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Exclusive: Giada’s Rundown of Battle Octopus on Iron Chef Gauntlet

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, May 1st, 2017

Iron Chef GauntletOne half of the esteemed judge-mentor duo on Food Network Star, Giada De Laurentiis is no stranger to evaluating chefs. She’s quick to offer feedback to competitors, in terms of their work both on the plate and on camera. But when judging Iron Chef Gauntlet Sunday night, her sole focus was the food, as she and Iron Chef Marc Forgione came together to oversee Battle Octopus and ultimately decide whether Chef Shota Nakajima or Chef Michael Gulotta would earn the right to advance to next week’s competition.

We checked in with Giada after the battle, and though one rival was forced to go home (check out Chef Gulotta’s exit interview here), and she was indeed pleased with both competitors’ offerings. “Those guys can cook,” she said simply. “I just about cleaned every dish.” Read on below to hear more from Giada to find out why she was “a tiny bit intimidated” on that judges’ panel, and get her take on what went down the last time she was in the world of Iron Chef, when she competed in Battle Cranberry on Iron Chef America.

Did being on set bring back any flashbacks to Battle Cranberry, in which you competed with Iron Chef Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America?
Giada De Laurentiis: In those kinds of competitions, it’s all a matter of opinion. And it’s [a few] people’s opinion on your food. It might be fantastic, but [if] they don’t like it, they don’t like it. … Standing there, listening to criticism, looking at my dish and thinking, “Well, I think they’re pretty good zeppole with cranberry inside, and I think the texture’s fantastic.” I think that I had made pumpkin ravioli with amaretti cookies on top in a brown butter [sauce] with sage. And one of the judges didn’t like the amaretti cookies; they didn’t think that it should be with pumpkin ravioli. And I’m like: “Of course, it should. It is classic Italian. The mixtures work perfectly together.” He didn’t like them. So what happened? Bobby and I lost.

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One-on-One with the Latest Iron Chef Gauntlet Challenger to Go Home

by in Shows, May 1st, 2017

Iron Chef GauntletWith the title of Iron Chef on the line, the stakes for the seven Iron Chef Gauntlet challengers couldn’t be higher. Of course each of them craves the opportunity to run the gauntlet against a trio of revered Iron Chefs, but ultimately six will fall in their quest to do so. After each week’s new episode, check back here to find an exclusive exit interview with the chef most recently eliminated. Today, we’re set to break down the latest episode, so if you haven’t watched it yet, don’t read on until you do.

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What to Watch: New Hot and Spicy Recipes and a Sweet and Savory Battle of Iron Chef Gauntlet

by in Shows, April 28th, 2017

Iron Chef Gauntlet
This weekend, Food Network is heating things up and bringing you a batch of spicy new recipes from some of your favorite cooks. On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is spicing up some of her family’s favorite recipes, making Spicy Sriracha Popcorn, Spicy Cowgirl coffee and Kung Pao Chicken. Then, Trisha Yearwood is trying fiery hot chicken, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are cooking with Chef Michael Psilakis, and Valerie Bertinelli is making a spicy feast for her brother’s birthday. Then on Sunday, Giada De Laurentiis is hosting a cocktail party and Ayesha Curry is serving up tacos and smoky margaritas.

On Sunday evening, strangers are teaming up in Flavortown Market, and the winning pair must decide if they want to split the prize money or compete in a winner-takes-all challenge. Then, the remaining chefs on Iron Chef Gauntlet are cooking with classic sweet and savory combos, and the chefs on Iron Chef Eats are sharing some of their favorite breakfast spots and “no-fork needed” bites.

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Chopped Star Power: Exclusive Interview with the Grand Champion

by in Shows, April 26th, 2017

Jonathan vs. LazarusIn this star-studded Chopped Star Power tournament, 16 stars from the web, sports, comedy and Hollywood competed over four preliminary rounds, but only four advanced to the grand finale. Returning winners Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Jonathan Sadowski, Paige VanZant and Lazarus Lynch came back to the competition with the hopes of winning the title and $50,000 for charity. After cooking through three rounds of mystery baskets, one star emerged the brightest.

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What to Watch: Wine-Infused Recipes and a Tropical Ingredient Showdown on Iron Chef Gauntlet

by in Shows, April 21st, 2017

Iron Chef Gauntlet
Start the weekend with Ree Drummond as she makes a warming cowboy lunch of cheesy quesadillas and Chunky Beef Chili. Then, Trisha Yearwood is cooking with wine for her book club, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are using fresh ingredients to makeover classic snacks, and Valerie Bertinelli is making a Tuscan pizza and Roasted Vegetable Soup. On Sunday afternoon, Giada De Laurentiis is sightseeing in Florence and making a meal incorporating chianti wine and fava beans.

