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Raise the Bar — The Next Iron Chef Caption It

by in Shows, December 21st, 2012

Donatella ArpaiaAfter eight weeks on the road to redemption, just one battle stands between the final three rivals, Chefs Nate Appleman, Amanda Freitag and Alex Guarnaschelli, and the culinary kingdom that is Kitchen Stadium. Of course the stakes have been high throughout the competition, as it’s the nature of the Redemption beast for chefs to be eliminated each week, but come Sunday, the rivals are put to the ultimate test in a last-supper challenge, one that will require them to bring their A games if they want to make their dreams of total redemption reality.

The judges’ panel on The Next Iron Chef has made known what they want to see from the chefs’ challenge offerings: elegant, sophisticated plating techniques, unparalleled creativity, expert use of the Secret Ingredient and, of course, ingenious flavor profiles. But looking at the sneak-peek image above from Sunday’s finale episode, it seems as though judge Donatella Arpaia is suggesting that these elements are not enough anymore — that in this all-important finale, the remaining rivals must raise the bar to new levels of Iron Chef-worthy greatness if they want to cook in Kitchen Stadium. Do you think Donatella is referring to one chef’s approach to challenges in particular? Which rival do you think is most in jeopardy of not earning a place among the final two?

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Old-Fashioned Gingerbread — The Weekender

by in Entertaining, Holidays, December 21st, 2012

Old-Fashioned GingerbreadWhen I was younger the thing I loved most about the holiday season was the dizzying array of cookies, candies and breakfast cakes that would suddenly appear in the our house. A practiced food sneak, I’d spirit away frosted sugar cookies and waxed paper-wrapped caramels and eat them in the luxurious privacy of my bedroom closet.

My parents were on to my sugar-seeking ways and would do their best to conceal the best of the treats from me so that I didn’t eat them all in a single day (I’ve since learned much about moderation). The one thing they never needed to tuck behind the cereal boxes on top of the refrigerator was the gingerbread. A yearly gift from our next-door neighbor, it was dense, heavy and smelled just slightly of bourbon. It was clearly not a cake for kids.

But as so often happens in life, my tastes have evolved over the years. The cookies I once craved now seem disgustingly sweet and that gingerbread I scorned appeals to me more than ever. That original recipe is long since gone (our neighbor died when I was 13), but I’ve spent the last few years searching out a similarly solid, barely sweetened cake to make and give out during the holiday season.

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Get a Sneak Peek of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off Season 2

by in Shows, December 21st, 2012

If you can’t wait until January 6 to start watching the new season of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, then today is your lucky day. FN Dish has a sneak peek just for you (click the play button above to watch).

As you’ll see, Season 2 has got a lot more to it than just cooking. These celebrities are in for a ride.

Don’t forget to tune in on Sunday, January 6 at 9pm/8c to watch the premiere. And keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes previews.

Food Network Celebrity Chefs’ Holiday Wish Lists

by in Holidays, December 20th, 2012

Food Network Chef's Holiday Wish ListsEveryone has their own personal wish list of gifts when it comes to holiday time. You know, it’s that list you keep in the back of your mind of gifts you hope your friends and family members will get you. It’s that hope for a gift you’ve wanted that makes the receiving of it even more special and exciting — even if it took a lot of hint dropping.

Food Network celebrity chefs are no different — they too have wish lists that include culinary gadgets, tools and appliances that they’re hoping to get under the tree on Christmas. FN Dish caught up with some of them to find out what’s on their wish lists this year, what kind of gifts they’ve loved receiving in the past, and what items they would give as gifts.

See the celebrity chefs’ wish lists

What to Eat on Apocalypse Eve: An End-of-the-World Menu

by in Recipes, December 20th, 2012

Beatty's Chocolate CakeIt seems like almost every few months there’s a day creeping up on the horizon that is predicted to be the end of time. Just a few weeks ago, there were doubts that we’d make it past 12-12-12. Luckily, we did. The next doomsday forecast lists tomorrow, December 21, 2012, as the end of the world, as that’s when one cycle of the Mayan Long Count calendar is said to conclude. Whether or not you believe the theories behind that prediction, one thing is certain: We could potentially have just hours left to eat.

If today is the day before the world ends, then the time is now to get your fill of favorite foods, to throw caution and diets to the wind and indulge in the most over-the-top, sinfully decadent meals you can. Let yourself enjoy those meals you’ve deemed once-in-a-while treats. Relish in second — or third — helpings of your most beloved recipe. Why not? Check out some of Food Network’s most decadent, comforting meal ideas below, then tell us in the comments: What must-have meal is on your end-of-the-world menu?

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Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off — Celebrities Compete for Charity

by in Shows, December 20th, 2012

RvG Season 1On Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, eight celebrities will be competing for a chance to win $50,000 for their favorite charity. Meet the celebrities and find out which organization each is playing for. And don’t forget to tune in for the Season 1 premiere on Sunday, January 1 at 9pm/8c.

See which charities the celebrities are playing for