On this past Sunday’s episode of The Great Food Truck Race, the five remaining teams rolled into the Black Hills of South Dakota. Their stop was Rapid City, the second-largest city in the state with a booming tourism industry. The teams faced competition from local businesses and found themselves adapting to locals’ tastes when Tyler challenged them to add buffalo to their menus. But South Dakota is famous for more than just buffalo and Mount Rushmore. There are many great restaurants to choose from when visiting — whether you’re craving a buffalo burger or not. FN Dish has rounded up some terrific food options in South Dakota from Food Network’s On the Road guide. Check them out below.
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No matter how prepared a chef may be when he walks into Cutthroat Kitchen, or how well-conceived his ideas are for one round’s challenge dish, he can’t say for certain whether he’ll be able to use those skills or his thought-out plan, as a sabotage may ultimately get the better of him. The key to success in this contest is a competitor’s ability to adapt to culinary interferences as he meets them — finding new ways to add flavor to food when salt isn’t an option and learning how to fashion utensils out of foil when traditional devices are prohibited, among them.
But what happens when, whether because of strategic game play or simple good fortune, a chef has the opportunity — the time, ingredients and equipment — to make just what he had intended?
In the latest installment of Alton’s After-Show, the host and this week’s judge, Antonia Lofaso, dished on the competitors’ seeming need to do more and cook more than they ought to have or needed to simply because they could.
The five remaining teams came into Rapid City, S.D., on Episode 4 of The Great Food Truck Race with a goal in mind. For some it was keeping their previous leads, but for others it was breaking out of the middle of the pack or stopping a downward spiral. A Speed Bump didn’t do much to break the teams’ resolve, and a Truck Stop challenge involving buffalo just made them even more determined to follow through. However, a bad choice of location and poor planning resulted in low sales for one team. At elimination, a team that had held a lead in a previous stop took a nosedive to the bottom.
This weekend, it’s all about the competitions on Food Network. First, on Saturday, four cupcake bakers will compete to win an opportunity to cater a launch party for Jessica Alba’s new brand, The Honest Company. Then on Sunday, eight kids enter into competition, joining either Team Rachael or Team Guy, ready to cook for the chance to win a Web series. On The Great Food Truck Race, the five remaining teams race to South Dakota, where the challenges include cooking buffalo. Then tune in for the ultimate in sabotage on Cutthroat Kitchen and watch a new episode of Iron Chef America.
On tonight’s Chef Wanted, chef/owner Rodney Worth was looking for an executive chef for his restaurant The Pear Southern Bistro in Napa, Calif. He and his wife, Natalie, own and operate six restaurants in Northern California, and handing over the reins of The Pear to another chef would allow Rodney to spend more time with their kids. Anne Burrell brought in four viable candidates for the job opportunity, but only one got the position. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the winning chef.
If you’ve ever found yourself watching Cutthroat Kitchen and imagining the next-best sabotage that could befall the competitors, now is your chance to have your ideas heard. Food Network is currently accepting submissions for upcoming challenges, and it’s up to you, Cutthroat fans, to decide with what disruptions future contestants will have to adapt. You’ve seen host Alton Brown sell the exclusive use of salt and enforce a mandate to fashion utensils out of aluminum foil, but now the network wants to know what you think he should dish out next.
Think you have the ultimate sabotage worthy of being featured on the show? Tell Food Network by tweeting your suggestion using #Evilicious or leaving a comment below, and it may appear on an upcoming episode of Cutthroat Kitchen.
Season 4 of The Great Food Truck Race is traveling the nation from coast to coast, visiting cities where food trucks have been popular for years and where food truck businesses are just starting to gain momentum. And the reason why food trucks are popular is because they are the perfect solution for busy people who need on-the-go food, like Food Network stars, who find themselves splitting time between running restaurants and taping new shows. FN Dish recently caught up with the network’s stars to find out where they like to grab a bite to eat in their free time. Find out their picks below.
Cupcake Wars returns for Season 9 with all new episodes starting on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 8pm/7c. Talented cupcake bakers will take on the challenge of making creative confections for a chance to win $10,000. On the premiere episode, special guest judge Jessica Alba will be having a launch party for her new family brand, The Honest Company, and she’s in need of the best all-natural and organic cupcakes. “As a guest judge and foodie, I was blown away by the contestants’ culinary creativity in baking cupcakes that were made with healthier ingredients but still tasted and looked amazing,” said Jessica. Watch the episode to see which baker wins the opportunity to cater the event.
Watch Cupcake Wars Saturdays (new night) at 8pm/7c.
This past Sunday, the six remaining food trucks in The Great Food Truck Race stopped by Pocatello, Idaho, where the challenges had them cooking dishes highlighting the state’s famous russet potato. The teams even had to do some digging of their own, harvesting from a local farm and then creating a dish elevating the humble spud to a special status. But Idaho is about more than just potatoes — the state has a lot of restaurants and eateries that not only bring in the locals but out-of-towners, too. FN Dish has done the digging for you, highlighting some terrific food options in Idaho from Food Network’s On the Road guide. Check them out below.
When chefs enter Cutthroat Kitchen, they’re likely expecting a bit — or a lot — of sabotage to be dealt upon them by their rivals. After all, it’s this play-or-be-played mentality that makes the competition as fiercely cutthroat at is it. But what they may not expect is that some of their most prominent challenges will likely come not from their dwindling cash supply, another contestant or unexpected ingredient swaps, but rather from themselves and their ideas about how to succeed in Cutthroat Kitchen.
On this week’s After-Show, judge Simon Majumdar and host Alton Brown noticed that in almost every round of cooking, chefs faced significant obstacles — some so damaging that they led to eliminations — on account of their own shortcomings. “He wasn’t sabotaged there,” Alton told Simon of Chef Scipione’s absence of bread in his Round 1 cheese steak sandwich. “He just didn’t make it out of the pantry with any bread.” This oversight ultimately cost Chef Scipione his place in the competition, as Simon noted that the chef’s finished dish “wasn’t a Philly cheese steak in any form that I would recognize.”