The five-part Chopped Grill Masters tournament culminated in tonight’s epic finale. One final battle. Four finalists. One goal in mind: Earn the championship title and win $50,000 in prize money. The preliminary round finalists — Chris Hart, Stan Hays, Leslie Roark Scott and Angie Mar — were all in it to win it. But by the last round, only two of them remained for a final showdown, facing a tough dessert basket while under immense pressure to succeed. Only one could win, and the person who came out on top did so by smoking the competition, with fierce focus, attention to detail and flavor-forward dishes. Hear from the Chopped Grand Champion of the Grill Masters tournament.
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Paddleboarding, Peel-and-Eat Shrimp and Sand Castles: Curtis Stone Previews Beach Eats USA and Shares His Best Waterside Memoriesby Maria Russo in Food Network Chef, Shows, August 10th, 2015
Crystal-blue waters, the subtle hum of the ocean and the warm, soft sand — few things are as both calming and exciting as a day at the beach, and on his all-new series, Beach Eats USA, Curtis Stone is off to show fans why, all while exploring the best bites up for grabs at the waterside. Ahead of this week’s premiere (on Wednesday at 10:30|9:30c), FN Dish checked in with Curtis for a one-on-one chat about all things sand, shores and surfside dining — from the first look at the adventures he’ll undertake on Beach Eats USA (think speedy ziplining) to his four to-dos when ordering from seaside haunts.
What can fans look forward to seeing on Beach Eats USA?
Curtis Stone: A lot of fun, as well as cooking and eating (lots of eating!) down-home, good, classic American favorites outdoors at some of the most-beautiful locations in America (and right on the sand, in most cases!). You’ll see me get really silly, joking with the chefs, and trying new things — like the rings on the beach at Santa Monica (ha!), paddleboarding in the mangroves in Key West, where I could see the fish swimming alongside me, riding a helicopter over the Virginia coast (sharing the same airspace with some of America’s top naval fighter planes — yowza!) and ziplining through beautiful Catalina (and nearly wetting myself), to name a few. You’ll see breathtaking, never-before-seen, aerial shots of these beautiful beachside locations, too.
From chef’s knives to mezzalunas, from dices to chops to juliennes, and through all the basics of butchering meat, sharp knife skills are anything but easy to come by; they require precision, thought and a honed technique, even for everyday cuts into ordinary foods. No matter whether they’re competing in the wilderness on Camp Cutthroat (beginning Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 9|8c) or in the classically evilicious arena, Cutthroat Kitchen chefs ought to display top-notch knife skills, even in the face of diabolical sabotages. Before the Camp competitors pack their duffels for Alton Brown’s outdoor challenges, it’s your turn, fans, to see how your knowledge of knives measures up in the kitchen. Take the quiz below to find out if you’re a Knife Novice, a Sharp Slicer or a Blade Master.
There are the drinking games you likely know and love — and then there are Cutthroat Kitchen drinking games. On tonight’s all-new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, Alton Brown took shots to a diabolical level when he auctioned off a tray of shot glasses filled not with liquor but with spicy, tangy and downright funky ingredients — not all of them liquid. Hot sauce, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, fish sauce and garlic made up the five evilicious glasses, and the unfortunate chef saddled with this sabotage was forced to take a shot of one each time he wanted to taste his food.
Alton brought this doozy of a challenge to the After-Show to show off to Simon Majumdar, and Alton was quick to turn the tables on the judge, saying to him, “I double-dog dare you to shoot the fish sauce.” Ever the cooperative judge, Simon wasted no time in throwing back the classically Asian ingredient in one fell glug. As is only natural, of course, Simon didn’t hesitate to challenge Alton to an equally cringe-inducing ingredient: the hot sauce. “Alton’s been giving it lots and lots of this,” Simon said, while making the chatter motion with his hand. While Alton was quick to refuse the hot sauce — “I’m not going to play that game!” he declared — he indeed put back a swig of Worcestershire sauce. “No way was I doing the hot sauce! I’m not insane,” Alton said. While both guys survived their tastings, the competitor stuck with this sabotage didn’t last into Round 2.
