Sunday, July 5, 2015

Food Network Star Episode 5 Elimination Plus Star Salvation

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On tonight's episode of Food Network Star, the remaining contestants had to swap ingredients in the mentor challenge and prepare a dish for Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis.  In a later challenge the finalists had to work in pairs to collaborate on a dish that blended their culinary styles, and present that dish to first-time daters from Match.  Anne Burrell was on hand to help Bobby and Giada judge the second challenge.

After all of the sponsors got their products showcased throughout the show it was time for the judges to decide their top and bottom contestants. Eddie and Alex and Jay/Emilia were declared safe and Rue/Arnold and Dom/Michelle were up for elimination.  The judges decided that Rue Rusike would be the contestant eliminated.

In Star Salvation, Christina Fitzgerald, Matthew Grunwald, Rosa Graziano and Rue Rusike all competed for a chance to rejoin the competition. The link to the video is here, and Rosa Graziano was eliminated and will not be the next Food Network Star.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Jeff Mauro, Robert Irvine Each Launched Products This Week

Food Network's Jeff Mauro and Robert Irvine each launched products this week with Jeff Mauro launching a line of BBQ sauce and Robert Irvine launching a food company.

Jeff Mauro's BBQ sauce line is called Pork & Mindy's which has three different flavors: Signature Sweet, fiery Sweet Heat and tangy Mustard.  Jeff launched the company with his friend and the sauces are available online at or at Chicago area grocery stores.  (Press release about the company/sauces)

Robert Irvine launched a food company called Robert Irvine Foods in which the food has healthy ingredients and the products are "all natural", "better for you", and "restaurant quality".  The type of foods include pizzas, crab cakes, and low-calorie cheesecakes.  Wings, sauces, breaded chicken, and catfish are coming soon.  Robert Irvine Foods is available in Mid-Atlantic Giant grocery stores.  (Press release about the company and partnership with Giant).

Monday, June 29, 2015

Justin Warner Got Married Today

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Food Network Star season 8 winner Justin Warner got married today to his fiance Brooke Sweeten.  Fellow Food Network Star contestant Martie Duncan was there and helped with the planning of the wedding.  Also Food Network Sweet Genius Ron Ben-Israel made the couple's wedding cake.

The photo to the right of Justin and his bride was posted on Twitter and the other photos are from Justin and Brooke's Instagram.  I am not sure if there is any significance of the June 29th date, but a wedding on a Monday isn't too common.  This is the second Food Network Star wedding in the past two weeks with Damaris Phillips getting married.

Congrats to Justin and Brooke!

Photo - Instagram

Photo - Instagram

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Food Network Star Episode 4 Elimination Plus Star Salvation

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On tonight's episode of Food Network Star the remaining finalists were split into teams of three and had to create and present food to a crowd of hungry families at a 4th of July cookout.  Bobby Deen was there to help Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay judge the contestants.

Jay, Michelle, and Rosa were one team, Emilia Rue, and Dom another, and Alex, Eddie, and Arnold were the final team.  The teams were thrown a curveball when they had to work with another team's groceries to prepare their meal.

The winning team was Alex, Eddie, and Arnold and all of them were safe from elimination.  The judges decided that the bottom three individuals were Dom, Rosa, and Michelle.  After the deliberation, the judges decided that Rosa Graziano would not continue on in the competition.

In Star Salvation, Christina Fitzgerald, Matthew Grunwald, Sita Lewis, Rosa and all competed for a chance to rejoin the competition.  I will post the outcome of this once Food Network posts the video.

Update - Sita Lewis was the contestant eliminated on Star Salvation and she will not be the next Food Network Star.

Video is after the break if you want to watch:

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Giada De Laurentiis To Appear on NBC's Hollywood Game Night

NBC's Hollywood Game Night is returning for a third season on Tuesday, July 7th at 10pm ET, and the season premiere episode will feature Giada De Laurentiis.  She will be competing with celebrities Jesse Tyler Ferguson and John Legend.  Also competing on the first episode are Jane Krakowski, Zachary Quinto and Chrissy Teigen (John Legend's wife).

Here is a short video of Giada, Jesse and John talking about their appearance on the show.

You may remember Giada playing catchphrase on Jimmy Fallon and being pretty terrible and overly competitive.  Also, you see there is a drink in her hand above, so hopefully this appearance doesn't turn out like the Thanksgiving Live 2013 appearance on Food Network.

