Watch Finalists’ Casting Videos: The Competitors in Their Own Words

by , May 19th, 2016

Watch Finalists' Casting Videos: The Competitors in Their Own WordsWhat started as a pool of countless applicants is now just a crop of 12: those lucky dozen hopefuls who are set to compete on Food Network Star, Season 12. But before the finalists became just that — the competitors who are officially part of the c...

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Picnic-Ready Pasta Salads with Hundreds of Sky-High Reviews

by in Recipes, May 19th, 2016

Tomato Feta Pasta SaladPasta salad is a matter of immense importance in the summer months, especially for picnicking purposes. And if you’re going to toss one together and have it stand up to mouthwatering grilled mains and more, it better be good. Get our top never-fail, 5-star pasta salad picks that our fans rely on all summer long.

Tomato Feta Pasta Salad
In between mouthfuls of fusilli, you’ll spear bites of salty feta, Kalamata olives and juicy ripe tomatoes. Oh, and you’ll find no mayo here; the spiraled noodles will soak up a vinegar-spiked, sun-dried tomato-packed dressing in its place.

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Last-Minute Wisdom: 15 Chefs Share Insider Advice with the Finalists

by , May 19th, 2016

Last-Minute Wisdom: 15 Chefs Share Insider Advice with the FinalistsWe're just days away from Sunday's Food Network Star, Season 12 premiere (at 9|8c), and while it's likely too late for the finalists to make drastic improvements to their culinary chops and suddenly master the art of talking on camera, it wouldn't h...

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Chopped Viewers’ Choice: Fans, You Choose the Chopped Mystery Basket Ingredients

by in Shows, May 18th, 2016

Ted and the mystery basketChopped fans, it’s that time again, where you get a chance to determine the mystery basket ingredients chefs have to cook with on the show. As we’ve seen in the past, some of your choices have stumped and upset chefs (just watch the video below for proof!). Here’s your chance to be a part of the competition in a unique way. Through our social media channels, you’ll be able to choose the basket ingredients for unsuspecting competitors in a future episode. It’s your opportunity to assemble the ingredients that make it into all three of the mystery baskets — one basket will be created by Twitter followers, another by Facebook fans and the third by Instagram users. We’ll let you know when to tune in so you can see how the chefs fare.

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3 of a Kind: Seaweed Cocktails

by in Restaurants, May 18th, 2016

ApothekeSeaweed used to be known solely as something that washed up on the beach. Over the past couple of decades, though, the once-maligned oceanic annoyance has become a hip snack and cooking ingredient. Now creative mixologists are using its saline scent to liven up cocktails and give them sea-like depth. Read more

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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