by Maria Russo in Recipes, Shows, October 23rd, 2014
by Maria Russo in Shows, October 22nd, 2014
At its most basic, a surf and turf dish includes one seafood and one land-based element, so on this week’s Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage tournament Heat 3 battle, host Alton Brown stretched that definition to include inferior versions of those components when he auctioned off ingredient swaps that included canned tuna for surf and liver for turf. For fans watching at home, surf and turf most likely connotes a dinner of lobster and steak, and likely an elegant one at that, but when it comes to steak, it doesn’t have to be saved for a special occasion.
If you don’t often make steak at home, try Alton’s simplest-ever recipe as a go-to starting place. His Pan-Seared Rib Eye (pictured above) boasts more than 500 user reviews and a glowing 5-star rating. Best of all, since his foolproof technique suggests making the steak on the stove, there’s no grilling required, which means you can enjoy meaty flavors year-round.
by Maria Russo in Food Network Chef, Shows, October 22nd, 2014
To survive — and thrive — on Cutthroat Kitchen, it’s not enough to be able to work quickly under pressure or to deliver a well-seasoned plate; chefs must be able to strategize their every move, budget their $25,000 bank account and bid productively with three rounds of competition in mind. Fans saw what happened when a contestant didn’t take that approach during tonight’s Heat 3 of the Superstar Sabotage tournament. For Chef Johnny Iuzzini, it didn’t matter how much he spent during Rounds 1 and 2 so long as he advanced to Round 3, while Chef Eric Greenspan frugally saved his money for charity — until the last round, when Chef Johnny was forced to compete with only $100 and Chef Eric was armed with a full $25,000.
“Once you’re down to $100, you can’t fight back. It doesn’t matter how good you are,” Alton Brown revealed to judge Simon Majumdar on the host’s latest After-Show. “This is a game, and you have to be able to play the game. And if you walk into a final round with a $100 bill in your hand, you’re going to have a really tough time winning regardless of how good you are.” Thanks to the force of his full funds behind him, Chef Eric was able to saddle Chef Johnny — a famed pastry chef — with a duo of sabotages during the lemon bar test, and that maneuver ultimately set up Chef Eric for the win. “Eric said it was just now even,” Alton told Simon of their Round 3 matchup.
by Caitlyn Callegari in Shows, October 21st, 2014
When it comes to dishing out culinary evils, no one does it quite like the host of Cutthroat Kitchen, Alton Brown. Now in its fifth season, Cutthroat is known for no-nonsense sabotages befalling even those contestants already in the thick of kitchen struggles, and on the recent Halloween-themed episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, the situation turned even scarier with ghostly challenges. FN Dish recently checked in with Alton to learn his candy must-have on Halloween, plus his best idea for next-level pumpkin carvings. Read on below to hear from the host in an exclusive interview, then catch Alton in costume on his Halloween After-Show.
What’s your favorite candy?
Alton Brown: Milk Duds
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, October 21st, 2014
Thanksgiving is coming! Thanksgiving is coming! And it’s certainly not something we take lightly here at Food Network. Why? Because it’s all about food, of course! If you love this indulgent holiday as much as we do, join in on all of the festivities that are planned throughout the month of November. There’s an almost endless amount of shows to inspire your Thanksgiving feast, or to simply entertain you, holiday style.
Feeling like a little competition? These Thanksgiving-themed game shows will have you on the edge of your seat:
Guy’s Grocery Games: Thanksgiving Grocery Trot
In this Thanksgiving episode, it’s all about holiday tradition. Guy Fieri has the contestants prepare a meal with autumnal ingredients, prepare snacks for game day and put together an upscale Thanksgiving dinner.
Sunday, Nov. 9 8|7c
Holiday Baking Championship
It’s cookies galore as the contestants battle it out to see who can make the most-delectable batch despite all of the obstacles thrown their way.
Sunday, Nov. 9 9|8c
by Maria Russo in Shows, October 20th, 2014
No matter how you slice it, the convergence of crispy crust, rich tomato sauce and pools of cheese is irresistible in a pizza. Now how about the toppings? That’s up to you. On last night’s episode of Hungry Games, Richard Blais revealed what senses we use to taste our toppings. The results were really surprising. And when it comes to salesmanship, Richard has upselling pizza down pat. He proved that the more descriptive the language on a menu, the higher the price people are willing to pay for a pizza — and the more pleasurable it is to eat as well.
