On tonight’s second installment of the five-part Chopped Teen Tournament, four teens entered the hallowed kitchen to try their luck at the mystery baskets. Many of them have practiced in advance, even training with their culinary instructors. But nothing could truly prepare them for the pressure and the time constraints. Nevertheless the teens took the competition in stride, and ultimately one of them rose to the top with three courses that earned a place in the finale, where he or she will compete for a chance to win the $25,000.
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As the winner of the fifth season of The Next Food Network Star, Melissa d’Arabian went on to host Ten Dollar Dinners on Food Network and Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping on Cooking Channel. She’s also authored two cookbooks, most recently Supermarket Healthy. And on FoodNetwork.com she’s hosted the Web series The Picky Eaters Project, which aims to make family mealtime planning easier. This television host, author and busy mom of four also serves as a judge on Guy’s Grocery Games. Find out what’s Melissa’s go-to guilty-pleasure food, what she loves to pick up at the supermarket and more.
Get to know this Triple G judge, and tune in to watch Melissa on Guy’s Grocery Games on Sundays at 8|7c.
Do you prefer shopping in a small market or in a supermarket?
Melissa d’Arabian: I love small markets if I’m in Paris and there are tons of them around! Otherwise, I am quite happy in a large supermarket.
Do you prefer self-checkout, online ordering or a real person?
MD: Real person.
Making everything from spider cupcakes to mummy macarons, seven of the country’s top bakers will compete to create Halloween’s spookiest confections on Halloween Baking Championship, premiering Monday, Oct. 5 at 9|8c. To survive this haunted competition, hosted by Richard Blais, contestants must prove their baking abilities and impress judges Ron Ben-Israel, Carla Hall and Sherry Yard. Only one winner will take home the grand prize of $25,000 and earn the title of Halloween Baking Champion.
This episode of Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off was amazing. YouTube’s popular food critic Daym Drops (Daymon Patterson) was a guest mentor and judge, and we also saw some really innovative dishes from the kids. Our favorite moment was when Christopher kept his cool during the waffle disaster in the elimination challenge. He had started out making a waffle-and-fried-chicken sandwich, but his batter was too thin and leaked like crazy out of the waffle iron. So in a moment of genius, he dipped slices of bread into the waffle batter and made a French toast fried chicken sandwich instead! He even won the challenge and received the highest honor of a Daym Drops’ “5 All Day.”
A risotto’s success greatly depends on frequent stirring. So when Alton Brown auctioned off a fixed spoon — one suspended several inches in the air — on tonight’s brand-new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, the eviliciousness was in full effect for the chef forced to stir his risotto using only that spoon.
The Cutthroat culinary crew attempted this challenge in the latest installment of Testing the Sabotages, and while the team indeed found the sabotage to be doable, attaining that result was nothing short of surprising — or risky. Filling in for a prop to hold the stationary spoon, food stylist Abel Gonzalez was on hand to assist Jamie Peterson, another food stylist, who tried his hand at making shrimp-studded risotto with the spoon that Abel held. “It’s going to be really difficult, because as soon as I lift [the pan] up, I’m getting it off the heat,” Jamie said, explaining the drop in temperature every time he moved the pan to meet the spoon. As the rice continued to cook, Jamie managed to remedy that problem by increasing the heat, but in doing so, he nearly singed a few arm hairs off of Abel when a cloud of hot steam shot up from the pan. “I’m actually human, and you actually burned me,” Abel told Jamie, reminding his fellow food stylist that he’s indeed not a table prop without feelings.
Chef, cookbook author and TV host G. Garvin is a regular judge on Guy’s Grocery Games. Now G. is the chef at Low Country in Atlanta, his hometown. But before that G. was responsible for launching numerous restaurants in Los Angeles, where he cooked for celebrities and world dignitaries alike. When G.’s not hosting his Cooking Channel show Road Trip with G. Garvin or judging on Triple G, he’s developing his product lines, or taking time to mentor kids interested in culinary careers.
Get to know this Triple G judge, and tune in to watch G. on Guy’s Grocery Games on Sundays at 8|7c.
While store-bought dressings and vinaigrettes are surely convenient, most are packed with sugar and sodium; the homemade stuff is quick to mix up, so stick with a recipe the next time you toss a salad. On this morning’s episode of The Kitchen, the cast introduced three bold — and fuss-free — salad dressings that can be ready in mere minutes. Start with Geoffrey Zakarian’s Base Vinaigrette (pictured above). Once you master that simple combination of red wine vinegar, shallots and oil, you can either serve that mixture on its own, like GZ does with arugula, or you can add more ingredients to create a brand-new dressing with rich tastes and textures.
As a journalist and food critic for San Diego Magazine, Troy Johnson has eaten at his share of restaurants and lived to write about it. He’s also previously hosted Crave on Food Network. Currently he serves as a regular judge on Guy’s Grocery Games, where he mixes his culinary knowledge with a bit of comedy. Find out Troy’s opinion on one of the show’s most-difficult games, his take on the food from his childhood and his favorite place to eat in his hometown.
Get to know this Triple G judge, and tune in to watch Troy on Guy’s Grocery Games on Sundays at 8|7c.
Who’s won Iron Chef America against Bobby Flay? Beau MacMillan has, in Battle Kobe Beef. Beau’s also served as coach on Season 1 of Worst Cooks in America. Currently the proud New Englander is the executive chef for Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, a resort in Arizona. He’s also a regular judge on Guy’s Grocery Games, and has even competed in the All-Stars series, winning his episode.
Get to know this Triple G judge, and tune in to watch Beau on Guy’s Grocery Games on Sundays at 8|7c.
What to Watch: An Updated Set Is Revealed on The Kitchen and A-List Chefs Compete on Triple G All-Starsby Ricky Smith in Shows, August 28th, 2015
Take your mind off of the heat this weekend with your favorite Food Network chefs as they share new recipes and tips for everything from family entertaining to post-workout refueling. On Saturday morning, Nancy Fuller is making some tried-and-true favorites like Fresh Peach and Blueberry Upside-Down Cake for two of her granddaughters. Then, the co-hosts reveal an updated set on The Kitchen as they offer foolproof cocktail party tips and slow-cooker hacks. And Valerie Bertinelli is making healthy snacks and a Blueberry Smoothie for her friends and trainer after a hard workout.
On Sunday morning, Giada De Laurentiis is creating fresh Italian dishes like Shrimp and Grapefruit Skewers using the beautiful seafood and citrus found in Sorrento. Then, on Sunday night, another group of A-list chefs hit the aisles on a new episode of Guy’s Grocery Games: All-Stars as they compete to win money for charity. After that, the trucks must incorporate a unique local ingredient into their dish during the second leg of The Great Food Truck Race, and four chefs battle Alton Brown’s sabotages on an all-new Cutthroat Kitchen.