by Maria Russo in Shows, September 26th, 2012
by Sarah De Heer in Shows, September 25th, 2012
Rookie restaurant owner Ashley Robertson needed Robert Irvine’s help to successfully run her Las Vegas restaurant, The Maple Tree Cafe. In just two days, Robert tackled poor food quality and disorganized management in order to give The Maple Tree Cafe the transformation it deserved. We checked in with Ashley a few months after the Restaurant: Impossible renovation to see how her restaurant is doing today.
Ashley reports that since Robert left, sales at The Maple Tree Cafe have more than doubled.
The restaurant’s food, she says, “is coming out great,” and she credits a recipe book in the kitchen with ensuring that all dishes are made the same way every time. She says that she has “completely delegated the prep duties to everyone in the kitchen,” and makes sure to “spend time watching plates go out.”
by Sarah De Heer in Shows, September 25th, 2012
All eight school chefs from Food Network’s special episodes of Chopped recently visited Washington, D.C., and the first lady’s White House garden. There, White House Assistant Chef Sam Kass gave them a coveted taste of the first lady’s tomatoes and even showed them the bounty of Thomas Jefferson’s seeds. While the ladies were grateful for the visit, it’s what they’re doing to the future of school lunches that really shines; click the play button on the video above to watch.
Find out what you can do to help our nation’s kids get the food they need to grow and thrive at FoodNetwork.com/Hungry.
by FN Dish Editor in Shows, September 25th, 2012
A roster of acclaimed chefs will return for a second chance to become a member of the Iron Chef culinary society this fall, with the premiere of The Next Iron Chef: Redemption on Sunday, November 4 at 9 pm ET/PT. Earlier last month, FN Dish revealed the seven returning chefs and two newcomers:
- Nate Appleman, Amanda Freitag, Eric Greenspan and Jehangir Mehta from The Next Iron Chef Season Two
- Elizabeth Falkner, Alex Guarnaschelli and Spike Mendelsohn from the cast of The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs
- First-time Next Iron Chef competitors Tim Love and Marcel Vigneron
The tenth slot will go to the winner of a Web-exclusive competition taking place on FoodNetwork.com starting October 12. The four chefs taking part in the Web battle are: Duskie Estes and Robert Treviño, who have previously competed on The Next Iron Chef, and newcomers Lee Anne Wong and Madison Cowan.
by Kristina Mellegard in Shows, September 24th, 2012
While the nine returning chefs have been revealed for the upcoming fifth season of The Next Iron Chef, let’s shift focus to lucky contestant number 10. The tenth slot will go to the winner of a Web-exclusive competition, a Food Network first, taking place on FoodNetwork.com. The four chefs taking part in the Web battle are: Duskie Estes and Robert Treviño, who have previously competed on The Next Iron Chef, and newcomers Lee Anne Wong and Madison Cowan.
The “Road to Redemption” four-part Web tournament begins October 12 with a battle between Iron Chef America challengers Madison Cowan and Lee Anne Wong, followed on October 19 by a competition between former Next Iron Chef contenders Duskie Estes and Robert Trevino. The winners meet on October 26, where the final Redemption position will be awarded. Simon Majumdar, Alton Brown and Iron Chef Jose Garces will decide who becomes a Next Iron Chef hopeful.
Watch a sneak peek after the jump
by Sarah De Heer in Shows, September 23rd, 2012
Summer is over and that means school is back in session. This fall, however, children will not be the only students getting an education. This season on Chopped, they’re taking four of the most talented women out of their cafeterias and giving them a test of our own. The first challenge demands innovation as the ladies are faced with the task of putting ground turkey together with a popular frozen treat.
by Kristina Mellegard in Shows, September 23rd, 2012
This week, the top three teams conquered Cleveland, but not without some difficulties. With just $100 of seed money, a juicy Truck Stop and a Speed Bump that took the teams out of their trucks for the first time, these teams were pushed and tested to the limit. With a grand prize of $50,000 on the line and the chance to keep their truck, each team tries to pull out all their tricks to stay in the game, but ultimately one truck must go each week. Every Sunday night, FN Dish will bring you exclusive exit interviews with the latest Food Truck contestants to get the boot.