Take the quiz to find out how much you know about pizza and share your results with fellow fans of the show on Twitter by using the hashtag #HungryGames.
Watch new episodes of Hungry Games on Mondays at 8|7c.
Test Your Pizza IQ
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, October 20th, 2014
From creepy crawling insects in the kitchen to appliances overrun with mold and caked in grease, Robert Irvine has seen all manner of filth in eateries over the course of nine seasons of Restaurant: Impossible missions. But no matter how off-putting and seemingly impossible to tackle a scene may be when Robert arrives, with the help of his team, he’s always able to resurrect the space and reopen the business as a shining, safe restaurant worthy of a second chance.
On tonight’s episode of Restaurant: Impossible, fans had the chance to look back at not just the dirty restaurants that have been featured on the show, but those simply too gross to forget, like Mama Lee’s, where a cockroach landed on Robert’s shoulder, and Smitty’s Restaurant, which required the aid of a professional exterminator.
by Maria Russo in Shows, October 19th, 2014
If you watched last night’s episode of Hungry Games, you probably learned more about ice cream than ever before. Who knew ice cream science and history could be so sweet? Richard Blais tested unsuspecting customers’ taste expectations by presenting them with a savory ice cream flavor. It wasn’t a favorite, to say the least, but it sure did prove a point: We expect ice cream to be sweet. But that doesn’t mean all ice cream flavors must be sweet — a little bit of salt goes a long way in making ice cream even more pleasurable to eat.
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 Ice Cream IQ
by Joseph Erdos in Events, Shows, October 19th, 2014
It’s no secret that Cutthroat Kitchen judges are secluded from the sabotages taking place during competitions and forced to evaluate the dishes based solely on what’s in front of them — such a strategy guarantees the focus remains on the food at all times. But on tonight’s all-new Alton’s After-Show, judge Jet Tila revealed that after learning what one chef had endured in the name of sabotage, he felt a tinge of guilt — especially after his decision led to the contestant’s elimination.
“You feel so bad after the fact. Now I realize,” he admitted after Alton spoke of how Chef Alex had to use only kitchen tongs to cut her wrap ingredients. “I was dinging so badly on her just horrible knife cuts. They literally looked like she’s just tearing things apart. But now I get it.” Alton went on to explain that because the judges are blind to the sabotages, they’re forced to evaluate on “flavor, presentation and ‘does it remind me of the thing it’s supposed to remind me of.’” But he admitted, “It doesn’t mean they’re all equally weighted. The truth is is anybody’s who’s a chef is going to more heavily weight flavor above all.”
by Caitlyn Callegari in Shows, October 17th, 2014
Brunch, that between-breakfast-and-lunch mealtime, is the perfect opportunity to enjoy both sweet and savory dishes, sometimes all in one dish. And when it comes to the perfect accompanying drink, Bloody Marys are a popular choice. At this Saturday’s Chopped Best Bloody Mary Brunch at the New York City Wine and Food Festival, the judges from Chopped gathered to taste offerings from 12 finalists in Absolut’s nationwide search for the best Bloody Mary. Also on hand were former competitors from the show, who presented food pairings that ran the gamut from tried-and-true brunch classics to fusion dishes.
The award of the day, chosen by the Chopped judges, went to David Wakefield of TenOak in Texas.
Read on to get the winning drink combination
The closer we creep toward Halloween, the more we seem to have dessert on the brain — especially if this weekend’s programming is any indication. It’s a dessert dream on Food Network with Rewrapped, Halloween Wars and Hungry Games. On Rewrapped, contestants spice up a favorite childhood snack, Hostess Sno Balls. On Halloween Wars the teams tackle the age-old mummies versus werewolves rivalry with sweets, and on a special sneak peek of Hungry Games it’s an ice cream wonderland.
If those shows have satisfied your sweet tooth, be sure to tune in to The Pioneer Woman, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, Farmhouse Rules, Guy’s Grocery Games and Cutthroat Kitchen. You can find savory recipes for dishes such as Chipotle Salsa, Slow-Cooker Stout Beef Stew and German Potato Salad. And on Guy’s Grocery Games and Cutthroat Kitchen, it’s two nail-biting journeys to see which contestants will overcome all the obstacles Guy Fieri and Alton Brown throw their way.