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Food Court Wars: Middle Eastern Flavors vs. Chip-Stuffed Sandwiches

by in Shows, July 28th, 2013

Chip-n-Wich and Oasis
Food Court WarsOn Food Court Wars, two teams of aspiring restaurant owners battle it out to win their very own food court restaurant worth $100,000. Through a set of challenges that test their menu offerings and marketability, the team that makes the most sales on grand-opening day wins.

On tonight’s episode in the Midland Mall in Michigan, two teams waged a battle of Lebanese foods vs. sandwiches. Diana, the owner of Mediterranean restaurant World Cafe, and her chef and general manager, Melania, wanted to open up a Lebanese food court eatery to expand their business. Jonathan and his friend Craig — both restaurant employees — want to be their own bosses and open up Chip-n-Wich, selling sandwiches that feature potato chips stuffed inside. Both teams had great concepts, but would their offerings live up to the expectations of discerning mall shoppers?

Spoiler Alert: A Life-Changing Win

VOTE: Star vs. Chopped Hot Dog Showdown

by in Recipes, Shows, July 28th, 2013

Star vs. Chopped Hot Dog ShowdownWe challenged two prestigious groups — Chopped judges and Food Network Star winners — to a summer recipe showdown. All season long, we’ll present head-to-head matchups of mouthwatering summer recipes from each team — from refreshing cocktails to fresh farmers’-market salads to the juiciest backyard burgers. By voting each week here on FN Dish or on our Fan Feed, you’ll determine the winning recipes.

At the end of the summer, the team that tallies up the most wins will celebrate with an all-star Labor Day party menu. Who will prevail as Summer Showdown champion — Star or Chopped?

This week, Star Season 7 winner Jeff Mauro and Chopped judge Scott Conant are cooking up their best hot dogs. Both chefs beef up their grilled dogs with over-the-top toppings – so whose will you serve up? Cast your votes below!

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What to Watch: Ina’s Fun in the City, Bobby’s International Barbecue and Robert Irvine as Guest Judge on Star

by in Shows, July 26th, 2013

Robert IrvineThis weekend on Food Network it’s all about making the best recipes, eating family favorites, uncovering restaurant secrets, creating new twists on the classics and cooking from scratch. All these things make food that’s much more exciting to eat because you know you’re getting something special.

On Saturday morning, Ree is making her personal best recipes. Then Trisha is in the kitchen with her sister Beth cooking up family recipes. On Barefoot Contessa, Ina’s in the city visiting some famous restaurants to learn some of their secrets. Then Giada is making pasta from scratch and turning it into three different dishes.

On Sunday morning, Bobby’s putting international twists on classic American barbecue. In the evening, it’s a new episode of Food Court Wars, with one team serving Middle Eastern food and one making creative sandwiches, trying to outsell the other in order to win a restaurant space. On Food Network Star, Robert Irvine challenges the remaining finalists to remake failed dishes from a restaurant’s menu. And on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert helps a husband and wife — who both dream of retiring debt free — revitalize their restaurant.

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What’s Your Dream Mall Eatery? — Food Court Wars

by in Shows, July 25th, 2013

Food Court WarsFood Court WarsFood Court Wars is changing the landscape of food courts in malls across America. The series helps aspiring restaurant business owners open their dream eateries in food courts. Each team has something unique and homemade to offer shoppers who are excited to try something different while at the mall.

With every episode, the team that wins is given a food court space rent-free for one year, which is a big financial relief for a starter business. Popular demand for their food helps the leading team win — and outearn the other team. If you could dream up your own food court eatery, what would it be? Do you have a winning concept that you think would rock the food court?

What’s Your Dream Mall Eatery?

Introducing Bubba and His Custom Bubba-Q Grills

by in Shows, July 23rd, 2013

If you’ve ever dreamed of having your very own custom-made barbecue, but didn’t know where to get one, you’re in luck, because there’s one man who’s the expert. Bubba, Texas-born but Philadelphia-based, builds custom, made-to-order grills — there’s almost no grill he can’t create. Check him out on Food Network’s new series Bubba-Q, which premieres Monday, August 19 at 10:30pm.

As a genuine Texas pit master with more than 40 years of barbecue experience, Bubba knows what he’s doing. When he’s not building custom smokers and grills, he runs a catering outfit and cooks for weekly hoedowns at the Hedger House Bar and Grill. But even the best ‘cue master can’t do it all by himself. Bubba has help from his family and friends, characters who all bring their own specialties to the table.

Meet Bubba and His Cast of Characters

Restaurant Revisited: Barely Edible at Hurley’s American Grille

by in Shows, July 21st, 2013

Restaurant: ImpossibleWhen Robert Irvine arrived at Edibles Restaurant & Pub in Horsham, Pa., it didn’t take long for him to realize the “misguided family” that owned the business was as much of a contributing factor to its failure as was the eatery’s filthy interior, “blah” decor and unappealing food. Husband and wife John Sr. and Butzy Hurley have been at the helm of their business for nearly 30 years, but despite their presence in the kitchen and at the front of the house, their staff, including their children, John Jr., Heather and Jennifer, and their nephew Steve, noted a significant lack of leadership. This, coupled with John Sr.’s strained relationship with his son, had contributed to Edibles’ $4,000-per-month losses, which Robert had only two days and $10,000 to attempt to rectify.

