Sunday, June 17, 2018

Food Network Star Episode 2 Elimination

Tonight on Food Network Star the remaining contestants first had to create a food podcast about colorful snacks. Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis were joined by guest judge Richard Blais to listen to the podcasts and judge.  They decided that Adam Gertler and Jess Tom were the winners of the challenge.

Adam and Jess gained an advantage in the second challenge by being able to pick their other three teammates.  After splitting into two teams, the contestants had to do field reports from a food hall in Los Angeles called The Proud Bird.  The teams were Samone, Amy, Rebekah, Harrison and Manny vs. Adam, Jess, Katie, Palak, and Christian.  Previous Food Network Star winner Damaris Phillips was on hand to help Bobby and Giada judge this challenge and to decide which contestant to eliminate.

The advantage Adam and Jess gained worked out as they were decided as the winning team and safe from elimination.  Bobby and Giada decided that Harrison and Rebekah were also safe and Amy, Samone, and Manny were the bottom three. They decided to eliminate Samone.

Samone Lett will go on to compete in Star Salvation with hopes of rejoining the competition.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Grill Dads Get Another Show - Comfort Food Tour

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Mark Anderson and Ryan Fey, who won Guy's Big Project and their own show called Grill Dads, will be starring in a new series on Food Network.  The new series is called Comfort Food Tour and Mark and Ryan will "discover the most mouthwatering and soul satisfying dishes across the country."

The first two episodes premiere on Saturday, July 21st at 8:00 and 8:30 ET/PT and they will actually be visiting a beer garden owned by Food Network Star winner Eddie Jackson.

The press release with more details about the show from Discovery is below:

"Mark Anderson And Ryan Fey Embark On The Ultimate Comfort Food Tour On New Food Network Series
New Series Premieres with Double Episodes on Saturday, July 21st at 8pm ET/PT and 8:30pm ET/PT

New York – June 12, 2018 – This summer, longtime friends and passionate food lovers Mark Anderson and Ryan Fey, embark on the ultimate Comfort Food Tour to discover the most mouthwatering and soul satisfying dishes across the country. Eating their way from destination to destination, they will try it all from juicy burgers that drip down your arm, to homemade cheesy lasagna that makes you feel at home, to sweet-and-savory soul food that will make you want to lick your plate. Their hunt for the best comfort food kicks-off on Saturday, July 21st at 8pm ET/PT, with a second new serving at 8:30pm ET/PT and it’s guaranteed to taste like all the comforts of home.

“Audiences have come to trust Mark and Fey’s palates and abilities to discover the most outrageous and over the top dishes in the country, making them the perfect guides for this deliciously indulgent Comfort Food Tour,” said Courtney White, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Programming, Food Network and HGTV. “Their sense of humor and witty banter as they playfully poke fun at each other adds another layer of fun to this epic trip that is sure to entertain.”

On the premiere on Saturday, July 21st at 8pm ET/PT, it is all about ooey gooey delicious comfort foods as Mark and Fey head to Chicago for the epitome of Italian comfort – homemade cheesy lasagna. At Bacchanalia, a female family run restaurant, the duo learns the secret to making impossibly rich and creamy lasagna, without any ricotta cheese. Then, they end the meal on a high note with tiramisu filled with mascarpone custard. Next, they head south to Turnhouse Grill in Charlotte, North Carolina for perfect pork chops, made with homemade apple butter that adds a sweet complementary flavor to the dish. The sweetness continues with a sinful salted caramel apple bread pudding so good it will make you sing. To round out this trip, Mark and Fey meet up with Eddie Jackson at his outdoor eatery, The Rosehill Beer Garden in Cypress, Texas where he brings eclectic food trucks together serving up classic comfort foods with unique twists from around the globe.

Hungry for more, at 8:30pm ET/PT, Mark and Fey pay a visit to Ninfas, a smokin’ hot Tex-Mex joint in Houston that’s home to the very first fajita served in America. They agree this sizzling showstopper is worth its weight in gold. Then, it is a burger throw down at Moo and Brew in Charlotte, North Carolina. There the duo not only eats delicious burgers, but also makes their very own burger surprise that earns a spot on the menu. Completing the comfort food trifecta, they hit up Azucar, a one of a kind ice cream shop in Miami serving up mouthwatering rum soaked cake topped with homemade Cuban ice cream.

