by FN Dish Editor in Shows, May 10th, 2016
by Maria Russo in Shows, May 8th, 2016
Chopped fans, ever wonder: Who puts together the mystery baskets? Where does the fourth plate of food go? Does Ted Allen ever get a taste? Do the judges really have to eat that? Chopped host Ted Allen took the time to sit down with Food Network to answer the questions fans have been asking and wondering about through the many seasons of the show. He reveals some of the secrets behind one of the most-popular cooking competition shows on TV.
Can anyone tell which chef is going to win before the cooking begins?
Well, like everybody else, we kind of pick our favorites as they walk in, and just [keep them] in the back of our minds … . I got it right on our show that we shot last Friday, but you can never really tell, and that’s what’s exciting about it. You never can tell, and even if someone has the best resume, that doesn’t mean that they’re going to get a basket that suits them or that’s full of things that they’re going to succeed with.
What is your favorite mystery basket ingredient?
Well, out of about 5,000 of them, that’s going to be sort of hard. I mean, gosh, Rocky Mountain oysters, chicken feet … we’ve even had eyeballs. My favorite mystery basket ingredient remains the whole chicken in a can, not so much because I love the food, [but because] I love the sound it makes when it plops out of the can.
by Maria Russo in Entertaining, Holidays, Shows, May 7th, 2016
It wasn’t long ago that grandmas entered the Cutthroat Kitchen arena for their turn at old-fashioned eviliciousness. Tonight, though, the focus shifted to the younger generations, as moms and daughters teamed up for a special Mother’s Day episode designed to bring out the most-diabolical sides in everyone. Judge Jet Tila was on hand to watch this not-so-sweet competition unfold, and after wrapping up three rounds of battle, he met host Alton Brown in the beauty parlor to dish on the gossip of the day during Alton’s After-Show. The pink-seat shop at which Jet and Alton sat was home to one of the day’s most-evilicious sabotages. For the mother-daughter duo saddled with this challenge, the Bob-style manicure to which they were treated was all but a relaxation treatment. “They had to do everything with one hand,” Alton explained of their prep work. “And occasionally the Bobs, with their creepy little raccoon, gecko hands, would change, and [the mother-daughter team] would have to [prep] on the other side.”
by Ricky Smith in Shows, May 6th, 2016
If you’ve dropped the Mother’s Day ball this year and forgotten to pick up a present for Mom, you’re in luck, because it’s not too late to invite her to a tea party in her honor. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts used everyday craft supplies and garden-fresh fixings to create a sweet atmosphere with the decor, and assembled a menu of can-do recipes. Read on below to see what they made and learn how they did it.
by Melissa d'Arabian in Food Network Chef, Shows, May 5th, 2016
This weekend, get last-minute ideas for Mother’s Day from your favorite chefs. First up on Saturday, Ree Drummond is getting pampered by her kids and cowboy as they cook up filets with shrimp-peppercorn sauce and oven-roasted potatoes and asparagus. After that, the co-hosts of The Kitchen are sharing their ideas for a foolproof brunch complete with mini club sandwiches, roast beef sliders and Katie Lee’s asparagus-and-spinach frittata.
by Maria Russo in Shows, May 1st, 2016
Last time we chatted, I shared how a typical morning unfolds as we judges prepare for heading to set to film the actual show. So if you missed Part 1, click here.
Lights, Camera, Action
The chefs are introduced and then jog through the grocery store to join Guy in front of the kitchens, just as you see on TV. The chefs are told which game they are playing, and they scoot around to their carts. At that point, we stop down (stop filming) for just a minute or two to make sure the chefs truly understand the rules of that particular game. But that lasts only moments, which is woefully too short to plan out a menu. Guy then counts them off and they run with their carts. Here’s a little inside scoop: The chefs always head down Aisle 6 first, so the cameras can capture that cool shot of all the chefs racing with their carts together. So even if they want to go to produce first, for instance, it’s only after they hit the magical Aisle 6. One thing that was a huge surprise to me when I cooked on GGG for a charity episode is how physically exhausting it is to run around that HUGE store! If you need something in Aisle 9, you’d better remember to get it while you’re there, because running back may not be an option timewise!
by Maria Russo in Recipes, Shows, April 30th, 2016
It was only a few weeks ago that guest judge Richard Blais proclaimed himself “the best that ever played this game.” And though Cutthroat Kitchen has indeed seen its share of impressive winners (and losers), we’re inclined to agree that Richard’s enthusiasm for eviliciousness knows no bounds — literally. In honor of the day’s pesto test, he was challenged to swing hits over a makeshift “Green Monster” in order to earn the required ingredients for pesto on the After-Show. He managed to score not one but multiple up-and-over home runs to collect everything he’d need to make the dish, like fresh herbs, fruity olive oil and plenty of Parmesan cheese. “This is so much fun. I love this show!” he said, donning a team CTK baseball cap.
by Ricky Smith in Shows, April 29th, 2016
Tangy, spicy and oh-so-buttery, Buffalo sauce is a staple flavor atop juicy chicken wings, but did you know that this go-to sauce can boost the flavor of some other fan-favorite foods? Think creamy dips and tender meatballs. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the cast shared tricks for packing a spicy punch in your Cinco de Mayo menu, which surely isn’t complete without this trio of Buffalo-ed eats. Read on below to get their recipes.
by Maria Russo in Shows, April 27th, 2016
This weekend, spice things up alongside your favorite chefs as they celebrate spring and Cinco de Mayo. First up, on Saturday morning Ree Drummond is using tequila in all-new recipes like spiked tortilla soup and an epic cheese dip. After that, The Kitchen is hosting a Cinco de Mayo celebration complete with sombrero-shaped tortilla chips and a spicy hummus.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, April 26th, 2016
Cake-baker extraordinaire Buddy Valastro may face long hours in his bakery as he preps confections for his customers, but this summer he’s trading in his apron for a seat belt as he and his family head off on the ultimate road trip. Premiering on Friday, May 27 at 8|7c, Buddy’s Family Vacation kicks off from the Valastro home in New Jersey; for three weeks, this family of six will scour the South in search of down-home eats and also take in the culture for which hot spots such as Charleston, S.C., Savannah and New Orleans are known.
Tonight the Season 5 Chopped Champions tournament came to a conclusion with the four winners of the preliminary rounds getting one more chance with the baskets. Whoever reached the end without getting chopped would earn the $50,000 prize. In this last battle, all four chefs — Meny, Deborah, Andre and Adam — brought their best, which made the judges’ decision come down to the details. Literally one olive out of place sent home a front-runner in the appetizer round. A mishandling of meat sent home another in the entree round. And dessert came down to who had the better balance of flavors. In the end one chef’s three courses set him apart from his competitors and earned him the prestigious title of Chopped Grand Champion. Find out who won the tournament.
Read the interview with the winner