Making everything from spider cupcakes to mummy macarons, seven of the country’s top bakers will compete to create Halloween’s spookiest confections on Halloween Baking Championship, premiering Monday, Oct. 5 at 9|8c. To survive this haunted competition, hosted by Richard Blais, contestants must prove their baking abilities and impress judges Ron Ben-Israel, Carla Hall and Sherry Yard. Only one winner will take home the grand prize of $25,000 and earn the title of Halloween Baking Champion.
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This episode of Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off was amazing. YouTube’s popular food critic Daym Drops (Daymon Patterson) was a guest mentor and judge, and we also saw some really innovative dishes from the kids. Our favorite moment was when Christopher kept his cool during the waffle disaster in the elimination challenge. He had started out making a waffle-and-fried-chicken sandwich, but his batter was too thin and leaked like crazy out of the waffle iron. So in a moment of genius, he dipped slices of bread into the waffle batter and made a French toast fried chicken sandwich instead! He even won the challenge and received the highest honor of a Daym Drops’ “5 All Day.”
A risotto’s success greatly depends on frequent stirring. So when Alton Brown auctioned off a fixed spoon — one suspended several inches in the air — on tonight’s brand-new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, the eviliciousness was in full effect for the chef forced to stir his risotto using only that spoon.
The Cutthroat culinary crew attempted this challenge in the latest installment of Testing the Sabotages, and while the team indeed found the sabotage to be doable, attaining that result was nothing short of surprising — or risky. Filling in for a prop to hold the stationary spoon, food stylist Abel Gonzalez was on hand to assist Jamie Peterson, another food stylist, who tried his hand at making shrimp-studded risotto with the spoon that Abel held. “It’s going to be really difficult, because as soon as I lift [the pan] up, I’m getting it off the heat,” Jamie said, explaining the drop in temperature every time he moved the pan to meet the spoon. As the rice continued to cook, Jamie managed to remedy that problem by increasing the heat, but in doing so, he nearly singed a few arm hairs off of Abel when a cloud of hot steam shot up from the pan. “I’m actually human, and you actually burned me,” Abel told Jamie, reminding his fellow food stylist that he’s indeed not a table prop without feelings.
Chef, cookbook author and TV host G. Garvin is a regular judge on Guy’s Grocery Games. Now G. is the chef at Low Country in Atlanta, his hometown. But before that G. was responsible for launching numerous restaurants in Los Angeles, where he cooked for celebrities and world dignitaries alike. When G.’s not hosting his Cooking Channel show Road Trip with G. Garvin or judging on Triple G, he’s developing his product lines, or taking time to mentor kids interested in culinary careers.
Get to know this Triple G judge, and tune in to watch G. on Guy’s Grocery Games on Sundays at 8|7c.
While store-bought dressings and vinaigrettes are surely convenient, most are packed with sugar and sodium; the homemade stuff is quick to mix up, so stick with a recipe the next time you toss a salad. On this morning’s episode of The Kitchen, the cast introduced three bold — and fuss-free — salad dressings that can be ready in mere minutes. Start with Geoffrey Zakarian’s Base Vinaigrette (pictured above). Once you master that simple combination of red wine vinegar, shallots and oil, you can either serve that mixture on its own, like GZ does with arugula, or you can add more ingredients to create a brand-new dressing with rich tastes and textures.
As a journalist and food critic for San Diego Magazine, Troy Johnson has eaten at his share of restaurants and lived to write about it. He’s also previously hosted Crave on Food Network. Currently he serves as a regular judge on Guy’s Grocery Games, where he mixes his culinary knowledge with a bit of comedy. Find out Troy’s opinion on one of the show’s most-difficult games, his take on the food from his childhood and his favorite place to eat in his hometown.
Get to know this Triple G judge, and tune in to watch Troy on Guy’s Grocery Games on Sundays at 8|7c.
Who’s won Iron Chef America against Bobby Flay? Beau MacMillan has, in Battle Kobe Beef. Beau’s also served as coach on Season 1 of Worst Cooks in America. Currently the proud New Englander is the executive chef for Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, a resort in Arizona. He’s also a regular judge on Guy’s Grocery Games, and has even competed in the All-Stars series, winning his episode.
Get to know this Triple G judge, and tune in to watch Beau on Guy’s Grocery Games on Sundays at 8|7c.
What to Watch: An Updated Set Is Revealed on The Kitchen and A-List Chefs Compete on Triple G All-Starsby Ricky Smith in Shows, August 28th, 2015
Take your mind off of the heat this weekend with your favorite Food Network chefs as they share new recipes and tips for everything from family entertaining to post-workout refueling. On Saturday morning, Nancy Fuller is making some tried-and-true favorites like Fresh Peach and Blueberry Upside-Down Cake for two of her granddaughters. Then, the co-hosts reveal an updated set on The Kitchen as they offer foolproof cocktail party tips and slow-cooker hacks. And Valerie Bertinelli is making healthy snacks and a Blueberry Smoothie for her friends and trainer after a hard workout.
On Sunday morning, Giada De Laurentiis is creating fresh Italian dishes like Shrimp and Grapefruit Skewers using the beautiful seafood and citrus found in Sorrento. Then, on Sunday night, another group of A-list chefs hit the aisles on a new episode of Guy’s Grocery Games: All-Stars as they compete to win money for charity. After that, the trucks must incorporate a unique local ingredient into their dish during the second leg of The Great Food Truck Race, and four chefs battle Alton Brown’s sabotages on an all-new Cutthroat Kitchen.
As the winner of Season 6 of The Next Food Network Star, Aarti Sequeira made a name for herself with her unique and modern take on classic Indian recipes on her show Aarti Party, inspired by her blog, AartiPaarti.com. She went on to host Taste in Translation on Cooking Channel. And just last year she released her first cookbook, Aarti Paarti. Now you can find this Indian hostess with the mostess as a regular judge on Guy’s Grocery Games. And in the current special All-Stars series, she even competes in the games.
Get to know this Triple G judge, and tune in to watch Aarti on Guy’s Grocery Games on Sundays at 8|7c.
From Bouncing to Rock Climbing, Jet Takes His Turn at Camp Activities — Alton’s Camp Cutthroat After-Showby Maria Russo in Shows, August 26th, 2015
By now fans know that no one is safe from the diabolical sabotages up for auction — not even the judges. After the third round of outdoor eviliciousness on Camp Cutthroat tonight, host Alton Brown caught up with the judge of the day, Jet Tila, and wasted no time in putting him to work in some of the most-trying challenges of the day. Up first: the bouncy-house obstacle course. “I have to go over this thing?” Jet yelled as he made his way through the course. “This totally sucks.” No matter his dislike of the sabotage, though, he indeed made it through unscathed, and in less than a minute.
But perhaps the real doozy of a sabotage came in the form of the rock wall, which, just like Chef Jessica did, Jet attempted. Not only was he snugly strapped into the harness, but he also pulled himself up the wall, only to meet his fate at the top when he attempted to concoct a sandwich. “I don’t care,” he admitted, after quickly giving in to the sabotage, stuffing a sandwich into his pocket and rappelling down the wall in the hopes of feeding Alton.