Fans can head to for more info on all the spots Mark and Fey visit, and to check out insider photos from their adventures and exclusive bonus videos. Head to Food Network’s Facebook and Instagram pages to see clips of the gooiest, cheesiest and most-over-the-top dishes featured on Comfort Food Tour, and keep up with all the action using #ComfortFoodTour.


FOOD NETWORK ( is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to nearly 100 million U.S. households and draws over 46 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine’s rate base has grown 13 times and is the No. 2 best-selling monthly magazine on the newsstand, with 13.5 million readers. Food Network is owned by Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment whose portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network."

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Food Network Star Episode 1 Elimination - Plus Comeback Kitchen Winner

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Tonight on the season 14 premiere of Food Network Star, we were introduced to the 10 contestants competing and the winner of Comeback Kitchen was revealed. The two remaining contestants from Comeback Kitchen were Adam Gertler and Amy Pottinger, and Adam Gertler was first revealed as the winner who would get to compete on Food Network Star.  Then after a commercial break Amy Pottinger was also revealed as a winner and she also is competing on this season of Food Network Star.  With only 10 contestants cast this season, this may have been the plan all along to bring two people back.  If you think you recognize some of the new contestants this year, here is a post about what other shows they have appeared on.

On tonight's episode, the finalists had to introduce themselves and then make a portable version of their signature dish.  They had to convince park guests at Universal Studios to taste their dish over other competitors. 

Bobby and Giada decided that the bottom three were Chris Valdes, Jason Goldstein, and Rebekah Lingenfelser.  They then decided that the two contestants to be eliminated were Jason and Chris.

Chris Valdes and Jason Goldstein will compete on Star Salvation with hopes of rejoining the competition.

What do you think about the contestants this season?  Do you think Adam Gertler has too much experience to be competing on Food Network Star again?

Friday, June 8, 2018

Food Network Star Season 14 Contestants - Where Have You Seen Them?

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This Sunday at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network is the start of season 14 of Food Network Star. As is usually the case, you will probably recognize many of the contestants from other reality shows on Food Network and other channels. Here is a list of the Food Network Star contestants for this season and where you may recognize them.  Many have blogs and YouTube channels, but those are not listed.  Also listed is their POV from the Food Network Star Talk Blog.

  • Harrison Bader (Los Angeles, CA) - MTV's House of Food (won).  POV - Healthy, delicious and approachable cuisine.
  • Katie Dixon (Hattiesburg, MS) - Fox's Masterchef.  POV - Southern-rooted with a healthy international spin.
  • Jason Goldstein (New York, NY) - Finished in the top 10 of Rachael Ray’s cookbook contest.  POV - I am a happy comfort food food blogger.
  • Samone Lett (Sanford, FL) - Food Network's Cooks vs. Cons.  POV - I like bold flavors and using seasonings and spices. And I love sauces. Anything I do will have to have flavors that pop and have a sauce.
  • Rebekah Lingenfelser (Savannah, GA) - ABC's The Taste. POV - My culinary point of view is Southern coastal cuisine, and I love to cook with local, seasonal ingredients whenever they’re available.
  • Palak Patel (New York, NY) - Appeared on Food Network's Rewrapped, Beat Bobby Flay (won), Chopped (won). POV - Fine casual. Basically I’ve taken a lot of things that I’ve eaten in my life and done it in a casual form.
  • Christian Petroni (Port Chester, NY) - Food Network's Chopped (won), Also a judge on Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay.  POV - Food people want to eat.
  • Jessica Tom (Princeton, NJ) -  Food Network's Cooks vs. Cons, Author of a book called Food Whore.  POV - Easily international twists that you can easily integrate into your cooking.
  • Chris Valdes (Miami, FL) - Appearances on local news segments.  POV - You don’t have to be a chef to cook like one. And make it fun while you’re at it.
  • Manny Washington (Orlando, FL) -  Fox's Masterchef, Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen (won). POV - American cuisine with Southern and Caribbean influences.

You will also recognize the Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen winner as they have previously competed on Food Network Star. If I have missed any contestant appearances on other shows, let me know in the comments and I can update this post.

If you are interested in learning more about the contestants, their bios from the Food Network Star press release are available here.

