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Alton Brown Shows Kelly Ripa the Ropes of 'Iron Chef' Judging (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 21st 2011 3:20PM
Kelly Ripa learns the ropes as an 'Iron Chef' judge on 'Live With Regis and Kelly'Apparently there's more to being an 'Iron Chef' judge than looking thoughtful while chewing and saying that you like, or dislike, someone's food. That's what Kelly Ripa learned Thursday on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated), when 'Iron Chef America' host Alton Brown coached her on the lingo and a few rules of food judging.

Rule number one? "Do not taste hungry," said Brown. "Because if you're hungry when you sit down at this table, whatever they give you first will taste the best. Make sure you snack before you come to the table." Rule number two? "Taste after everybody else tastes," said Brown. "While you're eating, the judges will be making comments that you can disagree with, and that always makes you look smarter."

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Ousted 'Next Iron Chef': 'I Never Wanted to Change My Style'

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 15th 2010 7:00PM
the_next_iron_chef_logo_food_networkIf you watched last night's penultimate episode of Food Network's 'The Next Iron Chef,' you know that the competition was intense.

In fact, it was such a tight race that it surprising to see which two chefs were sent home. Both made just the slightest missteps in their nearly flawless, high-end, luxury dishes.

The theme of the night was seduction, and the final four were asked to make not only their food sexy, but a cocktail, too. The first challenge was creating a seductive cocktail with a snack food to complement the drink.

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Chef Michael Symon On Pork, LeBron & 'Cook Like An Iron Chef' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 5th 2010 9:00AM
Chef Michael SymonMichael Symon won 'The Next Iron Chef' a few years back to become a reality TV winner-turned-'Iron Chef America.' Now he's getting back to basics, teaching home cooks how to impress palates like he and fellow Iron Chefs Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Cat Cora and Masaharu Morimoto can.

On 'Cook Like An Iron Chef' (Thursdays, 10PM ET on Cooking Channel), Symon is getting down and dirty, dishing kitchen secrets and tricks of the trade for mastering a "secret" ingredient.

We talked to Symon about his new show, his devotion to all things pork and his honest thoughts on fellow Cleveland native and pal LeBron James leaving their fair city.

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Four Cooking Channel Shows That Look Delicious

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 21st 2010 2:02PM
Food JammersIf you take your remote control and surf on over to Fine Living Network on May 31, well, it won't be there. Instead, you're going to see The Cooking Channel, Food Network's new channel devoted to food (of course), drinks, and travel. They've announced the lineup for the network's debut, and while some of the shows seem like something we could see on the parent network, there's enough quirky new stuff to grab your attention.

Some are using the word "edgy" to describe the new channel too, but unless they're breaking the necks of live chickens right on television, this is still just a food channel. Oh, wait, they actually are going to break chicken necks! Alrighty.

After the jump, my picks for the four shows that look the most interesting, as well as a quick rundown on what else we're going to see on the new channel.

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Slashfood picks the ten greatest cooking shows of all-time

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 31st 2009 6:01PM
Graham KerrI'm sort of a cooking show geek. I can watch Martha Stewart bake a pie or Alton Brown explain how a convection oven works any time of the day, even two in the morning. And it's not like I just started watching cooking shows in the past several years because it was hip to do so, I've been watching them since I was a kid. I was rather addicted to The French Chef and The Galloping Gourmet when I was younger.

Both shows make it to our sister site Slashfood's list of the ten greatest cooking shows of all-time.

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Fine Living will become the Cooking Channel

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 9th 2009 12:00PM
fine_living_networkWhen you're a cable network and you're only reaching 55 million households and want to reach twice that amount, what do you do? If you're Scripps Networks, you rebrand the channel and give it a new name. That's why Fine Living will become the Cooking Channel in 2010.

The way I see this, since Scripps owns the Food Network, the Cooking Channel will be sort of a Food Network annex. Food Network 2.0. Food Network, Two. In actuality, a lot of the programming on Fine Living now is connected to Food Network. Old Iron Chef episodes, Emeril LaGasse and Mario Batali and Wolfgang Puck ... all cooking shows that were once on Food Network.

Now that it's going to drop the Fine Living angle and concentrate on cooking, all the overflow from Food Network will have somewhere to go.

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'Iron Chef' Vs. 'Top Chef': Whose Cuisine Reigns Supreme?

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 31st 2009 3:00PM
One of the best parts of the TV Critics' Press Tour is the over-the-top evening parties thrown by the networks to congratulate us on surviving another day of panels. (OK, and to promote their shows and stars.)

