Earlier this week, FN Dish caught up with Guy Fieri for a Facebook chat before Guy’s Grocery Games premieres this Sunday at 8pm/7c. The brand-new show puts chefs in real-life grocery shopping situations and challenges them to cook meals in a real supermarket — for a chance to win up to $20,000. Guy answered questions about the competition, the show’s concept and the various challenges, and he also revealed some fun details about himself.
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This Saturday, watch Amy Thielen take a road trip through Madison, Wis., and later tune in to see the Hanson brothers judge the competition on Cupcake Wars. On Sunday, start off the morning with five dollar-stretching recipes from Rachael Ray. In the evening it’s the premiere of Guy’s Grocery Games, part game show and part cooking competition all in the aisles of a supermarket. Afterward, tune in to Halloween Wars, where the remaining teams take inspiration from the swamp to create eerie creatures. And then it’s a new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, where you never know what sabotage will come next.
On tonight’s Chef Wanted, Christy’s on Broadway, a popular restaurant that has been in operation in Long Beach, Calif., for more than two decades, needed a new executive chef to replace its former executive chef who was moving on. Owner Christy Bono and general manager Cori Cauble were looking to find a talented individual who could revamp the menu and take it into the next decade. Anne Burrell had four candidates for the job opportunity, but only one was offered the position. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the winning chef.
On Guy’s Grocery Games, the shopping and cooking challenges are determined by host Guy Fieri, but the food that the chefs create is ultimately judged by a panel made up of celebrity chefs and notable tastemakers from the food world, among them Melissa d’Arabian, Beau MacMillan and Richard Blais. Before watching the season premiere this Sunday at 8pm/7c, get to know the roster of judges. And get an exclusive preview of the episode.
The Chopped Dinner Challenge is a new 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 Kitchens 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!
On this week’s Chopped: Brunch Boxes episode, the competitors found pancake mix in their entree round basket, along with an emu egg, Bloody Mary mix and lobster. Two out of the three remaining competitors ingeniously decided to use the pancake mix as a batter for their lobster and made it through to the dessert round. This recipe for Indian-Inspired Corn Dogs with Mango Dipping Sauce also makes clever use of pancake mix in a form other than the obvious breakfast dish. Plus, it’s a great way to recreate the state-fair staple at home for a fun and nostalgic meal with your family.
On the new series Guy’s Grocery Games, premiering this Sunday, Oct. 20 at 8pm/7c, four chefs compete in three rounds of challenges that incorporate both grocery shopping and cooking. The contestants must tackle the everyday challenges of shopping in the aisles of the supermarket, where every ingredient isn’t always available or in stock. Host Guy Fieri sets the cooking challenges and provides the chefs with their shopping lists. By the end, only one chef will get the opportunity to win up to $20,000 in cash.
You would think that for a show like this the competition would take place in a large film studio, but in actuality, the set of Grocery Games is located inside a real supermarket, the Fields Market in West Hills, Calif., to be exact. This is where all the games, cooking and judging go down.
Fresh off of her summer win on Food Network Star, Season 9, Damaris Phillips is already in the kitchen preparing for her first-ever series, Southern at Heart (premiering Sunday, Oct. 27 at 10:30am/9:30c). This Kentucky-born culinary school instructor wooed Star fans with a Southern-inspired pilot focusing on classic and approachable date-night dishes, and on her upcoming show, she’ll deliver a similar concept and more down-home meals — all served alongside her trademark wit and humor.
FN Dish caught up with Damaris this month and chatted with the new star about her plans for her series, her favorite upcoming episodes and how Food Network Star prepared her for this upcoming venture. Read on below to get a sneak peek at Southern at Heart from Damaris, then browse behind-the-scenes photos of Damaris on the town in Louisville. Ky.
What are you especially excited about for your new series?
Damaris Phillips: I’m so excited about my guests. So, they’re real guys and they don’t know how to cook, and they have real stories about girls that they love, so that for me is the most exciting.
Guy Fieri has traveled across the country eating the biggest and best burgers for years on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Now fans get to choose their favorite by voting in the poll below. Need a refresher? Browse through the photos in this gallery of the 15 best — your top picks will be featured in an upcoming episode of Triple D.
Although the stipulations of almost every Cutthroat Kitchen sabotage force competitors to reimagine the classic versions of challenge dishes, chefs still should be able to serve plates that are at least reminiscent of the original concept. They may not be able to cook with every seemingly crucial ingredient or prepare plates in the most traditional style, but the final offerings ought to be valid interpretations of assigned dishes; for this week’s competitors, that meant burritos, pie and teriyaki bowls.
“It has to come down to what the challenge is,” judge Jet Tila told Alton Brown on the latest installment of Alton’s After-Show. The competitor ousted in the Round 1 burrito challenge presented a deconstructed Vietnamese-style burrito that was, in fact, hardly a burrito at all, according to Jet. “I’m sorry, but it was a ridiculous play on a burrito,” Jet explained of the summer roll-inspired dish. He added, “If she took a few pieces of lettuce and actually made a tight, concise roll, at least I know you’re thinking burrito,” noting how the contestant could have improved.
In a new series of battles on Iron Chef America, two teams of chefs will face battle with an array of themed ingredients. Tonight’s Battle Oktoberfest featured a compendium of Bavarian foodstuffs that you’d find at the annual festival in Munich, Germany. Items included pork, veal, pretzels, sauerkraut and, of course, beer — which is always at the center of Oktoberfest celebrations. For the battle, the Chairman teamed up Iron Chefs Michael Symon and Geoffrey Zakarian to battle against challenger Chef Bernhard Mairinger, who specializes in Austro-German cuisine, along with his two sous chefs. The battle proved to be extremely close but only one team prevailed.