As always, visit Food Network Gossip after each episode airs to discuss the episode and who went home.

Anthony Bourdain Dead At 61 After Suicide

Food TV Icon Anthony Bourdain was found dead Friday morning in a Paris, France hotel.  Anthony was in Paris filming an episode of CNN's Parts Unknown and his close friend Eric Ripert found him unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning of an apparent suicide.

CNN released a statement regarding death, "It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain.  His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time."

While Anthony Bourdain doesn't have a show on Food Network, he was often outspoken about personalities on the network such as Guy Fieri and Paula Deen.  He had quite an impact on everybody in the food world including people on Food Network.  Statements were made by pretty much everybody in the food industry and some of them are below:

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Food Network's June 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 June:

  • The season 14 premiere of Food Network Star on Sunday, June 10th at 9pm.  The Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen finale will be aired right before the Food Network Star season premiere.
  • The season finale of Best Baker in America on Monday, June 18th at 9pm.
  • A new daytime series Girl Meets Farm on Sunday, June 24th at 11am.  It has food blogger Molly Yeh who is "bringing her unique perspective and recipes that combine her Jewish and Asian roots with her Midwestern surroundings to Food Network." 
  • Guy's Ranch Feast on Sunday, June 17th at 12pm which will have Rocco DiSpirito, Alex Guarnaschelli, Jonathan Waxman, and Scott Conant.
  • New primetime episodes of Beat Bobby Flay, Chopped, Dallas Cakes, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen, Guy’s Grocery Games, Iron Chef America and Vegas Cakes.
  • New daytime episodes of Baked in Vermont, Giada on the Beach, The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman and Valerie’s Home Cooking.

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

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Food Network Star Comeback Kitchen Starts Tonight

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Tonight at 9pm on Food Network is the return of Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen.  For the third season in a row, a previous Food Network Star contestant will get a chance to complete on Food Network Star once again. Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen is three episodes long and is co-hosted by Tyler Florence and Valerie Bertinelli.

The former Food Network Star contestants competing on Comeback Kitchen are:
  • Trace Barnett (season 13)
  • Adam Gertler (season 4)
  • Debbie Lee (season 5)
  • Yaku Moton-Spruill (season 12)
  • Sarah Penrod (season 10)
  • Amy Pottinger (season 13)
  • Monterey Salka (season 12)
  • Jernard Wells (season 12)

On tonight's episode, the eight finalists have to reinvent a TV dinner while demonstrating that they have improved on their past flaws.  Then for the Star Challenge, they have to make a dish that incorporates cereal and dessert and do a one-minute demo.

Food Network Star season 14 will begin on Sunday, June 10th with the winner of Comeback Kitchen being revealed during that episode.

UPDATE - If you are wondering who went home on the first episode, Monterey Salka was sent home and will not be competing on Food Network Star.

UPDATE 2 - On the 2nd episode, Debbie Lee and Trace Barnett were sent home.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Worst Cooks In America Celebrity Edition Winner

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Tonight at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network is the Worst Cooks in America Celebrity Edition season finale where the winning celebrity will take home $25,000 for their charity.  The two remaining celebrities are Ian Ziering and La Toya Jackson and their final challenge is to cook a restaurant-quality meal for chefs Rocco DiSpirito and Aarthi Sampath and Tony Award winner Cady Huffman.  Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence will help coach them through the final challenge but they cannot physically help them.

Continue reading to see what happened on the final episode and who won Worst Cooks in America Celebrity Edition.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Did You Know Meghan Markle Was A Judge On Chopped Junior?

I am sure by now you have heard that tomorrow is Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding.  This will be televised tomorrow morning on many channels such as ABC, NBC, PBS, etc.  One thing you may not know about Meghan Markle is that she once appeared as a judge on Food Network's Chopped Junior.  The episode aired in August of 2016 and Meghan was listed as an "Actress & Food Blogger."

Here is a link to video of Meghan Markle on Chopped Junior posted by Inside Edition.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Did David LeFevre Become An Iron Chef?

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Tonight on the season 2 finale of Iron Chef Gauntlet, David LeFevre had a chance to become an Iron Chef by beating the combined score of Iron Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Stephanie Izard and Michael Symon.  The Chairman allowed David LeFevre to decide which ingredient he would battle each Iron Chef with, and the competition was judged by Donatella Arpaia and Marcus Samuelsson.

