by Maria Russo in Shows, February 4th, 2014
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, February 4th, 2014
For most competitors, the idea of putting any four basket ingredients onto a single plate is daunting enough — let alone combining them in one pan for one sauce. But that’s exactly what Scott Conant did tonight on an all-new installment of Chopped After Hours
. Joined by guest host Alex Guarnaschelli, Scott, Amanda Freitag and Geoffrey Zakarian took over the Chopped
Kitchen for a battle with the same entree-round ingredients that four amateur cooks had just worked with on the show. They had only 30 minutes to make a dinner dish out of tikka masala sauce, hanger steak, Asian long beans and croquettes, and in true Italian form, Scott embraced pasta.
He combined these disparate products — some fresh, others prepared and bottled — into a one-pot Bolognese-inspired sauce. While these ingredients may have lent themselves to this type of preparation better than most others, Alex couldn’t help but wonder what would happen if the flavors didn’t meld well when combined. “Seems like you’re putting the whole basket into one thing,” Alex told him. “What if it doesn’t work out?” He answered simply with a smile: “You punt. At that point, I’m just going to eat Geoffrey’s sandwich.”
by Maria Russo in Shows, February 3rd, 2014
On last’s night’s Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, the celebrities got to set up their own hot dog carts at Luna Park, right on the Coney Island Boardwalk. The challenge was more fun than anything else, but time constraints did have everyone hustling to make enough to serve hoards of customers. Tiffany, though, was the lucky winner of the Round 1 french fry cook-off, earning 10 extra minutes to cook her Jamaican-inspired hot dog. In the end, only one celebrity won MVP this time (immunity was off the table), and one went home.
Find Out Who Went Home and Vote for Your Favorite
by Maria Russo in Shows, February 2nd, 2014
On the series premiere of Buy This Restaurant, Kelly and her sister Lisa began the process of shopping for Minneapolis-area hot spots to launch their first-ever eatery, a coffee shop-cafe that would feature simple bites like soup and sandwiches. It was important to these restaurant rookies that their eventual business be quaint enough to offer neighborhood charm, so they tasked Keith Simpson with finding a location that would meet their criteria, all while staying within their budget of $300,000. Although Keith showed Kelly and Lisa two earlier properties that were well within their budget, they ultimately decided to purchase the third and last restaurant, Hans’ Bakery, which was a bank-owned property listed for $49,000. The price of Hans’ may have been just right, especially since their purchase price was ultimately nearer $30,000, however the state of its interior was anything but; the kitchen at the bakery was overrun with uncleanliness, and Kelly and Lisa faced the daunting task of deep-cleaning it before opening day.
FN Dish checked in with Kelly a few weeks after filming to learn more about her decision to purchase Hans’ and to find out when her business is set to open. Read on below to hear from Kelly in her first exclusive interview after the show.
What will be the name of your new bakery, and when do you plan to open?
Kelly: We will reopen Hans’ Bakery under its original name, as a tribute to the man who made it into a local icon. Our grand opening date will be Feb. 22, 2014.
What was the most-influential factor in you choosing Hans’ Bakery over the neighborhood general store and the downtown cafe?
Kelly: There was never really a decision to be made; my heart was in the bakery that I went to as a child.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, February 2nd, 2014
Surviving a round of Cutthroat Kitchen
is no small feat, and for most chefs, each of the 30 minutes on the clock is precious. On this week’s all-new episode, however, one competitor learned what it’s like to attempt a round in half that time — in only 15 quick minutes.
In what judge Jet Tila deemed “the worst sabotage I think I’ve heard of,” Alton announced halfway through Round 2’s huevos rancheros challenge that the mid-round sabotage was to begin the entire challenge over again, from scratch. Chef David was gifted this task, and he was ultimately forced to not just start over in cooking, but to also grocery shop and prep his ingredients for a second time. “It totally makes sense why his dish didn’t come together,” Jet noted to Alton during the host’s After-Show. “You can’t hit the reset button,” Alton added.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, February 1st, 2014
When Chopped competitors are presented with a mystery basket that contains a very specific ingredient, for example, pizza dough, what you’ll oftentimes get is four different iterations of the same dish. But not so with the Chopped judges — their creativity takes pizza dough to new heights. Facing the same entree basket as the contestants from Chopped
: Pizza Perfect
, judges Amanda, Geoffrey and Alex took up spots in the Chopped Kitchen for an After Hours competition where they cooked with deep-dish pizza dough, rabbit escabeche, Swiss chard and pineapple cheese spread.
