Pa., but after accruing $140,000 of debt, they decided to welcome Rocco DiSpirito and his Restaurant Divided team to the restaurant in the hopes of jump-starting profitability once and for all. They both realized the need for change, although Robin’s idea for pursuing a chop house concept in place of the barbecue menu didn’t appeal to Phil, who was committed to his smoky offerings.

Before Rocco could attempt to salvage Phamous Phil’s, and ultimately Phil and Robin’s marriage, he divided it, separating the space into two restaurants — a made-over Phamous Phil’s run by Phil himself and Robin’s Chop Shop, complete with mahogany-clad walls — for only one night of service. He worked with both teams to create deliciously approachable menus, and when the eateries opened to local diners and critics alike, both Phil and Robin managed to dish out crowd-pleasing plates. After examining the restaurants’ likelihoods of success, he ultimately reopened the business as Phamous Phil’s, as it offered the greatest opportunity for lasting viability.

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