At last night's lavish Food Network event, we were introduced to this year's 'Next Iron Chef' hopefuls and got to sample their delights, but only the (TV) foodies in the crowd noticed that 'Top Chef' alum Ariane Duarte was assisting chef Amanda Freitag.

Here's one anonymous publicist's hilarious reaction:
Iron Chef America's Bobby Flay"A 'Top Chef' contestant assisting an 'Iron Chef'? Seems like the right hierarchy to me! [Laughs]"

-- Food Network publicist,
at the network's chef-studded affair

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Oui, Wii! Iron Chef: America becomes a video game

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 10th 2008 4:22PM
Iron Chef logoHere's a video game that promises to slice up the competition. A cut above. It will serve up a dish full of fun for gamers everywhere. It'll be... All right, you get it. Food cliches. Chop-chop. But, seriously, in a marriage between the Food Network and United Media, Iron Chef: America is coming to the home market. Destineer today announced plans to publish the video game Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine exclusively for the Wii system and Nintendo DS. It's based on the popular food network competition show, which in turn is based on the original Iron Chef in Japan, produced by Fuji Television.

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Subliminal McDonald's ad on Food Network? - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 22nd 2007 3:02PM

mcdonald'sA YouTube video featuring a "single frame" shot from a McDonald's ad in the middle of Food Network's Iron Chef has some convinced that the company is sneaking subliminal messages into the network's programming.

First of all, I think the offending image is more than one frame. It goes by quickly, but even at normal speed you can at least glimpse that something is there. Second, the practice of inserting one-frame ads goes back to the '50s when it was thought that such a gimmick would actually plant subliminal messages in people's brains. This was proved false almost as quickly when studies confirmed that the frames simply weren't long enough for anyone to truly register them.

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17 Great Thanksgiving TV moments

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 22nd 2006 12:01PM

A Charlie Brown ThanksgivingAnother fun list over at The Onion, and as usual they miss the mark as often as they hit it. It's their selections for the 17 Memorable Thanksgiving Television Moments.

I love the fact that they remembered to include the Bob Newhart episode "Over The River and Through The Woods," where the gang gets drunk on Thanksgiving night and try to order Chinese food over the phone ("More moo goo!"), and the choice of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Bewitched are good choices. But I'll take exception to their choice of the Friends episode "The One Where Ross Got High." It's certainly a good episode, with the whole "Rachel makes a dessert" plot, but Friends was famous for its Turkey Day episodes, and "The One With All The Thanksgivings" is even better. It's the flashback episode where we see Ross and Chandler go to Ross' home for Thanksgiving and we meet fat Monica and then thin Monica a year later, when she accidentally cuts off part of Chandler's toe. That's hysterical.

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Ray vs. De Laurentiis on Iron Chef America

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 3rd 2006 10:25AM
Rachel RayTwo chefs enter. Only one will be left standing. The reigning queens of food porn Rachael Ray and Giada De Laurentiis will go head-to-head on the November 12th edition of Iron Chef America.

Rather than have to handicap Ray's game, the Chairman will be pairing up both ladies with one of the Iron Chefs. De Laurentiis with Bobby Flay. Ray with Mario Batali.

Alright, the Chairman is actually doing all the fancy pairing because the Food Network told him to, but Ray would get trounced otherwise. Nothing against Miss 30-Minute Meals, but De Laurentiis has some serious skills care of Paris' Le Cordon Bleu and Wolfgang Puck.

Here's hoping the secret ingredient is the tears of failed homemakers.

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What's on tonight: West Wing, Sopranos, Big Love, Family Guy, Iron Chef America

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 12th 2006 4:30PM
  • FOX has NASCAR until 8pm, when there's a new Simpsons, The War At Home, Family Guy, and Free Ride.
  • At 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, followed by a new Cold Case and the movie How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days.
  • ABC has two new eps of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition starting at 7, followed by new eps of Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy.
  • NBC has a new Dateline at 7, followed by a new West Wing, a new Law and Order: CI, and a new Crossing Jordan.
  • The WB has two repeats of Charmed at 8.
  • ESPN2 has more coverage of baseball's World Classic. It's on at 8 too.
  • Also at 8: The History Channel has a special called (and I'm not kidding) How William Shatner Changed The World.
  • At 9, The Sopranos returns on HBO.  It's followed by the premiere of Big Love.
  • For those of you who have been waiting years for a sequel to The Cutting Edge, you're in luck: The Cutting Edge 2 airs on ABC Family at 9.
  • Also at 9: Food Network has a new Iron Chef America.
  • At 10, E! has a new ep of Lisa Loeb's Number 1 Single.

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