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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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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.

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

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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Five Burning Questions About the Food Network

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 5th 2010 2:08PM
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Whether it's 'The Barefoot Contessa' or 'Tyler's Ultimate,' there's a wide variety of food, cooking, chefs and experts on The Food Network. For the most part, the diversity is great and if you're a food fan -- a foodie -- you can watch FN for hours on end and be entertained. However, if you do watch for more than a few hours, especially the 'in the kitchen' programming which is all about creating dishes, there are some things that stand out -- five burning questions about the Food Network.

1. What's with the hygiene?
On nearly every cooking show, the food preparers -- whether they're an American Iron Chef like Bobby Flay or a restaurant owner/home cook like Paula Deen -- are obsessive about washing their hands. Any time they touch meat or chicken, there's a camera following them to the sink to wash hands with soap.

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Paula Deen's Getting Sued, Y'all

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 23rd 2010 6:45PM
Paula DeenShe may seem like America's sweet, down home cooking mama, but at least one grumpy Gus out there sees her as Tony Soprano's mother, at least if you read the lawsuit filed against her and her company.

Celebrity Chef Tours filed a $40 million lawsuit against the TV cook and her sons for what appears to be a breach of contract dispute.

Apparently, she was supposed to go on a 10-city tour but the promoter claims she pulled the plug on it at the last minute. The promoter also took issue with some of the "language" she used in her promotional videos, claiming they were loaded with "profanity and sexual innuendo." Did one of her tour stops include a visit to Russell Simmons' "Def Cooking Jam"?

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Oscars Held Hostage in Another Cablevision Dispute

by Gary Susman, posted Mar 2nd 2010 12:00PM
Some three million cable subscribers in three states may miss Sunday's Oscar telecast on ABC, thanks to a subscriber-fee dispute between New York's WABC-TV (and its parent company, Disney) and Cablevision over fees the broadcast station wants to collect from the cable service provider.

On Monday, New York City's WABC began telling Cablevision customers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut that it would pull its signal after midnight Sunday morning if a deal isn't reached by then. Cablevision, in return, issued a statement warning customers that ABC now wants to charge for what it used to give away for free, and that Cablevision customers might have to cough up an extra $40 million a year if ABC gets its way.

The threatened blackout follows two similar episodes earlier this year, including one involving Cablevision, but it probably won't be the last, as broadcast networks and basic cable channels are demanding a bigger share of cable subscription fees.

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Food Network Chef Gets Cooked by the Cops

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 10th 2010 6:02PM
It seems that one of the stars of the Food Networks' "Worst Chefs in America" is also one of America's worst drivers.

Beau MacMillan, one of the show's stars, told TMZ that he got nabbed by the fuzz in Arizona over the weekend on an outstanding warrant for an unpaid traffic ticket.

He claimed he was pulled over for failing to stop at a red light and when police ran his driver's license, they found a warrant attached to his record. MacMillan said the warrant was for an unpaid ticket caught by a traffic enforcement camera, but he never received the ticket because he had moved to a new address. He also missed his court date because he was in New York filming for his show. So get ready for Food Network's newest show, "Worst Chefs in America's Penal System."

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Food Network, HGTV Return to Cablevision

by Allyssa Lee, posted Jan 21st 2010 6:00PM
Finally, some good eats for Cablevision customers.

According to a press release, the cable company has reached a deal with Scripps Network Interactive to allow its Food Network and HGTV programming to return to its subscribers, starting today.

This effectively ends the nearly month-long stand-off over contract disputes between Cablevision, which provides service to more than 3 million households in the tri-state New York area, and Scripps Network Interactive, which owns Food Network and HGTV.

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Food Network's 'Super Chef Battle' Set to Air on Free TV in NYC

by Chris Jordan, posted Jan 7th 2010 6:12PM
The Scripps vs. Cablevision battle rages on, but at least New York City area viewers will be able to see a battle of another kind this weekend.

The 'Super Chef Battle: An Iron Chef America Event,' which NYC viewers couldn't watch because Food Network and HGTV programs are no longer being carried on Cablevision, will be rebroadcast 8 p.m. Sunday on WPIX-TV, Channel 11, in NYC and WTXX-TV, Channel 20, in Hartford, Conn., both free channels.

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Why You Can't Watch Food Network and HGTV on Cablevision

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 4th 2010 2:30PM
The price battles between TV channels and cable service providers continue. While Time Warner Cable and Fox have called a truce and reached a temporary agreement that allows TWC subscribers to keep watching 'House' and weekend football, the dispute continues between Cablevision and Scripps over fees for Food Network and HGTV, leaving 3.1 million subscribers in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut without access to Bobby Flay or 'Design Star.'

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Food Network and HGTV pulled off Cablevision in Northeast

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 2nd 2010 10:31AM
scripps_network_chartRepeat after me, "I want my Food Network, I want my HGTV!" That's what the disgruntled Cablevision subscribers might be shouting soon if Scripps Networks and Cablevision don't reach a deal on fees.

As of 12:01 on New Year's Day, three million TV subscribers in suburban New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were shocked that Food Network and DIY and HGTV and all the Scripps networks were off Cablevision.

I don't know how the corporate folks feel about this kind of negotiation, but as a TV viewer I think it sucks. I used to live in that market and if I was expecting to watch Food Network, I would expect to see it.

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What to Watch: January 2-3

by Kim Potts, posted Jan 2nd 2010 6:00AM
'The Worst Cooks in America' (Sun., 10PM, Food) series premiere
Whether it's because of economic reasons, healthier eating concerns or just the desire to chow down on tastier food, this Food Network reality series couldn't have come at a better time, as 12 of the self-proclaimed titular bad cooks try to start off the new year by learning some serious culinary skills. Professional chefs Anne Burrell and Beau MacMillan will put the wannabes through a cooking boot camp that will leave them not only armed with the skills and knowledge to whip up some tasty vittles, but also -- for the most improved of the worst cooks -- $25,000 richer.

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Food Network and HGTV Depart Cablevision

by Chris Jordan, posted Jan 1st 2010 8:30PM
Imagine a world without Giada or 'House Hunters.'

That's what subscribers to the New York City area Cablevision cable system found themselves facing this morning as the Scripps company pulled The Food Network and HGV from Cablevision, which services about 3.1 million households in the region.

Cablevision and Scripps could not come to a distribution deal before the midnight deadline.

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Food Network Renews 'Alex's Day Off'

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Dec 30th 2009 12:00PM
Chef Alexandra Guarnaschelli probably won't have too many days off next year, as Food Network has just renewed 'Alex's Day Off' for a second season.

According to Variety, the show has received a healthy 13-episode order, with production scheduled to begin on Jan. 11. The new episodes will begin airing in April.

Guarnaschelli is the executive chef at New York City's famous Butter restaurant, an instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education and food TV star in her own right. She has competed on the network's 'Iron Chef America' program, where she went head-to-head with Chef Cat Cora in a farmer's market battle. Guarnaschelli has also served as a judge on 'America,' as well as 'Chopped' and 'Food Network Challenge.'

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