A Cutthroat Kitchen First: Sympathy from a Judge — Alton’s Camp Cutthroat After-Show

by in Shows, September 2nd, 2015

Though the judges may not be privy to the evilicious extents of host Alton Brown‘s sabotages, what each chef has been forced to endure is ultimately illuminated when Alton breaks down the challenges on his After-Show. It took nine seasons and multiple special tournaments full of diabolical sabotages, including the likes of canned haggis, human rotisseries and warped pans, but for the first time tonight — after the fourth heat of the Camp Cutthroat tournament — one judge finally admitted to feeling sorry for a chef.

The challenge in question didn’t involve any oddball ingredient or over-the-top suit of armor. Instead, it was none other than Alton’s lookout tower, from which Chef DeMarco was forced to cook his skillet breakfast high above his cook station using extremely long utensils. “Any food had to be simply dropped into the pan,” Alton told Jet Tila, as the judge took his place on the tower to try his hand at landing chopped ingredients in the pan. “I officially, for the first time in Cutthroat Kitchen, I feel bad,” Jet admitted. Though Chef DeMarco may have earned Chef Jet’s sympathies, they were perhaps not needed; the competitor managed to not only survive the first-round battle, but also outcook Chef Trevor in the chili-and-cornbread test and score a place in next week’s finale.

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Get to Know Guy’s Grocery Games Judge Richard Blais

by in Shows, September 2nd, 2015

Richard BlaisRichard Blais made a name for himself on TV and in the culinary world when he won Top Chef All-Stars. Since then he’s also competed on Iron Chef America and Chopped All-Stars. You’ll find him hosting the upcoming Halloween Baking Championship. This experimental culinarian is currently the chef at Juniper & Ivy in San Diego and operates The Spence in Atlanta and Flip in various locations. Richard also is a regular judge on Guy’s Grocery Games. Find out what Richard likes to pick up at his local supermarket, what’s his best five-ingredient dish and more.

Get to know this Triple G judge, and tune in to watch Richard on Guy’s Grocery Games on Sundays at 8|7c.

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3 of a Kind: Scraps

by in Restaurants, September 2nd, 2015

Sweetgreen Wasted Salad3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

Sending something to the scrapheap used to mean dooming it to its demise, but restaurants across the country are now making the most of scraps, turning carrot tops, bread butts, corn silks and more into incredible dishes that are worth saving and savoring.

Sweetgreen, New York City
This locally focused salad chain, which already composts its food, dishes and utensils, was inspired to create the “wastED” salad for its New York shops after Blue Hill’s wastED restaurant pop-up last spring. The dish ($8.60), created with Blue Hill, contains perfectly good but oft-discarded ingredients like carrot ribbons, broccoli stalks and leaves, and bread butts. The whole thing is dressed in pesto vinaigrette with sunflower seeds and shaved Parmesan. If that isn’t reason enough to order one, a portion of proceeds from the salad — available through Sept. 28 — is donated to City Harvest.

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Small-Batch S’mores Bread Pudding — Party of Two

by in Recipes, September 2nd, 2015

S'mores Bread Pudding for Two

You guys, I cannot believe we’re already thinking about fall. Where has this year gone?! I won’t lie, I’m pretty excited about all the fall recipes that are around the corner. Which is precisely why I’m presenting to you this s’mores bread pudding for two.

Yes, you read that right. No big batch of bread pudding for just the two of you. This is perfectly portioned for just two people. You won’t need to cozy up in front of a fire pit for this. All you need is an oven, a fireplace and your favorite movie, and you can call this an indoor campfire for two. How fun is that?

This is also the perfect dessert recipe for the two of you to get your hands dirty in the kitchen together. While one of you is cubing the bread, the other can be mixing the liquid ingredients. Then you can both pile your individual servings up high and top with as much (or as little) marshmallows and chocolate as you want. What is better than s’mores bread pudding? Personalized s’mores bread pudding? Personalized s’mores bread pudding! Get the recipe below, then check out more small-batch recipes created for just two people.

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One-on-One with the Chopped Teen Tournament, Part 2 Winner

by in Shows, September 1st, 2015

Chopped Teens 2On tonight’s second installment of the five-part Chopped Teen Tournament, four teens entered the hallowed kitchen to try their luck at the mystery baskets. Many of them have practiced in advance, even training with their culinary instructors. But nothing could truly prepare them for the pressure and the time constraints. Nevertheless the teens took the competition in stride, and ultimately one of them rose to the top with three courses that earned a place in the finale, where he or she will compete for a chance to win the $25,000.