On Sunday evening, three returning Triple G winners will battle it out in Flavortown Market for a chance to cook head-to-head against Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli. Then, on Iron Chef Gauntlet, the six remaining Iron Chef hopefuls are back to battle it out for a chance to cook against three Iron Chefs, and on Iron Chef Eats, Bobby Flay, Michael Symon, Mario Batali and past Iron Chef America winners are taking you on a trip to the best comfort food and pizza spots across America.

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Chopped Star Power: Exclusive Interview with the Part 4, Screen Stars Winner

by in Shows, April 19th, 2017

Rick and Jodi begin the dessert roundIn this all-new Chopped tournament, 16 stars from the web, sports, comedy and Hollywood have converged to prove their star power. In the fourth episode, actors Rick Fox, Alysia Reiner, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe and Alan Thicke brought a bit of Hollywood to the competition. They’ve had stellar performances on TV, but competing in the Chopped kitchen is a completely new role. After surviving three rounds of mystery baskets, one of these stars came out victorious. Find out who earned the right to return to compete in the finale on April 25.

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Exclusive: Chatting with the First Iron Chef Gauntlet Challenger to Go Home

by in Shows, April 16th, 2017

Iron Chef GauntletWith the title of Iron Chef on the line, the stakes for the seven Iron Chef Gauntlet challengers couldn’t be higher. Of course each of them craves the opportunity to run the gauntlet against a trio of revered Iron Chefs, but ultimately six will fall in their quest to do so. After each week’s new episode, check back here to find an exclusive exit interview with the chef most recently eliminated.

All seven chefs put forth a strong showing tonight when they made their debut in Alton Brown‘s hallowed arena, but with a premiere Chairman’s Challenge featuring “wild” Secret Ingredients, it was only a matter of time before the competition got the best of one competitor. If you haven’t watched the episode yet, don’t read on until you do. We’ll be breaking down the episode and chatting with the eliminated chef.

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What to Watch: Lots of Chicken on The Kitchen and the Premieres of Iron Chef Gauntlet and Iron Chef Eats

by in Shows, April 14th, 2017

Iron Chef Gauntlet
The weather is heating up outside, and this weekend your favorite Food Network cooks are turning up the heat in the kitchen. On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is making one-dish meals like Greek Salad in a Jar, Ramen Pho and a chicken sheet pan dinner. Then, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are making their best new chicken recipes, Valerie Bertinelli is hosting an elegant dinner party, and Giada De Laurentiis is putting a California twist on classic Italian recipes.

On Sunday evening, Alton Brown is taking a trip through the past and revisiting the greatest culinary battles on Iron Chef America, and preparing for his new role as Chairman in the newest installment of Iron Chef: Iron Chef Gauntlet. Seven of the hottest rising chefs from across America will battle each other each week until a single chef is left to compete in the ultimate battle: to beat three legendary Iron Chefs – Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Symon – either leaving in defeat or gaining the coveted title of Iron Chef. Then, on the premiere of Iron Chef Eats, stars from the world of Iron Chef are traveling across America and sharing their favorite spots for juicy, mouth-watering burgers and finger-licking-good barbecue.

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Chatting with Iron Chef Gauntlet Judges Geoffrey Zakarian and Donatella Arpaia

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, April 13th, 2017

Iron Chef GauntletThe quest for gauntlet glory begins this Sunday night, when seven of America’s most-esteemed chefs will face off for the ultimate culinary title on Iron Chef Gauntlet (premiering at 9|8c). There’s no telling what challenges host and Chairman Alton Brown will have in store for these fearless hopefuls, but one thing is certain: To outlast each other and to prepare to run the gauntlet against not one but three Iron Chefs in the finale, these challengers must come prepared with both kitchen savvy and the fiercest of ambitions.

Ahead of this all-important premiere episode, we caught up with Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and Donatella Arpaia, who together will be judging the Secret Ingredient Showdown in Round 2. Read on below for what it’s like for them to return to the world of Iron Chef and what missteps they simply won’t forgive on a challenger’s plate.

Geoffrey, how does it feel to be on this side of the battle, judging instead of competing in an Iron Chef battle?
GZ: Well, I judge a lot, so it’s very familiar. But this is a very high level of judging, and I relish it.

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Chopped Star Power: Exclusive Interview with the Part 3, Comedic Stars Winner

by in Shows, April 12th, 2017

Julie and JonathanIn this all-new Chopped tournament, 16 stars from the Web, sports, comedy and Hollywood have converged to prove their star power. In the third episode, comedic stars Julie White, Ron Funches, Illeana Douglas and Jonathan Sadowski have entered the kitchen for more than just fun. They’ve entertained us on TV, film and Broadway, but this time the judges will decide whether these funny people’s food can hold up without shtick. After cooking through three rounds of mystery baskets, one star rose to the top. Find out who earned the chance to return to compete in the finale on April 25.

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