Yes, there were two challenges in this episode, but the biggest OMG-what-just-happened moments came from the Star Challenge, which brought the finalists into their first forays of Live TV. There's no going back now. A few competitors rose to the occa...
On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is making a cowboy-worthy feast of some of her best Tex-Mex recipes. She’s whipping up Simple, Perfect Chili, Cheese Enchiladas, and decadent, individual Piña Coloda Tres Leches Cakes. Then, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are making dishes perfect for outdoor entertaining and sharing some gardening tips to give your party the perfect Instagram-worthy setting. On Sunday morning, Ina Garten is preparing make-ahead desserts, perfect for a dinner party, and Ayesha Curry is making a manly meal for her husband Stephen and his friends.
On Sunday evening, Guy Fieri is seeing double in Flavortown Market when three sets of twins compete for the $20,000 grand prize, and on Food Network Star, the remaining finalists must bring elegance to the wilderness in a special glamping-themed competition with guest judges Melissa d’Arabian and Andrew Zimmern.
Yesterday we introduced you to Natalie Sideserf, one half of the Sideserf Cake Studio business — and one half of the Sideserf family. Today it’s all about Natalie’s business partner and husband, Dave. Together, the Sideserfs are set to star on the all-new upcoming series Texas Cake House (premiering Monday, July 10 at 9|8c), which will give fans an insider’s look at how this power couple bring their next-level cake creations to life and manage to navigate their marriage along the way.
While Natalie handles much of the design elements of their business, Dave’s role runs the gamut, he tells us. But he’s quick to add that when it comes to eating and working with cake, “The taste test is my favorite part!” Read on below to hear more from Dave and find out how what he thinks is the trickiest part of running Sideserf Cake Studio. And learn all about his and Natalie’s too-cute dog, Mrs. Robinson.
Tell us a bit about your background and how you came to work with Natalie.
Dave Sideserf: I have always liked cooking and worked in kitchens growing up. After graduating college, I worked in the tech field, where I learned a ton about business development. After years of building the foundation of Sideserf Cake Studio, the time finally came where we both realized my full-time assistance was needed.
What was it like leaving your career to work with Natalie at Sideserf Cake Studio?
DS: My previous employer was a startup that was hired by some pretty major companies. Much of my time was spent working with those organizations onsite, which allowed me to gain a lot of exposure to the inner workings of businesses of varying sizes. That experience has been extremely helpful in building our brand. Read more
Hannah Hart has over five-million followers on social media, a killer sense of humor, a passion for food and this summer, she’s taking a flavor-filled journey to some of the country’s favorite regional food spots in the new Food Network series I Hart Food. In the six-episode series, food enthusiast Hannah follows her appetite to discover incredible local dishes and awesome conversations. From investigating Santa Fe’s fiery fixation with green and red chilies to catching New England lobsters with her bare hands in Portland, Maine, Hannah’s food adventures explore every angle of these local specialties and the stories behind them. I Hart Food premieres Monday, August 14 at 10|9c on Food Network.
Summer means tons of fresh fruits and vegetables showing up at the grocery stores and farmers markets, but if we’re totally honest, strawberries make us giddy for the season and gets our creative cooking juices flowing. While frozen strawberries keep our cravings at bay throughout the year, there are some things that are just better with super-sweet fresh strawberries. Take a look at some tasty ways to get your fill while strawberries are in season.
Let’s just say that Natalie Sideserf isn’t your everyday cake decorator. While many bakers look to a sheet of fondant and a few roses to craft a birthday cake, Natalie pushes the limits of what you know cake to be by building from the base up hyper-realistic designs that are as much works of art as they are desert. Together with her husband and business partner, Dave, Natalie will offer fans an insider’s look at the start-to-finish process she and her team employ on their all-new series, Texas Cake House. The show premieres on Monday, July 10 at 9|8c, but we caught up with Natalie ahead of time to learn more about her style in the kitchen and the business she and Dave run, Sideserf Cake Studio.
How did you get started in this business?
Natalie Sideserf: After graduating from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, my friend Kelsey suggested I try to make a sculpted cow skull cake for our friend’s upcoming birthday. I gave it a try and immediately realized I had found the thing I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Being able to combine my love of food and art is a dream come true.
Where did you learn to sculpt cake?
NS: I learned the basics of cake decorating while working at local bakeries, but I taught myself how to create elaborate cake sculptures by experimenting at home. It has taken me many years of practice, and I still learn something new with every cake.
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme are not only herbs you keep in your kitchen spice drawer and lyrics you sing in the shower (Are you going to Scarborough Fair?). They’re also artful temporary tattoos you can wear on your arm. In fact, you can wear them wherever you like. Oh, and also? They’re scented.
It’s here, folks — the season in which everything is a little bit brighter, life is a little bit breezier and the days are a little bit lighter. And to celebrate today’s extended hours of sunlight (woo-hoo!), we suggest you make some recipes that are just as festive as you feel today. These dishes are what your taste buds (and Instagram) were made for. And yes, we’re totally on board with a day that starts with a sundae and ends with shortcake.