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Restaurant Revisited: Sweet Tea’s Restaurant & Catering

by in Shows, March 24th, 2013

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: ImpossibleAt Sweet Tea’s Restaurant & Catering in Pineville, N.C., problems started almost as soon as they opened for business. After just six months in operation, owners Dana and David Cohen were facing losses of nearly $8,000-$10,000 per month at their Southern-style restaurant, and if drastic changes weren’t made, they’d be forced to shut down in a matter of weeks. Lucky for them, those much-needed updates were made, thanks to Robert Irvine and his Restaurant: Impossible team.

Even before arriving at Sweet Tea’s, Robert knew one crucial reason the restaurant was struggling: its extreme out-of-the-way location and absence of street-side advertising. It was his mission to brand the eatery as a comfortable, welcoming restaurant with Southern food to match, and to accomplish that, Robert would have to remake the menu of what he deemed to be D-rated food. With just two days to work and a $10,000 budget, he reopened the doors of Sweet Tea’s and gave the restaurant — and the Cohen family — a second chance at success. We checked in with Dana a few months after the renovation to find out how the business is doing.

Since Robert left, Dana and David have noticed an increase in revenue at Sweet Tea’s, and they are now “trying so hard to catch up” on bills, Dana tells us. “We need to catch up on rent, and that is the only thing holding us back.”

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One-on-One With the Latest Blue Team Recruit to Go Home — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, March 24th, 2013

Chet Pourciau and Alina BolshakovaFor the 14 recruits competing on Worst Cooks in America, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime to learn kitchen basics and culinary how-tos from Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay — two of New York City’s top restaurant chefs and some of Food Network’s most celebrated stars. It’s up to the contestants to use the tools the chefs provide to learn how to master certain skills on their own and demonstrate progress in the kitchen. Despite their best efforts, however, one recruit from Chef Anne’s Red Team and another from Chef Bobby’s Blue Team will ultimately succumb to the challenges of Boot Camp week after week as they compete for $25,000 and bragging rights for their coach.

Check back with FN Dish every Sunday after the episode for the first interviews with the latest eliminated contestants to read their exclusive reflections on the competition, thoughts on difficult challenges, plans for the future and more.

SPOILER ALERT: Find out who went home

One-on-One With the Latest Red Team Recruit to Go Home — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, March 24th, 2013

Rasheeda Brown and Sue MangognaFor the 14 recruits competing on Worst Cooks in America, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime to learn kitchen basics and culinary how-tos from Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay — two of New York City’s top restaurant chefs and some of Food Network’s most celebrated stars. It’s up to the contestants to use the tools the chefs provide to learn how to master certain skills on their own and demonstrate progress in the kitchen. Despite their best efforts, however, one recruit from Chef Anne’s Red Team and another from Chef Bobby’s Blue Team will ultimately succumb to the challenges of Boot Camp week after week as they compete for $25,000 and bragging rights for their coach.

Check back with FN Dish every Sunday after the episode for the first interviews with the latest eliminated contestants to read their exclusive reflections on the competition, thoughts on difficult challenges, plans for the future and more.

SPOILER ALERT: Find out who went home

11 Things You Didn’t Know About Sunny Anderson — Chopped All-Stars

by in Shows, March 24th, 2013

Sunny AndersonFN Dish is counting down to the Season-3 premiere of Chopped All-Stars by introducing a competitor every day. Sixteen competitors including Food Network and Cooking Channel talent, renowned chefs, Chopped judges and celebrities are competing for a chance to win the title of All-Stars Champion and a $50,000 donation to charity. Watch the premiere on Sunday, April 7, at 9pm/8c and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content.

Sunny Anderson is the host of Cooking for Real and Home Made in America. She grew up traveling the world as an Army brat and along the way indulged in many local cuisines. While in the Air Force, she also picked up an interest in music, which led to her becoming a radio host and a music magazine editor. Before joining Food Network, Sunny ran her own catering business, Sunny’s Delicious Dishes. But, did you know there’s no food that Sunny isn’t willing to try at least once? Find out more about Sunny in her Q&A below.

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Nadia G. — Chopped All-Stars

by in Shows, March 23rd, 2013

Nadia G.FN Dish is counting down to the Season 3 premiere of Chopped All-Stars by introducing a competitor every day. Sixteen competitors including Food Network and Cooking Channel talent, renowned chefs, Chopped judges and celebrities are competing for a chance to win the title of All-Stars Champion and a $50,000 donation to charity. Watch the premiere on Sunday, April 7, at 9pm/8c and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content.

Nadia G. hosts Nadia G.’s Bitchin’ Kitchen on Cooking Channel. Trained at the Culinary Institute of Hard Wooden Spoon Whacks, Nadia G. grew up in a boisterous Italian family that never quite gave up the belief that Casalinga-style cuisine is the center of the universe. Her recipes are influenced by the food she grew up eating and the local cuisine of her hometown, Montreal, Canada. But did you know that she can’t live without a certain appliance in the kitchen? In fact, it even contributes to her personality. Find out more about Nadia in her Q&A below.

