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While some challenge dishes on Cutthroat Kitchen are straightforward, like apple pie, a burrito and grilled cheese, the Round 1 plate on tonight’s brand-new episode left some room for interpretation. The task was to create an all-American breakfast in 30 minutes — Alton gave no other instructions and simply let the chefs prepare their own definitions of that morning meal.
“Usually it would feature eggs, bread, perhaps a smoked pork product — bacon, ham,” judge Jet Tila said on the latest installment of Alton’s After-Show of his idea of an all-American breakfast. It turns out that nearly all of the competitors held similar beliefs, as three attempted to turn out egg-focused dishes and another offered two takes on toast. Within these plates, however, there existed strong disparities, and each highlighted unique inspirations, including California flair, Southern ingredients and a love of hash.
Staci, Dan and Kim were determined to bring a slice of their home city of Chicago to the South when they moved to Nashville, and for them that meant opening a restaurant serving authentic Windy City-style deep-dish pizza. Although the trio was clear in its hopes for a family-friendly pizzeria, help was needed from Buy This Restaurant and famed broker Keith Simpson to find the ultimate location for the business. After scouring the city of Nashville and beyond, they purchased a vacant space in Germantown, Tenn., which would ultimately become 312 Pizza Company.
FN Dish checked in with Staci, Dan and Kim shortly after filming wrapped to find out how construction of their restaurant is progressing today. Read on below to hear from the owners in an exclusive interview and get the latest update on 312 Pizza Company.
How is the construction going on 312 Pizza Company? In what stage is the renovation, and when do you plan to open?
Staci, Dan and Kim: We are hoping to open mid- to late March 2014.
On Oscar night, as you reach for the chip bowl — or perhaps the gloriously delicious Hollywood Sign Cupcakes (pictured above), Red Carpet Cocktails and other award-winning eats and healthy treats — kick back on the couch in your most finger-food-feast-forgiving pants, spare a thought for those hungry stars shuffling across the stage, who have been working hard for weeks to fit into those couture gowns and tuxedos.
Yeah, OK, hold your pity. They’ll be eating just as magnificently as you’d imagine at the Academy’s official after party. On this year’s Governors Ball menu, created by Wolfgang Puck with chef Matt Bencivenga, you’ll find everything from pizza, burgers, grilled cheese and Smoked Salmon Oscar® Matzo (comfort foods suitable for winners who were played offstage before they had a chance to thank their agent’s pet Chihuahua and nominees who didn’t nab a statuette alike) to high-concept desserts like Licorice and Chocolate Parfait, Caramelized Tobacco Leaves (Gluten Free), Caramel Garden, Coffee Soil, Chocolate Malted Tree, Fleur de Sel and Strawberry Consomme, Angel Food Cake, Olive Oil Sorbet.
On Worst Cooks in America, every recruit’s goal is to be a cut above the rest, to make it all the way to the end. And one of the most-important skills that can help them get to that point is wielding a chef’s knife properly. The first person to master that culinary fundamental has a better chance of turning out dishes that show precision. A knife can also be an accident waiting to happen, especially for those who don’t use it properly — many recruits have shown it’s easier to cut your finger than an onion.
The lessons learned here: First, don’t be afraid of the knife. Hold it as an extension of your hand. Second, be careful. Keep the fingers of your free had way from the blade and curled under. And third, use a sharp knife. A dull knife can slip and cause injury.
Geoffrey, Jeff, Katie, Marcela and Sunny are all about empowering home cooks on The Kitchen and giving them the tools they need to create deliciously simple meals in a flash. Week after week the co-hosts share their tried-and-true suggestions for turning out fuss-free dishes, and they welcome friends to the set who share similar beliefs in easy cooking.
Just this morning, Cooking Channel host and Food Network star Kelsey Nixon dropped by The Kitchen to introduce her cookbook, Kitchen Confidence: Essential Recipes & Tips That Will Help You Cook Anything, a celebration of sweet and savory classics that will make even novice cooks feel comfortable. Inspired by her belief in mastering a few basic skills in order to learn and grow in the kitchen, Kelsey’s premiere work is full of must-haves that would be welcome additions to any recipe repertoire. Together with Marcela, Kelsey showed off one recipe from her book: Sloppy Jane Sliders. This big-batch supper is a go-to pick for families, boasting tender turkey, fresh vegetables and homemade sloppy joe sauce.
Ski lodge offerings have come a long way over the years and it’s actually possible to find some healthy options … for a pretty penny. Better yet, stash a few portable picks in your multipocket ski jacket, and then snack away on the chair...
No stranger to fierce competition, Bobby Flay is a longtime Iron Chef with a winning record in Kitchen Stadium, and he’s thrown down with some of the top chefs and home cooks across the country. But beginning this weekend, Bobby will launch an all-new kind of contest on his upcoming series, Beat Bobby Flay. Beginning with a sneak-peek episode on Monday, March 3 at 10|9c, Bobby will welcome rival competitors into the kitchen for a face-off, and he’s looking to find who among them can beat him in battle. Each show will feature two competitors going head-to-head in a preliminary-round cook-off; it’s up to Bobby’s closest friends and colleagues to decide which competitor is worthy of the chance to challenge Bobby in Round 2.
FN Dish was on the set of Beat Bobby Flay recently to take in the sights and sounds of the competition, and to get an insider’s look at the kitchen where the contest unfolded. Bobby and the rival chefs have their own workstations in the kitchen, which offer all of the tools, pans and equipment they may need to turn out winning dishes. The pantry overflowed with myriad fresh produce and an assortment of dry goods, while the refrigerator was piled high with creamy cheeses, crisp lettuce, a range of meats and various stocks.
Who said a restaurant had to break the bank to be good? You can keep your fancy-pants gazillion-dollar-a-plate eateries — or at least keep diligently saving up to one day try them. The number one restaurant on Yelp’s just-released list of the Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S., based on its community reviews, is a little hole-in-the-wall joint in a condo community in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, called Da Poke Shack, where a meal will run you around $10. The food — “always fresh … never frozen,” its website boasts — is served into disposable containers with ice cream scoops. Yes. [Yelp via Slate]
If only it counted as exercise: Kitschy kitchen accessory alert for ‘za-loving cycling buffs (and those who long to be buff cyclists). The Fixie Pizza Cutter, by DOIY, designed to look like a fixed-gear bike, complete with handlebars, seat, frame and two wheels sharp enough to slice through crust, is the talk of the hungry hipster set. It comes in two color combos: Watermelon (mint and pink) and Bumblebee (black and yellow), and retails for around $25. Alas, it’s not yet being shipped to the U.S., but here’s hoping it rolls this way soon. [Toxel]