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First Family of Mississippi Barbecue Coming to The Shed

by in Shows, July 19th, 2013

The ShedFor the Orrison family, barbecuing isn’t simply a habit; it’s a way of life they’ve adopted in Mississippi, where they run a string of successful ‘cue joints called The Shed. This loveably quirky and offbeat bunch is known for their over-the-top personalities and offers food to match, specializing in finger-lickin’-good ribs and from-scratch barbecue sauce. Together, brother-and-sister duo Brad Orrison and Brooke Lewis — the founders of The Shed — along with their parents, Daddy-O and Mamma Mia, are shining a light on their barbecue business as well as their day-to-day adventures on an all-new upcoming series, The Shed.

Premiering Sunday, Aug. 4 at 10pm, then airing every Monday night at the same time, The Shed will follow Brad, Brooke and an entire cast of “ShedHeads” inside the wild happenings at their restaurants. It will show off the eccentric dynamics at work as they run their business, compete in national ‘cue competitions and maintain a strong family bond — all while observing “The Shed Philosophy.” From the muddy swamps and garages to the bull-shaped barbecues at their holiday-lights-clad restaurants, the Orrisons prove what makes their brood one-of-a-kind and their award-winning meats worthy of the hype.

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What to Watch: Trisha’s Favorite Foods, Giada’s Kid-Friendly Recipes and a Star Returns to the Competition

by in Shows, July 19th, 2013

Trisha and BethThis weekend, Food Network has a bunch of new episodes that cover cooking for special occasions, for special guests and even for yourself. And if you’ve been watching Star Salvation, you know that one eliminated Food Network Star will be returning to the competition this Sunday.

First on Saturday morning, Ree is banking a few family-favorite recipes for the freezer to have on hand for later. Then, Trish and her sister Beth are cooking up all of Trisha’s favorite foods. On Barefoot Contessa, Ina is back in Brooklyn visiting a few famous eateries for inspiration in her own cooking. On Giada at Home, Giada is cooking kid-friendly recipes for her daughter’s dance class.

On Sunday morning, Jamie Deen is celebrating his brother, Bobby’s, birthday with a menu of all of Bobby’s favorite dishes. Then Bobby Flay is cooking up a Spanish barbecue menu. Come back in the evening for a new episode of Food Court Wars as two teams try to win over the citizens of their town, Wausau, Wis., with a casual diner versus a healthy food spot. Afterward on Food Network Star, the finalists are surprised to find out a former finalist returns to the show. This episode’s challenge will have them taping a food show that tests their storytelling skills. And on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert must help revitalize a 26-year-old family restaurant business that’s in desperate need of more motivated management from the family.

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The Great Food Truck Race Hits the Road for Season 4 with New Teams, Trucks and Cities

by in Shows, July 17th, 2013

The Great Food Truck RaceThe Great Food Truck Race, hosted by Tyler Florence, kicks off Season 4 on August 18 at 9pm/8c with new teams who are hitting the road for the longest route in the history of the series, 4,181 miles to be exact. Much like last year, these competitors are not seasoned food truck operators; instead the teams are made up of talented cooks who have dreamed up unique food concepts and want to turn their dreams into a reality, which is to operate a food truck business.

Eight teams of three are provided with a truck for the cross-country race. Each episode will test the teams’ resilience in a series of challenges and the team that has made the least in sales will be sent home packing. In the end, only one team will win the grand prize of $50,000 and the keys to their truck.

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Restaurant Revisited: Kalico Kraziness at Kalico Kitchen

by in Shows, July 14th, 2013

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: ImpossibleNot long after arriving at Kalico Kitchen in Douglas, Mich., Robert Irvine realized that the negative tension and long-standing animosity between owner Catherine Wilt and her employees was as much of a problem at the restaurant as its dusty dining room and greasy kitchen. This over-30-year-old eatery was once making nearly $1 million in sales, but it recently acquired a $400,000 debt, something that Catherine learned when she returned after a four-year leave of absence. Over the course of two days and with a $10,000 budget, Robert and his Restaurant: Impossible team attempted to mend the strained relationships at Kalico Kitchen; plus, they gave the space a much-needed deep cleaning, design overhaul and updated menu with fresh, quality ingredients. FN Dish checked in with Kalico Kitchen, and a server, Laura — on Catherine’s behalf — shared how the restaurant is doing today.

“Business went from $200-$300 per day to $2,000-$3,000 per day,” Laura explained. Not long after reopening, Catherine “had made enough money to pay the mortgages to keep her from foreclosure.”

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Food Court Wars: Empanadas vs. Tacos

by in Shows, July 14th, 2013

Tyler and Tirados
Food Court WarsOn Food Network’s new show, Food Court Wars, two teams of aspiring restaurant owners battle it out to win their very own food court restaurant worth $100,000. Through a set of challenges that tests their menu offerings and marketability, the team that makes the most sales on grand-opening day wins.

On tonight’s episode at the West Gate Mall in Spartanburg, S.C., the current owner of two taco restaurants, V.J., and his employee and store manager, Michael, opened The Taco Spot. And the team of Trish and her daughter Jenn, who previously quit her job to work at her mom’s food cart, opened Tirado’s Empanadas & More. In the end, the empanadas came out on top of the tacos, securing the Tirado women their very first restaurant business.

Do you think the right team won?

