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Chopped All-Stars: Now’s Your Chance to Chat With the Judges

by in Community, Shows, April 1st, 2013

Chopped All-Stars Facebook ChatsFood fans will have a chance to chat with the people who are really in the hot seat on this season of Chopped All-Stars: the judges. Join us on the Chopped Facebook page and ask Alex (who will also be competing), Chris, Geoffrey, Marcus and even Ted the questions you’ve always wanted them to answer.

One-on-One With the Worst Cooks in America Winner

by in Shows, March 31st, 2013

Chef Bobby Flay, Alina Bolshakova, Rasheeda Brown and Chef Anne BurrellAfter besting 12 rival recruits in a six-week Boot Camp, the top two Worst Cooks in America contestants took to the professional kitchen at New York City’s The Dutch restaurant for a finale cook-off to be judged by three no-nonsense culinary experts, Chefs Anita Lo, Frank Cardoz and Andrew Carmellini. The Red Team‘s Rasheeda Brown and the Blue Team‘s Alina Bolshakova relied on the teachings of their mentors to successfully compete against the clock and create not just everyday dishes but a restaurant-quality feast, complete with appetizer, entree and dessert courses.

SPOILER ALERT: Find out who won

One-on-One With the Worst Cooks in America Runner-Up

by in Shows, March 31st, 2013

Rasheeda Brown and Alina BolshakovaAfter besting 12 rival recruits in a six-week Boot Camp, the top two Worst Cooks in America contestants took to the professional kitchen at New York City’s The Dutch restaurant for a finale cook-off to be judged by three no-nonsense culinary experts, Chefs Anita Lo, Frank Cardoz and Andrew Carmellini. The Red Team‘s Rasheeda Brown and the Blue Team‘s Alina Bolshakova relied on the teachings of their mentors to successfully compete against the clock and create not just everyday dishes but a restaurant-quality feast, complete with appetizer, entree and dessert courses.

SPOILER ALERT: Find out who went home

11 Things You Didn’t Know About Marc Murphy

by in Shows, March 31st, 2013

Marc MurphyYou’ve seen them judge the competition, battle for the title of All-Stars champion and compete in a friendly game with colleagues on After Hours, but there’s a lot you don’t know about the judges of Chopped. Here’s your chance to get to know the nine people behind the Chopping Block.

Marc Murphy is a regular judge on Chopped and has also appeared on Iron Chef America. Marc has logged more than 20 years in the restaurant business, and he is currently executive chef and owner of Benchmarc Restaurants (Landmarc and Ditch Plains in New York) and Benchmarc Events. But there a few things you might not know about Marc — for example, if he hadn’t gone into the culinary field, he might have become an architect. Find out more about Marc in his Q&A below.

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Amanda Freitag

by in Shows, March 30th, 2013

Amanda FreitagYou’ve seen them judge the competition, battle for the title of All-Stars champion and compete in a friendly game with colleagues on After Hours, but there’s a lot you don’t know about the judges of Chopped. Here’s your chance to get to know the nine people behind the Chopping Block.

Amanda Freitag is a regular judge on Chopped. She recently competed in The Next Iron Chef: Redemption, coming in second place. Amanda has been cooking professionally for more than 20 years and has worked under a long list of chefs including Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Alain Passard, Diane Forley and Tom Valenti, to name a few, and it is with great excitement that Amanda is now working toward opening a restaurant of her own. But there are a few things you might not know about Amanda — for example, she loves comfort foods like burgers and pasta but hates certain foods that other chefs would consider favorite delicacies, like sea urchin and monkfish liver. Find out more about Amanda in her Q&A below.

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Prepare for Rebel Eats Tonight: Justin Warner Gives Fans the Inside Look

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, March 30th, 2013

Justin Warner on Rebel EatsJustin Warner fans are in for a treat tonight (10pm/9c). The Rebel With a Culinary Cause is hitting the road in his new show and biggest challenge yet — finding the real culinary rebels of America on Rebel Eats. Armed with $300 (for gas), a car and a nose for good food and crazy characters, Justin will travel the back roads of the South to try everything from moonshine and bacon beer to deep-fried PB&J, jellyfish pasta and bowling alley barbecue served in a Mason jar. We recently caught up with Justin and asked him to dish a little on his special, catch us up on what he’s been eating and teach us how to be food rebels ourselves. Before tuning in tonight, read his interview below (and go behind-the-scenes with these photos).

