For the first time ever, eight chefs of the highest caliber and Food Network fame entered Guy’s Grocery Games for a five-part superstar tournament. Every week one chef unceremoniously checked out, until four remained in the finale. In the last round, Richard Blais, a highly skilled technician of cooking, and Alex Guarnaschelli, a chef with finessed French training, remained to cook for the $40,000 check for charity and the title of Guy’s Superstar Grocery Games Champion. After the chefs created their winning dishes based on the game 1 Ingredient Per Aisle, the judges had a difficult job ahead of them, but they chose a winner of immense experience and culinary excellence.
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By Angela Carlos
This week on Guy’s Grocery Games, firefighters from across the country competed for the chance to win up to $20,000. While these cooks haven’t (yet) won any James Beard Awards, they certainly know how to cook for a crowd.
Feeding a station full of firefighters is no easy task. Guy’s games kicked off with a kiddie cart challenge, meaning each contestant’s groceries had to fit into child-sized carts. This spur-of-the-moment change was no problem for the firefighters who are used to adapting to new situations quickly.
Balancing healthy and hearty was a recurring theme for these firehouse cooks. They made burgers with portobello buns, stir-fries with quinoa and lean pork tenderloin to create dishes that married lean proteins with classic comfort foods.
In a five-week showdown, eight renowned chefs will face the most-intense challenges that anyone has ever seen on Triple G. Premiering Sunday, Aug. 28 at 8|7c, Guy’s Superstar Grocery Games takes the smart shopping and the competitive cooking to new heights. In this competition, the games aren’t just the run-of-the-mill kind. When the caliber of chefs is so high, and the stakes this big, the challenges take on a new level of difficulty. Alex Guarnaschelli, Richard Blais, Jet Tila, Maneet Chauhan, Marc Murphy, Eric Greenspan, Damaris Phillips and Justin Warner enter the competition ready for what’s to come — or so they think. When Guy’s the gameskeeper, there’s no telling what drama might befall the chefs. They’ll have to strap themselves in for a ride on Guy’s roller coaster.
By Angela Carlos
This week on Guy’s Grocery Games, things got cheesy while the chefs competed for the chance to shop for $20,000 in Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Market. In each of the three games, cheese was the focus. The chefs demonstrated their expertise in working with this ingredient by incorporating triple-cream cheese into ice cream bases and using shredded Gouda for a crunchy frico. In the first game, the chefs added everything from pungent blue cheese to classic cheddar into ooey-gooey comfort food dishes.
Not surprisingly, more than one contestant chose to go the macaroni-and-cheese route in Game 1. Here in Food Network Kitchen, we took note of their triumphs and shortcomings in attempting to produce the ultimate macaroni and cheese for the judges. With some tips from the show, as well as a few of our own, we’ve put together a checklist for making the ideal bowl of rich, molten cheese with macaroni.
By Angela Carlos
This week’s episode of Guy’s Grocery Games was a real blast from the past. Four competitors from Food Network Star, Season 2 arrived in Flavortown ready for their 10-year reunion and the chance to compete against each other for a $20,000 shopping spree. As with all reunions, there was a certain amount of reminiscing that went on, even within the games themselves.
For Game 1 Guy asked his friends to make a Five Star Dish that would represent who they are, with one catch. In an homage to the competitors’ first challenge on Food Network Star, each dish had to include five items: wine, pork, steak, shrimp and onion.
Then came the figs. Reggie Southerland made a surprise appearance midway through game one with his favorite ingredient. The sweet addition threw a wrench into the contestants’ culinary plans. But they made do, tossing the dried figs into their sauces and demi-glace to add a little sweetness to their savory main courses.
Watching the chefs work with the surprise ingredient got us thinking about how we like to use figs in the kitchen. Read more
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.