Back in the game this week is Seoul Sausage with an impressive first-place win that brought in their highest earnings of the competition. In the end, Tyler reports that Nonna’s Kitchenette is the other team to advance to next week’s finale, which meant that it was the end of the road for Pop-A-Waffle. Despite the guys’ Truck Stop advantage, they did not make enough money to stay in the race, and Scott, Bobaloo and Anthony were asked to turn in their keys.
by Maria Russo in Shows, September 21st, 2012
Jeff Mauro is coming back to Food Network with not one but two television shows this season. Tune in this Monday, September 24 at 10:30 PM ET/PT to watch the series premiere episode of $24 in 24. Follow him as he travels cross-country in search of the day’s best meals for a total of just $24. Jeff’s journey proves that you can find delicious and inexpensive food in the most unexpected places. Watch as he migrates from Boston to Los Angeles with stops in Philadelphia, New York City, Cleveland, Chicago and Minneapolis. $24 in 24 celebrates amazing food that will satisfy your stomach, but won’t break the bank.
In fact, you can embark upon this edible adventure early by catching a sneak peek of $24 in 24 tonight at 10 pm after The Great Food Truck Race.
by Maria Russo in Polls, Shows, September 20th, 2012
We’re just one week away from the finale of The Great Food Truck Race, and by now the three remaining food truck teams are cruising into new cities and dishing out orders like professionals. But of course that wasn’t always the case. It was only a few short weeks ago that the eight rookie teams stepped onto their trucks for the very first time and dealt with bump after bump in the road as they learned how to cook in a small space and how to drive an extra-large vehicle.
As you get ready for this Sunday’s brand-new episode in which Nonna’s Kitchenette, Pop-A-Waffle and Seoul Sausage cruise into Cleveland, take a look back at where our teams started. We’ve rounded up a collection of this season’s best, most shocking moments from all five of the previous cities. Check out these photos and relive the most memorable Truck Stop cooking challenges, Speed Bumps, eliminations and more from the teams’ cross-country road trip.
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by Maria Russo in Shows, September 19th, 2012
Much like the Truck Stop challenge in the second Food Trucks episode that tasked the teams with embracing regional ingredients, last Sunday’s cooking challenge was a celebration of Nashville’s local cuisine. The remaining four food trucks had just $100 and 60 minutes to prepare a Southern-style picnic lunch for two people who know a thing or two about Tennessee comfort food: country music stars Joey and Rory Feek.
A few teams chose to prepare classic takes on tried-and-true dishes, while others let their culinary points of view shine in creative twists on original recipes. Take another peek at what Momma’s Grizzly Grub, Seoul Sausage, Pop-A-Waffle and Nonna’s Kitchenette served to Joey, Rory and Tyler, then tell us which of their plates you’d pack on a picnic.
VOTE: Which of these picnic lunches would you pack?
In Corry, Pa., Michele Sventek needed Robert Irvine’s help to give her restaurant, Michele’s, a new look and better food. Perhaps more importantly, she needed Robert to teach her the basics of running a restaurant since she had no experience in the culinary industry. In just two days, Robert gave Michele’s a much-needed overhaul and taught Michele how to best manage her staff and maintain food quality. We checked in with Michele to see how her restaurant is doing a few months after its Restaurant: Impossible renovation.
Michele says that compared to last year, sales have increased “about 40 percent.” Robert wanted Michele’s to achieve $12,500 per month in sales, and Michele is happy to report that she “can see it happening as we progress.”
The new decor at Michele’s has been well received by customers. “Everyone likes the brightness of it, especially the wall between the dining area and the bar, the fireplace (people are excited for winter to see it working) and the mirrors,” Michele explains.