The Journey to the Gauntlet: Chatting with Challenger Jason Dady from Iron Chef Gauntlet

by in Shows, March 16th, 2017

Iron Chef GauntletThis. Is. It. The fight to become an Iron Chef is unlike any other culinary competition, with the demands for precision, expertise, intuition and downright excellence the most rigorous in the business. On Iron Chef Gauntlet, seven of the country’s most-elite chefs will come together to prove that their skills are the sharpest — but ultimately just one will earn the right to the run the gauntlet for the chance to join the ranks of the great Iron Chefs.

Before the competition begins on Sunday, April 16 at 9|8c, we’re giving you, Iron Chef fans, the first introductions to the crop of challengers ready to do battle. Today we’d like you to meet Jason Dady, a chef from San Antonio. Read on below to get to know his style in the kitchen, and be sure to come back to FN Dish all week long as we present a new contender every day this week.

What’s your style of cuisine, and do you have a signature dish?
Jason Dady: I think that my overall style of cuisine would be considered Modern American cuisine, so it’s pretty well versed in a lot of different techniques, whether it’s French or Northern Italian, but really focused on farm-to-table, fresh, local ingredients. My signature dish would probably be a dish called Nutella Times Three, which is like a flourless Nutella torte, chocolate Nutella mousse, Nutella ganache. It’s pretty delicious.

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Ina Garten, Andrew Zimmern Among 2017 James Beard Foundation Nominees

by in Food Network Chef, News, March 15th, 2017

Ina Garten, Andrew Zimmern Among 2017 James Beard Foundation NomineesEach year, somewhere between March entering like a lion and going out like lamb, the James Beard Foundation announces the nominees for its prestigious annual awards. Considered the culinary world’s equivalent of the Academy Awards, the accolades are bestowed in almost 60 (count them!) categories, spanning areas including cookbooks, broadcast media, restaurant design, and restaurants and chefs.

The 2017 nominees were announced Wednesday morning at a.o.c., in Los Angeles, over breakfast (Spanish fried chicken with cornmeal waffles; brioche with prosciutto, gruyere and quail egg; pastries) prepared by the restaurant’s James Beard Award-winning chef Suzanne Goin, and streamed via Facebook Live for the curious (and possibly hungry) masses.

If you missed it, no worries. You can find a complete list of nominees here. The winners of the 2017 James Beard Media Awards, honoring cookbook authors, food journalists, and culinary broadcast producers and hosts, will be announced in New York on Tuesday, April 25. Awards in the remaining categories, including Restaurant and Chef and Restaurant Design, will be presented at the James Beard Awards Gala, which will be held in Chicago on Monday, May 1.

Among the 2017 James Beard Foundation Book Award nominees is Food Network’s own Ina Garten. She has been nominated in the General Cooking category for her book Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook (Clarkson Potter). The other nominees in that category are Cook’s Science: How to Unlock Flavor in 50 of Our Favorite Ingredients (Cook’s Illustrated), by the editors at Cook’s Illustrated, and Eat in My Kitchen: To Cook, to Bake, to Eat, and to Treat (Prestel), by Meike Peters.

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For the Win: The Best March Madness Eats

by in Recipes, Restaurants, March 15th, 2017

The annual NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament kicked off yesterday, which means college basketball fans around the nation will gather over the next month to cheer on their bracket picks. If that includes you, then tune in for our very-important PSA:

When hosting or attending a viewing party, please remember to supply more than hard pretzels and beer.

Whether you’re taking bets on the Final Four or have no investment in the games whatsoever, you’re destined to get into the spirit of things when the party snacks are on point. These eight schools are predicted to have a statistical edge in this year’s tournament, so while you monitor their progress, you can also set a celebratory mood with the universities’ local food treasures. If you aren’t able to savor Arizona’s incredible tacos or Kentucky’s excellent barbecue directly from the source, then check out a few of our crowd-pleasing recipes that are sure to complete any March Madness party.

Villanova
Villanova students benefit not only from a first-rate basketball team but from proximity to some of Philadelphia’s best cheesesteaks, including legendary local joint John’s Roast Pork. Of course, we’re always in support of the DIY option, and when it comes to homemade cheesesteaks, there’s none better than Dave Lieberman’s Fontina-loaded creation (pictured at top).

