On tonight’s Chef Wanted, the owner of Cité, a restaurant on the top of the Lake Point Tower in downtown Chicago, needed a new executive chef to replace the preceding chef of 30 years, who was retiring. Owner Evangeline Gouletas and general manager Sami Mikhail were looking for someone who could innovate their outdated menu to bring in a new generation of diners. Anne Burrell had four candidates for the job opportunity, but only one was offered the position. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the winning chef.
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On this past Sunday’s finale of The Great Food Truck Race, the three remaining teams rolled into Maryland for a crabbing adventure in the bay. In a surprise turn of events, one team was eliminated right on the spot, just before Tyler sent the final two teams to Arlington, Va. The last day of selling took place in the nation’s capital, where securing street-side locations and generating a crowd wasn’t so easy. But you can’t blame the locals — with so many restaurant options to choose from, it’s hard to be the new kids on the block.
Washington, D.C., has a lot going for it food-wise, and even though it doesn’t have a famous dish associated with it like New York City or Chicago, it has eateries with international flair and ones that have been around for decades, serving classic dishes that draw both locals and tourists. FN Dish has rounded up a sampling of the restaurants from Food Network’s On the Road guide. Check them out below.
In a Food Trucks first, three teams competed in the finale, which began in Chicago. But in a surprise elimination, one team was sent packing halfway through the final leg of the race. After just getting by in the bottom more than once, Philly’s Finest Sambonis made it to the top three by the skin of their teeth. But then after a Truck Stop challenge based on taste in Maryland, the luck finally ran out: The team wouldn’t be making it to the final two cities of Annapolis, Md., and Washington, D.C. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the guys of Philly’s Finest Sambonis.
Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off returns for Season 3 with all-new celebrities and challenges on Monday, Jan. 6 at 9pm/8c. And this time the show is back in New York City. The new roster of stars, including actors, athletes, comedians and musicians, will be split into two teams and coached by mentors Rachael Ray or Guy Fieri and will then compete in cooking challenges in an effort to win a cash donation to their favorite charity. The winner will also gain bragging rights as the RvG Champion and join the ranks of past season winners Lou Diamond Phillips and Dean McDermott.
There could be only one winner of The Great Food Truck Race, Season 4. Three teams made it into the finale, but halfway through, one was eliminated, leaving two teams to duke it out in Arlington, Va., and Washington, D.C. As the finish line drew closer, the challenges got even more difficult. But by the end, one of them won the final challenge and earned a cash prize. The other team had to hope their sales were good enough to get them a lead. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the runner-up from the race. Read the winner’s interview here.
On Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off, Rachael and Guy coach teams of talented kid chefs to culinary victory. Here on FN Dish, we’re serving up some of the mentors’ best family-favorite, cook-together recipes in a friendly face-off. Whose dish scores more points with your family? Cast your votes below!
To celebrate the Kids Cook-Off finale, this week is a showdown of sweets. First up, the mentors bring you dueling recipes for dessert-in-a-glass.
No matter the competition, judges aren’t shy about their desire to receive thoughtfully plated dishes. After all, the saying goes that we eat with our eyes before our mouths, and it’s important for food to look as appetizing as it tastes. But oftentimes contestants take the notion of inspired plates too far, opting to include edible — or not — garnishes atop their offerings. In a supposed effort to showcase their commitment to elegance and simple visual appeal, they end up self-sabotaging what would have been a fine meal with unnecessary toppings.
A frequent judge on Cutthroat Kitchen and Iron Chef America, Simon Majumdar knows what he likes to see on a plate, and superfluous finishes is not on his list of must-haves. In this week’s battle, several chefs learned the hard way that too much of a garnish — or the inclusion of something inedible — could be disastrous, as he explained on Alton’s After-Show. “Putting … what was for all intents and purposes a Christmas tree atop your steak is not a good idea,” Simon said of the oversize sprig of rosemary on one contestant’s steak. “Chefs really need to learn how to garnish when they’re doing a competition like this.”
On tonight’s finale of The Great Food Truck Race, three teams put in their last push to make as many sales as they could while battling challenges thrown at them by Tyler. However, only two teams made the last leg of the race, as one was eliminated right in the middle of the episode. The final two teams did their best to secure prime locations in Arlington, Va., and then in Washington, D.C. But by the end it was clear that one team had succeeded in accomplishing Tyler’s final challenge. Would that put them in the path for the win, or would the other team’s sales beat them to the punch? FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the winning team.
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On tonight’s finale of Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off, the kid chefs cooked a family-style meal for a group of celebrity chefs who were led to believe that they were eating food cooked by adult contestants from Celebrity Cook-Off instead. Jaws dropped once the curtains were drawn to reveal eight little kids. After the guest judges evaluated each kid’s show pitch, it was time for tallying up the final scores. With an award of a Web series on the line it was a close race, but only one kid could win the ultimate prize.
Before earning the most viewer votes to become the winner of Food Network Star, Season 9, Damaris Phillips told network executives that “Southern food is the food of love,” and this fall she’ll be able to prove that with the launch of her brand-new series, Southern at Heart, premiering Sunday, Oct. 27 at 10:30am/9:30c.
Similar to her date night-focused pilot on Star, Damaris’ Southern at Heart will showcase this Kentucky-born chef’s made-over Southern fare, featuring fresh twists and contemporary takes, plus offer can-do tips for cooks of every caliber. No matter if you’re a single gal or guy trying to impress that special someone, one half of a new couple or a spouse in a longtime marriage, Damaris’ contemporary recipes will have a place on your table, and her inspired ideas will be applicable to you.