by Maria Russo in Shows, November 29th, 2015
by Maria Russo in Food Network Chef, Holidays, Shows, November 29th, 2015
No matter the dish of the day or the chefs competing in battle, Alton Brown frequently auctions off sabotages that send Cutthroat Kitchen contestants to the seemingly strangest of work stations to prep their plates. (Remember the ball pit, the canoe and the high chair?) This week’s face-off was no exception as the Round 2 barbecue bacon cheeseburger test landed one competitor — where else? — atop a mechanical bull for the ultimate in ready-for-anything cooking. In true After-Show fashion, Alton wasted no time in saddling the judge of the day to this diabolical fate, and Antonia Lofaso took her turn at the challenge. Luckily for her, though, she didn’t have to prep burgers from scratch.
“You’ve got mise en place for the papaya salad,” Alton explained to her, as she had everything she’d need to make the Round 1 dish so long as she could stay atop the bull. “This is actually not that hard,” Antonia said while reaching for her ingredients and assembling the salad. But that was before Alton showed off the power of the bull controls. “How hard is it now?” he joked with her, after turning her around on the bull so she faced squarely away from the prep table. Once Alton repositioned her at the table, it was all about making do with the bucking and handling the moves in stride before she ultimately turned out a finished papaya salad.
by Maria Russo in Polls, Shows, November 28th, 2015
To usher in the holidays and kick off the season with good cheer, Bobby Flay is throwing a Christmas party for all of his Food Network friends on the upcoming special Christmas at Bobby’s, premiering Sunday, Dec. 6 at 12|11c. Fellow Iron Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli and Geoffrey Zakarian will be on hand, as will Katie Lee and Sunny Anderson, along with Scott Conant, Anne Burrell and the newest member of the Food Network family, Eddie Jackson, whom Bobby mentored on Food Network Star, Season 11. Recently FN Dish checked in with Bobby to see what the holidays look like at his house — how he celebrates with his family and what seasonal indulgences he craves most at this time of year. Read on below to hear from him as he dishes on his holiday entertaining strategy and looks back on seasons past from when he was a kid.
What does Christmas usually look like at your house? How do you celebrate?
Bobby Flay: It’s usually my family and some friends. We actually like Christmas Eve. I think we celebrate Christmas Eve more so than Christmas Day. Sometimes we go to midnight mass on Christmas Eve. And usually there’s a biggish dinner for Christmas Eve, and sometimes I’ll make, like, Feast of the Seven Fishes. Even though we’re not Italian, it’s just a really great tradition.
by Ricky Smith in Shows, November 27th, 2015
With Thanksgiving, a holiday all but devoted to turkey, behind us, the focus has shifted to the upcoming holiday season and the entertaining that comes with it. From cocktail parties and cookie swaps to family dinners and open houses, holiday get-togethers can be what you make them in terms of the food and drink you pass and serve. On this morning’s brand-new episode of The Kitchen, the cast kicked off the season with a hearty menu ideal for entertaining, including Jeff Mauro’s roast beef.
FN Dish wants to know: When it comes to the centerpiece element at your holiday feast, what dish do you most often prepare? Do you, like Jeff, reach for the beef, or do you follow the suit of Thanksgiving and opt for a turkey? Cast your vote in the poll below to let us know.
by Ricky Smith in Shows, November 26th, 2015
Now that you’ve had your fill of turkey, stuffing and your extended family’s company, it’s time to move on to cookies, competition and new ideas from your favorite chefs. First up on Saturday morning is Ree Drummond’s menu of make-ahead dishes for a cocktail party, including Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce and Caprese Skewers with balsamic drizzle. After that, Nancy Fuller hosts a feast for her farmer friends featuring Short Rib Stew and Savory Garlic Scones. Then, the co-hosts of The Kitchen are kicking off the holiday season with Porcini-Rubbed Roast Beef and DIY holiday wreaths. Next, Patricia Heaton cooks Bite-Size Chicken and Waffles and a signature cocktail for a surprise anniversary party she’s throwing for her husband. And finally, Valerie Bertinelli is surprising her friends with a party featuring a home-cooked meal for their birthdays. On Saturday night, Ron Ben-Israel and Jonathan Scott go head-to-head against Duff Goldman and Drew Scott on All-Star Gingerbread Build. Then, Duff Goldman, Damaris Phillips and Sherry Yard are on hand to crown a holiday cookie master on Christmas Cookie Challenge.
by Ricky Smith in Shows, November 26th, 2015
Having a glass or two of wine in the Chopped
kitchen isn’t a rare occurrence, but during this round it’s almost a necessity. That’s because judges Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy and Alex Guarnaschelli are taking on the appetizer basket from the Pub Food episode of Chopped. On the all-new episode of Chopped After Hours
, they’re required to use house-cured bacon, deviled eggs, fish cheeks and housemade pickles in a completely original appetizer.
