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A Look Back at The Next Iron Chef With Iron Chef Guarnaschelli, and Her Future in Kitchen Stadium

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, January 5th, 2013

Iron Chef Alex GuarnaschelliA new Iron Chef has officially been crowned and added to the prestigious roster. Chef Alex Guarnaschelli prevailed in the final showdown, a full-out Kitchen Stadium battle that paid homage to three long-standing Iron Chefs: Chefs Flay, Symon and Morimoto.

Iron Chef Guarnaschelli is the executive chef at both The Darby and Butter Restaurants (take a photo tour here) in New York City. She’s also a veteran judge on Chopped. Returning for a chance at redemption, Chef Guarnaschelli survived all eight of the Chairman’s intense challenges, only finding herself in the Secret Ingredient Showdown once.

We recently sat down with Chef Guarnaschelli at Butter to chat about her experience on The Next Iron Chef: Redemption — why she decided to go for it a second time and what her biggest fear about Kitchen Stadium is.

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Meet Johnny Weir — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, January 4th, 2013

Johnny Weir
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.

Figure skater Johnny Weir is a three-time U.S. National Champion, two-time Olympian and World medalist. But when he’s not on the ice, Johnny loves to entertain, often serving a unique combination of foods including veggie sticks, cheese, crackers, candy and wine. Get to know Johnny better from his Q&A with FN Dish.

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Meet Gilbert Gottfried — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, January 3rd, 2013

Gilbert Gottfried
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.

Actor and stand-up comedian Gilbert Gottfried is most recognizable for lending his voice to characters in animated movies and commercials, such as Iago in Aladdin and the Aflac duck. His earliest food memory involves a lamb chop, but it’s not what you would think. Get to know Gilbert from his Q&A with FN Dish.

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Restaurant Revisited: Whiskey Creek Steakhouse

by in Shows, January 2nd, 2013

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: ImpossibleAt Whiskey Creek Steakhouse in Keyport, Wash., Robert Irvine found not just poor food and a dark, drab interior, but also untrustworthy staff members. After just two days, Robert had established systems that would help the owners, Pat and Karan Ziarnik, regain control of their restaurant and slowly pay off debt, and the eatery reopened as a welcoming, sophisticated steakhouse with crowd-pleasing food. We checked in with Pat and Karan a few months after their Restaurant: Impossible renovation to find out how the restaurant is doing today.

Pat and Karan tell us that October was a “very busy” month at Whiskey Creek Steakhouse. Since Robert left, they’ve begun to pay back some of their debt, and their overall financial situation is now “better than before.”

Thanks to the new, effective systems in place, Pat and Karan perform “a lot more double checks” to deter costly staff actions. Recently two staff members were let go, “mostly because they were caught doing other wrongs,” they tell us.

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Meet Cornelia Guest — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, January 2nd, 2013

Cornelia Guest
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.

Cornelia Guest is a designer, author and philanthropist who rose to celebrity status as a socialite in the 1980s. You’d think a socialite would never set foot in any kitchen, but Cornelia loves to cook vegetarian food and even caters events. Get to know Cornelia better from her Q&A with FN Dish.

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Meet Kathy Najimy — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, January 1st, 2013

Kathy Najimy
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, movie and Broadway actress Kathy Najimy is well-known for her comedic roles, such as Sister Mary Patrick in the movie Sister Act. She can carry an improv act from the stage to the kitchen, making up recipes on the spot. Get to know Kathy better from her Q&A with FN Dish.

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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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