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.

Continue Reading to see winner

Friday, December 1, 2017

Worst Cooks In America Returns January 7th - Anne Burrell vs. Tyler Florence

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Worst Cooks in America is returning to Food Network on Sunday, January 7th at 9pm ET/PT and this season will be Anne Burrell vs. Tyler Florence.  Anne and Tyler will each lead a team of cooking-challenged recruits and the contestant who makes the most impressive transformation will win $25,000 and bragging rights for their team mentor.  Worst Cooks in America is one of the highest rated shows on Food Network, so no surprise that it is returning for another season.

Anne Burrell has been on every season of Worst Cooks in America and has competed against Beau MacMillan, Robert Irvine, Bobby Flay, Tyler Florence, and Rachael Ray.  Tyler Florence is trying to beat Anne after losing to her two years ago on Worst Cooks in America.

The competitors this year are: Brandon Arroyo (Cleveland, Ohio); Steven Crowley (New York, New York); Kayrene Curtis (Rocky River, Ohio); Jonathan Farhat (Livermore, California); Lily Frey (Anaheim Hills, California): Asaf Goren (Los Angeles, California); Robyn Hayden (Charleston, South Carolina); Sylvia Jefferies (Charleston, South Carolina); Hazell Mckenzie (Brooklyn, New York); Priscilla Nguyen (Hattiesburg, Mississippi); Skyler and Spencer Nick (Wauconda, Illinois); Kevin Pettice (Charlotte, North Carolina); Shatima Ruffin (Yorktown, Virginia); Sharon Shvarzman (Staten Island, New York) and Lacey Stout (Owasso, Oklahoma).

If you are interested in reading the contestant bios, episode descriptions, or reading the press release, here is a link with all of that info.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Food Network's December 2017 Programming Highlights

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

  • The series premiere of Cajun Aces premiering Saturday, December 2nd at 8pm.
  • Jay Baron's Teeny Tiny Christmas on Sunday, December 3rd at 10:30pm.
  • The season finale of Guy’s Big Project on Sunday, December 10th at 9pm. 
  • The season finale of Holiday Baking Championship at 9pm on Monday, December 18th, followed by the season finale of Christmas Cookie Challenge at 10pm.
  • A special episode of Holiday Baking Championship when runners-up compete for redemption and a chance to win the $10,000 grand prize on Monday, December 25th at 9pm. 
  • New primetime episodes of Beat Bobby Flay, Chopped, Iron Chef: Behind the Battle, Iron Chef Showdown, Vegas Cakes, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and Guy’s Grocery Games: Last Judge Standing, many of which have holiday themes.
  • New daytime episodes of The Bobby and Damaris Show, Giada’s Holiday Handbook, Guy’s Ranch Kitchen, The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen and Valerie’s Home Cooking, many of which have holiday themes. 

Press release with episode descriptions and air dates is below.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Alton Brown Reaches Deal To Stay With Food Network

Last week in the Food Network related news, one of the topics was Alton Brown's Food Network contract coming to an end.  He posted the following message on social media (also pictured right), "With the end of the tour rapidly approaching and my food network contract ending, I spend a lot of time pondering my next move." is now reporting that Alton Brown has reached a multi-year deal to continue hosting and creating content for Food Network and Cooking Channel.  Alton is also expected to "develop new TV series and digital content in tandem with executives at both networks."  Alton's deals in the past have been three years at a time, so this one is most likely for three years as well.

In the Variety article, Alton also release a statement which said, "Food Network has provided me with a fertile creative home for nearly two decades and now I feel we’re in an even better position to explore the ever-expanding frontiers of culinary storytelling."

Alton Brown has already announced the return of Good Eats for next year, so who knows if his contract was ever in jeopardy of not being renewed.  Perhaps he used his social media post above as a bargaining tool or to gain leverage in negotiations.