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Alton Brown Talks 'The Next Iron Chef,' Retiring 'Good Eats' and Why He's Not Cool Until He Appears on 'MythBusters'

by Crystal Bell, posted Oct 28th 2011 4:30PM
It's hard to imagine the Food Network without thinking of Alton Brown. For 13 years, viewers of all ages invited Brown and his Peabody Award-winning show 'Good Eats' into their homes. After nearly 250 highly entertaining and deliciously appetizing episodes, Brown decided to hang up his apron and retire his popular show.

But the self-described "mastermind" (or at least that's what it says on his business cards) has a few more tricks up his sleeve, including several 'Good Eats' specials, continuing to offer smart commentary on 'Iron Chef America' and returning as host of Season 4 of 'The Next Iron Chef' (premieres Sun., Oct. 30, 9PM ET on Food Network).

We caught up with Brown to talk about the upcoming season, saying goodbye to 'Good Eats' and why you should never call him a chef -- unless you want to insult him.

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Kelly Ripa and Kathy Griffin Eat Candy-Laced Pate on 'Iron Chef America' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 24th 2011 8:40AM
Iron Chef: AmericaThis week on 'Iron Chef America' (Sun., 10PM ET on FOOD) Chef Marc Forgione took on 'Top Chef' fan favorite Lee Anne Wong in Battle Halloween.

Kathy Griffin and Kelly Ripa were given the task of judging a range of dishes all prepared using the secret ingredient: Halloween candy.

We love Chef Wong, but honestly didn't think her duck liver pâté on crostini looked too appetizing: The strawberry hard candy gastrique lent it an unpleasant bloody tinge. Still, given some of the secret ingredients in the past, the judging panel got off lightly.

Ripa joked that adding candy's "a great way to get your kids to eat pâté," while über-dieter Griffin didn't manage to convince us that she really is "a pâté fanatic." Forgione's offerings, however, seemed to fare better with the ladies. Did he take home the title?

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'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives' Creator Makes Fiery Anti-Guy Fieri Comments

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 17th 2011 1:50PM
Guy Fieri Diners Drive-ins and DivesNot everything on the 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives' set was happy and greasy. David Page, the ousted creator of the hit Food Network series, is speaking out and slamming host Guy Fieri's behavior.

In a new report, Page is claiming Fieri displayed some very bad behavior from sexism to homophobia. "Anytime any woman mentioned 'cream,' Guy went into a sexual riff," Page told City Pages. "When cutting the show, you had to tell the editors to watch Guy's eye line, because it's always on breasts."

It didn't stop there.

Fieri reportedly needed "advance warning" when working with homosexuals. Page said he once got a phone call from the host after he walked out of a restaurant.

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Food Network Stars to Compete on 'The Next Iron Chef'

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 19th 2011 5:00PM
Food Network is switching up its formula for 'The Next Iron Chef' and pitting its established stars against each other for the title.

The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs

Anne Burrell, Michael Chiarello, Elizabeth Falkner, Alex Guarnaschelli, Chuck Hughes, Robert Irvine, Beau MacMillan, Spike Mendelsohn, Marcus Samuelsson and Geoffrey Zakarian will compete in 'The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs.' Only one will take the title of Iron Chef.

Alton Brown will host the new eight-episode season.

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Ree Drummond Talks Decadent Dream Meals, Cooking for Cowboys & 'The Pioneer Woman'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 25th 2011 6:45PM
Ree Drummond, 'The Pioneer Woman'She's the Pioneer Woman with her very own Marlboro Man of a husband, living in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma and cooking up comfort food.

Now Ree Drummond's award-winning blog and best-selling cookbook are getting the TV treatment with 'The Pioneer Woman' (premieres Sat., Aug. 27, 11:30AM ET on Food Network).

If you're not familiar with her work, get ready to get down home. Drummond cooks southern staples, all approved by her hard-working rancher and farmer hubby, and injects some "Cowgirl" staples as well with fresh herbs and veggies from her garden.

I caught up with Drummond to hear all about her new show, having to overcome being camera shy and her dream "last supper," full of some guilty pleasure delights. She also talked about her time on the other end of the food spectrum -- yes, this meat-eating lady could've had a very different show if it weren't for her husband.

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The Final Five Face a Panel of Comedians on 'Food Network Star' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 1st 2011 4:11AM
Aubrey Plaza, 'Food Network Star'To make it into the final four, the remaining contestants had to make it through a comedy round on 'Food Network Star' (Sun., 9PM ET on Food). They didn't have to tell jokes, even though that's what Jeff used to do for a living. He even gave the celebrity comedians a sampling of his comedy stylings.

"I would give you a cooking show just to make sure you never did stand-up again," Gilbert Gottfried told him after a joke fell very flat with the panel.

Even though his comedy didn't go over well, they did like his Italian roast beef sandwich, and his presence. When asked if they'd watch a cooking show about sandwiches, Louie Anderson said, "I'd watch him."

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Wolfgang Puck Embarrasses Jyll on 'Food Network Star' (VIDEO)

by Mike Moody, posted Jul 18th 2011 9:30AM
fiid network starJill got schooled by the master -- Wolfgang Puck -- on this week's episode of 'Food Network Star' (Sun., 9PM on FOOD).

"This is not really a risotto," Puck exclaimed after tasting Jyll's latest dish during the episode, 'Dinner Party for Wolfgang Puck.' Puck made good on his promise to teach Jill how to make a "real risotto" by escorting her to the kitchen and showing her how to properly prepare the dish, step-by-step.

