While New Year’s is meant for looking ahead at what’s to come, the preceding holiday season is all about reflection and remembrance. FN Dish recently caught up with the cast of The Kitchen on set, and from childhood reminiscences to recent family dinners, the co-hosts shared some of their favorite Christmas memories. Read on below to hear from Geoffrey Zakarian, Jeff Mauro, Katie Lee, Marcela Valladolid and Sunny Anderson as they recollect holiday seasons past and reflect on all that Christmas means to them.
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What to Watch: A Sweet Season Finale for Holiday Baking Championship, and Holiday Fun with The Kitchenby Caitlyn Callegari in Shows, December 12th, 2014
The trials and tribulations of Holiday Baking Championship will culminate in an action-packed season finale on Sunday at 9|8c. Tune in to see who will win the $50,000 prize and all of the sweet holiday-season joy. On Saturday at 11a|10c, The Kitchen hosts are getting a visit from Annie herself, Quvenzhané Wallis, as she helps them celebrate the holidays and promotes her new movie.
Rewrapped, Southern at Heart, Guy’s Grocery Games and Cutthroat Kitchen are back this weekend as well. Whether you’re spending Saturday afternoon with Rewrapped, or Sunday with Southern at Heart, Guy’s Grocery Games and Cutthroat Kitchen, each show brings something delicious to the table, whether it be food or competitive rivalry.
Just in time for the holidays, Ree Drummond welcomed crowds of Oklahoma ranchers and their families for the ultimate seasonal extravaganza as she hosted her first-ever prime-time special, The Pioneer Woman’s Cowboy Christmas. In true Drummond fashion, this seasonal bash included no shortage of hearty fare, like party-ready glazed ham, cheesy potatoes and spiced gingerbread cookies, plus down-home games and plenty of dancing. If you missed the special last weekend, there’s still time to catch up: Watch the full episode on FoodNetwork.com now, and get all of Ree’s comforting sweet and savory recipes featured on the show.
Food Network was on hand as Ree and her family hosted the local ranching community and captured behind-the-scenes snapshots as the celebrations unfolded. Read on below for an insider’s look at the seasonal soiree, see Ree and Ladd strut their stuff on the dance floor, and check out the over-the-top spread of holiday dishes shining on the buffet.
Duff Goldman is back with a brand-new cake competition show, premiering on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 10:30|9:30c, and this one is anything but sweet. Duff Till Dawn mirrors Duff’s out-of-the-box baking style and his flair for dessert dramatics, which means fans are in for pure cake chaos of the contest sort.
Each episode will be a midnight battle between two professional bakers and their trusty assistants, and the competition goes beyond the physical. Because this underground competition is based on pride, it isn’t going to be friendly. Saddle up for smack talk and tension, as bakers are about to vie for Duff’s sought-after approval and attention.
In the largest Restaurant: Impossible challenge to date, Robert Irvine and his team traveled to Lake Luzerne, N.Y., for an extra-special mission at Double H Ranch, a year-round camp dedicated to serving children with life-threatening illnesses. Double H was founded on the premise of “health and happiness” according to CEO and executive director Max Yurenda, and the camp indeed lives up to its promise, as every child who attends is welcomed and made to feel safe and hopeful.
With the help and generosity of Lexus, Robert and his team had three days and an increased budget of $50,000 to transform the kitchen and dining hall at Double H, and it’s a good thing they had extra time and money to spend, because the 4,000-plus-square-foot dining room was among the largest they’d ever attempted. In true Irvine fashion, Robert welcomed the challenge, and not only did he overhaul those spaces and turn them into comfortable, friendly and functional designs, but he and Lexus also gifted the camp dozens of pieces of new equipment, plus a $10,000 donation. Read on below to hear from Max, and director of operations Jacqui Royael, to find out how Double H is doing today. Then, browse insider photos of the transformation in progress, and see Robert at Double H.
How have the new hot boxes improved serving time?
Jacqui Royael: The new hot boxes will allow more time for staff and campers to enjoy their meal together and less time waiting in a crowded line in the kitchen. The food can now be prepared and ready to go the minute the kids enter the dining hall, allowing all of camp to be served in half the time and eat together. So what once was 20-plus minutes and several trips back and forth to the serving line will now be a quick five to 10 minutes and one trip to have everyone enjoy a meal together.