Also look for Giada's new show on the Food Network called Giada in Italy.  It is a daytime show where Giada travels around Italy and explores her family history.  This is a 13-episode daytime series that will begin on July 19th at 11am ET/PT.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Food Network Star Episode 3 Elimination

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On tonight's episode of Food Network Star the remaining contestants were tasked with keeping up with the latest in food trends.  They first had to create and photograph their own versions of tiny foods, and then create a five-course meal where each course corresponds to a buzzword.  Geoffrey Zakarian and Sunny Anderson were on hand to help Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay judge.

Dom Tesoriero won the first challenge which allowed him to pick the teams for the second challenge and he went with boys vs. girls.  After the buzzword meals, the judges decided that neither team would be declared the winning team, which pretty much made the team challenge worthless. 

The judges decide that the Arnold, Dom, and Michelle performed the best.  Sita Lewis, Rosa Graziano,  and Eddie Jackson were in the bottom three.  After deliberation, the judges decided that Sita Lewis would be the one sent home and there was no Matthew Grunwald moment to save her again.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Damaris Phillips Got Married Over The Weekend

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Food Network Star Damaris Phillips married her fiance Darrick Wood on June 13th, 2015 at Willow Park in Louisville, Kentucky.  Here is the website Damaris and Darrick set up for the wedding with their wedding details and links to their registry if you are interested in seeing what someone from the Food Network registers for.  Willow Park and the wedding was described on the website as a "cute little park down the road from our house. There will be some very picnic-like elements— blankets on the grass, sunshine, a playground and dinner at picnic tables."

Damaris isn't too active on social media, so she hasn't mentioned the wedding or posted any pictures online.  Nikki Dinki who was on the same season of Food Network Star was at the wedding and posted a few pictures of Damaris which are in this post.

Congratulations to Damaris and Darrick!  

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Food Network Star Episode 2 Elimination

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On tonight's episode of Food Network Star the 11 remaining contestants have to create an inspiring dish using only leftover ingredients  that would be found in an average family's refrigerator.  Former Food Network Star winner Melissa D'Arabian was on hand to help judge this challenge.  In a later challenge the contestants had to create a savory recipe inspired by the world of desserts and Alex Guarnaschelli helped judge.

When the judges deliberated, it was decided that Arnold Myint and Eddie Jackson did the best in the challenges and were considered safe.  Sita Lewis, Emilia Cirker, and Matthew Grunwald were the bottom three and one of them would be eliminated.  After deliberation it was determined that villain Matthew Grunwald would be the contestant eliminated.  Giada De Laurentiis seemed to have changed her mind and switched to eliminate Matthew after seeing his facial expressions.  This should make a lot of people happy.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Worst Cooks In America: Celebrity Edition Cast Revealed

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When Food Network announced their new series for 2015, one of the shows announced was Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition with the mentors being Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray.  It seems like they are doing this show rather than Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off this year.

The filming of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition has begun and the 'celebrities' competing on the show have been revealed.  The caliber of celebrities is the same as usual and the seven competing for the $50,000 charity prize include:
  • Dean Cain - Superman
  • Ellen Cleghorne - Saturday Night Live
  • Jenni "JWOWW" Farley - MTV's Jersey Shore
  • Chris Soules - The Bachelorette, The Bachelor, Dancing With The Stars - He seems to be in the tabloids over appearing in this show due to being on so many reality shows in a short amount of time.
  • Jaleel White - Steve Urkel from Family Matters
  • Kendra Wilkinson - Playboy, various reality shows - The Girls Next Door, Kendra, Kendra on Top
  • Barry Williams - Greg Brady from The Brady Bunch
Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition will premiere in September 2015, and the season will probably be five or six episodes long.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Whabah Steakhouse From Restaurant Impossible Has Closed

Whabah Steakhouse in Bowling Green, Kentucky, which was featured on the latest season of Restaurant Impossible (Season 11) has closed.

A reader of this site reached out to me with a recent photo of the restaurant which has a spray painted sign that says "Closed for Remodel" (pictured right).

Also, the restaurant Facebook page has not been updated since March 2015, and if you call the telephone number of the restaurant, it is disconnected.  So while it is supposedly closed for a remodel, all other signs point to a long-term closure.

You may remember the restaurant was listed for sale when the episode aired (from the original update), and the restaurant is apparently still for sale.

The Restaurant Impossible makeover happened in January of 2015 and the episode aired in March of 2015, so it didn't take too long for this one to close.  The status of Whabah Steakhouse has been updated to 'Closed' on the Restaurant Impossible Update Page and this is the first restaurant from season 11 to close.  If they actually are remodeling just months after Restaurant Impossible and the restaurant re-opens, I will re-update the status.