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The Cast and Crew of 'Cougar Town' Judge 'Food Network Star' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 27th 2011 9:45AM
Dan Byrd & Busy Philipps, 'Food Network Star'The contestants on 'Food Network Star' (Sun., 9PM ET on Food) got to visit the set of 'Cougar Town,' where they were given the challenge of cooking for various members of the show's staff. Three of them (Susie, Justin D. and Whitney) cooked for the cast, where we learned that Busy Philipps has a pretty discerning palette.


When it came time for their critiques, the best they could muster up about Justin D. seemed to be support for his glasses. "He's got that sexy Harry Potter chef thing going on," Brian Van Holt said.

There were several problems with Whitney's dish. Paula Deen was on-hand as well, and she said, "it was just like a vegetable dish. It bored me out of my gourd."

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'Food Network Star' Season 7 Premiere: First Eliminated Contestant Is... (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 6th 2011 4:23AM
'Food Network Star' season premiereFor its seventh season, 'Food Network Star' (Sun., 9PM ET on Food) has dropped 'The Next' from its title and gained a permanent judge in Giada De Laurentiis, who served as a mentor last season.

Fifteen hopefuls kicked off their dreams of getting their own show, including Jeff Mauro, who considers himself 'The King of Sandwiches,' and Vic 'Vegas' Moea, who already has the Hollywood name.


In taking a quick look down the list of contestants' current occupations, one seemed to stand out more directly than all the others. While there were a lot chefs and owners of restaurants, food and catering companies, there was one guy who's none of these things. He's a radio host.

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Channel Drift: Who Does It Well ... and Who Doesn't

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 19th 2011 10:00AM
'Breaking Bad'Three years ago, my very funny colleague Jay Black penned a TV101 essay about the phenomenon of "channel drift." That's when a cable channel drifts away from either its original format or it keeps drifting from format to format. Usually you see channel drift when a channel keeps its name (like AMC) but not the format that gave it its name (classic movies).

But just because a channel drifts from its original raison d'être doesn't mean that it's making a horrible mistake. There are so many cable channels out there, along with online, mobile, and other viewing options, that a cable channel needs to change to survive. But they also need to keep the brand that they've built up over the decades.

So experimentation and change are pretty much a part of what most cable channels do. But some are doing it better than others. Here's a list of cable channels that have done a good job breaking away from their old formats, and channels that are fumbling the ball. I'll also mention shows that have survived the various changes, and if they're helping or hurting the current format.

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Chef Aaron Sanchez Talks 'Chopped' and Super Bowl Party Tips

by Kelly Woo, posted Feb 4th 2011 9:00AM
Aaron SanchezChef Aaron Sanchez loves Super Bowl season.

"It's one of the few times that it's quiet at the restaurants," the 'Chopped' judge confessed to me in a phone interview. "This is an opportunity for me to get together with my parents, family and people that I love that I don't get to see very often because of my work schedule."

When Sanchez isn't at one of his restaurants in New York City, Centrico and Paladar, he's judging 'Chopped' or filming something else for the Food Network. While 'Chefs vs. City' has come to an end, he teased he's working on some new show concepts.

Read what he had to say about 'Chopped,' his upcoming Food Network projects and that infamous battle with Masaharu Morimo on 'Iron Chef America.' Plus, Chef Sanchez gives us three Super Bowl recipes.

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Preview Matthew McConaughey Chopping Veggies on 'Guy's Big Bite' (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Dec 10th 2010 4:35PM
Matthew McConaugheyEverything's all right, all right, all right when movie star Matthew McConaughey and Guy Fieri team up to cook a holiday dinner extravaganza.

McConaughey clearly knows his way around a kitchen (swoon!), demonstrating some decent knife skills as he slices and dices some vegetables.

The star also seems quite familiar with Fieri.

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Food Network Stars Tell Us Their Killer Thanksgiving Side Dishes (VIDEO)

by Kelly Woo, posted Nov 23rd 2010 11:00AM
Bobby Flay, Paula Deen, Emeril LagasseIf it's holiday season, that can only mean one thing: It's time to eat!

Last week, the stars of the Food Network gathered to celebrate the unveiling of the holiday windows at Barney's New York. The theme this year was "Have a Foodie Holiday," and the tableaus included caricatures of food icons like Bobby Flay, Paula Deen, Emeril Lagasse, Mario Batali and more.

TV Squad was on hand to ask the Food Network stars what killer Thanksgiving side dish they were cooking this year. Plus, they revealed which chef they'd ask to cook their holiday meal.

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'The Next Iron Chef' Winner Is Crowned

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 22nd 2010 5:30PM
the_next_iron_chef_food_network_logoAfter weeks of challenges and culinary gymnastics, Food Network's 'The Next Iron Chef' competition came to a rip-roarin' finale. In Kitchen Stadium, the last two chefs, Marco Canora and Marc Forgione, faced off to see who's cuisine reigned supreme.

For the finale, there was no obstacle or last-minute challenge to overcome. No, it was a straight-on battle in Kitchen Stadium. In addition to the three judges who've been there all season long (Simon Majumdar, Donatella Arapaia and Iron Chef Michael Symon), two additional Iron Chefs were included -- Bobby Flay and Masaharu Morimoto.

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'Ace of Cakes' Canceled After 10 Seasons

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 22nd 2010 12:30PM
Duff GoldmanPrepare to gasp: Food Network's 'Ace of Cakes' is coming to an end.

All the gasping done? Great. The cake series starring Duff Goldman and his crew at Charm City Cakes will end after its season 10 airs in January.

Goldman announced the news on Charm City's blog. "It's true: All good things must come to an end. 'Ace of Cakes'' 10th season, set to air in January, will be our last," Goldman wrote."

The series has been in production for five years and featured dozens of celebrities and Hollywood projects from 'Lost' to '30 Rock.' Season 10 will feature a 'Price is Right' episode and the final episode will showcase Charm City's cake for the 25th anniversary of 'Back to The Future.'

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