VOTE: Star vs. Chopped Grilled Fish Showdown

by in Recipes, Shows, July 14th, 2013

Grilled Fish ShowdownWe challenged two prestigious groups — Chopped judges and Food Network Star winners — to a summer recipe showdown. All season long, we’ll present head-to-head matchups of mouthwatering summer recipes from each team — from refreshing cocktails to fresh farmers’-market salads to the juiciest backyard burgers. By voting each week here on FN Dish or on our Fan Feed, you’ll determine the winning recipes.

At the end of the summer, the team that tallies up the most wins will celebrate with an all-star Labor Day party menu. Who will prevail as Summer Showdown champion — Star or Chopped?

This week, Melissa d’Arabian and Marcus Samuelsson are serving up fresh, fuss-free grilled fish dishes. Whose makes the cut for your grill-out menu? Cast your votes below!

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What to Watch: Fast and Easy Recipes, Grilling Seafood, and Empanadas vs. Tacos on Food Court Wars

by in Shows, July 12th, 2013

Ree DrummondThis weekend on Food Network it’s all about quick and easy cooking for everyone from busy moms to young adults. Then it’s competition time with new episodes of Food Court Wars and Food Network Star.

Start Saturday morning off with a lesson in time management from Ree, who is testing herself to see how fast she can cook a meal, starting with a 30-minute dish and moving on to a 5-minute challenge. Then Trisha is showing her friend who’s a mom how to get a great weeknight supper on the table in no time at all. On Barefoot Contessa, Ina is visiting some New York City hot spots before heading home to cook a few inspired dishes. Then Giada is cooking up fast recipes that young adults living on their own can easily tackle.

On Sunday morning, Jamie Deen is preparing a picnic menu inspired by nature’s sweetener, honey. Then Guy is cooking up dishes that he hopes his restaurant-owner friend will appreciate, including duck sliders and squash chips fried in duck fat. Later, Bobby is grilling a Northeast seafood menu that features lobster rolls.

Come back Sunday evening for a new episode of Food Court Wars where two teams battle it out to win a food court restaurant. One team specializes in empanadas and the other in tacos. On Food Network Star, the remaining hopefuls must create a dish featuring a unique ingredient and then auction it off to a roomful of foodies. On Restaurant: Impossible, Robert helps a foul-mouthed restaurant owner clean up her act, get her staff on her side and improve the restaurant.

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No-Mercy Culinary Antics to Take Over Alton Brown’s Cutthroat Kitchen

by in Shows, July 9th, 2013

They are the cooking show competitor’s top-two wishes: to be able to mess with rivals enough to sabotage their game and to gain an advantage to improve their own chances of winning. On Alton Brown’s brand-new upcoming series, contestants will have the opportunity to enjoy both experiences.

Premiering Sunday, August 11 at 10pm/9c, Cutthroat Kitchen pits four culinary superstars against each other, and to be victorious in this three-round contest, they’ll need to put savvy mind games to work as much as they do cooking chops. Each will have access to $25,000 in cash, and it’s up to them to decide how to spend their money in an auction: Do they pay out to earn the exclusive use of a crucial ingredient, like salt, or do they sentence their opponents to a brutal round of cooking, one in which they’re prohibited from tasting their dishes? In the ultimate balance of risk and reward, the competitors must determine on which benefits it’s worth spending their funds and which curveballs may eventually prove damaging enough to others to ultimately pay off, as the winner’s prize is whatever money he or she has left over afterward.

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VOTE: Star vs. Chopped Grilled Chicken Showdown

by in Recipes, Shows, July 7th, 2013

Star. vs. Chopped Grilled Chicken ShowdownWe challenged two prestigious groups — Chopped judges and Food Network Star winners — to a summer recipe showdown. All season long, we’ll present head-to-head matchups of mouthwatering summer recipes from each team — from refreshing cocktails to fresh farmers’-market salads to the juiciest backyard burgers. By voting each week here on FN Dish or on our Fan Feed, you’ll determine the winning recipes.

At the end of the summer, the team that tallies up the most wins will celebrate with an all-star Labor Day party menu. Who will prevail as Summer Showdown champion — Star or Chopped?

This week, Guy Fieri and Alex Guarnaschelli fire up their grills for a head-to-head chicken showdown. Who grills the better bird? Cast your votes below!

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Tyler Florence Chats About the New Series, Food Court Wars

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, July 5th, 2013

Tyler Florence Chats About the New Series, Food Court WarsOn Food Network’s new series, Food Court Wars, two teams of aspiring food entrepreneurs face-off for a chance to win their own food court restaurant entirely rent-free for one year. On each episode, the teams have an opportunity to open a brand-new eatery in their local mall, test their concept, market their brand and run the outlet for a full day for hungry shoppers. The team whose restaurant makes the most profit wins the space. Host Tyler Florence helps the teams through their challenges, offering up his advice on how to make their concept a success. FN Dish recently caught up with Tyler to chat about the new show.

Catch the season premiere of Food Court Wars on Sunday, July 7 at 10pm/9c to see who wins their dream prize.

What do you think makes mall food courts so appealing or unappealing? Do you think they’re due for an update?

TF: I don’t want anybody to think I have some grandiose opinion about food courts and what they serve. I see it just like everybody sees it — it needs to be fixed — and that’s why I love the show. What we did with The Great Food Truck Race is we actually spawned an entire new genre of restaurants. I’m not saying we invented food trucks, but we created two epic fires in the country. We’ve shown it’s doable. We’ve shown there’s a new restaurant business model that can be profitable. Young, independent entrepreneurs are adding such a new level of colorful diversity in restaurants — coast to coast, from Miami to Alaska — with wonderful mobile restaurant operations, and they’re doing it at a very, very high level. It’s so impressive to watch.

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