Chef Wanted: Mirabelle Update

by in Shows, February 7th, 2013


Chef WantedAt Mirabelle restaurant in Hollywood, owners George Germanides and Justine Giannini (George’s daughter) decided they needed help after a recent failed overhaul. They asked Anne Burrell and the Chef Wanted team to help them find a chef who could infuse new life into the aging establishment. Anne brought in four candidates, and after some grueling tests, an offer was extended to Drew Ison.

On the show, Chef Ison proved he understood what the owners wanted by creating flavorful dishes in the restaurant’s cooking style. Though he let time constraints get to him during dinner service, resulting in some dishes being sent back and worrying the owners that he wouldn’t pull through. In the end Chef Ison was offered the position because of his vision of fusing Mediterranean and California cuisines as the new concept for Mirabelle.

“Chef Ison is doing an amazing job. He truly understands Mirabelle’s customer base,” says George. Longtime customers continue to support the restaurant and there is also a steady rise in new customers because of Chef Ison’s menu changes.

FN Dish caught up with Chef Ison since the show taped. Watch the video above to find out what it was like doing the show, what winning meant and how his confidence has improved since becoming the new executive chef of Mirabelle. He also talks about how his life used to be filled with negativity and that his tattoos are a reflection of that, but this new opportunity has brought him a lot of positivity. Chef Ison is very excited about all that he can do for Mirabelle.

The Versatile Cast-Iron Skillet — The Product Puree

by in How-to, February 7th, 2013

Cast-Iron SkilletCast-iron skillets can be used everywhere, from the stovetop (to make the best pancakes you’ve ever had) to the oven (for my family’s favorite Chicken With Caramelized Lemons Olives and Tomatoes) to the grill (for those warm summer nights when nothing sounds better than grilled corn on the cob, burgers and sweet baked beans).

When a cast-iron skillet is seasoned well, it can develop an almost non-stick surface perfect for cooking omelets and other foods using less oil for cooking. An added benefit is cast iron’s ability to leach small amounts of iron into food.

A cast-iron skillet is one of the least expensive kitchen tools you’ll ever purchase and it’s the type of kitchenware that tends to get passed down through the generations. So if you didn’t inherit granny’s cast-iron skillet that always made her famous cornbread, then get one for yourself and start the tradition in your family.

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Enter for a Chance to Win Products From Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri

by in Contests, Shows, February 7th, 2013

Rachael vs. Guy giveaway
To celebrate the season finale of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, which airs this Sunday, February 10 at 9pm/8c, FN Dish is giving away a prize package in yellow to one lucky reader. It includes an oval saute pan, 3-piece spoonula set from Rachael Ray and 2-piece knife set from Guy Fieri.

You can assemble your own cook’s starter package by individually purchasing a Porcelain Enamel Nonstick Oval Saute Pan, Tools & Gadgets Spoonula Set and Knuckle Sandwich Knife Set from the Food Network Store or enter below in the comments for a chance to win the items. To enter, let us know in the comments which celebrity you want to win, Carnie or Dean. The contest starts at 12 p.m. ET today and ends on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 12 p.m. ET.

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Tea: Facts vs. Myths

by , February 7th, 2013

herbal tea
I’ve heard it all when it comes to tea and oftentimes what’s said just isn’t true. Here’s the real truth when it comes to one of the most popular drinks in the world.

Myth: Herbal teas are true teas
True teas including black,...

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Best 5 Sloppy Joe Recipes

by in Recipes, February 7th, 2013

Super Sloppy JoesJust like the everyday hamburger, sloppy joes are blank culinary canvases, easily adaptable to your family’s favorite flavors and the current stock of ingredients in your refrigerator. Whether you make them with ground beef or turkey, tomato or Buffalo sauce, Italian seasoning or cayenne pepper, sloppy joes provide hearty, comforting dinners that make winter mealtime a cinch. This weekend, ditch the canned stuff and try fresh, family-friendly varieties instead from some of your favorite Food Network chefs like Rachael and Jeff. Our top five sloppy joe recipes below are simple to prepare on even the busiest of weeknights, and with classic and creative interpretations of the tried-and-true, there’s a sloppy sandwich below to please every palate.

5. Buffalo Turkey Sloppy Joes — Pile a buttery ground turkey-hot sauce combination and creamy blue cheese topping between soft rolls to create Buffalo-style taste and texture in sandwich form, without any wings.

4. Italian Sloppy Joes — Made with a trifecta of ground meats — beef, pork and veal — the Sandwich King, Jeff Mauro’s, garlic-scented sloppy joes are served on crusty hero rolls with slices of provolone cheese and pickled vegetables.

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A Winning Salad, Halloumi Steaks and a Cherry Americano — Rebel Remix

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, February 6th, 2013

Chopped judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Amanda Freitag
by Justin Warner

Too many times I see chefs label themselves, to their demise. A Chopped champion is one who can abandon his or her style and cook according to the ingredients in the basket. Sometimes the most rebellious thing a chef can do is to be conservative and make simple fare. Having a set point of view should not be equated to wearing blinders. If anything, a POV gives a chef a different vantage point, so as to differently survey what is necessary to put food on the table.

Appetizer basket: sour-apple martini mix, mortadella, white asparagus and fennel

Sour-apple martini mix is disgusting stuff. It doesn’t taste like apples; it tastes like green candy. I don’t know where in its evolution sour apple decided to taste like something unrelated to apples, but overcoming this challenge is why I’m here. Mortadella, white asparagus and fennel can all play together — it’s just a matter of getting that bottle of green treacle to play nicely, as well.

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The New Face of Comforting Chicken Dishes — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, February 6th, 2013

Roman-Style ChickenChicken: It’s probably up there with “mom” as one of your first words. And there’s good reason for that. It’s simple and versatile, lean and easy to do in a hurry. More often than not, chicken is relegated to the weeknight spot and to redundant preparations. Well if it’s up to us, our faithful chicken deserves a little something more. This week, run down the line of our feistiest chicken recipes. Because hey, who says comfort food has to come from a casserole dish (not that there’s anything wrong with that)?

A deep bowl of sultry curry has always been known to do the trick. Check out Aarti Sequeira’s Green Chicken Curry recipe, which comes steeped in cilantro, ginger and garam masala.

The Super Bowl may be in the past, but whose wing craving ever truly subsides? The Neelys’ Spicy Fried Wings from Food Network Magazine go perfectly with curling up on the couch after a long day at the office.

Grab a head of iceberg lettuce and get swaddling. Rachael Ray’s Barbecued Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps are do-it-yourself at the dinner table and a low-carb way of having fun with the fam.

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