by Maria Russo in Shows, December 21st, 2014
by Caitlyn Callegari in Shows, December 19th, 2014
From giant whisks and ice cube trays to banana leaves and coffee filters, Cutthroat Kitchen contestants have faced their share of oddball trinkets that host Alton Brown eviliciously repurposed into mixing tools and vessels. But on tonight’s all-new episode, one chef was forced to use not a new tool to mix but something a bit more rustic — her hands — to make cupcakes.
Since the taste and texture of cupcakes depend upon a well-mixed batter, it’s important for the wet and dry ingredients to be thoroughly combined, and the limitations of people’s hands may indeed prevent that from happenings. After all, some people’s hands are smaller than others, and one of the chef’s two hands would likely be needed to add ingredients, so would this sabotage be fair to ask of the competitors? The Cutthroat Kitchen culinary crew got to work in testing the validity of the sabotage, and sure enough, after one somewhat slimy attempt, food stylist Jamie Peterson admitted that he was “starting to get into a cupcake place” with the batter forming within his hands.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, December 16th, 2014
Cancel your plans, because Food Network Magazine has got a delicious weekend itinerary already set up for you, and Bobby Flay is along for the fun, too. Tune in to Top 10 Restaurants with Food Network Magazine to do a culinary food tour of the country without ever having to leave that comfy, cozy couch of yours.
When you’re not lounging in preparation for your rigorous virtual food tour, you can catch an all-new episode of Rewrapped. The contestants are put to the test as they try to recreate a Pepperidge Farm Oatmeal Raisin Cookie in a pinch and incorporate the cookie into a grilled meal. And don’t forget to catch Cutthroat Kitchen, because this upcoming episode features ultimate ponchos, breakfast quesadillas , meatloaf, recliners, cupcakes and a cupcake-box obstacle course of sorts.
by Maria Russo in Shows, December 15th, 2014
Now in its fourth season, Guy’s Grocery Games has turned grocery shopping into a game, taking something that might be seen as a necessary chore and turning it into welcomed fun. And in the new season, premiering Sunday, Jan. 4 at 8|7c, families are entering for the chance to win the $20,000 shopping spree.
Guy’s Grocery Games: Family Style will feature four three-person family teams in each of its four episodes, airing Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25. These families take team playing to the next level, showing positive collaboration from shopping to cooking. FN Dish recently caught up with host Guy Fieri to chat about the new season and the unique family competition. He reveals what viewers can expect to see, including some emotionally moving moments.
by Maria Russo in Shows, December 14th, 2014
The scene at San Antonio’s Knife and Fork Gastropub was tense when Robert Irvine arrived, as owners Gabe and Javier Orozco — two brothers — were facing a $400,000 debt to their mom and stepfather, who’ve contributed greatly to the eatery. After inspecting the bar and kitchen, Robert could easily see the filth that had accumulated at Knife and Fork, and with only two days to work, he and his Restaurant: Impossible team were faced with both making the space clean and safe, and also mending the strained relationship among the Orozco family. Read on below to hear from the brothers and their mother, Norma Montalvo, as they reveal how Knife and Fork has fared since Robert left.
“I needed someone to tell Javier some of the stuff and it had to be Robert,” Gabe said of the importance of Robert’s mission. “He has definitely fired me up. Now that it’s my kitchen, I think we are getting more done than ever before.” Javier added, “[Robert] didn’t say anything we did not already know, but [he] gave us a fresh perspective.”
by Maria Russo in Holidays, Shows, December 13th, 2014
The lights, cameras, fellow contestants and host Alton Brown pacing through the kitchen — the scene in the Cutthroat Kitchen arena is plenty fierce and demands much attention from the competitors, and that’s even before they’ve been sabotaged. Once evilicious challenges are added to the contest and they’re forced to adapt to the unexpected while the clock is ticking, the competition is taken nearly over the edge. It’s up to the Cutthroat Kitchen culinary crew to make sure that every sabotage Alton auctions off is indeed possible for a contestant to complete within the allotted time frame. To make sure the challenges remain feasible, the team attempts each one.
