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The 10 Best Food Network Shows

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 13th 2010 10:00AM
food_network_logoFor a network that began just 17 years ago, the Food Network has become a cable television fixture and a pop culture sensation. Its cooks and chefs and foodies of Food Network have become celebrities.

Since its debut on Nov. 23, 1993, Food Network has expanded like mad. It launched food products that fill our supermarket shelves. There's media exposure via a website and monthly magazine ... and that doesn't include Rachael Ray's talk show and Guy Fieri's game show and Alton Brown's grape juice commercials. And it launched a secondary outlet in The Cooking Channel.

But the key to all the success is the Food Network itself.

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Ousted 'Next Iron Chef': 'Buffets Are Not My Deal'

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 8th 2010 4:00PM
the_next_iron_chef_logo_food_networkAnother week, another chef bites the dust. Actually, it was very nearly two chefs, as host Alton Brown declared that there would be a double elimination on 'The Next Iron Chef.' However, a twist occurred that kept four chefs still in the running ... and only one sent home.

As we near the end of the competition, the stakes are higher and not just because the show has been transported to Las Vegas. For the five contestants going at it last night, the first challenge was the bane of many chefs -- a pastry challenge.

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My Fave Food Network Shows

by Marisa A. Pizzuto, Esq., posted Nov 7th 2010 11:00AM
Guy Fieri[Ed. note: Sometimes we publish articles written by our readers via Seed.com, like the one below. TV Squad editors did not create or inform this list, but we have been inspired to create our own. Stay tuned for a list of our faves from Food Network. Add to the comments below to nominate your picks.]

The Food Network has become an essential portal into the world of cooking. The network enjoys top ratings and is continually adding diverse cooking talents which entertain a range of food interests, tastes and techniques.

All of the Food Network shows bring something unique and interesting to the viewer. I picked the 10 best Food Network shows based on the chef's personality, and whether we learned new cooking techniques or recipes. If you love food and cooking, you will not be disappointed.

10. 'Diners, Drive-ins and Dives'
Guy Fieri won season 2 of 'Next Food Network Star' and now has three shows on the network. In 'Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,' Guy travels across America finding the most unique foods at road side shacks, sports bars, greasy spoons and shares the cooking secrets that make each spot irresistible and different from the last.

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Ousted 'Next Iron Chef': 'No More Pineapples in My Repertoire'

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 2nd 2010 10:40AM
the_next_iron_chef_food_network_2010The battle has been joined and after Sunday night's round of Food Network's 'The Next Iron Chef,' there are just five contestants left in the competition. It was an intense episode and the judges made their final decision by the thinnest of margins.

Two challenges were put to the contestants. The theme of the night was respect, and in the first challenge, the secret ingredient was potatoes. For the second challenge, the test was much more daunting: Create four dishes that exemplify the four regions of America -- north, south, east and west -- in just 90 minutes ... keeping in mind that respect is the key.

To learn how the challenge played out and who will not be 'The Next Iron Chef,' read on. Also, we've been fortunate enough to get an exit interview with the chef. Learn how it feels to be so close to your dream, only to learn that you've missed it by so very little.

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Four Questions About 'The Great Food Truck Race' Finale

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 20th 2010 3:30PM
Tyler Florence and the contestants of 'The Great Food Truck Race'If you've been following the new Food Network series 'The Great Food Truck Race,' you know that the fun summer show had its finale last night. I won't mention who won it until after the jump, but as I watched the finale unfold, something about it didn't seem right to me.

I didn't think I'd like the 'Food Truck Race' when it started, even though I like new trend of gourmet food being served out of trucks that used to only dispense hamburgers and hot dogs. But the personalities of the people on the various trucks sold me on the show, as did the fact that the twee and robotic members of the Nom Nom banh mi truck won every challenge leading up to the finale.

In the finale, they were pitted against the always-scraping-by heavy-metal gourmet burger guys from Grill 'Em All. And the contest was looking like a blowout until midway through the episode, which lead me to my aforementioned head scratching. Read on to see some of the questions I have about the finale that I'd ask the producers if I had a chance.

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Can Jeff Corwin Outsmart an Animal Without a Brain? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 2nd 2010 11:58PM
Can Jeff Corwin Outsmart an Animal Without a Brain?... And the short answer to the question posed in the headline is: No. And that's pretty sad. On the new 'Extreme Cuisine' (Thu., 8PM ET on Food Network), host Jeff Corwin travels to the United Kingdom to sample some of the local dishes. The food enjoyed by the natives there includes jellied eels, stuffed sheep's stomach and saltwater snails. Gee, maybe this is the reason that some people aren't that "into" British food.

