On tonight’s finale of Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off, the kid chefs cooked a family-style meal for a group of celebrity chefs who were led to believe that they were eating food cooked by adult contestants from Celebrity Cook-Off instead. Jaws dropped once the curtains were drawn to reveal eight little kids. After the guest judges evaluated each kid’s show pitch, it was time for tallying up the final scores. With an award of a Web series on the line it was a close race, but only one kid could win the ultimate prize.
SPOILER ALERT: Meet the winner and watch the new Web series
Before earning the most viewer votes to become the winner of Food Network Star, Season 9, Damaris Phillips told network executives that “Southern food is the food of love,” and this fall she’ll be able to prove that with the launch of her brand-new series, Southern at Heart, premiering Sunday, Oct. 27 at 10:30am/9:30c.
Similar to her date night-focused pilot on Star, Damaris’ Southern at Heart will showcase this Kentucky-born chef’s made-over Southern fare, featuring fresh twists and contemporary takes, plus offer can-do tips for cooks of every caliber. No matter if you’re a single gal or guy trying to impress that special someone, one half of a new couple or a spouse in a longtime marriage, Damaris’ contemporary recipes will have a place on your table, and her inspired ideas will be applicable to you.
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This weekend, come to Food Network for your comfort food fix, some Chinese dim sum, Wizard of Oz-inspired cupcakes, kitchen sabotage and two finales: Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off and The Great Food Truck Race.
On Saturday morning tune in for The Pioneer Woman as Ree creates a casual lunch for her family. Then Amy Thielen shares her recipe for Granny-Style Chicken on Heartland Table. On Giada at Home, Giada cooks dim sum inspired by a recent trip to Hong Kong. In the evening watch the bakers on Cupcake Wars take on the Wizard of Oz as their inspiration.
Sunday night starts off with the finale of Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off as two teams of kids cook dinner for a gathering of special guests who don’t know their chefs aren’t professional adults. By the end of the show, one winner will get his or her own Web series. Then on The Great Food Truck Race, the teams make it to Annapolis, Md., and then go to the Chesapeake Bay for a crabbing challenge. After a surprise elimination, the final two teams head onto Arlington, Va., and finally Washington, D.C., where one team will ride away with its very own food truck and $50,000 in prize money.
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On tonight’s Chef Wanted, chef/partner Ryan Poli and managing partner Alfredo Sandoval were looking for a new executive chef to take over the reins of Tavernita, a tapas restaurant in Chicago. Since Chef Poli would be moving on to oversee more restaurants, he needed a chef with great technique who could work well and lead the current staff — and specifically they thought the restaurant would provide a good place in which a young chef could grow. Anne Burrell brought in four candidates for the job opportunity, but only one was offered the position. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the winning chef.
SPOILER ALERT: Find Out Who Won
Robert Irvine may be known for rescuing America’s most dire eateries from the brink of failure on Restaurant: Impossible, but this fall he’s on a new mission: to find the most promising budding entrepreneur among a crop of restaurant hopefuls.
On his all-new series, Restaurant Express, Robert will challenge nine finalists to survive a culinary road trip across the West by proving not only their fearless culinary chops, but their business-savvy mindset, as well, if they want to keep their seat on the Restaurant Express bus. Week after week, it’s up to the contestants to demonstrate their staying power and impress Robert — a notoriously no-nonsense chef and experienced entrepreneur — by excelling in the host’s demanding challenges, both in the kitchen and out.
At the end of the journey, only one contestant will still be on the bus, and that person will have earned the title of executive chef and a leadership position on the team at the flagship restaurant The M Resort, Spa and Casino in Las Vegas.
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After Hours battles task Chopped judges with the same rules and restraints as the competitors — identical basket ingredients, limited time on the clock and the stipulation that they must use every mandatory product in some way — which means that when they take to the kitchen, they’re bringing with them the experience of judging hundreds of rounds of competition. They often remark on the show that a contestant’s dish lacks seasoning, is overcooked or is too simple, but when it’s their turn to cook, will they be able to succeed where others have failed, and will they deliver on the frequent requests they make of the competitors?
