by Melissa d'Arabian in Food Network Chef, Shows, May 5th, 2016
by Leah Brickley in How-to, Shows, April 20th, 2016
Last time we chatted, I shared how a typical morning unfolds as we judges prepare for heading to set to film the actual show. So if you missed Part 1, click here.
Lights, Camera, Action
The chefs are introduced and then jog through the grocery store to join Guy in front of the kitchens, just as you see on TV. The chefs are told which game they are playing, and they scoot around to their carts. At that point, we stop down (stop filming) for just a minute or two to make sure the chefs truly understand the rules of that particular game. But that lasts only moments, which is woefully too short to plan out a menu. Guy then counts them off and they run with their carts. Here’s a little inside scoop: The chefs always head down Aisle 6 first, so the cameras can capture that cool shot of all the chefs racing with their carts together. So even if they want to go to produce first, for instance, it’s only after they hit the magical Aisle 6. One thing that was a huge surprise to me when I cooked on GGG for a charity episode is how physically exhausting it is to run around that HUGE store! If you need something in Aisle 9, you’d better remember to get it while you’re there, because running back may not be an option timewise!
by Melissa d'Arabian in Food Network Chef, Shows, April 19th, 2016
Guy Fieri gave another four contestants the chance to reverse their fortunes on this week’s episode of the Guy’s Grocery Games redemption tournament. In the first round, they were all sent out into the aisles with ridiculously tiny shopping bags to stuff full with ingredients for a fried feast. Naturally, a couple of the contestants gravitated toward fried chicken, so here’s some fried-chicken wisdom from Food Network Kitchen:
by Leah Brickley in Recipes, Shows, April 13th, 2016
As a regular judge on Guy’s Grocery Games, the question I’m asked most frequently is, “Is it fun?” The short answer is YES. Being a part of GGG is truly a blast. So to give you an idea of why I love my job so much, I thought I would give you a little behind-the-scenes peek into the life of a GGG judge. Join me on a typical day.
6:40 a.m.: I wake up, five minutes ahead of my 6:45 a.m. “just-in-case” alarm. I drink the big bottle of water on my nightstand, splash water on my face, do a quick tooth-brushing, do 10 pushups to wake up, and throw a sweatshirt over my pajamas, slip some Toms onto my feet and head to the hotel restaurant for coffee. (Yes, I go to hotel lobbies and restaurants in my pajamas, sleep creases still in my cheek, and I hope I’m never too famous to do that.) Back in my room, I sip coffee, do my morning devotional, shower and dry my hair. One of the perks of this job is that I almost never have to factor in any makeup time before leaving. If I’m clean, that’s good enough.
by Leah Brickley in Recipes, Shows, April 5th, 2016
We continue down redemption road on Guy’s Grocery Games this week, as previous contestants get a chance to show off their culinary talents and impress the judges for a win.
In the first round, contestants were challenged to make a chicken dinner using radishes and tofu. And we loved that most of the contestants weren’t scared off. In fact, one was excited to use radishes, because she thinks of them as the “underdog of vegetables.” We couldn’t agree more. And now that spring is upon us, we can’t wait to cook with and eat those crunchy and spicy little roots.
by Leah Brickley in Recipes, Shows, March 29th, 2016
Guy Fieri introduced us to Guy’s Grocery Games‘ redemption road this week. Sixteen previously unsuccessful competitors get a second chance to maneuver through the grocery aisles and cook up winning dishes for the judges for a chance to win up to $40,000!
Our first round of chefs was challenged to whip up an Italian dish with only seven items or fewer. We in Food Network Kitchen instantly thought of the very simple (and very delicious) pasta dish cacio e pepe, which translates to “cheese and pepper.” It’s having a resurgence and is super-easy to make, and if you want to play by Guy’s rules, you even have room for a seventh ingredient like parsley, lemon zest or crushed red pepper.
by Leah Brickley in Recipes, Shows, March 17th, 2016
Bacon was king on this week’s episode of Guy’s Grocery Games, which made us remember that time we made a bacon lattice (yes, just like lattice on a pie) in Food Network Kitchen. And what exactly would you use a bacon lattice for? Well, we love it draped over a meatloaf or turkey — while the meat cooks, the bacon drippings add extra flavor. If you make a smaller lattice, then it’s a fun bottom garnish for a Caesar salad.
by FN Dish Editor in Shows, March 9th, 2016
This week it was all about burgers on Guy’s Grocery Games. And the contestants got pretty crazy with their burger toppings (hello, lobster and fancy mushrooms), so we in Food Network Kitchen decided to go back to basics. Here are some tips for making your burger patties great:
by Leah Brickley in Recipes, Shows, March 9th, 2016
Guy Fieri welcomes back former Triple G competitors for a chance to redeem themselves and prove their culinary skills on Guy’s Grocery Games Redemption Tournament, premiering Sunday, April 3 at 8|7c. Returning contestants will battle it out in some of the toughest games Guy has ever thrown down, for a chance at up to $20,000 in the shopping spree, along with a coveted spot in the tournament’s finale. The one chef who can survive all the challenges will be crowned the Redemption Tournament Champion and earn the opportunity to win up to an additional $20,000 with a second shopping spree!
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by Leah Brickley in Recipes, Shows, March 2nd, 2016
This week on Guy’s Grocery Games, not only were contestants paired up with strangers, but they also had to cook a budget meal for under $15 together — talk about challenging!
Luckily, we in Food Network Kitchen don’t flinch when we hear the word “budget.” In fact, we’ve developed a bunch of weeknight dinners with both value and health in mind. Read more
Contestants were expected to serve up a sweet-and-savory breakfast in Round 1 of this week’s Guy’s Grocery Games, and there were some interesting combinations. (Banana split for breakfast, anyone?) But what truly caught our eye was a plantain hash that instantly reminded us of a very real and traditional sweet-and-savory South American dish called Plátanos Asados con Bocadillo y Queso — which is baked plantains stuffed with cheese and guava paste, and it’s delicious.