The saltwater snails that Jeff hunts for are called "limpets," and they aren't that hard to track down. Mainly because they live on rocks, and almost never move -- sometimes a limpet will stay on a single rock for its entire life. Removing the creature from its rock proves to be more problematic, though.

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Dropping Into a Cave to Chase Angry Eels on 'Extreme Cuisine' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 20th 2010 4:35AM
Dropping Into a Cave to Chase Angry Eels on 'Extreme Cuisine'The word "extreme" seems to get thrown around a lot these days. We have extreme sodas, extreme sporting events, and so on and so forth. And we're a little skeptical about some of these things, to be honest. So we'll just actually have to tune in to the show 'Extreme Cuisine With Jeff Corwin' (Thu., 8PM ET on Food Network) -- in order to learn if it's really EXTREME TO THE MAX.

On the latest episode of the show, host (and "food anthropologist") Jeff Corwin travels to New Zealand, where he hunts down an obscure species of eel. Supposedly, these eels are good eating, but in order to reach them, you have to rappel down into a cave. Also, the cave is pitch black, and is filled with waist-deep, freezing cold water.

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Four Niches the Food Network Is Missing

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 2nd 2010 1:00PM
Bob Tuschman and Susie FogelsonThe Food Network and its bevy of stars have a lot of culinary bases covered, but they are missing many, especially some pretty trendy ones. Given the economy, the focus as of late is on budget cooking, but there are more than a few niches the Food Network and its new sister network, the Cooking Channel, are missing.

At a screening of 'The Next Food Network Star' (Sun., June 6 at 9PM ET), judges Susie Fogelson, senior vice president of marketing, creative services and brand strategy, and Bob Tuschman, senior vice president of programming and production and the newly announced general manager of Food Network, discussed many aspects of what makes a great food program.

Coming into the 'Next Food Network Star' competition, Tuschman said he and the producers do not have a show idea in mind. This season features many contestants from very different walks of life. There are chefs, lawyers and bloggers all vying for the top prize, their own Food Network series.

"I think we like the fact that we never know what the show is going to produce," Tuschman said. "So, what we're looking for is just somebody we think could be a breakout star."

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First Impressions of The Cooking Channel

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 1st 2010 3:00PM
roger_mooking_cooking_channelYesterday was the first day of a brand new cable network, Cooking Channel, the spin-off from Food Network. This is the network that Scripps has created to take over for Fine Living, and while a noble attempt to focus on the how to of food preparation, my first impressions of the channel were that it has a long way to go to keep me coming back for more.

The motto the new channel is "Stay Hungry." After day one, I am hungry, but not necessary for the recipe Cooking Channel is serving up.

Even though Cooking Channel picked a good day to launch, a holiday Monday with little competition (there weren't even any major sports up against it other than Major League Baseball games), it failed to ever really reach the level of compelling viewing. After watching some hours in the morning, afternoon and evening, here's my assessment of Cooking Channel ...

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'The Next Food Network Star' Sneak Peek (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted May 3rd 2010 6:30PM
The Next Food Network Star

'The Next Food Network Star' has given us quite a number of Food Network celebrities, from Guy Fieri to Melissa d'Arabian. With the launch of a new season right around the corner (Sun., June 6 at 9PM ET), we're salivating in anticipation.

Drama? Check. Spills? Check. Attitudes? Check. Lots of raw chicken? Check -- wait, that's not a good thing. Check out your first look of the cast and four promo videos, one for the whole season, one for the first episode where the 12 finalists have to cook for special guest Wolfgang Puck, a set tour and tips from last year's winner, Melissa d'Arabian.

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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"?

[via Fark]

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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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I love Sandra Lee but not her new show

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 25th 2010 5:27PM
Sandra LeeBefore I go any further I want to say that this isn't another one of those Sandra Lee-bashing articles. I actually like her. Semi-Homemade Cooking is one of my favorite Food Network shows. Having said that, I have a lot of problems with her new (or should I say new-ish) show Money Saving Meals.

I mean, seriously, does this show need to exist? I know times are tough for a lot of families right now, but I don't think that we need to figure out our meals to the point where we know how much each serving costs when we cook the meal for our family. She's always talking about how each serving "only cost $1.07" or "if you buy this you'll save 22 cents!"

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