Continue reading to see if David LeFevre was able to outscore the three Iron Chefs to become Food Network's newest Iron Chef.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Former Food Network Star Contestant Judson Allen Dies

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Chef Judson Todd Allen passed away Saturday morning at the age of 36 of a suspected heart attack.  The restaurant where Judson was a culinary lead posted the following In Memoriam message, "It is with great sadness that we inform you of the sudden passing of our friend & colleague Chef Judson Todd Allen, culinary lead of Taste 222.  We'll never forget his passion for food in creating our menu and highlighting the flavors & spices he loved.  We'll also miss his smile and passion for people as he was a cherished part of the Taste 222 and Cleveland Avenue families.  Our sympathy goes out to his family, friends and supporters."

Judson Allen was also Steve Harvey's personal chef and the author of cookbook The Spice Diet: Use Powerhouse Flavor to Fight Cravings and Win the Weight-Loss Battle .

You may recall Judson Allen from season 8 of Food Network Star where his POV was his weight loss journey.  He lost almost 200 pounds and had kept it off for about 14 years.  This is surprisingly the second contestant from season 8 of Food Network Star to pass away as Cristie Schoen was brutally murdered in March of 2015.  Coincidentally both Cristie and Judson were on Team Alton Brown on the show.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Iron Chef Gauntlet Season 2 Winner - Will They Become An Iron Chef?

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Tonight on Iron Chef Gauntlet, David LeFevre, Nicole Gomes, and Timon Balloo competed to see who would become the Iron Chef Gauntlet season 2 winner.  First they had a Chairman's Challenge that made them choose two difficult ingredients for their competitors to create a unified dish.  The two chefs that made it through this challenge would battle it out in Kitchen Stadium with a secret ingredient challenge of chops.  Cat Cora and Rocco DiSpirito were the judges who decided which chef would enter the Gauntlet.

Continue reading to see who advanced and who won Iron Chef Gauntlet season 2.  They will now have to compete against Iron Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Stephanie Izard and Michael Symon and beat them to become an Iron Chef.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Worst Cooks Celebrity Edition Elimination

Tonight on Food Network another contestant was sent home from Worst Cooks in America Celebrity Edition meaning there are only four contestants remaining.  On tonight's episode Nolan Gould was eliminated joining Bronson Pinchot as the celebrities eliminated so far.  He still gets to take home $2,500 for his charity.  The celebrities remaining include Catherine Bach, Maria Bamford, La Toya Jackson, Oscar Nunez, and Ian Ziering.

I know people wanted a place to discuss the season so far and upcoming episodes, so you can do so below.  I will also do an update at the end of the season when a winner is announced.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Food Network Star Season 14 Premieres June 10th

Food Network Star Contestants
Food Network Star will return for its 14th season on Sunday, June 10th at 9pm ET/PT. Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis will once again be the hosts/mentors for the season.  The finalists this season competing are: Harrison Bader (Los Angeles, CA); Katie Dixon (Hattiesburg, MS); Jason Goldsmith (New York, NY); Samone Lett (Sanford, FL); Rebekah Lingenfelser (Savannah, GA); Palak Patel (New York, NY); Christian Petroni (Port Chester, NY); Jessica Tom (Princeton, NJ); Chris Valdes (Miami, FL); Manny Washington (Orlando, FL).

Also returning will be Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen. This is the third season in a row that has given previous Food Network Star contestants a chance to compete on the upcoming season. Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen is three episodes long and starts on Sunday, May 27th at 9pm ET/PT, three weeks before the Food Network Star premiere. Comeback Kitchen will once again be co-hosted by Tyler Florence and Valerie Bertinelli.  The returning Food Network Star contestants are:

  • Trace Barnett (season 13)
    Comeback Kitchen Contestants
  • Adam Gertler (season 4)
  • Debbie Lee (season 5)
  • Yaku Moton-Spruill (season 12)
  • Sarah Penrod (season 10)
  • Amy Pottinger (season 13)
  • Monterey Salka (season 12)
  • Jernard Wells (season 12)

It is pretty interesting to see Adam Gertler in this group as he probably has been on Food Network more than half of the previous Food Network Star winners. 

