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Philly’s Finest Sambonis — Rolling Out the Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, August 13th, 2013

Philly's Finest Sambonis
Food TrucksThe start of the fourth season of The Great Food Truck Race is less than a week away. Every day leading up to the premiere on Sunday, August 18 at 9pm/8c, FN Dish is introducing a new food truck team. With $50,000 in prize money and a free food truck on the line, it’s a high-stakes race to the finish line.

Food Truck: Philly’s Finest Sambonis

Team Members: Chris, Joe, Erik (pictured above)

Home Base: Philadelphia

Food Concept: Philly cheese steaks and sandwiches: “sambonis”

Get to Know Philly’s Finest Sambonis

Tyler Florence on the New Season of The Great Food Truck Race

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, August 13th, 2013

Tyler Florence on the New Season of The Great Food Truck RaceTyler Florence is back to host the fourth season of The Great Food Truck Race. Like last season, the food truck teams are made up of newbies who dream of one day operating their own mobile restaurant business. There’s a lot at stake: the winning team gets $50,000 and gets to keep their truck. Tyler guides the teams on their coast-to-coast journey, and along the way doles out challenges, with each new one more difficult than the last. And this year the route is the longest yet, so these teams are in for the ride of their lives. FN Dish recently caught up with Tyler to chat about the new season, his take on the food truck scene and his advice for the teams.

Watch the season premiere of The Great Food Truck Race on Sunday, Aug. 18 at 9pm/8c.

What are you looking forward to most on the new season of The Great Food Truck Race?
It’s the first year we have a team from Hawaii, which is really exciting, and we also have several all-female teams. The teams were so good this year, even as rookies. I think the teams are actually watching past seasons and taking notes. Although they’ve never done it before, they’ve seen the other people start from scratch and they’re taking those notes to heart.

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Murphy’s Spud Truck — Rolling Out the Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, August 12th, 2013

Murphy's Spud Truck
Food TrucksThe start of the fourth season of The Great Food Truck Race is less than a week away. Every day leading up to the premiere on Sunday, August 18 at 9pm/8c, FN Dish is introducing a new food truck team. With $50,000 in prize money and a free food truck on the line, it’s a high-stakes race to the finish line.

Food Truck: Murphy’s Spud Truck

Team Members: Suellen, James, Nicole (pictured above)

Home Base: Los Angeles

Food Concept: Gourmet stuffed potatoes with an Irish angle

Get to Know Murphy’s Spud Truck

Man vs. Sabotage — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, August 11th, 2013

When judge Antonia Lofaso entered the Cutthroat Kitchen and tasted the chefs’ turkey dinner, French toast and lobster roll dishes, she wasn’t privy to the events that had unfolded and ultimately led to those particular plates of food. Simply critiquing and praising the offerings based solely on taste, she knew not of the thousands of dollars that had been spent to force a competitor to cook with a precooked, processed turkey instead of a fresh bird, to prepare a meal sans utensils, to feature red wine and blue cheese in French toast, and to make bread from scratch in only 30 minutes. On his first-ever Alton’s After-Show, Alton revealed these secrets and others to judge Antonia, who finally realized the making of the meals she had just tasted.

“It’s all coming together now,” she told Alton. In perhaps the most telling reveal, she learned that all of these sabotages, seemingly insurmountable given the time constraints and demands of the challenge, had been inflicted on one competitor: Chef Frankie. It was up to him to adapt to these struggles — sometimes multiple ones in a single round — and attempt to turn out passable plates.

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VOTE: Star vs. Chopped Healthy Appetizer Showdown

by in Recipes, Shows, August 11th, 2013

Star vs. Chopped Healthy Appetizer ShowdownWe challenged two prestigious groups — Chopped judges and Food Network Star winners — to a summer recipe showdown. All season long, we’ll present head-to-head matchups of mouthwatering summer recipes from each team — from refreshing cocktails to fresh farmers’-market salads to the juiciest backyard burgers. By voting each week here on FN Dish or on our Fan Feed, you’ll determine the winning recipes.

At the end of the summer, the team that tallies up the most wins will celebrate with an all-star Labor Day party menu. Who will prevail as Summer Showdown champion — Star or Chopped?