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Starbucks Is Set to Release a New Item for Spring (and It Will Make You Smile)

by in News, March 15th, 2017

Starbucks Is Set to Release a New Item for Spring (and It Will Make You Smile)Rise and shine, Starbucks addicts. It’s a brand-new day — and a brand-new season of cups at Starbucks. That’s right. Adorable coffee vessels aren’t just for the holidays anymore. For the first time ever, Starbucks is amping us up for the springtime with pastel-colored cups in blue, yellow and green.

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5 Obligatory Irish Foods You Should Be Eating on St. Patrick’s Day

by in Holidays, March 14th, 2017

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Even if decking yourself in green on St. Patrick’s Day isn’t your thing, odds are you can get down with some traditional Irish foods. These hearty dishes are so good, we don’t wait around for St. Paddy’s Day to dig in — but we’re so glad to have another excuse.

Corned Beef

Tyler Florence treats brisket to a flavor-packed brine, before slow-cooking it in a Dutch oven for hours on end. In the end, he achieves fall-apart Corned Beef and Cabbage you’ll want St. Patrick’s Day or any day.

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Non-Pie Recipes to Make on Pi(e) Day

by in Recipes, View All Posts, March 14th, 2017

Strawberry Pie CakeNot that you need a reason to get creative in the kitchen, but Pi Day seems as good an excuse as any. March 14th is a favorite holiday of mathematicians — and gives everyone else a reason to chow down on treats centered around, well, pie. In honor of 3.14, here are some pie-inspired dessert recipes that we’re irrationally excited to make. Read more

Old-School Italian Comfort from Josh Cellars and Chef Ken Vedrinski

by in View All Posts, March 13th, 2017

Chef KenSunday sauce is the ultimate family meal, and Chef Ken Vedrinski makes a killer version. He’s the chef of Trattoria Lucca and Coda del Pesce in Charleston, South Carolina, but he grew up in the kitchen alongside his grandma, who prepared fresh and soulful food from her native Italy. She gathered family and friends around the table for her slow-simmered, meaty pasta sauce and glasses of red wine. Through those meals, she taught Ken how good food and good wine bring people together.

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Green Pancakes, Corned Beef Pizza and Rainbow Treats: A Family-Friendly St. Paddy’s Day Feast

by in Family, Holidays, Recipes, March 13th, 2017

Spinach Pancakes and Corned Beef HashFrom a vibrant-green pancake breakfast to hearty dinners with the requisite corned beef, we’ve got kid-friendly fare to keep St. Patrick’s Day festive. Check out all of our ideas below.

Breakfast

Spinach Pancakes and Corned Beef Hash (pictured above)
Get things off to a delicious and satisfying start with these surprisingly velvety pancakes, plus all the fixings.

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An Infinite Number of Ways to Celebrate Pi(e) Day

by in Recipes, March 13th, 2017

CHocolate Peanut Butter PieThe Greek letter for Pi, which is used in math to represent a constant, can be calculated to more than one trillion digits after the decimal. Pie, on the other hand, is an edible sweet treat, and while it may not have one trillion variations, it can be made in many tempting ways. The classics versions — like cherry, apple and pecan — are all go-to picks, but you can’t forget the heartier savory versions as well. In celebration of March 14, we’ve rounded up 13 of our favorite recipes to represent our infinite love for pie.

Sweet Ideas
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie (pictured above)
Not all pies require meticulous crust-making skills and a long bake time. Some, like Ree Drummond’s comforting recipe, call for an easy-to-make chocolate-cookie crust and a quick stay in the oven. The creamy filling brings to life the beloved chocolate-peanut butter combo.

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Chefs’ Picks: St. Patrick’s Day

by in Restaurants, March 12th, 2017

Fish and Chips
As the saying goes, “On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone’s Irish.” This international holiday, which honors the patron saint of Ireland, provides the perfect excuse for everyone (whether actually Irish or not) to drink, eat and be merry. Get into the spirit with these chefs, who share their favorite spots to score Irish pub classics. Read more