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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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Chatting with the Winner of Spring Baking Championship, Season 3

by in Shows, April 10th, 2017

The final three bakers receive the news of who won.Nine bakers entered the competition in this season of Spring Baking Championship, but by the finale, only three remained to battle it out for the champion title and $50,000. Home baker Daniela, pastry chef Jordan and bakery owner Adam had their fair share of ups and downs during the competition, but in the finale, all three brought their best baking game. By the end of the final challenge, the judges saw that any one of them could take the win — that’s how close the race had become.

Read on for the exclusive interview with the Season 3 winner.

What to Watch: Fresh Spring Recipes and the Finales of Triple G Supermarket Masters and Spring Baking Championship

by in Shows, April 7th, 2017

Roasted Spring Rack of Lamb
Stay out of those April showers, and spend your weekend learning some fresh and new recipes from some of your favorite Food Network cooks. On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is making a Glazed Baked Ham for a Sunday brunch and sharing her recipes for Fried Chicken and Pasta Primavera. Then Trisha Yearwood is making a menu of farm-fresh ingredients, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are making food-inspired bouquets, and Valerie Bertinelli is making a meal centered around her favorite ingredient: lemons.

On Sunday evening, the final four Supermarket Masters are returning to Flavortown Market and competing for a chance to go on the biggest shopping spree ever. Then, it’s a double dose of Spring Baking, and before the night is over, one champion baker will be $50,000 richer.

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Chopped Star Power: Exclusive Interview with the Part 2, Sports Stars Winner

by in Shows, April 5th, 2017

Dorothy and Paige in 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 second episode, athletes Mariel Zagunis, LaMarr Woodley, Dorothy Hamill and Paige VanZant brought the ultimate competitiveness to the cooking arena. They’ve fought in real battles, performed in front of millions and earned medals in Olympic games, but nothing prepared them for the Chopped kitchen. 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: The First Look at Help My Yelp with Restaurant Consultant Monti Carlo

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, April 4th, 2017

Help My YelpThese days it seems like almost everything we do happens online, including deciding where and what to eat. Before heading out to a restaurant — even one you’ve been to time and again, perhaps — you likely do a quick search of the spot online, and with that almost surely yields an entire profile of the eatery on Yelp.com, complete with reviews, photos and a rating from fellow diners. The feedback from those guests can make or break a restaurant’s online reputation, which is exactly why restaurant consultant Monti Carlo has her work cut out for her on the upcoming series Help My Yelp, premiering Monday, April 10 at 10|9c. After members of Yelp’s elite squad visited struggling restaurants and left (perhaps scathing) reviews of the businesses, it’s up to her to work with the management and chefs to swiftly rethink their approach to service in the hopes of boosting their standing online. After all, potential diners make quick decisions based on what they read online, so business owners ought to heed Monti’s advice before the next group of Yelp members stop by for a meal.

We checked in Monti recently to find out what’s to come on Help My Yelp and to get her take on the negative restaurant reviews that permeate the web. Find out how she utilizes Yelp and what she thinks about food photography while dining out. Read on below to read her thoughts in an all-new exclusive interview.

What can fans expect from Help My Yelp? What are you most looking forward to?
Monti Carlo: Help My Yelp is a feel-good show all about transformation. It’s not a traditional restaurant makeover show in the sense that I don’t go in with a sledgehammer and knock down walls. Yelp is a mirror. I hold that mirror up and show business owners how to look at the big picture. We focus on their strengths and work on their weaknesses to quickly make changes that have an immediate impact on ratings. If you’re a fan of kitchen hacks, you’re going to learn quite a few.

What I’m looking forward to the most is seeing the long-term effects of our combined efforts. Consumer reviews are the norm in today’s economy. They’re not going anywhere. So how do we use them as a tool to help us improve our product, our customer base and our finances? When it comes to Yelp, even a half-star bump in ratings can increase a restaurant’s bottom line by almost 10 percent. A one-star bump can make a dead night into a sellout. For many mom-and-pop [places], that can mean the difference between staying open another year or closing their doors for good.

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Vote for the Iron Chef America Episode You Want to Watch on TV

by in Polls, Shows, April 1st, 2017

Vote for the Iron Chef America Episode You Want to Watch on TVBefore the action of Iron Chef Gauntlet begins, Food Network is setting up a whole day dedicated to the world of Iron Chef on Sunday, April 16. Ahead the premiere of Iron Chef Gauntlet, which airs at 9|8c, we’ll look back on some of the most-iconic moments in Kitchen Stadium on The Legend of Iron Chef, which premieres at 8|7c. And before that, we’ll spend the day in an action-packed marathon of back-to-back Iron Chef America episodes — but for that we need your help, superfans.

We want to know which episodes of Iron Chef America you’d like to watch on TV the afternoon of Sunday, April 16, starting at 3|2c. We’ve picked eight of the most-unforgettable Kitchen Stadium showdowns, and now it’s up to you to tell us which five of them you want to binge-watch during the Iron Chef America marathon. Check out clips of the top-eight episodes below, then vote for your favorite in the poll at the bottom of this post. The five videos that receive the most votes will go on to air during the marathon on Sunday, April 16.

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What to Watch: A Bottomless Breakfast on The Kitchen and Vintage Dessert Makeovers on Spring Baking Championship

by in Shows, March 31st, 2017

The Kitchen
On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is making an egg-centric breakfast menu, and she’s whipping up her version of classic recipes like Steak and Eggs Benedict with Spicy Hollandaise, Eggs in Tomatoes and Spicy Eggs on Toast. Then, Trisha Yearwood is making a menu inspired by one of her favorite food spots, the co-hosts on The Kitchen and making rich and decadent breakfast recipes, and Valerie Bertinelli is cooking healthier versions of her family’s favorite Italian recipes.

On Sunday evening, four more Triple G winners are returning to Flavortown Market, and their first task is to make a high-end dinner using a hodgepodge of ingredients. Then, on Spring Baking Championship, the five remaining bakers are making over mom’s classic dessert recipes.

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Chopped Star Power: Exclusive Interview with the Part 1, Web Stars Winner

by in Shows, March 29th, 2017

Lazarus and Josh get ready to do dessertIn this all-new Chopped tournament, 16 stars from the Web, sports, comedy and Hollywood have converged to prove their star power. In the first episode, Web cooking show hosts Hilah Johnson, Lazarus Lynch, Justine Ezarik and Josh Elkin are putting on the Chopped jackets to compete. We’ve seen them cook for their fans on YouTube, but what the esteemed panel of Chopped judges think will rule. After cooking through three rounds of mystery baskets, a single 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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Junior Grill Masters Compete in a Fired-Up Season 2 of Kids BBQ Championship

by in Shows, March 27th, 2017

Damaris and EddieKids BBQ Championship is back for Season 2 on Monday, May 1 at 8|7c, with more kid grill masters along with co-hosts Damaris Phillips and Eddie Jackson leading the fiery action. Each episode finds four young chefs entering the outdoor ranch kitchen for two rounds of red-hot challenges, which can include barbecuing baby back ribs, cooking hearty chuck wagon meals and more. A rotating roster of guest judges, including Shannon Ambrosio, Diva Q, Jess Pryles, Roger Mooking, Kent Rollins and Michael Mixon, will also be on hand to critique the kids’ grilling prowess. The most-successful kid competitor in each episode will win $10,000 and BBQ glory.

Visit FoodNetwork.com/KidsBBQ for more on the challenges and the competitors. Fans can weigh in on their favorite moments on social media using the hashtag #KidsBBQ.