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6 Things You Didn’t Know About Richard Blais

by in Shows, November 3rd, 2014

Richard Blais, host of Hungry GamesThere’s no doubt that Chef Richard Blais has one of the most-creative minds in the culinary world. Fans of his have seen him experiment with ingredients often on Iron Chef America, Chopped All-Stars and Top Chef, his claim to fame being his winning of its All-Stars season. But Richard, just like many other chefs in the culinary world, had to start somewhere, even if it meant cutting his teeth in a fast food joint. But there’s so much more you might not know about the host of the new series Hungry Games.

Get to know Richard a bit better and find out six things you might not have known before.

Richard reveals six facts about himself

“You’ll Eat Anything with Sprinkles on It” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, November 2nd, 2014

Since Cutthroat Kitchen judges are secluded from all aspects of competition, they’re not privy to the diabolical sabotages that befall contestants, which means that when they receive a plate before them, they don’t know what inferior ingredients went into the dish or under what conditions it was made. On tonight’s all-new episode, host Alton Brown saw the power of that unawareness when judge Simon Majumdar enthusiastically tasted one chef’s ice cream sandwich offering.

A Round 3 sabotage forced Chef Krystal to try her hands — literally — at homemade ice cream, and unbeknownst to Simon, he tasted her version of a chilled treat that she made using the salt-and-ice shake method. “Her ice cream actually was pretty good,” Simon conceded to Alton on the host’s After-Show after reflecting on Chef Krystal’s dish. “It was just very sweet.” Alton told him simply that when it comes to Simon’s willingness to taste the mystery dishes in front of him, “I learned that you’ll eat anything with sprinkles on it,” to which the judge did not contest.

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Friends, Food and Turkey Day Tips Are on the Menu at Thanksgiving at Bobby’s

by in Shows, November 2nd, 2014

Thanksgiving at Bobby'sIf you’ve ever wondered what Thanksgiving looks like when an Iron Chef is in charge, you’re in luck because for the first time, fans will be able to watch Bobby Flay as he hosts his Food Network friends for a celebratory feast. On the all-new upcoming special Thanksgiving at Bobby’s, airing Saturday, Nov. 22 at 12|11c, Bobby will be joined by some of your other favorite chefs, Alex Guarnaschelli, Katie Lee, Sunny Anderson and Michael Symon, and together they will cook up a turkey day spread complete with all of the trimmings. They’ll even break down each course with chef-tested tips so you can tackle the holiday with ease.

In true Iron Chef style, Bobby’s menu will feature traditional picks like a simply roasted turkey and a hearty cornbread stuffing, but his recipes and those from the group will include new ways to dress up old-fashioned classics, like a maple glaze for his bird and a boldly spiced cauliflower side dish from Alex. Perhaps best of all, with five cooks in the kitchen, you can guarantee that the cast will offer strategies for stress-free hosting at home and share quick tricks for turning out next-level flavor at your house.

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Beware of Oncoming Eviliciousness

by in Shows, October 31st, 2014

Chefs know that when they compete on Cutthroat Kitchen, they’re subjecting themselves to all manners of ruthless sabotages, but  now it seems that even host Alton Brown will come face-to-face with eviliciousness. Check out the GIF above to see him try to outrun a rolling boulder, and tune in Sunday at 10|9c to see what challenges are in store on an all-new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen.

What to Watch: Save Your Appetite for The Pioneer Woman, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen and Guy’s Big Bite

by in Shows, October 31st, 2014

Guy and DJ Irie
We hope you’re hungry, because it’s a food lover’s paradise this weekend on Food Network. The celebrity chefs have truly outdone themselves with new, enticing recipes that’ll excite even the most-seasoned food connoisseur’s palate. On The Pioneer Woman, Ree’s dishing out Lemon-Rosemary Scones; on Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, it’s all about channeling Julia Child for a perfect Beef Bourguignon; and on Guy’s Big Bite, Guy and DJ Irie make a succulent Soba Noodle Salad with Grilled Plums. If you still haven’t had enough, then catch the latest Food Network Special, Outrageous Giant Foods, where you’ll bear witness to food behemoths that should more than satisfy your hunger.

In the midst of the food craze, don’t forget to catch all-new episodes of The Kitchen, Rewrapped, Farmhouse Rules, Southern at Heart, Guy’s Grocery Games and Cutthroat Kitchen. There’s enjoyment to be had by all, whether it’s from learning how to make a perfect soup with the chefs of The Kitchen or from watching Guy’s contestants scramble to execute his capricious challenges.

