by Maria Russo in Shows, January 29th, 2014
by Joseph Erdos in Recipes, Shows, January 29th, 2014
When Robert Irvine arrived in Murphys, Calif., to rescue Hillbillies Restaurant, he was forced to contend with not only a dingy dining space overrun with tchotchkes, but with struggling owner Jami Saul as well. Unconfident and unable to assert herself to her staff, she would often be talked down to by her employees, so it was up to Robert to teach her how to voice her opinion and stand up for herself. He and his Restaurant: Impossible team had just two days to work and a budget of only $10,000, but in true Irvine fashion, he delivered, reopening Hillbillies to a crowded house of eager customers. Read on below for the first exclusive interview with Jami to find out how her business is doing today.
“I do love the simplicity and clean feeling the new design brings to the restaurant,” Jami says of the transformed Hillbillies. “My favorite is the front entrance and the back wall of pallets. I think Lynn nailed the design for me.”
by Sarah De Heer in Food Network Chef, Shows, January 29th, 2014
The Chopped Dinner Challenge is a series of recipes showing you how easy it is to cook like a winning Chopped competitor. Every week, FN Dish will showcase a recipe created by Food Network Kitchen that uses at least one of the Chopped basket ingredients, plus basic grocery goods and simple staples. Consider it your very own Chopped challenge. Just take this frequent tip from the judges: Don’t forget to season!
For this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient pancetta, an unsmoked Italian bacon. Pancetta is popularly used to add flavor in many Italian recipes for sauces, but in this twice-baked potato recipe it becomes a star ingredient in the filling and the topping. And along with eggs and cheese this dish has the same comfort as a bowl of pasta carbonara. These Carbonara Stuffed Potatoes with Crispy Pancetta make a great meal on a day when you’re looking for a comforting dish, but what they’re really meant for is enjoying with family on Super Bowl Sunday while watching the game.
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, January 28th, 2014
Let’s set the scene: utensils made from aluminum, no salt, missing ingredients and an evilicious grin to top it off. These are all the ingredients that make up Cutthroat Kitchen. Every Sunday night, Alton dishes out sabotages that can trip up even the best of chefs — but here’s the kicker: Alton truly enjoys watching the chefs distribute and overcome the obstacles that are thrown at them.
“I love seeing people play the game, so anything that accentuates that, I’m a fan of. I grew up loving game shows,” Alton recently told FN Dish on the set of his show. “The auctioning segments are my favorite part — I enjoy the strategies used by the chefs,” he continued saying.
by Maria Russo in Shows, January 27th, 2014
Taking risks was the name of the game on last night’s Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off. As the celebs entered a sports arena for their game-day foods challenge, they knew to expect some serious competition, but what they didn’t know was that there would be some big rewards. Like last week, one celebrity from each team would be rewarded with MVP status, but this time, those MVPs would also gain immunity from elimination in a second round of cooking.
In the first round, the celebrities made their most-creative interpretations of chicken wings. Penn, on Team Rachael, won MVP for his Chili Wings, and Herschel, from Team Guy, won MVP for his Mongolian Kickin’ Wings — repeat wins for both. That left Tiffany and Ice, from Team Guy, and Florence and Judy, from Team Rachael, up for elimination. For the second round, Guy tasked them with making elevated stadium food. Unfortunately one celeb’s dish was found to be a bit too much.
Find Out Who Went Home and Vote for Your Favorite
by Maria Russo in Shows, January 26th, 2014
Just this past summer you watched two fearless chefs put their reputations on the line as they attempted to take down Bobby Flay in the kitchen. Beginning this March, all-new hopeful competitors will head to New York City to do the same on the first-ever season of Beat Bobby Flay. These established industry professionals are confident in their cooking chops, but when it comes to facing off against an Iron Chef, everyday skills may not be enough to succeed.
