How to Perfectly Sear a Fish Fillet — Chopped Junior

by in How-to, Shows, May 18th, 2016

Spiced Arctic CharThe appetizer mystery basket on the week’s episode of Chopped Junior was truly challenging. What were our young contestants supposed to make with arctic char, cotton candy, dandelion greens and tiny ice cream bites? But, as always, our pint-sized chefs were super-clever. To balance the sweetness of the cotton candy and ice cream with the bitterness of the dandelion greens, almost all of them made a sweet-and-sour dressing or sauce to toss the greens in. But what did remain a challenge was cooking the arctic char — a fish that looks like salmon but is actually related to trout. It has a milder and cleaner flavor and is more delicate than salmon but is still high in heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. We saw most of our contestants’ fish fillets fall apart right in the pan, with soggy skin. Because arctic char is expensive, you definitely want to cook it properly.

Here are a few tips from Food Network Kitchen.

Bobby Reveals His Own On-Camera Nerves and Gives Advice to Nervous Finalists

by , May 18th, 2016

Bobby Reveals His Own On-Camera Nerves and Gives Advice to Nervous FinalistsPicture this: Multiple cameras are mere inches from your face. You're learning your way around an unfamiliar kitchen. Your dreams are riding on the success of your next move. Oh, and two of the biggest names of the food world are watching your every ...

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Haters Gonna Hate Karma: Penny’s Attack on Matthew Backfires

by , May 17th, 2016

Penny had but one goal this week: "I want to see Matthew crash and burn today," she said simply. And thanks to the Star Challenge advantage she earned after winning the Mentor Challenge, she was well on her way to realizing that goal. She had the p...

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Relax, It’s Just an Artichoke

by in Recipes, May 17th, 2016

Recently I was asked to name my favorite vegetable, and I was stumped — or torn, as I like so many. My sister, however, would not have hesitated for a second: favorite vegetable, artichoke; second favorite, artichoke; third favorite, artichoke. She might actually choose an artichoke over a slice of cheesecake. (Just kidding; she’d choose the cheesecake.)

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Competition Flashbacks, Tough Questions and a Finalist Milkshake — Alex’s Star Report

by , May 17th, 2016

Alex GuarnaschelliCan you imagine trying to become the next Food Network Star? It takes me straight back to my own cooking competition experiences. (Hello, Chopped All-Stars. Hello, The Next Iron Chef. Hello, The Next Iron Chef again.) And I relive those moments in th...

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Meet Camila Alves, Co-Host of Kids BBQ Championship

by in Shows, May 16th, 2016

Camila AlvesOn the all-new series Kids BBQ Championship, premiering Monday, May 23 at 8|7c, eight talented young grill masters will be battling for the chance to win a $20,000 cash prize and the coveted title of champion. Mentoring and judging them through all the challenges will be Season 11 Food Network Star winner Eddie Jackson and lifestyle expert Camila Alves, who’s previously appeared on Chopped Junior as a guest judge. Get to know more about Camila, learn her take on grilling, and get some behind-the-scenes insight into the show.

When did you first become interested in cooking?
I’ve always loved food and I’ve always helped in the kitchen. I never became a cook myself until I had a family.

What’s your earliest food memory?
My earliest food memory is of my mother in the kitchen cooking lasagna.

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6 Things to Know About Chickpea Water, the Next Chic Ingredient

by in News, May 16th, 2016

6 Things to Know About Chickpea Water, the Next Chic IngredientThe next big thing in vegan eating? Two words, people: chickpea water.

Professional and home chefs — as well as bartenders and bloggers — are currently pretty excited about the potential of the ingredient Grub Street recently dubbed “the next kale.” They’re using what basically amounts to the liquid you pour down the drain when you open a can of chickpeas as an egg-white substitute to whip up everything from meringue to mayonnaise to whipped cream and ice cream.

Here are a few things to know about chickpea water:

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Warm Tortellini and Roasted Vegetable Salad — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, May 16th, 2016

Warm Tortellini with Roasted Vegetable SaladYou know those pasta salads in which elbow macaroni are caked with gloopy mayonnaise and mixed with too-crunchy carrots and celery? This pasta salad isn’t that — at all. Food Network Magazine reworked the traditional picnic side dish into a lighter, fresher alternative, and there’s not a dollop of mayo in sight.

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Chefs Reveal Their Greatest Lessons Learned from Being on TV

by , May 16th, 2016

Chefs Reveal Their Greatest Lessons Learned from Being on TVFor this year's 12 Food Network Star finalists, this competition is square one: It's the beginning of a brand-new journey and the start of what has the potential to be a life-changing career. There's no telling what could await them if they possess t...

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Chatting with the Season 2 Winner of Spring Baking Championship

by in Shows, May 16th, 2016

Susana, Dan and JaneSix weeks ago, eight bakers entered the Spring Baking Championship to prove their skills for a chance to win $50,000 and the title of champion. This season the bakers saw their fair share of ups and downs: In the premiere Susana cut herself so badly that she didn’t come back to the competition until the Main Heat. And Audrey’s Main Heat cake was such a disaster that it appeared she’d be going home, but her flavors saved her. Then in Episode 5, Kenny finally won his first challenge after having come close many times before, but in that same episode he was eliminated. But all the while, another baker was gradually rising to the top with win after win.

Find out who won