On the show, none of the three competitors in the entree round thought outside of the box — or the pizza pan, in this instance. The chef who was ultimately chopped went home for a pizza that had everything wrong with the dough. Amanda, Geoffrey and Alex immediately looked at the challenge as an opportunity to show these chefs the possibilities with pizza dough. Although one of them did make a pizza, it was cooked in an unconventional way.
by Joseph Erdos in Contests, Shows, January 31st, 2014
It’s off to Coney Island on Monday’s upcoming episode of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, which has the celebrities cooking on the boardwalk in two challenges. First, a french fry-off will determine who gains an advantage in the second challenge, which involves iconic New York hot dog carts. In a sneak peek photo from the episode, mentor Rachael stops by to help Florence cook up some fries. The two share a moment that has them completely cracking up.
Who do you think cracked up whom? And what could they be laughing at? Does Florence have a funny tactic that she’s willing to employ in order to win the advantage? It sure looks like they’re having fun times at the fryer. Maybe it’s an inside joke?
Write Your Best Caption and Get a Sneak Peek of the Challenge
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, January 31st, 2014
To celebrate Season 3 of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, which airs Mondays at 9|8c, FN Dish is giving away this stoneware set by Rachael Ray to one lucky winner.
Enter below for a chance to win the Stoneware Serveware Set in orange from Rachael Ray. The set contains three pieces: a 10-inch serving bowl, 12-inch oval platter and 14-inch divided dish. To enter: Tell us in the comments which celebrity on Team Rachael you’re rooting for. The contest starts at 2pm EST today and ends Friday, Feb. 7 at 2pm EST.
by Maria Russo in Shows, January 29th, 2014
This weekend Food Network is packed with shows to get you cooking all kinds of meals, including potlucks, party foods and easy dinners. On Saturday morning, Ree is cooking up a potluck meal to bring to church. Later, Trisha is getting ready for a living room campout with her niece and nephews. Then, on The Kitchen, the hosts show their easy dinner recipes, plus Scott Conant stops in to make polenta.
On Sunday, Rachael’s got three easy meals from one grocery bag. Afterward, Guy’s cooking up grilled halibut. And Jeff’s smoking up his kitchen with tri-tip sandwiches. Stay tuned for an Italian-themed party that Ina’s planning for a friend.
In the evening, watch a special night of Chopped where the chefs face cooking pizzas in all three rounds. Then it’s a new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen where one chef must cook crepes in a crooked pan.
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by Joseph Erdos in Recipes, Shows, January 29th, 2014
When Robert Irvine arrived in Murphys, Calif., to rescue Hillbillies Restaurant, he was forced to contend with not only a dingy dining space overrun with tchotchkes, but with struggling owner Jami Saul as well. Unconfident and unable to assert herself to her staff, she would often be talked down to by her employees, so it was up to Robert to teach her how to voice her opinion and stand up for herself. He and his Restaurant: Impossible team had just two days to work and a budget of only $10,000, but in true Irvine fashion, he delivered, reopening Hillbillies to a crowded house of eager customers. Read on below for the first exclusive interview with Jami to find out how her business is doing today.
“I do love the simplicity and clean feeling the new design brings to the restaurant,” Jami says of the transformed Hillbillies. “My favorite is the front entrance and the back wall of pallets. I think Lynn nailed the design for me.”
The Chopped Dinner Challenge is a series of recipes showing you how easy it is to cook like a winning Chopped competitor. Every week, FN Dish will showcase a recipe created by Food Network Kitchen that uses at least one of the Chopped basket ingredients, plus basic grocery goods and simple staples. Consider it your very own Chopped challenge. Just take this frequent tip from the judges: Don’t forget to season!
For this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient pancetta, an unsmoked Italian bacon. Pancetta is popularly used to add flavor in many Italian recipes for sauces, but in this twice-baked potato recipe it becomes a star ingredient in the filling and the topping. And along with eggs and cheese this dish has the same comfort as a bowl of pasta carbonara. These Carbonara Stuffed Potatoes with Crispy Pancetta make a great meal on a day when you’re looking for a comforting dish, but what they’re really meant for is enjoying with family on Super Bowl Sunday while watching the game.