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Shooting the Breeze with Brian Boitano

by in View All Posts, June 9th, 2009

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It’s 8:00a, and there is a Food Network crew setting up a photo shoot in (Olympic ice skater) Brian Boitano’s house, and he’s not home. What does Brian Boitano have to do with Food Network? Well, as it turns out, not only is Brian Boitano an Olympic athlete, he’s also an outstanding home cook and an entertainer extraordinaire. brian-joanne

Enter Joanne Harmon, Design Director for Food Network, or actually enter me, into Joanne’s office to chat about hanging out with the star of our newest show, What Would Brian Botaino Make. Here’s the skinny from casa de Boitano:

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Battle Chicken Breast

by in View All Posts, June 9th, 2009

symon-iron-chefMichael Symon once said in an episode of Dinner Impossible, “If it doesn’t have skin or bones, it doesn’t have flavor.” In a tough, do or die situation, he refused to use skinless, boneless chicken breasts. He called my go-to meat of choice “flavorless.” I was stunned by the insight. Could he be right?

bobby-grillingEnter fellow Iron Chef, Bobby Flay – king of burgers, master of the grill, man of the spice rack. . . Could one of Bobby’s recipes prove Symon wrong? Armed with eight Indian-ish spices and Bobby’s Tandoori Spiced Chicken Breast recipe, I was hopeful.

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ASK SUSIE – Episode 1

by in View All Posts, June 5th, 2009

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Want to know what Susie is really thinking about The Next Food Network Star finalists? Now you can ask her!

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Thank you for all your submitted questions! Comments are now CLOSED for this week’s “Ask Susie” Episode 1. To watch Susie’s Answers, click on the below links.

Watch Susie’s Answers – Episode 1
Watch Susie’s Answers – Episode 2

Oh, Shoot!

by in View All Posts, June 4th, 2009

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No need to crane your neck, I did that for ya. While walking to work this morning, I spotted the 22’W x 30’H billboard featuring The Next Food Network Star right next to our Food Network offices in Chelsea Market. After initially shaking off the fact that I was not invited to the photo shoot (throat clear), I dug deep and found some (perhaps a bit scandoulous) photos that didn’t make it into the final cut, as well as a few great tid-bits on how the billboard came to be…

To amp up the energy, the photographer split the finalists up into boys only and girls only, with either set egging on the other. They had Beyonce and Lady Gaga blasting in the background, which got all the finalists dancing and playing. Here are some of my favorite cutting room floor shots that didn’t get used:

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NFNS Finalists Speak Up: Brett

by in View All Posts, June 3rd, 2009

Just 4 days remain until the premiere of The Next Food Nextwork Star. We’ve been sending out all 10 finalists to brettaugust foodie events and festivals around the country to stir up excitement about the chefs and the show. Here on The FN Dish, we’re giving the finalists their own platform to rant and rave about all the adventures along the road! Last week was Teddy Folkman’s turn….. now, hear from Brett August:

“Last Monday was my first live cooking event I have done since becoming a finalist on The Next Food Network Star. I wasn’t sure how the audience would react, with the show not having aired yet…

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