For the first time in six seasons of filming Restaurant: Impossible, Robert believed the best and most important means of improving a restaurant would be to change the business’ name and rebrand it with a descriptive, engaging and enticing identity, which is how Edibles became Hurley’s American Grille on opening day. Read on below to hear from John Sr., Heather and Steve, and find out how Hurley’s is doing a few months after its relaunch.

“The first couple weeks were great,” Steve explains of the time immediately after filming. “I feel like we’re busier, but our bills are higher because of the expenses of new staff.”

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Food Court Wars: Casual Comfort vs. Healthy Offerings

by in Shows, July 21st, 2013

Food Court Wars Episode 3
Food Court WarsOn Food Court Wars, two teams of aspiring restaurant owners battle it out to win their very own food court restaurant worth $100,000. Through a set of challenges that test their menu offerings and marketability, the team that makes the most sales on grand-opening day wins.

On tonight’s episode at the Wausau Center in Wausau, Wis., two teams with polar opposite food concepts attempted to win over the locals’ appetites and score a food court restaurant. Tyler, chef and owner of a local restaurant, The Black Sheep, and his employee Sarah, the managing waitress, wanted to open up a comfort food spot called Casual Joe’s. Carlie and Brianna, two roller derby girls, wanted to open The Wrap Trap, a healthy eatery that offers salads and wraps. But which team would have what it takes to win the battle in a town with a soft spot for comfort food?

Spoiler Alert: A Surprising and Emotional Win

VOTE: Ree vs. Trisha Summer Fruit Dessert Showdown

by in Recipes, Shows, July 21st, 2013

Ree vs. Trisha Summer Fruit Dessert ShowdownWe challenged two prestigious groups — Chopped judges and Food Network Star winners — to a summer recipe showdown. All season long, we’ll present head-to-head matchups of mouthwatering summer recipes from each team — from refreshing cocktails to fresh farmers’-market salads to the juiciest backyard burgers. By voting each week here on FN Dish or on our Fan Feed, you’ll determine the winning recipes.

This week, though, we depart from our regularly scheduled Star vs. Chopped competition to bring you a special Summer Showdown featuring mouthwatering dessert recipes from Trisha Yearwood and Ree Drummond. Using fresh seasonal fruit – Ree goes with peaches, Trisha with blackberries – these Food Network all-stars create easy, rustic summer cookout finales that are sure to wow your crowd.

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First Family of Mississippi Barbecue Coming to The Shed

by in Shows, July 19th, 2013

The ShedFor the Orrison family, barbecuing isn’t simply a habit; it’s a way of life they’ve adopted in Mississippi, where they run a string of successful ‘cue joints called The Shed. This loveably quirky and offbeat bunch is known for their over-the-top personalities and offers food to match, specializing in finger-lickin’-good ribs and from-scratch barbecue sauce. Together, brother-and-sister duo Brad Orrison and Brooke Lewis — the founders of The Shed — along with their parents, Daddy-O and Mamma Mia, are shining a light on their barbecue business as well as their day-to-day adventures on an all-new upcoming series, The Shed.

Premiering Sunday, Aug. 4 at 10pm, then airing every Monday night at the same time, The Shed will follow Brad, Brooke and an entire cast of “ShedHeads” inside the wild happenings at their restaurants. It will show off the eccentric dynamics at work as they run their business, compete in national ‘cue competitions and maintain a strong family bond — all while observing “The Shed Philosophy.” From the muddy swamps and garages to the bull-shaped barbecues at their holiday-lights-clad restaurants, the Orrisons prove what makes their brood one-of-a-kind and their award-winning meats worthy of the hype.

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What to Watch: Trisha’s Favorite Foods, Giada’s Kid-Friendly Recipes and a Star Returns to the Competition

by in Shows, July 19th, 2013

Trisha and BethThis weekend, Food Network has a bunch of new episodes that cover cooking for special occasions, for special guests and even for yourself. And if you’ve been watching Star Salvation, you know that one eliminated Food Network Star will be returning to the competition this Sunday.

First on Saturday morning, Ree is banking a few family-favorite recipes for the freezer to have on hand for later. Then, Trish and her sister Beth are cooking up all of Trisha’s favorite foods. On Barefoot Contessa, Ina is back in Brooklyn visiting a few famous eateries for inspiration in her own cooking. On Giada at Home, Giada is cooking kid-friendly recipes for her daughter’s dance class.

On Sunday morning, Jamie Deen is celebrating his brother, Bobby’s, birthday with a menu of all of Bobby’s favorite dishes. Then Bobby Flay is cooking up a Spanish barbecue menu. Come back in the evening for a new episode of Food Court Wars as two teams try to win over the citizens of their town, Wausau, Wis., with a casual diner versus a healthy food spot. Afterward on Food Network Star, the finalists are surprised to find out a former finalist returns to the show. This episode’s challenge will have them taping a food show that tests their storytelling skills. And on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert must help revitalize a 26-year-old family restaurant business that’s in desperate need of more motivated management from the family.

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