Friday, February 23, 2018

Food Network Related News and Links

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Here is some recent news involving Food Network shows and chefs/personalities from the Food Network:
  • Cat Cora is going to be on TLC's Say Yes To The Dress on Saturday at 8pm ET/PT and ET online has a preview. (Link)
  • Gina Neely apparently hasn't talked to Pat Neely since they divorced, which was about 4 years ago.  Gina has been starring in Bravo's dating show To Rome With Love which airs Sundays at 9pm. (Link)
  • Giada De Laurentiis's Baltimore restaurant has a planned opening date of April 2018.  This is her first restaurant outside of Las Vegas. (Link)
  • Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis were recently in Orlando filming Food Network Star, so they will be judges once again for the next season of the show.
  • Worst Cooks in America just finished casting for season 14 of the show.  The Facebook page for the casting says it will be Robert Irvine vs. Anne Burrell (pictured), but the casting website still says Tyler Florence.  The show is currently in season 12 and Tyler and Anne were recently filming in New York.  They were most likely filming the celebrity version of the show, which will be considered season 13.

  • Great Food Truck Race is casting for season 9 of the show, so that show will be back for another season. (Link)
  • Spring Baking Championship returns March 12th with Ali Khan as the host and Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale as judges. (Link)
  • South Beach Wine & Food Festival is currently going on through this weekend in Miami.  Many Food Network personalities will be in attendance at various events. (Link)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Chopped Gold Medal Games Winner Crowned Tonight

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Tonight at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network is the season finale of Chopped Gold Medal Games where the winner will take home a $50,000 prize.

The final four competitors each got to the finale by winning a specialty episode. Sarah Wade won the frying episode, Lynnae Oxley-Loupe won the grilling episode, Ken Harvey won the speed episode and Winnette McIntosh Ambrose won the baking episode.

The episode description says "in the first round, the elite culinary athletes open up their baskets to find something grilled and something intended to frighten them. In the entree round, the judges wonder which competitors will be far, far off in their treatment of far far, an Indian snack food. And champagne (in an unusual form) is in the final basket."

I will update this post with the winner and order of eliminations after the episode airs.  Continue reading to see the order of eliminations and the winner.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Food Network's February 2018 Programming Highlights

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Here are some of the highlights of the Food Network programming scheduled to air on the channel in February:

  • A special Valentine's Day episode of Guy's Grocery Games on Sunday, February 11th where judges Damaris Phillips, Aarti Sequeira and Jet Tila bring their spouses into the competition.
  • New primetime episodes of Best in Food, Chopped, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy's Grocery Games, Kids Baking Championship, The Grill Dads, Ridiculous Cakes, and Worst Cooks in America.
  • New daytime episodes of Giada Entertains, The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen and Valerie’s Home Cooking.
  • Many primetime and daytime episodes that have a Valentine's Day theme.

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

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Food Network Edits John Besh Out of Iron Chef Showdown Episode

On last night's episode of Iron Chef Showdown, you may have noticed something was a bit different with Giada De Laurentiis being the only judge on the episode.  This was because John Besh was edited out of the episode due to the sexual misconduct allegations against him that were revealed in October 2017.  Food Network still aired the premiere episode of Iron Chef Showdown in November which had John Besh on it, so it seems they have had a change of heart.  This is perhaps due to other networks recently removing programming that had chefs with sexual misconduct allegations (ABC removing Mario Batali from The Chew, Top Chef planning to edit out John Besh in an episode, and ABC removing the Great American Baking Show mid-season due to Johnny Iuzzini allegations).

This particular Iron Chef Showdown episode was supposed to air on December 13th, but it was removed from the schedule by Food Network at the last moment.  Tory Miller, who competed on the episode, actually had a watch party on December 13th and didn't know the episode wasn't airing until they tuned in and a different episode was showing.  Alton Brown took the blame on Twitter saying it was his fault as he didn't finish voice over patches in time.  However, now it looks like they were busy editing the episode to remove John Besh.  An interesting tidbit is that the episode was actually released on Amazon Video and aired on Food Network Canada in December and that episode had John Besh in it.