The web series Star Salvation is also back for season 14 and will be hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli.  This will give eliminated contestants  a chance to re-enter the competition on July 29th and become one of the final four contestants.

If you are interested in the bios of the contestants, episode descriptions, or pictures for this season, they can be found at Multivu.

Below is the press release about the upcoming season from Multivu.  As always, I will do another post about the contestants and where you have seen them closer to the season airing.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Iron Chef America Returns May 16th With Original Format

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Iron Chef Gauntlet is currently airing on Food Network with the winner possibly becoming an Iron Chef.  The season finale for Iron Chef Gauntlet is on May 9th, and the following week Iron Chef America will return.

With Iron Chef America, Food Network has decided to go back to the original format of the show.  So no showdown before the battle like in Iron Chef Showdown and possibly no culinary curveballs and gimmicks as in recent seasons.  It will be one chef going up against an Iron Chef in a secret ingredient challenge.  Food Network said in the press release, "Our audience wanted a return to classic Iron Chef America and we are thrilled to deliver just that."

The season of Iron Chef America will be 10 episodes long with the first episode being Brittany Anderson vs. Alex Guarnaschelli.  It looks like each week there will be two guest judges and the first week is Antonia Lofaso and Simon Majumdar.  Alton Brown will host, Marc Dacascos will be the chairman, and Jet Tila will be the floor reporter (so no more Jaymee Sire).

The episode descriptions are not out yet for the season, so I do not know which Iron Chefs will be on this season, but one that definitely will not be is Bobby Flay after quitting last season.

A press release about the show is below:

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir To Host Food Network Show

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Former Olympic figure skaters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will be hosting a new show on Food Network according to their recent social media posts.  Besides being former figure skaters Tara and Johnny are also a broadcast team which became popular after the Sochi Winter Olympics.  Tara Lipinksi posted the following message and picture on Instagram:

"We have some exciting news! We are hosting a new @foodnetwork series and I couldn’t be more excited. Anything that involves @johnnygweir and cake, I’m in. πŸŽ‚πŸ’ƒπŸ•ΊπŸ» Any guesses on what this show could be about? #foodnetwork #partnersincrime #cake πŸ‘— @likelynyc"

Tara has been posting Instagram stories of her and Johnny on set and it looks like the show is a wedding cake competition show.  Also appearing on her Instagram stories was Randy Fenoli who is a fashion designer of wedding dresses and also host of TLC's Say Yes to the Dress.  With Randy being on set, that supports the theory that it is a wedding cake themed competition show.

This will not be Johnny Weir's first time being on Food Network.  Johnny has also appeared on Food Network before as a competitor on Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-off Season 2 and also Chopped All-Stars.

When more details about the series are announced, I will do another post or update this one.  It seems like Food Network is going all-in on cake/baking related series.

Food Network's Duff Goldman Is Engaged

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Yesterday Duff Goldman revealed on Instagram that he got engaged.  He posted the following picture of his fiance Johnna Colbry with butcher's twine on her ring finger and the caption:

"I woke up yesterday and it felt like any other day. Sun was shining, birds was chirping. I made some coffee, ate a little breakfast, and got in the shower. I was shaving my head when like a mule kick to the heart I realized that I am absolutely in love with Johnna ( @letushear ) and I can’t imagine living another day without her in my life. She is kind, funny, smart, beautiful, cool, wise, and sexy. She’s a tempest of feeling. I didn’t plan this out, it just happened and it was so glaringly obvious that I couldn’t have stopped it if I wanted to. I asked her to marry me. She said yes. I cannot imagine a state of happiness that is more intense than whatever I’m feeling right now. My heart just might burst. I love you muffin. I love every scar. I love the way you smell. I’m sorry I didn’t have a real ring. I hope you don’t mind butcher’s twine, I am a chef, after all."

Here is a picture of Duff Goldman and Johnna Colbry from a December vacation.

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Congrats to Duff and Johnna!

This is the second recent Food Network engagement with Katie Lee also getting engaged recently.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Best Baker in America Season 2 Hosted By Scott Conant, Judged By Jason Smith and Marcela Valladolid

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The second season of Best Baker in America will premiere on Food Network on Monday, May 7th at 9pm ET/PT.  This season will be hosted by Scott Conant and Jason Smith and Marcela Valladolid will return as judges.

