by Joseph Erdos in Shows, September 28th, 2015
by Maria Russo in Shows, September 27th, 2015
On the new show Halloween Baking Championship, expect to be blown away by some of the extremely creepy creations the bakers make, but even more than that, be ready for probably the scariest panel of judges you will ever see, and a host who’s not afraid to deliver some deadly news to eliminated bakers. Judges Carla Hall, Ron Ben-Israel and Sherry Yard will be dishing out critiques, while Richard Blais will be sending home those bakers who don’t meet the spooktacular criteria of the $25,000 competition show. Before you tune in for the premiere on Monday, October 5 at 9|8c, get to know each of them a little better.
Before finding the world of baking, Ron had a 15-year career as a modern dancer. After working pastry apprenticeships in Canada and France, he made his way to New York City, where he opened his couture cake shop. Ron has hosted Sweet Genius on Food Network and judged Cake Wars.
by Maria Russo in Drinks, Shows, September 26th, 2015
While some judges demand inventive, next-level variations on a classic dish, Cutthroat Kitchen judges are indeed pleased to see chefs’ traditional takes, as one-third of the panel’s judging criteria is whether an offering is indicative of the original recipe. So then what’s so difficult about cooking in this evilicious arena? The sabotages, of course. On tonight’s brand-new episode, host Alton Brown auctioned off a trio of oddball pans that would make prepping a seemingly simple dish — a toad-in-the-hole — anything but straightforward. But before the contest, the Cutthroat culinary crew attempted to turn out this egg-in-bread breakfast treat using all three pans to make sure it was indeed doable within the allotted time.
As food stylist Jamie Peterson introduced the three pans up for testing today — the bumpy pan, the mushroom-shaped pan and the holey pan — he noted that they were collectively “horrendous pans.” And just after plopping an egg into the bread hole on the bumpy pan, he admitted, “Oh, that’s a problem.” The whites managed to ooze out from under the slice of bread and run along the valleys of the pan. The mushroom-shaped pan had no trouble heating up quickly, and once Jamie steadied the bread along its domed top, the egg was nearly fully contained to the hole. Given the multiple holes in the third pan, Jamie was sure to heat it, then turn off the flames before cooking the bread and egg to avoid torching them directly — and aside from some slippage, his technique was successful.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, September 25th, 2015
‘Tis the season for all things apples, from sweet classics like pies, tarts and breads, to the savory side of the menu with hearty pork roasts and fresh salads. But what happens at cocktail hour? It turns out that you can enjoy the taste of autumn’s signature flavor in drink form, too. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts celebrated the best flavors of fall with go-to seasonal recipes, including Geoffrey Zakarian’s Apple Sorbet, Scotch and Soda Float.
It takes only those three key ingredients and a quick five minutes to make this adults-only cocktail, which doubles as a dessert, thanks to the scoops of refreshing apple sorbet in each class. The secret to serving GZ’s recipe? Freezing the glasses before filling them with the sorbet, which will help keep the drink chilled longer.
by Ricky Smith in Shows, September 25th, 2015
Get highlights of the Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition premiere, and see some of the craziest moments in GIFs.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, September 23rd, 2015
This weekend, start fall off right with new autumn eats from your favorite chefs and the crowning of the winning team on The Great Food Truck Race. First up on Saturday, Ree Drummond celebrates the men in her life with their favorite sweets, like Lemon Bread Pudding and Mike’s Crispy Treats. Next, Nancy Fuller caters a meal for the local book drive, including Creamy Crab and Bacon Endive Boats and Apple Puffs with Meringue. After that, the co-hosts of The Kitchen serve up fall favorites and reveal which bar gadgets will save you time. Then, Valerie Bertinelli shows her appreciation for her fellow volunteers at a local animal adoption event with English and Italian Finger Sandwiches and Deviled Eggs Three Ways.
On Sunday, Giada De Laurentiis prepares an Italian supper of Lamb Osso Buco and Roasted Squash with Cherries and Pistachios. And on Sunday night, Guy Fieri challenges the chefs to create a pork dinner using just one ingredient from each aisle on a new Guy’s Grocery Games. Next, on the season finale of The Great Food Truck Race, the two remaining teams must sell three different ethnic dishes in three different ethnic neighborhoods before one is crowned champion and drives away with $50,000. Then, Alton Brown forces two chefs to cook on a seesaw on a new Cutthroat Kitchen.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, September 22nd, 2015
This season on Worst Cooks in America, seven celebrity recruits have signed up to be whipped into shape by mentors Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray, but unfortunately Boot Camp has room for only six, three stars per team. And that means one celebrity has had his or her time cut short. FN Dish has the exclusive exit interview with tonight’s eliminated recruit.
SPOILER ALERT: Read on to find out who went home.
by Maria Russo in Shows, September 22nd, 2015
On tonight’s finale, the four teen winners from the earlier preliminary rounds entered the Chopped kitchen one more time. This last battle would determine who would win the $25,000 prize and the coveted title, which in itself brings bragging rights for a kid in high school. The teens had to face challenging mystery baskets that no amount of practice could enable anyone to predict, while also being creative, cooking flavorfully and presenting dishes that appealed to the judges. But nothing could truly prepare them for the pressure and the time constraints. Ultimately one of them rose to the top with three courses that earned the championship title and the $25,000.
Get the Exclusive Interview with the Chopped Teen Grand Champion
by Leah Brickley in Recipes, Shows, September 22nd, 2015
If the snack food aisle at your grocery store is anything like the one at mine, you know there’s no shortage of bags of crispy, crunchy and downright craveable sweet and savory favorites just waiting for you to grab them. But before these treats land on the shelves, they all go through a process that transforms them from just a few ingredients into the snacks you know and love, and it’s that behind-the-scenes creation that will be revealed on Unwrapped 2.0.
Premiering Saturday, Oct. 10 at 8|7c and hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro, this brand-new season will bring you inside the factories that turn out your favorite treats and show off the ins, outs and arounds of everything from colorful Dots and crimson Hot Tamales to cool mints and oversize soft pretzels. Find out what it takes to turn out just a single box or bag of your go-to munchies, and learn how many packages can be cranked out at one time.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, September 22nd, 2015
The Sandwich King, Jeff Mauro, was the guest judge for this week’s episode of Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off. And, of course, our contestants had to win him over with amazing sandwiches during the first round. We were so sad to see Sabrina go home with her first attempt ever at a croque monsieur sandwich — but so impressed that she took a chance! If you’re like Sabrina, and never made this classic French sandwich, then here’s a little 101.
On last night’s episode of Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off, Mondays at 8|7c, Jeff Mauro joined Rachael as a guest judge for the challenges, which focused on creativity. When it comes to food, there’s no such thing as too much creativity; it’s more about finding what works and sticking to it, as Jeff recommends. On his show Sandwich King, Jeff comes up with new and unique combinations, and it’s that lesson in creativity that he came to teach the kids. Another lesson from him: Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes. This is true no matter what you’re doing, whether it’s comedy or cooking, notes Jeff, who actually has been able to master both.
FN Dish caught up with Jeff to chat about the episode, the kids and more. Find out his best advice for getting kids in the kitchen at a young age, and what’s the best dish to teach them first.