This past Sunday on Holiday Baking Championship, the competition was all about holiday traditions. The bakers were faced with the pre-heat challenge of creating something original using the classic combination of hot chocolate and peppermint. Then, they moved on to the real challenge: creating an over-the-top holiday breakfast including three sweet treats. Although her hot chocolate cakes from the pre-heat were praised by the judges, Terra was ultimately eliminated when her cream cheese surprise went awry. But this bourbon-loving Kentucky girl brought lots of fun and flavor during her time on the show. Relive Terra’s journey in GIFs
Just in time for the holidays, Alton Brown decked the Cutthroat Kitchen halls on tonight’s all-new episode with a series of seasonal challenges — and even a Christmas tree-adorned sweater worn by judge Simon Majumdar. In true evilicious fashion, Alton didn’t shy away from punny sabotages inspired by the traditional holiday meals or activities, as the challenge dishes included a ham dinner, cocktail party fare and holiday cookies. And in Round 1 the chefs played a not-so-merry game of gift swap.
In the final round’s cookie challenge, Alton doled out the ultimate in seasonal sweets — a gingerbread house — but this one wasn’t exactly a treat. Complete with shortening, sugar, flour and leavening agents, plus various candies and decorations, this “gingerbread diorama,” as Alton called it, contained everything needed to make a cookie, and Chef Keith could use only the given ingredients to prepare his dish. While the contestant used nearly everything in Alton’s “majestic scene” in preparing his ultimately doomed cookies, only one element remained: a triple-decker butter figure shaped like a snowman. “Is he called Pat?” Simon jokingly asked Alton on the host’s After-Show, and Alton simply replied with a smile, “Yes, Pat, the Snowman Made Out of Butter.”
It’s never too early to get into the spirit of the season. So in keeping with that notion, Food Network is celebrating the first weekend of December with holiday-themed episodes. Watch as the Food Network stars gear up for the holiday season, baking and preparing the perfect festive spreads. Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, Outrageous Christmas, Giada at Home, Guy’s Big Bite, Southern at Heart, Farmhouse Rules and Cutthroat Kitchen all share in the Christmas cheer.
Don’t forget to tune in to Guy’s Grocery Games, Rewrapped and Holiday Baking Championship; they are all equally packed with fun, with supermarket challenges and dessert obstacles alike.
Three Iron Chefs and a Level 4 World-Class Kitchen Inferno Gladiator, together Alex Guarnaschelli, Bobby Flay, Michael Symon and Curtis Stone, make up one of the fiercest foursomes in culinary competitions. And in the brand-new upcoming series All-Star Academy hosted by Ted Allen, they’ll battle it out in the kitchen as mentor versus mentor with teams of shining home cooks.
Beginning in March 2015, 10 of America’s most-skilled home cooks will make their way to Alex, Bobby, Michael and Curtis’ All-Star Academy, where they’ll be faced with rigorous kitchen challenges over the course of eight episodes. It’s up to the mentors to support their team members as they face off in the contest, but the contest isn’t just for the home cooks; with their own stellar culinary reputations on the line, Alex, Bobby, Michael and Curtis will want to guide their apprentices well if they want their team to make it to the end and one of their students to claim the $50,000 grand prize.
If you could dine at any restaurant in the States, where would you go? Forget the hyped-up neighborhood spots you’ve been wanting to check out. Think about the places you would cross the country for if you had the opportunity.
Start working on your culinary bucket list and tune in to Top 10 Restaurants with Food Network Magazine on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 9|8c to compare notes. Bobby Flay is host of the Food Network special and will reveal America’s must-try meals, coast to coast. In this drool-inducing countdown, the Iron Chef and restaurateur works his way from a small-town dive to a spot on the coast where diners sit above the clouds. He’ll guide you through the specialty dishes as well as the culture behind each restaurant. From a world-renowned nine-course meal to a backyard BBQ joint run by a 79-year-old pitmaster, you’ll have a hard time prioritizing the diverse list. Whether you go to taste an innovative, new way of cooking or to feast from a menu that hasn’t changed in decades, each pick on this list is sure to be an experience you’ll never forget.