So far in this season of Holiday Baking Championship we’ve seen Joe go home for serving crunchy, pretty much raw apple pie. But this week we saw John go home for a cookie wreath that left the judges wanting more, a lot more, especially in design. John also was in the bottom with Joe back in Episode 1 for an overbaked pie, but it was his use of white chocolate, or what Lorraine called “toothpaste,” that has stayed in the judges’ mind. This week he used “toothpaste” again — not once, but twice — and the judges weren’t fans of it any more than they were the previous week. Relive in GIFs some of the funniest moments with John, the judges and the toothpaste debacle from the series.
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While it’s almost always difficult to make a cohesive meal from one of the Chopped mystery baskets, the judges were thankful that this week’s ingredients were all usual suspects for a dessert. After a group of talented military vets left the kitchen, judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Geoffrey Zakarian and Marc Murphy attempted to make a third course out of lemonade, ballpark peanuts, marshmallow cereal treats and peaches on an all-new Chopped After Hours.
Alex mentioned that she was glad they left the peanuts in the shell for an extra layer of flavor, but Marc immediately disagreed. “I like the peanuts with the shell, too, but not on Chopped,” he said before pointing out how much time they take to shuck. He ended up attempting to make a sort of brittle out of them, which became the source of a fun game of hide-and-seek between Marc and the others. “Somebody evil has hid Marc’s, hopefully, peanut brittle from him, and now I’m going to join that game and I’m putting it on a high shelf in the pantry,” Ted said.
Host Guy Fieri is welcoming back past Triple G champions in Guy’s Grocery Games Tournament of Champions, premiering Sunday, Nov. 29 at 8|7c. Sixteen of the most-unforgettable previous winners return to battle it out in the five-part series. They will face challenges that test their culinary prowess and innovation for a chance to earn a spot in the grand finale. The single winner will claim bragging rights as the ultimate Triple G champion, and he or she will get an extra run at the Shopping Spree for a chance to become the biggest prizewinner in the show’s history.
In the new tournament Chopped: Impossible, 12 chefs entered the competition hoping to make it to the last round to face off against Mr. Impossible himself, Robert Irvine. Until now Robert has judged each of the three preliminary rounds, but on finale day he will compete against one of the three finalists: Marc, James or Emily. The challenge is real, and as we’ve seen so far, the ingredients have been quite impossible, so the final basket will make it anyone’s game.
FN Dish caught up with Robert on the set of the tournament to find out his strategy for the wild-card round. He reveals his competitive strengths and the way he plans to approach the basket. He also talks about how it was judging the chefs and what it’s been like mentoring them to bring out their best in competition.
For the first time ever on Cutthroat Kitchen, Alton Brown hosted a special military battle in which four members of the armed services faced off for evilicious glory, and in true evilicious fashion, Alton debuted a series of military-focused sabotages with diabolical effects. In what would ultimately be her undoing, Chef Bella had to cook inside a pintsize tank in Round 2 and also cook with only the remnants of blown-up basket ingredients. “Tiny tank, tiny food, tiny results,” Alton said on his After-Show to judge Antonia Lofaso about the competitor’s elimination in Round 2. “That’s a lot to handle,” Antonia admitted, and indeed she knows a bit about the difficulty of Chef Bella’s burden.
Before she saw firsthand the food fragments left over from the culinary explosion, which ultimately made up Chef Bella’s submarine sandwich ingredients, Antonia climbed into the tank for a few spins around the arena — while chasing Alton. “Come get me, Antonia,” the host joked as he ran away from the moving tank. “I bet you can’t get me over here.” After a few too many close calls and a minor collision with the After-Show chair setup, Antonia was forced to exit the tank.
The Kitchen co-hosts are known for doling out countless good-to-know tips, family-favorite recipe ideas and tried-and-true culinary hacks — and having their share of fun on set. (Remember that time Jeff Mauro donned his best bodysuit and performed an impromptu floor-skating routine?) Just this morning, Jeff and Geoffrey Zakarian once again showed off their silly sides as they put the finishing touches on their banana breads. After Katie Lee declared his rum-soaked banana bread a “home run,” Jeff could hardly contain his excitement and met GZ in the kitchen for a hearty high-five.
Take a look at the photo above that captures the guys’ grinning moment. We’re challenging you, The Kitchen fans, to write your best captions (tastefully appropriate, please) for this moment in the comments below.
It’s officially comfort food season, and all of the Food Network chefs are sharing their easy, cheesy and downright indulgent eats. It starts Saturday morning, when Ree Drummond is offering up tips for minimal-prep dorm room food like Waffle Maker Pizzas and Tea Kettle Noodle Soup. Next, Nancy Fuller is treating her grandkids to a feast of Honey Fried Chicken and Chocolate Chip Cookie Icebox Cake. After that, the co-hosts of The Kitchen share three new slow-cooker hacks, and Amanda Freitag stops by to make her “Pork on Pork” Chops. Patricia Heaton is hosting a game-day party filled with comfort food like Sloppy Joe Pockets and Kickoff Cupcakes. Finally, Valerie Bertinelli is spicing up poker night with southwestern egg rolls and ham sliders. On Saturday night, it’s two brand-new episodes of Unwrapped 2.0 that include behind-the-scenes looks at circus peanuts, Tootsie Rolls and more.
While Stephanie, the bar manager at Copper Still CD Vodka Lounge and Eatery, had reached out to Robert Irvine for help in reviving business, she never could have expected that he’d turn up unannounced. In a tricky double elimination, when he arrived with his Restaurant: Impossible team in tow, Robert shocked not only Stephanie but also Christina, the owner of the Crestwood, Ill., restaurant. Eight months after opening the doors to Copper Still, Christina had yet to make a profit on the eatery, and the financial struggle had begun to put a strain on her marriage to her husband, Dominic. It was up to Robert to reinvigorate Christina, mend her relationship and transform Copper Still — and he almost had to do it alone. Stephanie was so upset by Robert’s ambush that she nearly didn’t help in the renovation, but ultimately, in true Irvine fashion, that didn’t stop Robert from completing his mission. Read on below to hear from Christina and see how Copper Still is faring a few months since it reopened.
“The ambush has definitely opened my eyes to the different problems that we had with staff and training,” Christina says, reflecting on her Restaurant: Impossible experience. “I have now since become more aggressive with the direction I would like the staff to go into. I have had less toleration for the behavior we once overlooked.” She adds that there are now “new rules and procedures that the staff must understand and follow,” and she says that there is “a different training process” in place for new staff members.