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Meet Dean McDermott — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, December 31st, 2012

Dean McDermott
Rachael vs. GuyFN Dish is counting down to the season 2 premiere of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off by introducing a new celebrity contestant every day. The competition tests the celebrities to see who has the culinary chops to win the title of champion and guarantees a $50,000 donation to the winner’s charity of choice. Watch the premiere on Sunday, January 6, at 9pm/8c and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes previews.

TV and movie actor Dean McDermott is best known for appearing alongside his wife, Tori Spelling, in their reality show. But acting aside, Dean may have an upper hand in the competition because he’s been attending culinary school. Get to know Dean better from his Q&A with FN Dish.

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A Battle She’ll Never Forget — Chef Guarnaschelli’s First Iron Chef America Showdown

by in Shows, December 31st, 2012

Iron Chef Alex GuarnaschelliThere are no easy tests in Kitchen Stadium. The first battle for any newly crowned Iron Chef, however, is perhaps the toughest of all. The glory of winning The Next Iron Chef competition is all but forgotten and the winner now has to prove themselves worthy in the world’s toughest culinary arena.

It also doesn’t make any difference that Iron Chef Guarnaschelli has become familiar with Kitchen Stadium over the last year, as Iron Chef Zakarian’s sous chef. This time around, she was master, not servant, and any defeat would be associated directly with her name.

It was ironic that her first opponent would be Judy Joo, who — along with Iron Chef Michael Symon and I — was responsible for eliminating her in Season 4 of The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs. She not only battled to win, but also had a very definite point to prove.

The Secret Ingredient was mortadella (something her fellow rival chef, Chef Nate Appleman, is now very familiar with) and both chefs managed to get their first dish in front of the judges within the 20-minute time frame. Neither was declared a great success, but Iron Chef Guarnaschelli came away with a slender lead of two points to take into the rest of the battle.

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Meet Hines Ward — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, December 30th, 2012

Hines Ward
Rachael vs. GuyFN Dish is counting down to the season 2 premiere of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off by introducing a new celebrity contestant every day. The competition tests the celebrities to see who has the culinary chops to win the title of champion and guarantees a $50,000 donation to the winner’s charity of choice. Watch the premiere on Sunday, January 6, at 9pm/8c and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes previews.

Former NFL player Hines Ward is a two-time Super Bowl champion, MVP of Super Bowl XL and four-time Pro Bowler. But this athlete isn’t embarrassed to get in the kitchen; in fact at 6 years old, he was a fan of the Easy-Bake Oven. Get to know Hines better from his Q&A with FN Dish.

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Meet Chilli — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, December 29th, 2012

Chilli
Rachael vs. GuyFN Dish is counting down to the season 2 premiere of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off by introducing a new celebrity contestant every day. The competition tests the celebrities to see who has the culinary chops to win the title of champion and guarantees a $50,000 donation to the winner’s charity of choice. Watch the premiere on Sunday, January 6, at 9pm/8c and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes previews.

Singer, dancer and actress Chilli is best known as one-third of the R&B/hip-hop group TLC, but did you know she doesn’t like to listen to music when she cooks? Get to know Chilli better from her Q&A with FN Dish.

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VOTE: A Next Iron Chef Lamb Cook-Off — Rival Recipes

by in Shows, December 29th, 2012

Chefs Duskie Estes and Eric GreenspanIn true finale form, last Sunday’s eighth and final episode of The Next Iron Chef: Redemption featured no ordinary cook-off, but a next-level contest designed to celebrate current Iron Chefs and test the future Next Iron Chef. While most Kitchen Stadium competitors find themselves presented with a single Secret Ingredient, the top two rivals, Chefs Amanda Freitag and Alex Guarnaschelli, met an altar of more than 12 different ingredients inspired by the flavors of Southwest, Japanese and Mediterranean cuisines, and they had to cook with at least two offerings from each culinary category to honor long-standing Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Symon. Although the rivals took different approaches to their appetizer and dessert offerings, their main dish presentations were strikingly similar, both showcasing juicy lamb loins as a sign of respect for Iron Chef Symon. The judges were impressed with both chefs’ balanced, beautifully cooked entrees, but ultimately it was Chef Guarnaschelli who took home the coveted title of The Next Iron Chef.