How did your experience on Food Network Star prepare you for making Rebel Eats?

Given that I had no television experience prior to Star, I would say that every facet of the show helped me prepare for Rebel Eats. In Star, we were constantly fighting against the clock. It has made me much more concise and efficient when conveying ideas or developing dishes. In addition, having Alton as a mentor was really a life-changing experience. He taught me how to understand where the camera is, what it’s picking up and how to make it my best friend.

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Alex Guarnaschelli

by in Shows, March 29th, 2013

Alex GuarnaschelliYou’ve seen them judge the competition, battle for the title of All-Stars champion and compete in a friendly game with colleagues on After Hours, but there’s a lot you don’t know about the judges of Chopped. Here’s your chance to get to know the nine people behind the Chopping Block.

Alex Guarnaschelli is a regular judge on Chopped and most recently won the title of Iron Chef on The Next Iron Chef: Redemption. She is also the executive chef of Butter restaurant and The Darby in New York City. Alex began her culinary career in France, studied at La Varenne Cooking School in Burgundy and worked under the tutelage of many French restaurateurs before moving to New York. Her first cookbook, Old School Comfort: The Way I Learned to Cook, was released earlier this year. But did you know Alex has a special appreciation for the sea that goes beyond just eating seafood? In fact, if she hadn’t become a chef, she would have become a marine biologist. Find out more about Alex in her Q&A below.

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Watch a Preview of the Worst Cooks in America Finale

by in Shows, March 29th, 2013

After six weeks of Worst Cooks Boot Camp, 12 competitors have fallen in the face of demanding Skill Drills and Main Dish Challenges, and now only two top recruits remain. On Sunday night, the Blue Team’s Alina Bolshakova and the Red Team’s Rasheeda Brown will go head-to-head in the ultimate culinary showdown, where just three dishes and a panel of restaurant-chef judges stand between them and $25,000.

Although Chefs Bobby and Anne are rooting for their respective teams to take the win because of what a victory would mean to their recruits, they’re also hoping their lead contestant bests her competitor on account of the bragging rights they want to have over each other. No stranger to Worst Cooks glory, Chef Anne currently has an undefeated Boot Camp record and is hoping to keep it that way come Sunday night, while Chef Bobby is looking to upset her winning streak with a first-ever Blue Team triumph.

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What to Watch: Special Occasion Recipes and the Finale of Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, March 29th, 2013

Worst CooksThis weekend, Food Network has new episodes from Ree, Ina and Giada on Saturday and three competition shows with new episodes on Sunday, including the finale of Worst Cooks in America.

On Saturday morning, tune in as Ree cooks dishes for her homeschooled kids. Then watch Ina surprise her dear friend on her birthday by stocking her kitchen with goodies. Afterward, Giada takes a stroll down memory lane with recipes that have had a special meaning in her life and career.

On Sunday evening, watch a special rock-and-roll-themed episode of Cupcake Wars. Then tune in for the finale of Worst Cooks in America to find out whether Chef Anne’s or Chef Bobby’s recruit scores a win. And finally it’s an all-new episode of Chopped on a special night: A mystery basket ingredient in the appetizer round takes the competitors by surprise.

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Chef Wanted: Precinct Update

by in Shows, March 28th, 2013


Chef WantedThe Precinct in Cincinnati is a former police station from the early 1900s that was converted into a steakhouse by owner Jeff Ruby in 1981. Jeff, with the help of his daughter Britney, was looking for a new chef who could meet three criteria. They wanted a chef with tremendous culinary depth, who knew beef as well or better than Jeff himself and could make everyone in the kitchen better at their jobs. Anne Burrell and the Chef Wanted team were called in to help with the search. After two tests and two dinner services, an offer was extended to Chef Rahman “Rock” Harper.

Rock left the restaurant business about three years ago to work for D.C. Central Kitchen, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., that helps rehabilitate homeless people and gives them the skills to enter the culinary field. Rock wants to re-enter the professional kitchen and sees Precinct as the perfect opportunity.

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