On tonight’s all-new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, Alton’s simple blueberry muffin request turned downright diabolical when he mandated that one chef use blueberry cartons as the sole mixing and cooking vessels in his prep work. Given the potentially liquid muffin batter and the multiple holes in the carton, mixing in those tiny squares was indeed evilicious — but it wasn’t impossible, as the team found during its test.
by Caitlyn Callegari in Shows, December 12th, 2014
While New Year’s is meant for looking ahead at what’s to come, the preceding holiday season is all about reflection and remembrance. FN Dish recently caught up with the cast of The Kitchen on set, and from childhood reminiscences to recent family dinners, the co-hosts shared some of their favorite Christmas memories. Read on below to hear from Geoffrey Zakarian, Jeff Mauro, Katie Lee, Marcela Valladolid and Sunny Anderson as they recollect holiday seasons past and reflect on all that Christmas means to them.
by Maria Russo in Holidays, Shows, December 10th, 2014
The trials and tribulations of Holiday Baking Championship will culminate in an action-packed season finale on Sunday at 9|8c. Tune in to see who will win the $50,000 prize and all of the sweet holiday-season joy. On Saturday at 11a|10c, The Kitchen hosts are getting a visit from Annie herself, Quvenzhané Wallis, as she helps them celebrate the holidays and promotes her new movie.
Rewrapped, Southern at Heart, Guy’s Grocery Games and Cutthroat Kitchen are back this weekend as well. Whether you’re spending Saturday afternoon with Rewrapped, or Sunday with Southern at Heart, Guy’s Grocery Games and Cutthroat Kitchen, each show brings something delicious to the table, whether it be food or competitive rivalry.
by Caitlyn Callegari in Shows, December 10th, 2014
Just in time for the holidays, Ree Drummond welcomed crowds of Oklahoma ranchers and their families for the ultimate seasonal extravaganza as she hosted her first-ever prime-time special, The Pioneer Woman’s Cowboy Christmas. In true Drummond fashion, this seasonal bash included no shortage of hearty fare, like party-ready glazed ham, cheesy potatoes and spiced gingerbread cookies, plus down-home games and plenty of dancing. If you missed the special last weekend, there’s still time to catch up: Watch the full episode on FoodNetwork.com now, and get all of Ree’s comforting sweet and savory recipes featured on the show.
Food Network was on hand as Ree and her family hosted the local ranching community and captured behind-the-scenes snapshots as the celebrations unfolded. Read on below for an insider’s look at the seasonal soiree, see Ree and Ladd strut their stuff on the dance floor, and check out the over-the-top spread of holiday dishes shining on the buffet.
by Maria Russo in Shows, December 8th, 2014
Duff Goldman is back with a brand-new cake competition show, premiering on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 10:30|9:30c, and this one is anything but sweet. Duff Till Dawn mirrors Duff’s out-of-the-box baking style and his flair for dessert dramatics, which means fans are in for pure cake chaos of the contest sort.
Each episode will be a midnight battle between two professional bakers and their trusty assistants, and the competition goes beyond the physical. Because this underground competition is based on pride, it isn’t going to be friendly. Saddle up for smack talk and tension, as bakers are about to vie for Duff’s sought-after approval and attention.
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In the largest Restaurant: Impossible challenge to date, Robert Irvine and his team traveled to Lake Luzerne, N.Y., for an extra-special mission at Double H Ranch, a year-round camp dedicated to serving children with life-threatening illnesses. Double H was founded on the premise of “health and happiness” according to CEO and executive director Max Yurenda, and the camp indeed lives up to its promise, as every child who attends is welcomed and made to feel safe and hopeful.
With the help and generosity of Lexus, Robert and his team had three days and an increased budget of $50,000 to transform the kitchen and dining hall at Double H, and it’s a good thing they had extra time and money to spend, because the 4,000-plus-square-foot dining room was among the largest they’d ever attempted. In true Irvine fashion, Robert welcomed the challenge, and not only did he overhaul those spaces and turn them into comfortable, friendly and functional designs, but he and Lexus also gifted the camp dozens of pieces of new equipment, plus a $10,000 donation. Read on below to hear from Max, and director of operations Jacqui Royael, to find out how Double H is doing today. Then, browse insider photos of the transformation in progress, and see Robert at Double H.
How have the new hot boxes improved serving time?
Jacqui Royael: The new hot boxes will allow more time for staff and campers to enjoy their meal together and less time waiting in a crowded line in the kitchen. The food can now be prepared and ready to go the minute the kids enter the dining hall, allowing all of camp to be served in half the time and eat together. So what once was 20-plus minutes and several trips back and forth to the serving line will now be a quick five to 10 minutes and one trip to have everyone enjoy a meal together.