The young contestants on this week’s episode of Chopped Junior were faced with some pretty tough ingredients in their mystery baskets, like barbecued-flavored larvae in the appetizer course. They also faced off with broccoli rabe (aka rapini), which is similar to broccoli, though it’s thinner, with smaller crowns and longer stalks. It can also be bitter and should be blanched first to help mellow its flavor.
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Catch Some Extra Z’s This Weekend and Enjoy as Top 5 Restaurants Covers Brunch — Vote for your Favoriteby Michelle Baricevic in Shows, December 22nd, 2015
Weekends were made for ignoring the clock and sleeping in late. Weekends were also made for heading to a local eatery and enjoying a little ritual called brunch. Later than breakfast but earlier than lunch, brunch is the best time to indulge in everything from syrupy pancakes to peppery hash browns. Plus, drinking boozy beverages at noon is totally acceptable. This past week on Top 5 Restaurants, hosts Geoffrey Zakarian and Sunny Anderson gave viewers a fork-grabbing look at the best brunch dishes in the country.
After finishing up his judging duties for tonight’s all-new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, Jet Tila experienced life as a competitor during the After-Show when he was tasked with taking on a sabotage from the shrimp stir-fry test in Round 2. One particularly evilicious sabotage required one chef to cook with a tiny wok and chopsticks while the other was saddled with an oversize pair — and that’s what Jet was forced to contend with as well.
As he finagled with the extra-large chopsticks as he chopped his vegetables, the situation appeared to be somewhat under control. But that was quickly lost when he attempted to lift and pour his mise en place setup into the wok. After several dropped bowls, host Alton Brown couldn’t help but lend Jet a hand — by covering the camera lens so Jet could cheat the sabotage (or not) and manually add his ingredients to the wok without anyone noticing. “Go ahead and do whatever you need to do,” Alton told him, and sure enough, after just a few seconds, the camera returned to a full wok.
Even while Jet worked with this trick equipment, he and Alton were quick to dole out what it takes to make a classic stir-fry. After all, as the world record holder for the largest stir-fry ever made, Jet knows just how to execute it properly. “The wok should give a little smokiness to the dish,” he explained, and he and Alton noted the importance of the wok being steel. When it comes to accomplishing the right taste, Alton and Jet note that it’s best to deglaze the pan as the stir-fry comes together. “The deglazing is absolutely important because all of that fond that was stuck in there from the ginger, garlic and the shrimp has to come back in,” Jet said.
This season on Holiday Baking Championship 10 bakers entered the competition to show off their creativity and skills for a chance to win $50,000. After eight weeks of baking everything from cookies to cakes, three bakers remained to face off in the finale: Steve, Maeve and Adalberto. But as is always the case, only one of them could walk away the Holiday Baking Champion and the winner of the grand prize.
Who baked the best holiday-themed cake in the finale? If you haven’t watched yet, then don’t read any further, as we’re chatting with the winner of the championship.
What to Watch: Patti LaBelle Bakes Pies with Her Biggest Fan, and a Holiday Baking Champion Is Crownedby Ricky Smith in Shows, December 18th, 2015
This weekend, wintry favorites are on the menu as the Food Network chefs settle in for nights filled with comfort food and even more holiday celebrations. First on Saturday morning, The Kitchen welcomes The Today Show’s Natalie Morales, and the co-hosts offer tips on making the most of leftover holiday sweets. After that, Guy Fieri is demonstrating his Smoked Prime Rib just in time for the holidays on a new episode of Guy’s Big Bite.
Paul Liscio was struggling in his work as the owner of La Casa Bianca in Whitehouse Station, N.J., a restaurant that had seen significant declines in recent years. But it was his daughter, Megan, who was determined to remedy the situation as she reached out to Robert Irvine for help in rescuing her father and his business from impending failure. After ambushing Paul with a Restaurant: Impossible renovation, Robert and his team managed to not only reopen La Casa Bianca with the tools it needs to succeed, but also help Paul find the inspiration to manage his eatery. Read on below to hear from Paul and find out how La Casa Bianca is doing today.
“Business is picking up,” Paul explains. “[The experience] has brought new customers. The combo of my food and what [Robert and the team] did is clicking more and more every day. It’s special.”
On this episode of Chopped After Hours, judges Maneet Chauhan, Chris Santos and Amanda Freitag get in the kitchen to cook the entree basket from the Battle of the Grandpas episode. They are faced with utilizing London broil, rutabaga, broccoli rabe and peanut butter taffy bites, and the big question Ted poses is what the judges would do with the beef, since it’s such a tough cut. “Hard sear, lots of resting,” Amanda offers, and Chris says, “Typically you’d attack it with some kind of fat.” The two judges decide to do just that, but Maneet takes the meat in an entirely different direction.
In a ball pit, strapped to a life-size rotisserie, high atop a high chair, on top of a mechanical bull — the Cutthroat Kitchen After-Show has seen the judges in some downright diabolical (and downright hilarious) locales. But on tonight’s all-new installment, the scene turned a bit more seasonal when host Alton Brown and judge Jet Tila found themselves atop Santa’s lap following the Holi-Dazed and Confused holiday special.
“Alton, I’ve never felt this uncomfortable,” Jet — clad as what else but a holiday elf, of course — told Alton as the duo landed atop Santa’s lap. “Oh, we’re just getting started,” Alton joked. Not only did the guys have to work while seated, but they each had an additional sabotage to simultaneously contend with. Since Alton won the coin toss, he chose the spinning-dreidel challenge for himself — which meant that he had to keep a dreidel spinning during the whole time he was cooking — while Jet was forced to send all of his ingredients down an ice luge before working with them. “You’re, like, weighing [ingredients]?” Jet asked Alton as the host used a kitchen scale to precisely measure the components. “I won’t even be able to get sugar down the luge.” Sure enough, though, Jet as well as Alton did manage to create presentable eggnog, and even Santa was able to partake in the holiday cheer with a cup for himself.
Tonight after the Family Affair episode of Chopped, judges Geoffrey Zakarian, Marc Murphy and Maneet Chauhan go into the kitchen to try out the appetizer basket in a new episode of Chopped After Hours. With just 20 minutes they have to cook with a pork roll, pizza dough, baby eggplant and Chinese spaghetti sauce. “Whatever that is,” says Ted Allen about the jarred ingredient, which Marc promptly dares him to swig. But Ted refuses; instead he asks the judges, “Why don’t you guys do your best to mask this flavor?” But the dares don’t stop there, as we’ll see in the episode.