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Meet Carnie Wilson — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, December 28th, 2012

Carnie Wilson
Rachael vs. GuyFN Dish is counting down to the season 2 premiere of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off by introducing a new celebrity contestant every day. The competition tests the celebrities to see who has the culinary chops to win the title of champion and guarantees a $50,000 donation to the winner’s charity of choice. Watch the premiere on Sunday, January 6, at 9pm/8c and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes previews.

Singer and TV host Carnie Wilson is best known as a member of the pop music group Wilson Phillips. But when she’s not recording music, she’s in the kitchen cooking comfort food like her mac and cheese and turkey chili. Get to know Carnie better from her Q&A with FN Dish.

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What to Watch: Iron Chef America With the Winner of The Next Iron Chef

by in Shows, December 28th, 2012

Iron Chef America: Chef Judy Joo vs. Chef Alex GuarnaschelliOn last Sunday night’s Next Iron Chef, in a glorious final battle in Kitchen Stadium against Chef Amanda Freitag, Chef Alex Guarnaschelli proved that she deserved to win the season of Redemption and the title of Iron Chef, making her the second female chef to hold the title. This Sunday is your chance to see Chef Guarnaschelli in her first battle on Iron Chef America. She will be up against Iron Chef UK‘s Judy Joo in an international battle. The competition will be judged by Jeffrey Steingarten, Karine Bakhoum and Tory Belleci.

Tune in on Sunday, December 30, at 9pm/8c to see if Chef Guarnaschelli can win her first battle as the new Iron Chef.

A Typical Day in the Life of a Next Iron Chef Judge

by in Shows, December 27th, 2012

NIC Judge Simon MajumdarSo many people tell me that they wish they could see what happens behind-the-scenes as we film The Next Iron Chef. So here’s just a little insight into what a regular day might be like as I play my part in helping to decide who is going be the newest addition to the culinary pantheon (read the winner’s interview here).

6:30 a.m. — I head to the gym. A body this lovely doesn’t keep itself (no sniggering at the back).

9:00 a.m. — Being bald has its benefits. I have not visited a barber or bought shampoo in the last 15 years. Best of all, it means that during the filming of The Next Iron Chef each season, I have the latest call time of any member of the cast.

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Enter for a Chance to Win a Nonstick Pan and Turner Set by Guy Fieri

by in Contests, Shows, December 27th, 2012

Guy Fieri Tat Pan and Spatula SetTo celebrate Season 2 of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, which premieres Sunday, January 6 at 9pm/8c, FN Dish is giving away this koi motif nonstick pan and spatula set by Guy Fieri to one lucky reader.

You can buy your own Nonstick Tat Pan and Turner Set by Guy Fieri from the Food Network Store, or enter below for a chance to win the items. To enter: Tell us in the comments which celebrity on Team Guy you want to win. The contest starts at 12 p.m. EST today, and ends on Wednesday, January 2, at 12 p.m. EST.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 12 p.m. EST on December 27 and 12 p.m. EST on January 2, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: approx. $57.99. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us: Which celebrity on Team Guy do you want to win?

Also, stay tuned this January when we’ll be giving away more Guy Fieri and Rachael Ray products.

Simon’s Top 10 Dishes From The Next Iron Chef: Redemption

by in Shows, December 26th, 2012

Chef Estes' Clam ChowderAs Chef Guarnaschelli dons her jacket and prepares for her first battle this Sunday as a fully fledged Iron Chef, I now have a chance to look back over the last eight weeks and select my highlights from the nearly 100 dishes that were placed in front of the judges during the competition.

It’s certainly no easy task, as I genuinely believe that the level of cooking this year was even higher than in previous seasons. But I’ve come up with my list of the top 10 tastes from The Next Iron Chef: Redemption.

10. Clam Chowder: Chef Estes (Road to Redemption Web Series, Battle Potato)

Chef Estes never really showed her considerable skill to the best effect this season. The clam chowder (pictured above) she prepared in the cook-off competition against Chef Wong, however, was evidence that she deserved her place in the final 10. If you’re going to serve chowder to the judges, it had better be the best you’ve made. I suspect this was pretty close and it received rave reviews from Alton Brown, Iron Chef Jose Garces and me.

Find out which dish made Simon’s top spot