What to Watch: Ina and Celebrity Friends on Barefoot in L.A., and the Premiere of Valerie’s Home Cookingby Christie Bok in Shows, August 7th, 2015
Kick back this weekend and tune in to Food Network for new recipes and some competition fun. On Saturday morning, catch up with Ree Drummond for her daughter’s graduation party, for which Ree prepares a steak and shrimp taco bar plus a variety of delicious fixings. Then, Ina Garten heads to Los Angeles to cook with Jennifer Garner and have a master class with Wolfgang Puck. Next, watch the premiere of Valerie’s Home Cooking, where Valerie Bertinelli hosts her Hot in Cleveland co-stars for a lunch featuring each of their favorite dishes.
On Sunday morning, Giada De Laurentiis and her Aunt Raffy first visit the town where Giada’s great-grandparents once owned a pasta factory and then return home to make dishes like Fusilli with Fresh Pomodoro. Then, Daphne Brogdon hosts a fancy dinner party and serves up Porterhouse Steaks with Creamy Leek Sauce and Maple Pudding with Bourbon Whipped Cream. You won’t want to miss the all-new competitions on Sunday night, when contestants face a shoptacle course on Triple G and Food Network finalists make the dish of their lifetime. End your weekend with Alton’s evilicious challenges on Cutthroat Kitchen at 10|9c.
It’s hot, it’s late, it’s summer — nothing quenches your thirst at times like these quite like a refreshing cocktail, and the same holds true for the competitors who are set to spend a session at Alton Brown’s evilicious Camp Cutthroat. Just in time for the first session of Camp, on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 9|8c, FN Dish wants to know: How much of a cocktail connoisseur are you? From mixed spirits and fruity sippers to essential bar equipment and common drink garnishes, concocting winning cocktails takes more than just a shaking up a few kinds of liquor. Test your mixology savvy by taking this quiz to find out if you’re a Beverage Beginner, a Competent Cocktailer or a Mix Master.
In Food Network’s new series Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off, premiering Monday, Aug. 24 at 8|7c, eight junior chefs will put their exceptional cooking chops to the test as they compete for a $20,000 culinary scholarship and their own Web series on FoodNetwork.com. The pintsize competitors will be tested with on-camera challenges and high-pressure cooking obstacles as they attempt to impress host Rachael Ray. But they’re not only gaining the approval of Rachael — they’ll also be competing in front of an all-star guest judge each week, including Sunny Anderson, Robert Irvine and Alex Guarnaschelli.
The kids range in age from 11 to 13, but you’d never guess that by the looks of the food they can produce, including out-of-this-world pasta dishes and pastries you have to see to believe. The chefs have their own signature styles, coming from California, Colorado and everywhere in between. Tough challenges will allow the best of the best to rise to the top, but only one can be crowned the champion.
Tonight was the final preliminary round in the five-part Chopped Grill Masters tournament. In each of the four preliminary rounds, four expert grillers, barbecuers and chefs from across the nation competed to earn a place in the finale, airing Aug. 11 at 10|9c, for a chance to leave with the $50,000 cash prize and the title of Chopped Grill Masters Champion.
Seasoning was the big issue in the appetizer round of tonight’s episode, as many of the competitors seemed to forget how important it was for achieving flavor. Luckily by the next round the competitors learned from their mistakes. By the final round the two strongest grillers remained. But in the end one competitor rose to the top, overcoming issues of seasoning and putting out dishes that hit on all three judging criteria: presentation, taste and creativity. Hear from the Chopped Champion of tonight’s episode.
When it comes to new ways to make chefs suffer at the hands of the everyday chicken, Alton Brown is somewhat of a master saboteur (Chicken in a can: Need we say more?). He proved that theory once again on tonight’s brand-new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, putting a chicken in a bottle and forcing one chef to extract it before executing a dish of jerk chicken.
As is the case with every evilicious sabotage, this one was attempted by the Cutthroat culinary crew before it reached Alton’s auction table, and just like Chef Guy did on the show, food stylist Hugo Sanchez struggled before finally pulling out the bird piece by piece. “Time to go fishing for chicken,” he said, attempting to use a makeshift skewer hook to pry out the meat. Unfortunately for Hugo, though, the bird proved too slippery to stay on the hook, and it sunk back into the bottle, leading Hugo to try the manual approach with “brute force.” After losing his grip repeatedly, though, it was time to try a sharper tool: a knife. “I’m just going to start hacking this bad boy away,” Hugo confessed. “Maybe shredded jerk chicken it is.” He admitted, “There is nothing pretty about this sabotage.” But it was nevertheless possible to complete the sabotage within the allotted time — and with favorable results. Read more