After their first week of Worst Cooks Boot Camp, the celebrity recruits had their official day of lessons and challenges in tonight’s second episode. Both teams faced a Hawaiian cooking challenge, preparing not one dish, but two: an appetizer and an entree. For those with limited culinary experience, and just 60 minutes on the clock, that’s a feat easier said than done. Unfortunately two recruits ended up being nominated for the elimination challenge, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and I Dream of Jeannie’s Barbara Eden. The one who passed the blind judging would live to see another week of grueling Boot Camp, but the other would be going home.
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On tonight’s Teen Tournament finale, the four winners from the preliminary rounds battled one more time in the Chopped kitchen. This final fight for the finish would determine the winner of the $25,000 prize and the coveted title, which is pretty good for a teen still in high school. The young chefs once again faced challenging baskets along with the building pressure of a ticking timer and the judges’ critiques. Creativity, presentation and flavor would determine the results as the best young chef rose to the top with three courses worth the win.
The secret is out: To cook a successful dish at home, you need not have a long, intricate recipe on hand or even any recipe at all. Sometimes, a simple how-to for the process or a general method for creating it will suffice. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the cast hosted a Recipe-Free Show, complete with savory and sweet eats and drinks, from saucy meatballs to a buttery fruit crisp, that are easy enough to put together without a recipe. Check out the cast’s easy ideas for making a trio of go-to salad dressings, each quick to prepare and ideal for no-recipe cooking.
Sunny’s Grilled Chicken and Kale Salad with Creamy “Equal-Parts” Harissa Salad Dressing
The name of the game here is 1/4 cup — keep that measurement in your mind. Just as the title suggests, this rich dressing boasts equal parts (1/4 cup) of mayonnaise, tangy buttermilk, spicy harissa and two kinds of fresh greens: cilantro and scallions. Once that mixture is whisked, it’s ready to be tossed with Sunny’s kale salad, which is studded with juicy chicken and grapes.
By Angela Carlos
This week on Chopped Teen Tournament, four young chefs battled for the final spot in the Chopped Teen finale and a chance to win the $25,000 prize. The Chopped Champion hopefuls put their cooking skills to the test, turning pairings, such as Linzer torte cookies and rabbit in a can, into something worthy of the critical judges’ plates and palates.
In the entree round the three remaining competitors opened their baskets to find bison skirt steak — not so unusual, considering the canned rabbit the contestants worked with in the appetizer round. However, this skirt steak proved to be the undoing for some and the salvation for others when it came time to judge their technique.
Stay in this weekend and cook simple comfort foods with your favorite Food Network chefs. First up on Saturday, Ree Drummond’s husband, Ladd, is helping her in the kitchen as they put on a dinner for two. On the menu is easy fried shrimp and a grilled corn casserole. Next, Trisha Yearwood is taking advantage of the gorgeous weather by preparing a picnic with easy-to-make recipes like orzo salad and zucchini bread. After that, the hosts of The Kitchen are going recipe-free with simple dishes like Asian pot pie and fruit crisp. Up next, Valerie Bertinelli’s hosting a movie night complete with easy bites like s’mores popcorn and crab boil sliders. After that, the youngest Smollett sibling, Jocqui, is eager to prove his cooking chops are as advanced as his siblings’. He’s whipping up a Mexican feast complete with homemade tortillas and a horchata-based cocktail.
On Sunday, Guy Fieri’s hosting football pro Marcel Reece and they’re cooking up a meal for big appetites including grilled mojo mahi mahi and toasted quinoa pilaf. Then, it’s the premiere of Life’s a Party with David Burtka. The chef-actor is throwing a birthday party with the help of his adorable twins Gideon and Harper. He’s planning a menu full of crowd-pleasing dishes like mint pesto pasta and tangerine chicken. Next, Bobby Flay is demonstrating some of the brunch recipes from his new Bobby Flay Fit cookbook, including spicy turkey merguez scramble and a tasty Cream of Wheat take on PB&J. Later, it’s the fourth installment of Guy’s Superstar Games, where the five remaining chefs will battle it out to secure a spot in the finale. Next, the final three families in The Great Food Truck Race must beat the heat to create an indulgent sweet dessert in the sweltering Palm Springs desert. Finally, Anne Burrell and Alex Guarnaschelli guest-judge on Cooks vs. Cons, where contestants will have to impress them with a dish made with pizza.
If the first three weeks of Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton’s Revenge were any indication, anything can happen while chefs are tucked away in the deep woods. And on tonight’s new episode — the fourth heat and the last preliminary battle before next Wednesday’s finale face-off — it seems as if Richard Blais, the judge of the day, had prepared himself for the worst, as he showed up to camp outfitted with not only sunglasses and a hat, but a heavy-duty backpack and a fanny pack as well. “You are certainly rigged for adventure,” Alton Brown told the judge during the After-Show. It turns out it was a good thing that Richard came dressed for a number of occasions, because Alton was quick to test the judge’s outdoor survival skills.
“Think of it as a wax museum of horror,” Alton told Richard, introducing him to a few Heat 4 challenges. Sure, Richard saw the hanging tent, and indeed he came face to face with the snacks-turned-grill-coals. But the main event that awaited him wasn’t on land — it was in the water in the form of an ingredient hunt around the lake on a Jet-Ski-towed sled.
This new season of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition started off with nine recruits, but unfortunately there was room for only eight in Boot Camp, four per team. On tonight’s premiere, one celebrity went home without having been chosen for a team. After a baseline challenge that had the recruits cooking with swag-bag items, and a challenge to cook a brunch dish, Anne and Rachael carefully determined which celebs they thought would best fit their teams — who they could mold into potential winners. But one was left the odd man out. Find out who was the first celebrity to exit Boot Camp.
For Season 9, Worst Cooks in America has invited nine celebrities who can’t cook to take on the challenges of Boot Camp. Mentors Rachael Ray and Anne Burrell have lots in store for these unsuspecting individuals. In their daily lives, these celebrities are comics, TV actors and reality stars, but when it comes to the kitchen, they’re disasters waiting to happen. Tune in to the premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 9|8c to see the hilarious bumbling unfold. Every day leading up to the premiere, we’ll be revealing a star contestant on FN Dish. Today it’s comedian Tommy Davidson.
Starting Thursday, Oct. 20 at 9|8c, 12 returning Chopped Champions will throw their chef hats into the ring once again, this time competing for a chance to make their signature dish against Food Network superstar Chef Bobby Flay — and a chance at $40,000. In this special tournament, the returning chefs will be tasked with making unforgettable dishes from a basket of mystery ingredients in the appetizer, entree and dessert rounds, but this time Bobby will be choosing a surprise ingredient to go into each of the baskets, hoping to stump the former champs. The winners from the first three rounds will move on to the finale where they’ll battle it out for the $15,000 prize and the chance to make their signature dish against the Beat Bobby Flay star, plus a chance at another $25,000!
Chopped has returned with a third season of the popular five-part Teen Tournament. In tonight’s fourth round, four teens entered the hallowed kitchen to try their luck at cooking with the mystery baskets. But even the most-practiced chef can get shaken when it comes to the added pressure and time constraints of the competition. Sometimes it all comes down to the final minutes, as we saw in tonight’s episode. Once again the teens brought their talent to battle with the hopes of earning one of four spots in the finale. From that final showdown, only one will emerge victorious as the winner of $25,000.