Luca Looks Back on a Wild Ride

by , August 12th, 2014

Luca Della Casa, Food Network Star Season 10Italian-born Luca Della Casa came into the competition with his heritage as a point of view, and while his culinary offerings were strong, he struggled with camera work so much so that he was first sent home in Episode 2. After winning Star Salvation, however, he remained long enough to earn a spot in the final three, and he was ultimately named the first runner-up of the contest.

Star Talk caught up with Luca the day of the finale to talk about his time on the show, what he would cook Giada if he got the chance and who he thought was the most-intimidating mentor. Read his interview below.

Star Talk: Luca, making it to the final two is an incredible achievement and you obviously fought to get here. Was this competition everything you thought it would be?
Luca Della Casa: Oh, absolutely and even more. It’s been a fantastic journey. It started good in the first episode and then it went south, so I thought I lost it. And then I had the opportunity to come back through Star Salvation and find my way back. I’m so excited about being here right now.

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Ice Cream That Changes Color When You Lick It and Other Frozen Innovations

by in News, August 11th, 2014

Ice Cream That Changes Color When You Lick ItNot only is ice cream about the best thing ever — and that’s not just summer talkin’ — it actually keeps getting better and better. Every year brings new ice cream innovations.

This summer, for instance, Cronut® creator Dominique Ansel teamed up with fashion designer Lisa Perry to bring the world an ice cream sundae in a can: a sealed, frozen chocolate-lined soup can filled with root-beer and stracciatella ice creams, mascarpone semifreddo, macerated cherries, honey marshmallows and mini cherry meringues. “Pop It!” reads the label of the limited-edition frozen treat, which was available at only one location and for only one day, earlier this month.

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Roasted Zucchini Flatbread — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, August 11th, 2014

Roasted Zucchini FlatbreadPizza can be the ultimate comfort food — rich, gooey mozzarella on soft pizza dough is the perfect treat when you just need a little pick-me-up. But it’s not always the quickest or the healthiest option to make. Try a warm, cheesy flatbread as an alternative — by simply using store-brought pita slices and topping them with any combination of cheese and vegetables that you want, you can re-create a pizza for dinner with hardly any effort at all.

In this Roasted Zucchini Flatbread with Hummus, Arugula, Goat Cheese and Almonds recipe, the zucchini is baked with a drizzle of olive oil to give it a charred, smoky flavor, and is then added to the hummus and crumbled goat cheese to bring out a combination of textures. The pita bread is grilled through to keep it soft and warm, and serves as the perfect base for the ingredients. Easy and flavorful, this is a summer recipe worth raving about.

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A Letter to Lenny, from the Rebel

by , August 11th, 2014

Lenny McNabDear Lenny,

Out of all the seasons of Food Network Star, I can think of only one other winner who has a personality as big as yours. Congratulations and welcome to the Food Network family. You deserve this. From the moment you set foot on our screens...

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Creator of Cronut is Back With Peanut Butter and Pretzel Lobster Tails

by , August 11th, 2014

The not-so-humble Cronut may have bought its creator, Dominique Ansel, a new hot tub or two, but that doesn’t mean this Prince of perfect pastry is standing still. His newest creation? A lobster tail that is heavy on the pretzel and peanut butter and not so heavy on the lobster.

The appropriately named Pretzel Lobster Tail is currently available at Ansel’s bakery in Manhattan, NYC. This lobster tail-shaped pretzel is filled to the brim with peanut butter and brittle candy. It comes served with a cup of whipped honey brown butter for dipping purposes and the whole thing is topped with sea salt. What it lacks in sea-based protein it more than makes up for in carby, peanut buttery goodness.

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How to Host a “Pretty in Pink” Shower

by in Entertaining, August 11th, 2014

Pink ShowerBy Camille Styles, photography by Molly Winters

We’ve all been there: Your nearest and dearest is preparing to walk down the aisle or expecting her first baby, and it’s your job to throw her a party that’s feminine, unique and memorable. For most, hosting a shower means big spending and lots of stressing, but with just a bit of preparation and these simple tips, the next shower you host will come together in a flash!

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“It’s Like We’re Connected” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, August 10th, 2014

As this week’s episode of Cutthroat Kitchen demonstrates, sometimes the most-obvious sabotages don’t involve ingredient swaps or fancy equipment, but simply taking away a chef’s most-desired tool: his hands. In the falafel round, two chefs had to hold hands the entire time they were preparing their dishes.

“That’s so sweet!” said judge Antonia Lofaso on this week’s After-Show. But she learned how difficult the challenge could be when host Alton Brown explained to her that they couldn’t move their cooking stations closer together. “That defeats the purpose of peace,” said Alton. Still, the chefs made it through in the end, thanks to each of them having the opposite dominant hand in the round. “What are the chances?” said Alton.

Click play on the video above to see how the chefs worked through the sabotage, and hear what judge Antonia had to say about it.

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Star Exclusive: Watch the Winner’s First Interview

by , August 10th, 2014

Star Talk caught up with the winner just moments after the memorable announcement. Click play on the video above to watch Star Talk’s exclusive interview and read more below.

“This is our first cowboy chef … it’s about time we’ve had a cowboy chef. We’ve been missing that!” Alton Brown told Star Talk after Lenny McNab was crowned the newest Food Network Star. “We have no one like Lenny on this network. I don’t think there’s anyone like Lenny in the world,” Bobby Flay added.

You’ve had highs and lows. Looking back over the season, can you sum up your experience for us?
Lenny McNab: When you have your highs you feel like you’re on top of the world. When you have your lows you feel like susceptible to pain. If there’s anything I can tell America, it’s to try and put that pain back and push towards those things that make you positive. Once you’re positive, don’t leave that area and you’ll be successful for your entire life.

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