Last night, John Besh was totally edited out of all of the judging segments and Food Network even tried to edit him out of the background shots.  Below you will see examples of John Besh edited out of the background as well as times he was missed.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Worst Cooks In America Season 12 Discussion

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Worst Cooks in America happens to be one of Food Network's higher rated shows and a few people have requested a post where they can discuss this season, so here it is.  The reason for the good ratings is possibly due to how ridiculous the show and contestants are.  Many contestants go on the show looking for their 15 minutes of fame rather than to improve their cooking skills.  In fact, you may have seen some of the contestants on other shows such as Asaf (So You Think You Can Dance, Are You The One) and twins Skyler and Spencer Nick (Twinning).

So feel free to discuss this season below in the comments.  I will do another post close to the finale so you can discuss the final episode as well.  If you are interested in reading the contestant bios, episode descriptions, or reading the press release for Worst Cooks in America season 12, here is a link with all of that info.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Food Network's Top Rated Healthy Recipes

It's that time of the year where everybody is trying to eat healthy due to New Year's resolutions and pigging out over the holidays.  Below I have compiled the top-rated healthy recipes from the Food Network site.  I have also listed who is responsible for the recipe, the nutritional facts, and the number of reviews/avg. rating (as of today's date).

Healthy Chicken Recipes:
  • Chicken Enchiladas - Chef - Tyler Florence; Calories per serving - 383, fat 13g; Number of reviews - 856, Average 4.6 out of 5 stars
  • Roman Style Chicken - Chef - Giada De Laurentiis; Calories per serving - 266, fat 13g; Number of reviews 1260, Average 4.6 out of 5 stars
  • Lemon Chicken Breasts - Chef - Ina Garten; Calories per serving - 393, fat 19.5g; Number of reviews - 703, Average 4.6 out of 5 stars
  • Chicken Parmesan - Chef - Ellie Krieger; Calories per serving 410, fat 11g; Number of reviews 264, Average 4.8 out of 5 stars

Healthy Seafood Recipes:

Other Healthy Recipes:
  • Vegetable Meatloaf with Balsamic Glaze - Chef - Bobby Flay; Calories per serving - 270, fat - 14g; Number of reviews - 301, Average 4.7 out of 5 stars
  • Three Bean and Beef Chili - Chef - Ellie Krieger; Calories per serving - 295, fat - 8g; Number of reviews - 406, Average 4.7 out of 5 stars
  • Tuscan Vegetable Soup - Chef - Ellie Krieger; Calories per serving - 145, fat 4g; Number of reviews - 283, Average 4.8 out of 5
  • Lentil Soup - Chef - Alton Brown;  Calories per serving - 372, fat - 8g ; Number of reviews 368, Average 4.8 out of 5 stars

Note, I only picked recipes that had nutritional information on the website and all were tagged as "healthy."  It is kind of hard to filter and sort recipes on the Food Network site without having to look at slide shows, so hopefully this helps.  If you know of healthy recipes from the Food Network site that you have tried and are highly rated, please feel free to leave a link in the comments.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Holiday Baking Championship Winner Crowned Tonight

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Tonight at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network is the season finale of Holiday Baking Championship where the winner will take home $50,000.  The three remaining finalists competing for the prize are Jennifer Barney, Stephany Buswell, and Joshua Livsey.  In the preliminary heat, the contestants have to grab two last minute holiday gifts and combine them into a dessert.  Then in the main heat, the contestants have to create a 12 Days of Christmas dessert that illustrates a line from the song.

Jen Barney's parents rented out a theater to watch the episode tonight and invited their whole town in a newspaper advertisement.  Who knows if that means she won, but we will have to watch the episode to find out.

I will update this post with the winner of Holiday Baking Championship after the episode airs.  Continue reading to see the winner.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Iron Chef Episode Where Bobby Flay Supposedly Quit Didn't Air As Scheduled

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On this past Wednesday night (December 13th), Food Network was supposed to air an episode of Iron Chef Showdown that featured Bobby Flay, but it did not air.  The episode was going to be the episode where Bobby Flay supposedly quit Iron Chef by revealing a t-shirt that said it was his last battle.  Bobby supposedly chose a t-shirt as he knew it would be hard to edit out of the show.  This episode was on the schedule all week and was being advertised, but when it got to Wednesday night at 9pm an Iron Chef Showdown episode with Stephanie Izard was on Food Network.

