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A Winning Salad, Halloumi Steaks and a Cherry Americano — Rebel Remix

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, February 6th, 2013

Chopped judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Amanda Freitag
by Justin Warner

Too many times I see chefs label themselves, to their demise. A Chopped champion is one who can abandon his or her style and cook according to the ingredients in the basket. Sometimes the most rebellious thing a chef can do is to be conservative and make simple fare. Having a set point of view should not be equated to wearing blinders. If anything, a POV gives a chef a different vantage point, so as to differently survey what is necessary to put food on the table.

Appetizer basket: sour-apple martini mix, mortadella, white asparagus and fennel

Sour-apple martini mix is disgusting stuff. It doesn’t taste like apples; it tastes like green candy. I don’t know where in its evolution sour apple decided to taste like something unrelated to apples, but overcoming this challenge is why I’m here. Mortadella, white asparagus and fennel can all play together — it’s just a matter of getting that bottle of green treacle to play nicely, as well.

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Your Best Food on a Stick — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, February 6th, 2013

Kathy and Dean
Rachael vs. GuyThis past Sunday’s episode of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off drastically cut the competition in half with a double elimination. Hines and Kathy were cast off in a tasting challenge that had the bottom three making food on a stick. Carnie won the challenge with her beef kebab dish, which Rachael and Guy determined to be the best overall. But each dish had some criticisms — even Carnie’s, which was found to be too large of a portion. Kathy’s fruit skewers, on the other hand, were too small of a portion. And Guy found the shrimp in Hines’ surf and turf kebabs to be undercooked.

There were a lot of things each contestant could have done differently to win the challenge, but what FN Dish wants to know is what you would have made to impress Rachael and Guy. Do you have a special recipe that would have floored the judges/mentors? Share your best recipe for kebabs, skewers or any food on a stick.

More From Rachael vs. Guy:
Episode 5 Recap (Video)
Watch the Full Episode (Video)
Episode 5 Highlights (Photos)
Hines’ and Kathy’s Exit Interviews

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Chatting With the Round-4 Winner of Chopped Champions

by in Shows, February 5th, 2013

Chefs Rob Evans and Jean-Louis GerinIn an all-new season of Chopped Champions, 16 chefs, each with a previous Chopped win under his or her belt, are returning to the kitchen to face off for a second time in the ultimate multicourse cook-off. Although they’re no strangers to mystery baskets, these chefs are under more pressure than ever, as they’re competing not just for Chopped glory but also a spot in the finale where they can ultimately claim a $50,000 prize and the coveted title of Grand Champion.

Each week, four chefs will take their places in the kitchen and battle it out in the hopes of outlasting the chopping block once again. While three will crumble beneath the demands of Champions cooking, one will prove his or her culinary chops for a second time. Check in with FN Dish every Tuesday night after the episode to hear from the latest winner.

SPOILER ALERT: Find out who won

Asking the Tough Questions: Worst Cooks Recruits Take Culinary Quiz

by in Shows, February 5th, 2013

Worst Cooks in AmericaA brand-new season of Worst Cooks in America premieres in a few weeks — on Sunday, February 17 at 9pm/8c — and you may be wondering just how disastrous this year’s crop of culinary recruits really is in the kitchen. Do they know how to deglaze a pan, or are they such beginners that they’ve never seen a skillet? Are they familiar with basic kitchen utensils like the mandolin? What’s their understanding of spices?

We were asking ourselves these questions and others, and decided to put the recruits’ kitchen knowledge to the test. Watch the video below to find out how the contestants fared in our exclusive culinary quiz and see them answer — often with hilariously shocking responses —some of the most seemingly basic cooking questions. Click the play button to hear what they had to say, then tell us in the comments: Are you rooting for Team Anne or Team Bobby this season?

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Your Dream Food Truck — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, February 4th, 2013

Hines Ward
Rachael vs. Guy
Last night the celebrities on Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off had an exciting challenge ahead of them. They had to cook lunches to serve out of food trucks to 100 hungry customers. For the challenge Team Rachael chose the Comfort Cruiser food truck and made chili cheese dogs, mac ‘n’ cheese, and meatballs with mashed potatoes. Team Guy’s last remaining celebrity, Dean, went with Mighty Mexican and made triple-pork tacos. Both food truck concepts proved to be a hit with the crowd, though some dishes were more popular than others. In the end, Dean’s tacos got the most votes and won him the challenge.

When it comes to food truck food, many of you probably have a favorite standby like tacos, pizza, dumplings, hot dogs, etc. But if you had to come up with your own food truck concept, what would it be? Would you do something unique and different like Funky Fusion? FN Dish wants to know what would be your ideal food truck, what you would name it and the menu you would offer.

