Thursday, March 16, 2017

Giada De Laurentiis Nude Photos Might Leak

Giada De Laurentiis FappeningYou may remember a few years ago hackers were able to gain access to celebrities' personal photos stored on their phones and posted these images online.  There were many celebrities that were hacked and had nude photos leaked online, but the most notable were Jennifer Lawrence, Kaley Cuoco and Kate Upton.

The release of these photos by the hackers on social media sites was nicknamed "The Fappening."  Ryan Collins, one of the hackers responsible for releasing the photos, plead guilty to felony computer hacking and did so on March 15, 2016.  Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of his guilty plea and hackers started releasing photos of more celebrities that have supposedly been hacked.  Many people are calling this "The Fappening 2.0"

Emma Watson and Amanda Seyfried are two of the celebrities that have already had photos released in "The Fappening 2.0."  Emma Watson's photos are of her trying on bathing suits while Amanda Seyfried had very private and intimate photos leaked.  Both have said the photos were obtained illegally and their lawyers have demanded that websites take them down.

Hackers have also said they have photos of other celebrities that they plan to release and on the supposed list is Food Network's Giada De Laurentiis.  The sites that have Giada De Laurentiis being on the list of "The Fappening 2.0" celebrity photo leak include ohnotheydidnt and ibtimes.  

As of now, it appears Giada's photos have not been released, so who knows if any actually exist or if they will be released.  I will update this post if there are any updates regarding the supposed photo leaks of Giada De Laurentiis.

UPDATE - As of 3/18, no pictures of Giada have been released.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Worst Cooks In America Winner - Season 10

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Tonight on Food Network is the Worst Cooks In America finale where the winner will receive $25,000.  The final two recruits are Ann Odogwu representing Rachael Ray and Daniel Mar representing Anne Burrell.

On tonight's episode Daniel and Ann each have "to prepare a three-course, restaurant-quality meal for a panel of culinary experts. Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray will help coach their recruits, but ultimately it is each recruit's final chance to show how much they have improved since week one. The culinary experts will pick a winner based on a blind tasting, and the winning recruit will walk away with $25,000."

I will update this post with the winner after the episode airs.  UPDATE - After the three-course meal, the judges determined that Daniel Mar cooked the best meal.  Daniel goes home with $25,000 and Anne Burrell goes home with bragging rights.

This years ratings for Worst Cooks in America were pretty high and had a 36 percent increase from last season's numbers according to Scripps.  With it being one of the higher rated shows on Food Network, there will probably be more seasons to come.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Iron Chef Gauntlet To Premiere April 16th on Food Network

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We knew Iron Chef was coming back as Iron Chef Gauntlet and now we know a little bit more about the show.  Iron Chef Gauntlet is set to premiere on Food Network Sunday, April 16th at 9pm ET/PT.  It will be a six-episode series and seven chefs will be competing for a chance to become an Iron Chef.  They will compete against each other for five episodes until there is one chef remaining.  Then in the final episode the remaining chef will go up against Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Symon in three rapid-succession secret ingredient battles.  The chef will only become an Iron Chef if their total score beats the total score of the three current Iron Chefs.

The chefs competing to be an Iron Chef are below and include a lot of previous Top Chef (Bravo) competitors:

  • Nyesha Arrington (Los Angeles, California – Executive Chef/Owner, Leona) 
  • Jason Dady (San Antonio, Texas – Executive Chef/Owner, Tre Trattoria)
  • Sarah Grueneberg (Chicago, Illinois – Executive Chef/Owner,Monteverde)
  • Michael Gulotta (New Orleans, Louisiana – Executive Chef/Owner, MOPHO)
  • Stephanie Izard (Chicago, Illinois - Executive Chef/Owner, Girl & the Goat)
  • Shota Nakajima (Seattle, Washington – Executive Chef/Owner, Adana)
  • Jonathon Sawyer (Cleveland, Ohio – Executive Chef/Owner, The Greenhouse Tavern).
The full press release about the show from multivu is below:


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Food Network's March 2017 Programming Highlights