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POLL: Your Preferred Meal at the Diner and More — Play Along with Hungry Games

by in Shows, October 30th, 2014

Diner FoodThe all-American diner: There really is no other place that serves as many options at nearly all hours of the day and night as the classic greasy spoon. When it comes to diner food, just the amount of menu choices can make a person’s head spin, but when you have a favorite dish it’s often easier to just go with your gut, especially when satisfying a late-night craving. On Monday’s episode of Hungry Games, Richard Blais gets into the psychology behind diner food, including placing an order, and he even learns some diner slang while cooking behind the counter.

Before the episode airs, we want to know: When do you usually like to go to the diner, and how do you make up your mind about what you’re ordering? Vote in our polls, and find out what fellow fans are thinking.

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From Leaves to Loaves — Testing the Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

by in Shows, October 29th, 2014

Ingredients, utensils and heat — that’s all that is needed to create most of the dishes on Cutthroat Kitchen, but as fans know, those three elements aren’t always available to the contestants, at least not in their expected and desired forms. On tonight’s all-new episode of Superstar Sabotage, host Alton Brown doled out a dooming challenge that seemed nearly insurmountable: a mandate forcing Chef Elizabeth Falkner, a famed pastry chef, to prepare and bake her banana bread in banana leaves. While most classic recipes would recommend that she mix the dry and wet ingredients in several sturdy bowls, then cook the batter in traditional loaf pans, she had to do all of that with and in the leaves.

Before Alton could auction off that sabotage, however, the Cutthroat Kitchen culinary crew first had to attempt the challenge. After all, would such a sabotage be feasible, and would it be fair to ask a contestant to attempt it given the time constraints? The team testing the sabotage approached the banana bread in two ways before ultimately finding the challenge possible for future contestants.

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Burgers? Play Along with Hungry Games

by in Shows, October 28th, 2014

NY Burger Co.Burgers are one of America’s favorite foods, and for good reason: Biting into the perfect one is like a flavor bomb for your mouth. Pair that with crispy fries and you’ve got a winning combination. On last night’s Burger Games episode of Hungry Games, host Richard Blais revealed some pretty interesting facts and figures about American’s preferences when it comes to the ground beef patties. One of the most interesting facts was that it isn’t actual juiciness that makes a burger seem juicy — it’s your mouth’s reaction upon biting into one. Who knew something as simple as a burger could be so complex?

Take the quiz below and share your results with fellow fans of the show on Twitter, using the hashtag #HungryGames.

Watch new episodes of Hungry Games on Mondays at 8|7c.

Test Your Burger IQ

Restaurants Revisited: The Worst of the Worst

by in Shows, October 27th, 2014

Dinner Bell RestaurantFrom filthy kitchens and grimy furniture to mismanaged staff members and owners who’ve lost their passion for the restaurant business, Robert Irvine has seen nearly everything in his nine seasons on Restaurant: Impossible. But while all of Robert’s missions require his and his team’s full $10,000 budget and 48 hours of work, some projects are loftier than others, with the shell of the businesses all but crumbling under their failures when Robert arrives.

On tonight’s episode of Restaurant: Impossible, fans looked back at these seemingly hopeless missions and relived the daunting challenges Robert and his team endured in order to complete their tasks on time. Such restaurants, including Dinner Bell Restaurant, which was just days away from closing before Robert’s mission began, and Frankie’s, which was headed by a pair of sparring owners, have proved to be simply unforgettable and now are among the worst of the worst.

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Get to Know Richard Blais, Culinary Tastemaker and Trailblazer

by in Shows, October 27th, 2014

Richard Blais, host of Hungry GamesWhat do kids do when their parents tell them not to play with their food? They play with it even more, right? Well if it wasn’t for kids like those, there wouldn’t be chefs like Richard Blais. Richard has parlayed his love for food — and experimenting with it — into a successful career, winning TV culinary competitions and opening restaurants from Atlanta to San Diego. Now as the host of the new series Hungry Games, he’s delving into the science-y side of food, discovering what makes us crave certain dishes — and dislike certain ingredients.

Watching the series, viewers will see that there’s more to food than eating it, and who better to lead us through various games and experiments than Richard himself? Find out what got him interested in food and how it led to a culinary career, and learn what keeps him immersed in the industry.

Get the exclusive interview with Richard