This week, lightened-up appetizers are on the menu. Aarti Sequeira and Alex Guarnaschelli are facing off with their best flavor-packed, better-for-you party starters. Whose will you serve at your next summer party? Cast your votes below!

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The Frankfoota Truck — Rolling Out the Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, August 11th, 2013

The Frankfoota Truck
Food TrucksThe start of the fourth season of The Great Food Truck Race is exactly one week away. Every day leading up to the premiere on Sunday, August 18 at 9pm/8c, FN Dish is introducing a new food truck team. With $50,000 in prize money and a free food truck on the line, it’s a high-stakes race to the finish line.

Food Truck: The Frankfoota Truck

Team Members: Mirlinda, Dana, Victoria (pictured above)

Home Base: New York City

Food Concept: Uniquely topped hot dogs

Get to Know The Frankfoota Truck

Bowled and Beautiful — Rolling Out the Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, August 10th, 2013

Bowled and Beautiful
Food TrucksThe start of the fourth season of The Great Food Truck Race is just a little more than a week away. Every day leading up to the premiere on Sunday, August 18 at 9pm/8c, FN Dish is introducing a new food truck team. With $50,000 in prize money and a free food truck on the line, it’s a high-stakes race to the finish line.

Food Truck: Bowled and Beautiful

Team Members: Liza, Jessica, Heather (pictured above)

Home Base: Los Angeles

Food Concept: California cuisine in a bowl

Get to Know Bowled and Beautiful

Go Behind the Scenes of Cutthroat Kitchen with Host Alton Brown

by in Shows, August 9th, 2013

Cutthroat KitchenFood Network’s new series Cutthroat Kitchen is turning the average culinary competition show on its head by adding the element of a game — one that includes sabotage, scheming and backstabbing. The way it works: Each of four competitors is given $25,000 to start with — money that can either be kept as a potential prize or used toward sabotage and the purchase of items/challenges in an auction helmed by host Alton Brown. But the game is not necessarily won by the most cunning competitor. In the end the best-tasting dish wins the chef his or her prize — whatever is left of it!

In this video from E! Online, watch host Alton Brown give viewers a tour of the Cutthroat Kitchen set, starting in the pantry, where the chefs have only 60 seconds to gather the items they plan to cook with. Then he shows off his dumbwaiter, which carries up the auction items. And of course there’s the briefcase full of money!

Watch the premiere of Cutthroat Kitchen on Sunday, August 11 at 10pm/9c.

Boardwalk Breakfast Empire — Rolling Out the Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, August 9th, 2013

Boardwalk Breakfast Empire
Food TrucksThe start of the fourth season of The Great Food Truck Race is just a little more than a week away. Every day leading up to the premiere on Sunday, August 18 at 9pm/8c, FN Dish is introducing a new food truck team. With $50,000 in prize money and a free food truck on the line, it’s a high-stakes race to the finish line.

Food Truck: Boardwalk Breakfast Empire

Team Members: Joanne, Tim, Ilene (pictured above)

Home Base: Sea Bright, N.J.

Food Concept: Comfort foods with a breakfast twist

Get to Know Boardwalk Breakfast Empire

What to Watch: Ina and Giada’s Girls’ Night, a New Star Is Announced and Cutthroat Kitchen Premieres

by in Shows, August 9th, 2013

Alton BrownThis weekend is packed with Food Network shows that are sure to get your cooking and competitive juices flowing. On Saturday, after watching new episodes from Ree and Trisha, tune in for Ina and Giada cooking together on Barefoot Contessa. Then it’s more Giada on a new episode of Giada at Home. Start off Sunday morning with Jamie Deen, cooking up recipes just for dads. Then Bobby Flay is cooking a menu of his favorite Southern barbecue.

Sunday night is where all the action lies with five hours of back-to-back competition, three of which feature Alton Brown. Start the evening with a battle that puts dreams of restaurant ownership on the line on Food Court Wars. Afterward, it’s a family feud on a special night of Chopped. Then, don’t miss the finale of Food Network Star, which offers a look back on the season, a tell-all and, of course, the announcement of the next Star. Immediately after, tune in for the premiere of Cutthroat Kitchen, hosted by Alton Brown. The new show combines a culinary competition with underhanded sabotage and scheming, aimed at winning no matter what it takes. Cap off the night with a new episode of Iron Chef America.

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