Here are some of the highlights of the Food Network programming scheduled to air on the channel in March:
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  • The season finale of Worst Cooks in America on Sunday, March 5th at 9pm with the winner getting $25,000
  • The Kids Baking Championship Finale on March 6th where the winner will take home $25,000.
  • A Chopped Junior: Make Me a Judge tournament where the kid winners win $10,000 and get to judge Chopped judges Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marcus Samuelsson and Chris Santos as they compete for charity.
  • A Chopped: Star Power Tournament which has 16 celebrity contestants over five episodes. The categories are web stars, star athletes, funny actors, and famous faces of film. There are no names listed yet and the winners will compete against each other in the finale. 
  • Guy’s Grocery Games: Supermarket Masters Tournament where 16 previous winners return to compete again. 
  • New primetime episodes of Chopped, Cake Wars, Cake Wars: Champs, Diners, Drive Ins and Dives, Bakers vs. Fakers, Beat Bobby Flay, Cooks vs. Cons, and Spring Baking Championship. 
  • New daytime episodes of The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen and Valerie’s Home Cooking
The full press release with air dates and episode descriptions is below:

Friday, February 17, 2017

Food Network Related News and Links

Here is some recent news involving Food Network shows and chefs/personalities from the Food Network:
  • Chopped judge Aaron Sanchez will be participating in the NBA All-Star Celebrity game this weekend in New Orleans.  Here are a few interviews he did about the game where he also answers questions about Chopped - SI interview, Uproxx interview.
  • Bobby Flay recently celebrated his 1-year anniversary with his girlfriend actress Helene Yorke.  Bobby is 52, while Helene is 31.  (Link)
  • Food Network Star is currently filming its 13th season in Los Angeles, and it looks like Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis will be the hosts once again (pictured right).  Eddie Jackson and Tregaye Fraser also posted a picture together on set, so look for them to be on an episode.
  • Alton Brown posted a picture on Instagram that looked like the Chopped symbol with his name under it with the caption, "I've said too much already." (Link).  So look for him to be on an upcoming episode or a special Chopped.  
  • Alton Brown has also released a few new podcasts of the Alton Browncast and one is with Duff Goldman. (Link)
  • Guy Fieri recently surprised one of his old teachers with a cruise to anywhere in the world. (Link)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Food Network's February 2017 Programming Highlights

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Below are some of the highlights of the Food Network programming scheduled to air on the channel in February.  It doesn't seem like there are any new series, but there are new episodes of many shows and the Kids Baking Championship finale will be this month on February 27th.

The full press release with episode descriptions is below:

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Donald Trump's Inauguration Cake Looks A Lot Like Duff Goldman's Cake For Barack Obama

Food Network's Duff Goldman had the pleasure of making President Barack Obama's inauguration cake in 2013 at his inauguration.

Yesterday, Duff saw a picture of Donald Trump cutting his inauguration cake and noticed something.  It was pretty much the exact same cake.

Duff tweeted out a picture (pictured right) of the cakes side-by-side with the caption, "The cake on the left is the one I made for President Obama's inauguration 4 years ago. The one on the right is Trumps. I didn't make it"

As you can see, the cakes have the design, same amount of layers, same size layers, same decorations, and are exactly the same down to the star placement.

Duff didn't make the cake, so who knows how the cake turned out the way it did or who ordered it that way.  There was a different cake at the 2009 inauguration, so it isn't a tradition to have the same exact cake.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Food Network Related News and Links

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Sorry for the delay, but here is some recent news involving Food Network shows and chefs/personalities from the Food Network:
  • Food Network has ordered 13 new episodes of Ginormous Food just halfway into its first season.  The show is currently airing on multiple nights, but new episodes are Friday at 8pm. (Link)
  • Ayesha Curry's show Ayesha's Homemade was also renewed for a second season. (Link)
  • Ree Drummond's dog Charlie recently passed away as detailed on a blog post on her Pioneer Woman website.  Charlie regularly appeared on Pioneer Woman episodes and Ree has a book series named after him.
  • We all know Iron Chef is returning and Alex Guarnaschelli recently had an Instagram post about the show tagging Bobby Flay, Michael Symon, Geoffrey Zakarian, Cat Cora, Marc Forgione, Masaharu Morimoto, and Jose Garces, so it looks like it could be the same Iron Chefs competing.
  • Great Food Truck Race is casting for its eighth season and it looks like this season will have people competing who have never run a food truck. (Link)
  • Ina Garten easily had the best selling cookbook of 2016 with Cooking for Jeffrey despite being released in October.  Ree Drummond had the 6th best seller with her 2015 book The Pioneer Woman Cooks. (Link)
  • A Kansas State University study revealed that celebrity chefs have poor food safety habits due to licking fingers, touching hair, lack of hand washing, and not changing cutting boards.  (Link)

