by Maria Russo in Shows, November 28th, 2012
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, November 28th, 2012
At Rohrer’s Tavern in North Bend, Ohio, Robert Irvine found an outdated eatery with an unadorned dining space and basic-at-best food to match. Lisa Kendall is the owner of this decades-old restaurant, and she needed Robert and his Restaurant: Impossible team to help Rohrer’s avoid a looming closure. We checked in with Lisa a few months after the transformation to see how her restaurant is doing now.
After the renovation, Rohrer’s saw year-over-year growth of $20,000 for the month of September. Lisa explains that while the restaurant used to attract only local customers, it is now “pulling people from other neighborhoods” as well.
“Everyone loves the new look and for the most part loves the menu,” she says. Rohrer’s is still serving most of the menu items that Robert created for them, and they’ve added a few of their previously popular dishes to their list of offerings.
Since Robert left, the kitchen staff has been held “accountable for everything,” Lisa explains. She now challenges them when they tell her that something cannot be done, and says she has “made it clear that I am not just the owner. I am the boss and manager.” She adds, “Criticism is still something that no one in the kitchen likes, but I do it as constructively as possible.”
by Maria Russo in Shows, November 27th, 2012
How many times have you been caught without a plan for dinner? It can happen, right? You end up scrounging around in the pantry or the cupboards looking for something you could turn into a meal. Oftentimes you may even find yourself cooking with canned foods. Take, for example, a can of tuna — it can become a pretty good pasta puttanesca with the right recipe. Food Network is challenging you to a pantry cook-off challenge to find out what you can make.
On the latest episode of The Next Iron Chef, the Chairman’s challenge had the chefs cooking with canned foods with the goal of transforming the ingredient into something worth plating for the judges. Some of the cans available were properly labeled and others had question marks — just to throw the chefs a curveball. Though the chefs didn’t seem very keen on the challenge, they took it in stride. Now it’s your turn: Which canned food would you choose and what would you make out of it?
Choose the ingredient and tell us what you would make.
by Simon Majumdar in Shows, November 26th, 2012
Week after week, you come to FN Dish to get the latest scoop on The Next Iron Chef, read exclusive exit interviews from eliminated rivals, caption sneak-peek images, cast your vote in Rival Recipe cook-offs and more. But did you know that there’s an entire Next Iron Chef online headquarters dedicated to this season’s chefs and the judges? That’s right — we’ve created an all-access Next Iron Chef guide at FoodNetwork.com/NIC where you can discover never-before-seen images, one-on-one video interviews with rivals and insider information from Food Network’s culinary team, and even cast your vote in the Next Iron Chef Fan Vote.
If you haven’t been there to check it out yet, we invite you to take a look around to see what’s there.
Interested in a behind-the-scenes look at the rivals and judges on set? Then you’ll want to flip through this revealing slideshow. Want to see what went down each week? Check out the photo galleries below for a roundup of the top, most-memorable moments from every episode.
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by Sarah De Heer in Shows, November 25th, 2012
I am not sure that any chef would be pleased to be informed that they had to produce a meal almost entirely from the contents of a can. But if you want to become The Next Iron Chef, those are exactly the sort of obstacles that you have to overcome.
Chef Falkner’s mystery can contained a substance as far removed from USDA prime beef as I am from Brad Pitt. Despite this, she astounded everyone at the judging plinth by producing a dish so fine that it would have been acceptable in some of the best restaurants on the planet. It really was that good.
Chefs Mendelsohn and Vigneron, however, were far less successful. Chef Mendelsohn’s dish lacked balance, while the salt levels in Chef Vigneron’s dish drew the words “inedible” from all three judges and Alton Brown. It made it pretty obvious that these two high school friends would be competing against each other in the Secret Ingredient Showdown.
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by Joseph Erdos in Shows, November 25th, 2012
The fifth season of The Next Iron Chef: Redemption is in full swing with now only seven familiar chefs battling it out again to prove they’ve got the skills to win the ultimate prize: the title of Iron Chef.