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Double Elimination: Interview With the Latest Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Castoff

by in Shows, February 3rd, 2013

Dean, Kathy, Hines and Carnie
Rachael vs. GuyEvery Sunday night, FN Dish gives you the exclusive exit interview with the latest castoff from Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, the competition show that features celebrities cooking their way through challenges for a chance to win the title of Cook-Off Champion and $50,000 for their chosen charity. This season will have the celebrities facing real-life situations — far from the glamour of the red carpet — and will test more than just their cooking skills.

Tonight’s episode began with four celebrities but by the end would drop down to two. Though the celebrities would continue to compete in two separate teams, they would be judged individually. And at the end of the day, two would be eliminated from the bottom three. The challenge required the celebrities to serve meals out of food trucks to a hungry lunch crowd of 100 within a time limit of two hours. Unfortunately, not everyone could cope with the difficulties of the challenge, but that didn’t mean those who did do well were any safer.

Find out which celebrity was eliminated

Interview With the Latest Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Castoff — A Double Elimination

by in Shows, February 3rd, 2013

 Kathy, Hines and Carnie
Rachael vs. GuyEvery Sunday night, FN Dish gives you the exclusive exit interview with the latest castoff from Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, the competition show that features celebrities cooking their way through challenges for a chance to win the title of Cook-Off Champion and $50,000 for their chosen charity. This season will have the celebrities facing real-life situations — far from the glamour of the red carpet — and will test more than just their cooking skills.

With tonight’s episode, the competition dropped down to four celebrities: three on Team Rachael and one on Team Guy. Though they would continue to compete as teams, the celebrities would be judged individually for the first time. But the biggest surprise was that two would be eliminated at the end of the episode. The challenge required the celebrities to serve meals out of food trucks to a hungry lunch crowd within a limited amount of time. Unfortunately, not everyone could handle the demands of the challenge.

Find out which celebrity was eliminated

Beyond the Chopped Basket: What to Make With Haricot Verts

by in Shows, February 2nd, 2013

Haricot Verts With Shaved ParmesanSo often on Chopped we see chef contestants open their mystery baskets to find such odd, uncommon and downright scary ingredients — pre-cooked pig snout, pickled beef tongue or grasshoppers, anyone? — that it can seem nearly impossible for home cooks to put them to work in everyday meals. On other episodes, however, the ingredients are far less intimidating yet not quite familiar. That’s where we come in. Each week during the brand-new season of Chopped Champions, FN Dish will break down the whats, hows and whens of an approachable, family-friendly ingredient and share deliciously simple recipes for using it, so that you can show off your best culinary chops at home. Following last Tuesday’s round-three competition, the focus is now on haricot verts, which made an appearance in the appetizer basket alongside smoked eel, cream cheese spread and quince paste.

While haricot verts sounds fancy, it actually translates to something we all know and enjoy: green beans. These French string beans are similar in color and shape to their American cousins, but they’re longer and slimmer, are slightly more tender and boast a more robust flavor than the standard variety. They stand up well to a host of cooking techniques including boiling, roasting and grilling, and because they’re so thin, haricot verts can be cooked in mere minutes. Just as the Chopped Champions chefs demonstrated in dressing their haricot verts with the cream cheese spread or a light vinaigrette, these green beans pair well with a mix of tastes and textures, though they can surely be enjoyed with nothing more than a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of seasonings. If you’ve never cooked with haricot verts before, pick up some at the grocery store (they’re found in the produce aisle near the standard green beans), then try them out in the easy recipes below, each ready in just 30 minutes or fewer.

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Who Didn’t Say Cheese? Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off Caption It

by in Shows, February 1st, 2013

Kathy, Dean and Rachael
Rachael vs. GuyThis season of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off puts the celebrity contestants in different situations every episode with challenges that test a certain aspect of their culinary know-how. This past episode tested their skills at a party they catered for kids. But the next challenge will test their ability to serve a hungry lunch crowd in a limited amount of time, which may be more challenging for some than for others. Their dishes must meet the lunchtime standard and be served promptly and with care to customers.

In the above sneak-peek photo, Kathy from Team Rachael and Dean from Team Guy are taking a break and chatting with Rachael. It appears Dean took a camera photo of the three of them and is now showing the result to the ladies. But what is he saying? What is Kathy saying? Why is Rachael pointing at Kathy? Did someone forget to smile or make a funny face in the photo?

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What to Watch: A Weekend of Comforting Meals and Competition

by in Shows, February 1st, 2013

Ree Drummond and her daughtersIf you’re looking for comforting meals, quick family dinners, restaurant-inspired recipes and some celebrity competition, then tune in to Food Network this weekend.

Start off Saturday morning with Paula and a special episode of Italian comfort food. Then let Ree show you how to accomplish a family dinner in 16 minutes flat. Later, on Barefoot Contessa, Ina’s in Napa having dinner with her husband, Jeffrey, and Chef Michael Chiarello. In the afternoon, there’s a new episode of Sugar Dome inspired by cops and robbers.

On Sunday, catch up on all the drama and action on Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off with a marathon starting at 6pm/5c; then watch an all-new episode at a special time of 10pm/9c. The celebrities will take on food trucks in their next challenge.

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