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Kitchen Sink With Tregaye Fraser To Premiere January 15th

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When Tregaye Fraser won season 12 of Food Network Star, it was announced that she would be a co-host on The Kitchen Sink.  A new 13-episode season of The Kitchen Sink will begin on Saturday, January 15th at 11am ET/PT with Tregaye Fraser as one of the co-hosts.  The other co-hosts are Spike Mendelsohn (Top Chef, Iron Chef, etc) and Fanny Slater (cookbook author who won Rachael Ray's cookbook contest).  They will also be joined by special guests each episode.

A press release states:
"Over 13 half-hour episodes, the co-hosts along with special guests take a look at the latest culinary trends, offer up kitchen hacks and time-saving shortcuts, while sharing delicious new recipes for every occasion, including inspired culinary delights from the latest and greatest digital food frontier. In addition to culinary tips, trends and techniques, the co-hosts serve up delicious recipes to make at home; from Sunday brunch to a Saturday night party including an epic take on a cinnamon roll, Super Easy Sloppy Sliders for a do-it-yourself party menu, a weeknight pasta dish using only five ingredients, nachos with a twist and many more. THE KITCHEN Sink will also step out of the studio and on to the streets with Sink on the Street, going on location for a deep dive into popular food trends and the culinary delights they inspire."

The first season of The Kitchen Sink had 6 episodes, which rotated co-hosts Marcella Valladolid, Katie Lee, Geoffrey Zakarian, Sunny Anderson and Jeff Mauro.  It appears they will not be on this season as co-hosts, but may appear on the show as special guests.

If you are interested, the first four episode descriptions of The Kitchen Sink are below:

Foods You Didn't Know You Wanted
Kitchen Sink kicks off with a new way to weave bacon into every bite of breakfast, then Tregaye Fraser and Jeff Mauro take nachos to a new level with twists on the classic snack food. Inspired by the pizza pot pie, Fanny Slater wows with her combination of pizza and quesadillas. Finally, the Sink hits the streets to see one of the hottest dessert trends then shows how to make twists on ice cream cones at home. (Episode: SI0201H)

Carbs on Carbs
The carbs-on-carbs menu kicks off with an over the top sandwich cake, then Spike Mendelsohn and Tregaye Fraser demonstrate two inexpensive weeknight pasta dishes that are just five ingredients each. Frozen fries get a makeover with two different takes in a skillet, and finally, Katie Lee brings carbs to dessert with a four-ingredient twist on the classic apple pie. (Episode: SI0202H)

The Ultimate Party Menu
Spike Mendelsohn kicks off the show with his Super Easy Sloppy Sliders that will feed a crowd. Then, Sunny Anderson mashes up three crowd favorites into a Mozzarella Stick Pizza Onion Rings appetizer and puts a spin on the classic loaded baked potato. The hosts check in with our Food Network Kitchen correspondent, Vivian Chan, who shares the latest boozy trends. Then, inspired by the trends, the hosts create a dessert taco bar. (Episode: SI0203H)

Sunday Sunday: Brunch
Things kick off with an enormous egg sandwich that will feed 12 people, then Fanny Slater introduces an epic cinnamon roll. Plus, the hosts make a cake that masquerades as America's favorite breakfast food and whip up pancakes with surprises inside! (Episode: SI0204H)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Food Network's December 2016 Programming Highlights

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Below are some of the highlights of the Food Network programming scheduled to air on the channel in December.  There are once again a lot of new Chopped episodes (all varieties) and a lot of holiday themed shows/specials. The Holiday Baking Championship will crown its winner on December 18th and there will also be a Holiday Baking Championship special on Christmas that brings in three previous champions and three fan favorites from Kids Baking Championship.  The Jonas Brothers will be featured in a special called Jonas Restaurant: Family Style where their family opens up a restaurant in North Carolina.

The press release with episode descriptions and air dates is below: