Restaurant Ambush Revisited: Breakfast Break-In at Theresa’s Restaurant

by in Shows, October 22nd, 2015

Restaurant: Impossible AmbushThough Miriam had invited Robert Irvine to her friend Jodi Boucher’s Bradenton, Fla., restaurant, Theresa’s Restaurant, Jodi did not know that he was on his way, which set the scene for an all-new Restaurant: Impossible Ambush. When Robert and his team surprised Jodi, they found abounding employee issues and a drab dining room, though perhaps paramount to those problems was Jodi’s weak leadership. It was up to Robert to help her drop her micromanaging ways if she was to enjoy a second chance at success at Theresa’s Restaurant. Read on below for the first interview with Jodi to find out how her business is faring today.

“Weekday sales have doubled and weekend sales have tripled” since Robert and his team left Theresa’s Restaurant, according to Jodi. “This has been amazing for business,” she says. And she adds that locals have been quick to chat about the restaurant’s updated interior and new design. “The customers are absolutely shocked at the transformation. The fresh new look has everyone in the town talking about us. Very modern but not too much,” she notes.

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One-on-One with the Chopped: Impossible, Part 1 Winner

by in Shows, October 22nd, 2015

Chopped: Impossible Part 1In this new Impossible tournament, Chopped is switching up the format: Chefs will compete in three preliminary rounds for a chance to earn a spot in the finale, where the champion will get the opportunity to compete against Robert Irvine in a wild-card round. Just for getting there, the champion will pocket $15,000, but upon beating Robert, he or she will win an additional $25,000, for a total of $40,000.

On tonight’s episode, four very accomplished chefs who’ve competed successfully on Chopped before have returned to take on the most-impossible mystery baskets, but only one of them will earn a spot in the finale for an opportunity to get to Robert.

Get the Exclusive Interview with the Part 1 Winner

Spring Break in Miami: Buy Your Tickets Now for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, October 22nd, 2015

Spring Break in Miami: Buy Your Tickets Now for the South Beach Wine & Food FestivalThe Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival may have ended just days ago (we’re still recovering from the pizza, burgers, meat parade and brunch), but preparations are already well underway in Florida for the 15th annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival, which kicks off in Miami on Wednesday, Feb. 24 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 28. This five-day celebration of all things eats and drinks brings your favorite Food Network stars together with top-notch chefs from across the country for late-night bashes, walk-around tastings, live demos and intimate dinners alike.

This winter, plan ahead to beat the chill and head down south to get your fill of A-list food and drinks while meeting and mingling with Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis, Guy Fieri, Anne Burrell, Trisha Yearwood and more. They’ll be on hand at events like Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach, Amstel Light Burger Bash, which is celebrating its 10th birthday this year, as well as two days of grand tastings and demos. Click here to learn more about the events and buy your tickets now.

Not able to travel for the Festival? You’re in luck, because FN Dish will be bringing you insider coverage from all of the marquee events. Read on below to find out which events our editors will be covering, and relive last year’s top moments with a look back at the highlights.

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The 15 Most-Impossible Mystery Basket Ingredients on Chopped — Vote Now

by in Shows, October 22nd, 2015

Chopped: ImpossibleChopped fans, doesn’t it seem that with every new episode the mystery baskets just keep getting weirder and weirder? Well, with the new tournament, Chopped: Impossible, airing Thursdays at 8|7c, the ingredients are quite possibly the most impossible anyone has seen. But digging into the history of Chopped, we’ve discovered some very out-of-the-box items.

Going through all of the seasons of Chopped, we’ve narrowed down the list of mystery basket ingredients to 15 of the most impossible. Although these ingredients may have stumped many of the chefs who have come before, now’s your chance to master these ingredients. Future competitors, take note! We’ve consulted with the chefs of Food Network Kitchen and present to you the final list, with advice on how to use the ingredients. But we want to know: Which ingredient do you think is the most impossible of them all?

Vote in the poll after the jump.

7 Days of In-Season Squash — Fall Fest

by in Recipes, October 22nd, 2015

Squash GratinWhen it comes to using fall’s freshest farmers-market produce, squash is one vegetable we just can’t get enough of. In honor of this beloved vegetable’s versatility, satisfying and comforting qualities, load up on a whole week’s worth of squash recipes, whether you’re looking for a full meal, silky soup or hearty side.

Day 1: Squash Gratin

Load two kinds of squash into your skillet for Food Network Magazine’s Squash Gratin (pictured above). Blanket the butternut and kabocha squashes with breadcrumbs, Parmesan and parsley before baking and it’ll result in a comforting and quintessential taste of fall.

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The Taco Emoji Is Now at Your Fingertips

by in News, October 22nd, 2015

The Taco Emoji Is Now at Your FingertipsFriends, countrymen and Mexican comfort food lovers of the world, the taco emoji is now ready and waiting for you to text to all your pals on your Apple devices.

All you have to do is download the latest version of iOS — that’d be iOS9.1, for those of you keeping track at home — on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, and the taco emoji, approved earlier this year by the Unicode Consortium, which keeps a tight rein all things emoji, will be at your disposal.

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Nachos, Every Way

by in Recipes, October 22nd, 2015

If I could eat only one food for the rest of my life, it would be nachos. And I’ll take ‘em any way they come, from chips that are individually topped and have the perfect cheese distribution to a mess of cheesy goodness smothered in guacamole where you have to hunt for each topping. With tailgating in full swing, it’s easier than ever for me to justify my nacho craving every weekend while watching a game. They are the perfect party food, though; if it were up to me, I’d never have to share.

Classic, Just with Cheese

When you’re short on time or low on ingredients, Ree Drummond’s nachos are simple: Cover white tortilla chips with Monterey Jack cheese and jarred jalapeno slices.

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One-on-One with the Next Eliminated Celebrity Recruit — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, October 21st, 2015

Worst CooksThis season on Worst Cooks in America, seven celebrity recruits have signed up to be whipped into shape by mentors Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray, but unfortunately one recruit has to be eliminated in each episode. Last week Barry Williams couldn’t get the hang of the pasta machine and ended up in the elimination challenge, where he lost a pasta cook-off to Ellen. This week Ellen, Jenni and Kendra remain, but there are only two spots in the finale. Unfortunately, one of the most-entertaining recruits leaves the competition, just short of the finale. FN Dish has the exclusive exit interview with tonight’s eliminated recruit.

SPOILER ALERT: Read on to find out who went home.

6 Spooky Recipes for Your Halloween Bash

by in Recipes, October 21st, 2015

Just because these Halloween goodies are spooky doesn’t mean they won’t satisfy a horde of hungry guests. Putting a sinister face on party food takes nothing more than a few choice ingredients and some simple sleight of hand. Cool off a sweet berry punch with frozen lychee “eyeballs” — or fashion some creepy chocolate spiders out of a few pantry staples. Kids especially will love our spine-tingling recipes, though we think partygoers of all ages can get behind these snacks and sweets with a ghoulish twist.

Pull-Apart Graveyard Cupcakes (pictured at top)
If you’re looking for a spooky self-serve dessert, look no further. Although it looks almost like a sheet cake, this chocolatey graveyard is made up of individual cupcakes. Oval sandwich cookies make perfect tombstones, and pliant marzipan is great for shaping the small orange pumpkins and billowy white ghosts.

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3 of a Kind: Savory Porridge

by in Restaurants, October 21st, 2015

3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

Porridge may not be top of mind when you think of buzzworthy menu items, but remember when kale was nothing more than a decorative cabbage used for fall festivals? A survey of the country’s most-groundbreaking restaurants reveals chefs are all about Goldilocks’ favorite meal. They’re fashioning seriously elegant savory porridges from heirloom grains topped with everything from truffles to eggs to, yes, kale.

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