The nine bakers competing for the $25,000 prize are: Becca Craig (Philadelphia, Pa. – Executive Cake Chef); Kym DeLost (Chicago, Ill. – Pastry Chef)); Jeremy Fogg (New Orleans, La. – Pastry Chef); Frania Mendivil (Los Angeles, Ca. - Executive Pastry Chef); Leigh Omilinsky (Chicago, Ill. - Pastry Chef); Lasheeda Perry (Atlanta, Ga. – Executive Pastry Chef); Max Santiago (Miami, Fla. – Executive Pastry Chef); Jean-Francois Suteau (White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. – Executive Pastry Chef); Adam Young (Mystic, Conn. – Bakery Owner and Head Pastry Chef).

Jason Smith was the winner of Food Network Star season 13 and his assignments have been Best Baker in America and also Best Thing I Ever Ate on Cooking Channel.  Marcela Valladolid recently left Food Network's The Kitchen but returns to be a judge on Best Baker in America.

The press release about the show is below and here is more info from multivu:

Big Mama, Who Had Food Network Pilot, Passes Away at 76

Patricia Barron, also known as "Big Mama" passed away Friday evening at the age of 76 according to Omaha World Herald.  She was a restaurateur who owned Big Mama's Kitchen in Omaha, Nebraska.  That restaurant appeared on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives on Food Network in 2008 which brought Big Mama and her restaurant notoriety.

In 2013, the Food Network also decided to do a pilot called Big Mama's Kitchen that aired in December 2013.  They ultimately decided not to turn the pilot into a series, but if you are interested, you can watch the pilot here.

In looking at Big Mama's Kitchen YouTube page, it appears that Big Mama was battling cancer, but I am not sure if that is what caused her death.  The restaurant Facebook page posted the following message:
"On this Good Friday, the Lord has called home a Great Woman. Patricia "Big Mama" Barron has gone to be with Jesus.
Big Mama's last wish was for her daughters and family to carry on her passion for serving delicious soul food from the restaurant, Big Mama's Kitchen And Catering, which she so dearly loved. The restaurant will be open normal hours this weekend with a special Easter Lunch served on Sunday. Hours of operation this weekend will be:
Saturday, March 31st from 8-5
Sunday, April 1st from 10-3
The restaurant will be closed Monday - Thursday, April 2-5th to enable Big Mama's family & friends to celebrate her life and will reopen next Friday, April 6th at 11am.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions to the Metropolitan Community College Foundation, P.O. Box 3777, Omaha, NE 68103-0777 to benefit the Patricia "Big Mama" Barron Culinary Scholarship. Please indicate the scholarship name in the check memo line. Memorial contributions can also be given online at: Indicate the scholarship name in the, "donation is in honor of" section."

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Food Network's Katie Lee Got Engaged

Food Network's Katie Lee got engaged today while on vacation in Paris, France.  She posted the following picture on Instagram with the caption, "I said yes."

Katie Lee is one of the co-hosts on Food Network's hit show The Kitchen and also the host of Beach Bites on Cooking Channel.  Her new fiance is Ryan Biegel who is a television producer (credits) and was also an associate producer on Beach Bites.

This will not be the first time Katie Lee was married as she rose to fame after marrying Billy Joel in 2004 when she was 23 and he was 55.  They later separated in 2009.

Congrats to Katie Lee!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition Cast Announced

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Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition will be returning to Food Network on Sunday, April 15th at 9pm on Food Network.  The season will be six-episodes long and Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence will be mentoring the celebrities on their challenges.  The celebrities competing for a chance to win $25,000 for charity are: Catherine Bach, Maria Bamford, Nolan Gould, La Toya Jackson, Oscar Nunez, Bronson Pinchot and Ian Ziering.