Before the chefs can go head-to-head against the famed culinary master, they’ll have to prove their worth in a showdown against each other. Bobby’s closest friends and longtime chef-colleagues will be on hand to judge this preliminary cook-off before deciding which one can advance to battle with Bobby. While Bobby may have years of experience in culinary competitions behind him, his competitor will have one key advantage: choosing the challenge dish. With only seconds of on-the-spot thinking to prepare, Bobby will have to make the ultimate version of his rival’s dish in the hopes that a new crop of judges will select his as supreme in a blind tasting.
by Maria Russo in Recipes, Shows, January 25th, 2014
recently told FN Dish his top pieces of advice
for Cutthroat Kitchen
competitors, and among them was to “always leave the pantry with something that has salt in it.” This strategy for success would have proved especially useful during tonight’s brand-new episode, as three out of the four chefs were prohibited from using any salt in Round 1 after Chef Emily won the exclusive right to it. But while those rivals may have suffered bland food on account of sabotage, Emily, too, offered an improperly seasoned dish to judge Antonia Lofaso, and it ultimately cost her the competition.
It turns out that what ultimately did in Chef Emily wasn’t a high prevalence of salt but, ironically enough, the drastic underuse of her high-priced ingredient. “There’s something about when you got it, you’re afraid to use it, I guess,” Alton told Antonia as the two dished on the challenges during the host’s After-Show. According to Antonia, Chef Emily’s sweet potato fries were far too sweet, served with maple syrup and bacon. “There was just no balance of anything ’cause it was like a sweet fry, then a sweet sauce,” Antonia explained. “I think maybe, like, rendering the bacon fat and using that — the fat — and the maple and the crushed bacon would have just given it more balance.”
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, January 25th, 2014
Just in time for next week’s big game, the co-hosts on The Kitchen — along with Rob Del Balzo, a caterer — created a super snack platter worthy of not just any tailgate but the ultimate football showdown. This “snackadium,” modeled after a traditional football stadium, was almost overflowing with classic and creative munchies alike, including fresh vegetables, crackers and pretzels, plus pigs in blankets and Jeff’s meaty mortadella sandwiches.
More photos and snack recipes
by Joseph Erdos in Shows, January 24th, 2014
On Monday’s upcoming episode of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, the celebrities cook a game-day feast in a sports arena with judges Josh Elliott from ABC’s Good Morning America and Alex Guarnaschelli from Chopped. Josh and Alex will be determining who the two MVPs will be — and for the first time, that means immunity from possible elimination in a second round of cooking. In a sneak peek photo from the episode, both Josh and Alex are watching the celebrity contestants live and on CCTV, but something that one of the celebrities does has both of them making faces.
What do you think Alex had to say? Is she comparing the competition to judging on Chopped? Did one of the contestants commit a culinary sin? And what’s with Josh’s smirk? Does he agree or disagree with Alex’s comments?
Write Your Best Caption and Get a Sneak Peek of the Challenge
by Maria Russo in Community, Shows, January 23rd, 2014
In an all-new, five-part Chopped competition premiering on Sun., March 9 at 9|8c, athletes, RvG alums, comedians and actors will compete for a chance to win a $50,000 grand prize for charity. Over four themed episodes, celebrities will face the dreaded mystery basket ingredients and cook in three rounds — appetizer, entree and dessert. One celebrity from each of the four episodes will advance to the finale on Sun., April 6 at 9|8c. One lucky competitor will walk away with the grand prize and bragging rights as the Chopped Tournament of Stars champion.
Meet the celebrities and get a breakdown of the rounds
As you begin your weekend with a brand-new episode of The Kitchen (Saturday at 11a|10c), log in to Twitter during the show and follow along with @FoodNetwork‘s tweets, because co-host Sunny Anderson will be taking over the account to give fans an insider’s perspective of the show.
Saturday’s show is all about kicking off game-day preparations, and as the ultimate football fanatic, Sunny will be sharing her signature tailgating tips and ideas, plus dishing on behind-the-scenes moments on set. On the episode, she, Geoffrey, Jeff, Katie and Marcela are going to indulge in classic football fare like hearty sandwiches and dips, as well as refreshing cocktails, while they build the ultimate snack platter — an over-the-top snackadium featuring party-ready munchies. Tune in to watch the snackadium come to life, and tweet @FoodNetwork to chat with Sunny about The Kitchen or to ask her questions about your big-game bash — she just may give you an answer.