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Jeff Mauro — Chopped All-Stars

by in Shows, March 22nd, 2013

Jeff MauroFN Dish is counting down to the Season 3 premiere of Chopped All-Stars by introducing a competitor every day. Sixteen competitors including Food Network and Cooking Channel talent, renowned chefs, Chopped judges and celebrities are competing for a chance to win the title of All-Stars Champion and a $50,000 donation to charity. Watch the premiere on Sunday, April 7, at 9pm/8c and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content.

Jeff Mauro won the seventh season of Food Network Star. Before joining Food Network, Jeff used to be an entertainer and comedian in Los Angeles. But the switch in careers hasn’t changed his personality one bit — he’s still just as funny and entertaining when cooking on Sandwich King and while eating his way through various cities on his other show, $24 in 24. But there’s a lot you don’t know about Jeff — for example, he hates cottage cheese and curry. Find out more about him in his Q&A below.

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Taking Orders — Worst Cooks in America Caption It

by in Shows, March 22nd, 2013

Chef Anne BurrellFor the first time in Worst Cooks in America Boot Camp, the chefs and recruits will be swapping roles in the kitchen this Sunday. Anne and Bobby will take their contestants’ places for a challenge that has them cooking against the clock, but of course the recruits are the ones who are in for the true test of the Skill Drill. With their mentors out of sight, they must communicate with the chefs via headset as they work in teams to describe the visual and flavor profiles of a dish only they can see and taste. While it’s the hope that the competitors’ abilities to discern cooking techniques and ingredients are strong enough for their mentors to re-create the dish successfully, the contestants were learning new practices just one week ago, so some of their directions may indeed get lost in translation.

In the sneak-peek shot from Sunday’s brand-new episode, Chef Anne is prepping ingredients as she’s being fed culinary intelligence from Rasheeda and Sue. It’s up to her to trust in what they’re saying about the dish and attempt to prepare the same meal with only her team’s descriptions in mind. How do you think Chefs Anne and Bobby will react to taking requests from their recruits? Are the contestants able to work effectively as teams, or will this challenge backfire on the chefs? Which team, the Red or Blue, will ultimately score a win just one week before the finale?

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What to Watch: Spring Celebrations and An Identity Crisis on Restaurant: Impossible

by in Shows, March 22nd, 2013

Giada De LaurentiisSpring has sprung and with that in mind, Food Network has some new episodes this weekend celebrating the season. On Saturday morning, watch Paula and Cheech Marin cook a spring-inspired feast. Afterward, Ree is having three generations of the family over for a Sunday brunch filled with comforting recipes. Giada’s putting together a spring luncheon that is sure to please everyone, even the kids. And Ina is sharing her secrets to entertaining along with a few easy recipes to add to your repertoire.

On Sunday evening, it’s competition time on a soap opera-themed Cupcake Wars. And on a new episode of Worst Cooks in America, the recruits are tested on what they’ve learned so far, and they must also cook for their families. Finally, tune in for Restaurant: Impossible, where Robert will transform an unnoticed restaurant into one worthy of everyone’s attention.

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Gabriele Corcos — Chopped All-Stars

by in Shows, March 21st, 2013

Gabriele CorcosFN Dish is counting down to the Season 3 premiere of Chopped All-Stars by introducing a competitor every day. Sixteen competitors including Food Network and Cooking Channel talent, renowned chefs, Chopped judges and celebrities are competing for a chance to win the title of All-Stars Champion and a $50,000 donation to charity. Watch the premiere on Sunday, April 7, at 9pm/8c and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content.

Gabriele Corcos stars with his wife, Debi Mazar, in Extra Virgin on Cooking Channel. Born in Florence, Italy, Gabriele has a passion for Tuscan cuisine that runs through his veins. He loves cooking for his family and will soon be serving up his delicious food to the public — a new restaurant in Brooklyn is in the works. But you may not know that Gabriele hates cooking with a classic Italian herb. Find out what it is and more about him in his Q&A below.

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Love Match Made at Worst Cooks in America Boot Camp

by in Shows, March 19th, 2013

On this season of Worst Cooks in America, there were two competitions taking place: the one all of the recruits faced as they tried to become the best of the worst in the kitchen, and another that was Carla‘s alone, the one to win Chef Bobby Flay‘s love once and for all.

Week after week, fans watched as Carla strutted her stuff for Bobby, adding heart-shaped honey designs to her plate, making gelato and a burger with some of Bobby’s favorite flavors, and unabashedly flirting with him, all to prove to her Blue Team mentor that she’s the only girl for him. Surely not shy about her feelings, she was shameless in her romantic attempts, and even though he’s married, Bobby couldn’t help but offer her a few friendly hugs in return.

“The secret that I’m going to use is that I’m in love with Bobby Flay,” she said confidently during the premiere episode of her plan to dominate the challenges. Although her strategy may have been successful for five weeks of Boot Camp, it was ultimately too good to be true, and on Sunday, she was asked to turn in her apron. After learning that she’d be leaving the competition — and her culinary crush — only two weeks before the finale, she was heartbroken, claiming this to be “another breakup,” but she couldn’t leave without telling him, “I still love you, Bobby Flay.”

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