No advanced warning was given by Food Network that this episode would be moved/postponed, but Alton Brown responded to some fans on Twitter (pictured) saying it was his fault because he "didn't finish voice over patches in time."

Tory Miller, one of the chefs competing on the episode, actually had a watch party the night of the episode and everyone there watching was disappointed when the episode wasn't the one he competed on.  He even received no advanced warning of the postponement. Tory Miller also had a sold out $125 six-course meal planned Sunday for 100 people which was celebrating his appearance on the show.  He had planned to still have that dinner, but it looks like he has rescheduled.

This makes you wonder what kind of plans Food Network has for this episode of Iron Chef Showdown.  Are they doing heavy editing to edit out the original audio or the t-shirt?  Will they move this to the season finale and allow Bobby to quit for drama?  Or will it just be a normal episode?  We will have to wait and see, but when this episode has an air date, I will update this post.

UPDATE - A commenter below said the episode was released on Amazon Video the day the episode was originally scheduled to air.  He said it seems that Food Network was able to edit it where you couldn't see the t-shirt.  This makes you question Alton Brown taking the blame for not having voice overs done.  John Besh is a judge on this episode, so perhaps Food Network wanted more time to think about that.

Also on January 3rd, Food Network, Alton Brown and others on the show were all tweeting about the Iron Chef Showdown finale, so it seemed like Food Network decided not to air the Bobby Flay episode.  However, the episode is now scheduled to air on January 10th at 9pm ET.

UPDATE  2 - The episode aired, and Food Network edited out John Besh totally.  He was on the episode when it aired in Canada and when it was released on Amazon video.  Also, there were no signs of Bobby Flay's t-shirt.  More details with screenshots from the episode.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Mario Batali Is The Latest Celebrity Chef Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Eater New York released a story today where four women came forward to accuse Mario Batali of inappropriate touching over a period that spans at least 20 years.  Eater New York did dozens of interviews to validate these stories which include an employee accusing Mario Batali of repeatedly grabbing her from behind and holding her tightly against his body. "Another former employee alleges that he groped her and that, in a separate incident, he compelled her to straddle him; another alleges that he grabbed her breasts at a party, though she no longer worked for him at the time."

After details of these accusations came out, Mario Batali stepped down from his restaurant empire and ABC's The Chew has asked Mario to step away from the show while they "review the allegations that have just recently come to our attention."

Mario is quoted in the Eater article stating, "I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt. Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted. That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family."

After these stories surfaced, other chefs began to weigh in on Twitter such as Anthony Bourdain and Tom Colicchio.  Tom Collicchio said that "no one should be surprised."  He later explained Mario Batali's behavior was well documented in Bill Buford's book Heat.

Earlier this month it was announced that Mario Batali would be returning to Food Network with new episodes of his hit show Molto Mario.  Six episodes were already filmed and they were scheduled to be on Food Network in early 2018.  Food Network hasn't commented on these allegations yet, so we will have to see if the new episodes of Molto Mario are ever shown.

UPDATE - Variety is reporting that Molto Mario's return is on hold and has a statement from Food Network that says, "Food Network takes matters like this very seriously and we are putting relaunch plans for Molto Mario on hold."

UPDATE - ABC has officially fired Mario Batali from The Chew.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Guy's Big Project Winner Crowned Tonight

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Tonight at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network is the season finale Guy's Big Project where the winner will win their own Food Network food road show.  The final two contestants on the show are Zane Caplansky and Rashad Jones. On tonight's show, Zane and Rashad will make their pilots with Guy Fieri who then sends them to Food Network to decide who will get their own show.

Airing right after the finale is an hour special of Guy's Big Project that has the description of "After an unexpected outcome, Guy Fieri reveals what comes next."  Also a more detailed description of the episode says, "In this one hour special, see the pilot from the winner of Guy's Big Project, which demonstrates their particular passions and the skills that they learned over the course of the show from host and mentor Guy Fieri."

I will update this post with the winner with the winner after the episode airs.  We will have to see if the winner actually gets a show or just the pilot that airs after the finale.  The ratings for Guy's Big Project were pretty low for a Sunday night show on Food Network, so that could play into the decision making.

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