Amanda is not shy about admitting her love for the basket: “I look at the whole thing and I think, ‘Thank you.’ You have acid, you have fat, you have bacon, you have eggs and you have fish cheeks!” She starts off using the brine from the pickles, which she and Ted Allen both agree is underutilized at home and should be saved more often. “Amanda and I are starting an organization called Pickles without Borders,” Ted says. Alex is using the pickle brine in a vinaigrette to go alongside a frito misto — a platter of fried foods that she does not think she has enough time to finish. When Ted disagrees, Alex replies, “I appreciate the vote of confidence, my friend, but, you know, we’re only human, Ted.”
by Maria Russo in Shows, November 26th, 2015
You’ve conquered the first holiday of the season, so now it’s time to enjoy what the last month of the year has in store. From holiday-themed episodes of your favorite competitions to new ideas and recipes from the chefs you trust, Food Network has everything you need to get into the holiday spirit.
Starting this weekend, catch brand-new specials like All-Star Gingerbread Build, Christmas Cookie Challenge and Celebrity Food Fight. What’s more, The Kitchen’s got three holiday-themed episodes to help you out with everything from cookie swaps to entertaining hacks. Of course, Ina Garten’s got a brand-new special, A Barefoot Holiday, to showcase her best recipes for a Christmas Eve lunch and a romantic midnight dinner. And don’t miss Christmas at Bobby’s — a one-hour party with ideas from Sunny Anderson, Anne Burrell, Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Katie Lee, Geoffrey Zakarian and the newest Food Network Star, Eddie Jackson.
by Maria Russo in Shows, November 25th, 2015
Alton Brown challenges the chefs. The chefs challenge each other. That’s how a typical Cutthroat Kitchen battle unfolds, even in the midst of a Superstar Sabotage tournament. But when it comes to Alton’s After-Show, Alton gets even more diabolical: He challenges the judges.
On the latest installment of the After-Show following last night’s Heat 4 tournament face-off, Alton and judge Jet Tila experienced firsthand the eviliciousness that was the hamster wheel prep table, which Chef Bobby Deen was forced to contend with in Round 1’s Denver omelet test. While their mission began simply enough — Alton and Jet working and walking together to make a joint omelet — the situation turned even more dreadful when it came to the final step in omelet prep, the all-important flip. “I dare you to flip that,” Alton told Jet. “Double-dog dare.” Ever the good sport, Jet said, “I can’t say no.” And it’s a good thing he didn’t, because he managed to pull off a (near) perfect flip while he and Alton continued to walk the wheel. One bit of the omelet didn’t turn over, but Jet explained simply, “I’m going to hide it,” before successfully plating the omelet.
by Leah Brickley in Recipes, Shows, November 25th, 2015
Alton Brown isn’t shy about doling out diabolical sabotages to anyone and everyone who enters the hallowed Cutthroat Kitchen arena, including grandmas, firefighters, the judges he keeps on hand and the A-list chefs on Superstar Sabotage. In this brand-new series, 16 all-star professionals, all renowned in their field, have agreed to subject themselves to Alton’s eviliciousness. While most will ultimately fall in their quest for Cutthroat glory, a few will shine — one in each of the four preliminary rounds and one of them again in the tournament finale. Check back to FN Dish after each episode to hear from the latest round’s winner in an exclusive interview. If you haven’t watched tonight’s new episode, read no further, because we’re about to break down the ins and outs of the battle.
by Ricky Smith in Shows, November 24th, 2015
On this week’s episode of Chopped Junior, our young contestants were challenged with incorporating waffles (along with lobster mushrooms, chorizo and orange frozen pops) into their appetizer course. Inspired by the notion of waffles, we decided to experiment with one of our waffle makers in Food Network Kitchen. We took the most-iconic school lunch sandwich of all, peanut butter and jelly, and waffled it. We loved how crunchy and toasted it was — like PB&J was always meant to be waffled.
The dessert basket in the Cooking with Bass episode of Chopped
may seem like a great start to dessert, but judges Amanda Freitag, Maneet Chauhan and Marc Murphy aren’t too enthusiastic. On a new Chopped After Hours
, they must cook a final course using zucchini, chocolate-covered raisins, peanut brittle and vanilla liqueur. “What’s the first initial problem with all of this?” Ted Allen asks. “Too sweet!” the judges reply unanimously.
They all realize the zucchini is going to be their saving grace when it comes to toning down the sweetness. Marc points out that you can make a zucchini cake just as easily as you can make a carrot cake, to which Maneet replies, “You can — ’cause that’s exactly what I’m going to do!” They all get off to a quick start, with Marc whisking up a batter for zucchini fritters. Amanda doesn’t want to give away her dish, so she just shouts, “I’m making a cake — that’s all you need to know!”