by Joseph Erdos in Shows, April 5th, 2016
by Leah Brickley in Recipes, Shows, April 5th, 2016
Tonight the Season 5 Champions tournament continued with four more previous Chopped champs battling it out for a coveted spot in the finale. There the winners of all four preliminary rounds will compete one last time for a chance to walk away with $50,000. In this second battle, two strong opponents made it to the dessert round: one with great skills at executing, and another with confident creativity. If the win had been based on just the dessert, the champion would have been obvious. But taking into consideration all three courses, the judges chose the chef who did the best overall. Find out who won this preliminary battle and earned the second finale spot.
Read the interview with the winner
by Lauren Piro in Food Network Chef, Shows, April 5th, 2016
Guy Fieri introduced us to Guy’s Grocery Games‘ redemption road this week. Sixteen previously unsuccessful competitors get a second chance to maneuver through the grocery aisles and cook up winning dishes for the judges for a chance to win up to $40,000!
Our first round of chefs was challenged to whip up an Italian dish with only seven items or fewer. We in Food Network Kitchen instantly thought of the very simple (and very delicious) pasta dish cacio e pepe, which translates to “cheese and pepper.” It’s having a resurgence and is super-easy to make, and if you want to play by Guy’s rules, you even have room for a seventh ingredient like parsley, lemon zest or crushed red pepper.
by Maria Russo in Shows, April 3rd, 2016
On this episode of Foodie Call, Justin teams up Jeff Mauro (everyone’s favorite Sandwich King and the keeper of the Kitchen Fails on FoodNetwork.com) to imagine a new type of barbecue. Tapping into Jeff’s Chicago roots, the pals consider the Chicago-style hot dog — and decide to combine it with a rack of beef ribs.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, April 3rd, 2016
Just when you thought you’d seen it all on Cutthroat Kitchen, Alton Brown unveiled a sabotage so downright diabolical that he and the judge of the day had to don not-so-special attire. In order to show off the sabotage to judge Antonia Lofaso during the After-Show, both she and he had to ditch their fancy show clothes for ones they wouldn’t mind getting a bit, um, soaked.
by Maria Russo in Shows, April 2nd, 2016
Eight weeks ago, nine home cooks entered All-Star Academy for a chance to join a mentor’s team and compete to win $50,000 and bragging rights as the best home cook in the nation. Tonight one of those cooks did just that. The finale began with Team Alex’s Lee, Team Robert’s Natasha and Team Andrew’s Zoe, but halfway through, Zoe was eliminated, and she and her mentor left for good. That left Lee, a home cook with a Northern California flair, and Natasha, a home cook specializing in foods with a Southern inflection. Their final challenge required them to cook a dish from the heart — something that showed how far they’ve come in the competition. It all came down to that last dish.
Spoiler Alert: Find Out Who Won
by Ricky Smith in Shows, April 1st, 2016
The name of the game on The Kitchen this week is Italian Classics, from an all-star antipasto platter to a fruity olive oil cake made by special guest Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli. But in true Kitchen fashion, the co-hosts will show off not just how to eat like a pro, but also how to dress up your decor inside and out of the kitchen. And when it comes to Italian designs, you need look no further than the empty wine bottles you likely have on hand.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, March 29th, 2016
This weekend is the perfect time to start a new tradition with your family as your favorite Food Network chefs continue their own. On Saturday, Trisha Yearwood keeps up with one of her favorite hobbies—building houses with Habitat for Humanity. She’s serving lunch for the crew, including baked potato soup and an epic biscuit sandwich. After that, the co-hosts of The Kitchen are sharing their traditional Italian recipes, like olive oil cake and limoncello.
by Leah Brickley in Recipes, Shows, March 29th, 2016
Tonight the Champions tournament returned for Season 5 with four previous Chopped champs battling it out for a coveted spot in the finale. There the winners of all four preliminary rounds will compete one last time for a chance to walk away with $50,000. In Battle 1, two very worthy chefs made it to the dessert round, and both put out strong desserts, but it was the sum of all three courses — appetizer, entree and dessert — that would determine who’d take the first finale spot. Find out who managed to sweep this preliminary battle with the best dishes.
Read the interview with the winner
by Maria Russo in Shows, March 27th, 2016
Bacon was king on this week’s episode of Guy’s Grocery Games, which made us remember that time we made a bacon lattice (yes, just like lattice on a pie) in Food Network Kitchen. And what exactly would you use a bacon lattice for? Well, we love it draped over a meatloaf or turkey — while the meat cooks, the bacon drippings add extra flavor. If you make a smaller lattice, then it’s a fun bottom garnish for a Caesar salad.
While Cutthroat Kitchen chefs indeed struggle as they attempt to execute their dishes, the plates that host Alton Brown asks them to make aren’t inherently tricky; it’s the sabotages, of course, that that cause the chefs the most trouble. Most weeks the competitors are tasked with making everyday items like granola, blondies or spring rolls, which was the Round 1 dish in tonight’s all-new episode. Preparing such a dish within the allotted 30 minutes should be doable — after all, all they need to do is cook up a protein, chop a few ingredients for the filling and roll everything in a wrapper. Easy, right? The judge of the day, Jet Tila, made the process look downright simple as he showed off his foolproof technique for rolling competitor-worthy spring rolls during tonight’s After-Show. Read on below to learn his top tips, then click the play button on the video above to watch him and Alton in action.
1. Use restraint when wetting the wonton wrappers. “The secret is very simple,” Jet says. “Don’t oversoak these.”