Get the Exclusive Interview with the Part 2 Winner

Get to Know Guy’s Grocery Games Judge Melissa d’Arabian

by in Shows, September 1st, 2015

Melissa d'ArabianAs the winner of the fifth season of The Next Food Network Star, Melissa d’Arabian went on to host Ten Dollar Dinners on Food Network and Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping on Cooking Channel. She’s also authored two cookbooks, most recently Supermarket Healthy. And on FoodNetwork.com she’s hosted the Web series The Picky Eaters Project, which aims to make family mealtime planning easier. This television host, author and busy mom of four also serves as a judge on Guy’s Grocery Games. Find out what’s Melissa’s go-to guilty-pleasure food, what she loves to pick up at the supermarket and more.

Get to know this Triple G judge, and tune in to watch Melissa on Guy’s Grocery Games on Sundays at 8|7c.

Do you prefer shopping in a small market or in a supermarket?
Melissa d’Arabian: I love small markets if I’m in Paris and there are tons of them around! Otherwise, I am quite happy in a large supermarket.

Do you prefer self-checkout, online ordering or a real person?
MD: Real person.

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Get Ready for Loads of Tricks and Treats with the New Series Halloween Baking Championship

by in Shows, September 1st, 2015

Halloween Baking ChampionshipMaking everything from spider cupcakes to mummy macarons, seven of the country’s top bakers will compete to create Halloween’s spookiest confections on Halloween Baking Championship, premiering Monday, Oct. 5 at 9|8c. To survive this haunted competition, hosted by Richard Blais, contestants must prove their baking abilities and impress judges Ron Ben-Israel, Carla Hall and Sherry Yard. Only one winner will take home the grand prize of $25,000 and earn the title of Halloween Baking Champion.

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Coming Soon to a Table Near You: 5 Apple Recipes for Fall

by in Recipes, September 1st, 2015

Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice CreamJust as blockbusters leave movie theaters to make way for award-season films, so too must our summer produce pack up and leave stores. But fear not, because for each and every peach, plum and berry recipe we must bid goodbye for another season, a trusty apple recipe swoops in to save the day. Here’s a preview of five things we can’t wait to see on our tables this fall.

Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream

Make grilling season last a little longer with an easy apple crumble (pictured above) that comes together in 25 minutes. Grill tart Granny Smith apples until browned on both sides, then top with vanilla ice cream, granola and a warm caramel sauce. Dare we say this dessert is almost better than traditional apple pie?

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One-on-One with Curtis Stone

by in Food Network Chef, September 1st, 2015

Curtis StoneHe’s a no-nonsense mentor on All-Star America and a bona fide beach fanatic, as he shows off every week on Beach Eats USA (Wednesdays at 10:30|9:30c), but did you know that Curtis Stone also keeps hordes of hot sauces on hand and has been known to relax to Jack Johnson tunes? Recently FN Dish checked in with Curtis to find out the little-known details about this Australian-born chef, from his last-supper must-have to his favorite person to cook for. Read on below for his answers.

Who’s your favorite person to cook for?
Curtis Stone: My wife, Linds. She is my best bud, so it’s always nice after a hectic day, or hectic week, to just take a beat, pour ourselves a wine and cook, eat and talk about everything. She is an adventurous eater so she keeps me on my toes.

What’s the most-surprising thing we’d find in your fridge?
CS: Pickles upon pickles, and loads of hot sauces.

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Competition-Inspired Cooking with Your Kids — Double Potato Hot Dog Sliders

by in Recipes, Shows, September 1st, 2015

Hot DogsThis episode of Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off was amazing. YouTube’s popular food critic Daym Drops (Daymon Patterson) was a guest mentor and judge, and we also saw some really innovative dishes from the kids. Our favorite moment was when Christopher kept his cool during the waffle disaster in the elimination challenge. He had started out making a waffle-and-fried-chicken sandwich, but his batter was too thin and leaked like crazy out of the waffle iron. So in a moment of genius, he dipped slices of bread into the waffle batter and made a French toast fried chicken sandwich instead! He even won the challenge and received the highest honor of a Daym Drops’ “5 All Day.”

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