Each chef will try to pull out all their tricks to stay in the competition but, ultimately, one chef must go home each week. Every Sunday, FN Dish brings you exclusive exit interviews with the latest chef to go home.
SPOILER ALERT: Find out who went home
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, November 24th, 2012
Rachael vs. Guy fans, you don’t have to wait until the January 6 premiere to find out which celebrities made Team Rachael and Team Guy. Food Network is revealing which celebrities were chosen by Rachael and Guy before the first episode even airs — but you’ll have to watch to find out more.
Did your favorite celebrity make your favorite team? Find out right now below or wait until Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 9pm/8c.
SPOILER ALERT: Find out the teams
by Maria Russo in Shows, November 24th, 2012
Pots and pans clink, are you listening? The Chopped competitors are cooking up a storm in this Food Network holiday special. In the first round the chefs must use spiral ham and Italian cookies. The second round has them working with Santa Claus melons. In the final round, the last two chefs standing must turn eggnog and Hanukkah gelt into a special dessert. See what family memories play a part in influencing the competitors’ dishes.
Tune in: Sunday, November 25, at 10pm/9pm c
by Maria Russo in Shows, November 23rd, 2012
It’s never easy for a rival to hear Alton say, “You will not be The Next Iron Chef,” but for Chef Eric Greenspan last Sunday, his elimination was particularly challenging, given that he disagreed with the panel’s reasoning behind it. He told us in this exclusive exit interview that he has “tons of respect for all the judges on the show,” but ultimately maintains that “my dish was well-balanced and the flavors spoke to what I find delicious based on past experience and my own palette. I know I wasn’t outcooked.”
In this week’s installment of Rival Recipes, we’re giving Chef Greenspan a final chance to redeem himself in another showdown, this time against Chef Alex Guarnaschelli with one of his all-time favorite culinary subjects: the sandwich.
Not surprising since he is the grilled cheese guru, Chef Eric has chosen to bring The Champ, a next-level grilled cheese sandwich, to the battle while Chef Alex is featuring a Croque Madam Sandwich, a French-inspired ham and cheese sandwich. Both between-bread creations boast layers of rich, buttery cheese, but Chef Eric’s is built on dark raisin bread with an apricot-caper spread while Chef Alex’s comes together on thick-cut sourdough and is topped with a fried egg.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, November 22nd, 2012
Sometimes on The Next Iron Chef, rivals manage to execute their dishes as flawlessly as they intend to and leave the judges simply speechless on account of the beauty, sophistication and downright deliciousness of their offerings. Other times, however, chefs’ plans are foiled and for one reason or another, they present the panel with plates that leave them astounded — and not in a good way.
The above image is a sneak-peek shot from Sunday’s brand-new episode, and let’s just say that Simon Majumdar wouldn’t be making that face if the dish he was judging was everything it was supposed to be. It’s revealed in this exclusive video preview that something goes wrong — very wrong — when the remaining seven chefs attempt to give everyday canned foods a second life outside of the can. What do you think had to have happened for a Redemption rival to serve the judges so distressing a bite? Who do you think is responsible for leaving Simon in a whole-body wince?
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There are some pretty strange and unusual ingredients that get used on The Next Iron Chef challenges. But what secret ingredients have been the hardest for the competitors to work with? The culinary team in Food Network Kitchens weighed in on this question and came up with eight of the most difficult secret ingredients from the previous four seasons.
But what’s the absolute hardest ingredient used on The Next Iron Chef? You get to decide in this bracket challenge. In Round 1, you narrowed down the eight to four. In Round 2, you’ll vote from among the top four.
How It Works
Round 1 was November 15-22. The top eight secret ingredients were narrowed down to four.
Round 2 is this week, starting November 22 at noon. The remaining four ingredients will get narrowed down to two. Vote below now.
Round 3 is the last week of November. The winner will be chosen from the two finalists. Vote starting November 29 at noon.
On December 6 we will announce the winner at noon.