If you don't recognize the names of all of them, as is usually the case with this show, here is what they are most known for:

  • Catherine Bach - Daisy Duke in Dukes of Hazzard, also The Young and The Restless
  • Maria Bamford - stand up comedian, also star of Netflix's Lady Dynamite
  • Nolan Gould - Luke Dunphy on Modern Family
  • La Toya Jackson - Being part of the Jackson family and Michael Jackson's sister, also Celebrity Apprentice.
  • Oscar Nunez - Oscar on NBC's The Office
  • Bronson Pinchot - Balki Bartokomous on Perfect Strangers
  • Ian Ziering - Steve Sanders on Beverly Hills 90210

The press release about the show from multivu about the show is below.  Also, here are much longer than they need to be contestant bios.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Worst Cooks in America Winner - Season 12

Tonight at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network is the season 12 finale of Worst Cooks in America where the winner will take home a $25,000 prize.  The final two contestants are Hazell Mckenzie representing Anne Burrell's team and Steven Crowley representing Tyler Florence's team.

The episode description states, "The final two recruits face off in the ultimate challenge -- cooking a 3-course, restaurant quality meal for a panel of culinary experts. Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence coach their recruits from the sidelines, but it all comes down to the skills that the recruits have learned over the past 10 weeks. Judges Paulette Goto, Jordan Andino and Michael Chernow taste the recruits' dishes in a blind taste test and determine the winner of the $25,000 prize."

I will update this post with the winner once the episode airs and feel free to discuss the episode and season in the comments.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Kids Baking Championship Winner Crowned Tonight

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Tonight at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network is the season 4 finale of Kids Baking Championship where the winner will take home $25,000.  The final three contestants are Abby, Linsey, and Alex.  Going into the season each of the contestants were described as below:

  • Alex - "Alex is proud to be the first Canadian on Kids Baking Championship. He wants to prove that people from Canada can bake. If he wins, he has his sights set on a dog."
  • Linsey - "Linsey is obsessed with baking and competitive gymnastics. If she won – and unicorns existed – she would be buying a unicorn."
  • Abby - "Abby wants to prove that great things come in small packages. Baking lets her embrace her inner perfectionist. She likes to create baked goods that are inspired by popular ice cream flavors."

I will update this post with the winner of Kids Baking Championship after the episode airs and you can discuss the season/final episode in comments.

Continue reading to find out the winner:

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Food Network's March 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 March:
  • The season finale of Worst Cooks in America on March 11th with the winner taking home $25,000. 
  • The season premiere of Spring Baking Championship on Monday, March 12th.
  • The season finale of Kids Baking Championship on Monday, March 5th with the winner getting $25,000.
  • A Guy’s Grocery Games: DDD All-Star Tournament starting on Sunday, March 18th.
  • New primetime episodes of Beat Bobby Flay, Chopped, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy’s Grocery Games and Ridiculous Cakes.
  • A new season of Barefoot Contessa called Cook Like a Pro starting Sunday March 11th
  • New daytime episodes of  Giada Entertains, The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen and Valerie’s Home Cooking.

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

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Iron Chef Gauntlet Season 2 Premieres April 4th on Food Network

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Iron Chef Gauntlet will be returning to Food Network for a second season which starts Wednesday, April 4th at 9pm ET/PT.  The season will be six-episodes long and the seven chefs competing to become an Iron Chef are:
  • Timon Balloo (Miami, Florida – Partner/Executive Chef, Sugarcane)
  • Nicole Gomes (Calgary, Canada – Owner/Executive Chef, Nicole Gourmet)
  • David LeFevre (Manhattan Beach, California – Owner/Executive Chef, Manhattan Beach Post)
  • Dale Mackay (Saskatoon, Canada – Owner/Executive Chef, Grassroots Restaurant Group)
  • Jeanie Roland (Punta Gorda, Florida – Owner/Executive Chef, The Perfect Caper)
  • Hong Thaimee (New York, New York – Owner/Executive Chef, Thaimee Table)
  • Kevin Tien (Washington D.C. – Owner/Executive Chef, Himitsu)

You may recognize some of the chefs from other TV shows; Timon - Iron Chef Showdown, Nicole and Dale - Top Chef Canada, Jeanie - Beat Bobby Flay, and Hong - Iron Chef America.

Once again, the last remaining chef will have to get a better score in "three rapid-succession Secret Ingredient battles" against Iron Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Stephanie Izard and Michael Symon to actually become an Iron Chef.  Stephanie Izard won season 1 of Iron Chef Gauntlet and was able to outscore her 3 Iron Chef's to become an Iron Chef.

A press release about season 2 of Iron Chef Gauntlet is below, plus there are contestant bios, pictures and episode descriptions on multivu.

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.