On tonight’s all-new episode of Chopped After Hours, Amanda proved that she can indeed walk the walk, if you will, in the kitchen, when she decided to bake a cake for her dessert. “I’ve always wanted everyone to bake,” she told Ted, “so I find it only fair for me to bake.” Her dish, like Aarón’s and Marcus’ dishes, had to feature chicken-themed ingredients, including chicken suckers, farm-fresh eggs, fruitcake and chicken feet, but she didn’t let the oddity of these products stop her from the mission. After a quick 30 minutes, she ultimately proved that it’s possible to bake — and bake well — in the Chopped , as her fruitcake with a sweet marshmallow mousse “melts in your mouth, ” according to Aarón. “I want to put my money where my mouth is. I am always begging the chefs to bake … so I baked,” she told her peers when presenting the dessert.
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On this past Sunday’s episode of The Great Food Truck Race, the three remaining teams rode into the Windy City and discovered that all three of them would be making it into the finale, which started right away. Day one began with a Truck Stop challenge, which had the teams cooking deep-dish pizzas for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. In a second Truck Stop challenge on day two, the teams sold Chicago-style sausages that were provided by Mike Ditka’s restaurant and later met the NFL Hall of Famer himself. Only one team won the advantage, which was leaving for the next city with a five-hour head start.
When you think of Chicago, deep-dish pizzas and Chicago-style dogs immediately come to mind, but Chi-Town has much more to offer in the way of casual eats and fine dining. Just browsing through these listings you’ll discover the city’s international appeal mixed with Midwest comfort food eateries. And of course there are those restaurants whose claim to fame is the deep-dish pizza or Chicago-style dog. FN Dish has rounded up a sampling of the endless eating opportunities from Food Network’s On the Road guide. Check them out below.
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On Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off, Rachael and Guy coach teams of talented kid chefs to culinary victory. Here on FN Dish, we’re serving up some of the mentors’ best family-favorite, cook-together recipes in a friendly face-off. Whose dish scores more points with your family? Cast your votes below!
This week, Rachael and Guy each serve up two different meals made with a staple family dinner ingredient: chicken. First up, they’re showcasing their spins on crunchy homemade chicken tenders. Vote for your top pick and cook it up for the kids instead of frozen nuggets.
It’s no surprise that to be successful on Cutthroat Kitchen
competitors ought to come equipped with a strategy for how they’ll approach the contest, as Alton’s culinary mind game requires more of contestants than basic kitchen chops and the ability to work under pressure. For a chef to be victorious, he or she will need a strategy, and this week’s champion ultimately claimed the win thanks in part to a method of restrained bidding. After three rounds and only two wins at the auction, the top chef left with $11,800, a grand sum compared to the small wages some rivals have taken home.
Alton and judge Jet Tila dished on such an approach to the contest during the latest installment of the host’s After-Show. “You want to walk out of here with your dough,” Alton explained. Jet added, “You’re not here just to spend, spend, spend to sabotage people.” On several past episodes, chefs have gotten caught up in back-and-forth bidding wars only to “spend their way to victory,” as Alton noted. This week’s victor, however, claimed just two wins at the auction, guaranteeing a take-home sum of $11,800, a large figure compared to the small wages some rivals earn after three rounds of seemingly careless spending.
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On tonight’s episode of The Great Food Truck Race, the three remaining teams were surprised with news that the finale had already begun. Tyler informed them that in a Food Trucks first, all three teams would be participating in the finale, an 800-mile race through six states. But the teams wouldn’t know yet where they would be going. Tyler told them to expect anything: Speed Bumps, Truck Stops and a surprise elimination up ahead. And, of course, there would be more cities in which to sell.
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