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'Top Chef All Star' Eliminated Chef: 'I Felt I Had to Defend Myself'

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 10th 2010 5:00PM
top_chef_logo_bravoThe second episode of Bravo's 'Top Chef All Stars' was hardly a sedate affair. Being in the iconic Museum of Natural History in New York and having to cook both a midnight snack and early morning breakfast for 150 children (and some adults) frayed the nerves of several chefs.

For at least one chef, the tension was a little too much, leading to one of the most contentious judges' table encounters we've seen on the entire 'Top Chef' series.

Was the right chef told to pack up and go, or should the judges have made another choice? Who's to say? One thing is for certain: The eliminated chef had plenty to chat about when we spoke via a conference call.

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'Top Chef All-Stars' Eliminated Chef: 'People Did Not Follow the Rules'

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 2nd 2010 6:30PM
top_chef_logo_bravoLast night,Bravo's 'Top Chef All-Stars' got off to a roarin' start with a dramatic episode that resulted in one of the most recognizable contestants being sent home early.

There were also All-Stars pushing the limits with their antics -- going over the time limit, tweaking dishes that were supposed to be replicated ... All in all, it was an exciting show.

Today, TV Squad caught up with the first All-Star to pack their knives, who revealed tidbits about fellow chefs ... and most significantly, criticized head judge Tom Colicchio for "selling out."

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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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14 Food TV Shows to Help You Cook Thanksgiving Dinner

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 19th 2010 4:15PM
dear_food_network_logoIf there was ever a time of year when programs on the Food Network and Cooking Channel come in handy, it's Thanksgiving. There's nothing more intimidating than the prospect of cooking a massive turkey if you've never done it before.

And that's just the turkey! What about the side dishes, the veggies, appetizers. Should it be dressing or stuffing? Sweet potatoes or mashed? And don't forget dessert!

Fortunately, our TV friends are here to help. Almost all our questions have been anticipated and answered. So, before you start surfing the net or turn to the Butterball Hot Line, check out these twelve shows to help you prep for Thanksgiving Day.

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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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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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'The Next Food Network Star' Finale Predictions

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 13th 2010 6:00PM
the_next_food_network_star_2010_season_sixThe season finale 'The Next Food Network' airs Sunday at 9PM ET, and if you've been watching since the first episode, you know that it's been a good competition. All the three finalists -- Aarti Sequeira, Herb Mesa, and Tom Pizzica -- seem to have a good shot at winning the top prize.

We have our own thoughts about who would excel with his or her own Food Network television show, but if you've studied the judges' reaction, one candidate seems to have the inside track to victory.

Check out our analysis of who will be 'The Next Food Network Star,' starting with the chef most likely to win ...

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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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Jennifer Garner is no friend of Ina Garten's

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 4th 2010 5:04PM
Ina GartenSo Jennifer Garner contacted the people at The Barefoot Contessa, saying she was a big fan and she'd like to be on the show. And they turned her down!

Ina Garten says that she won't have the former Alias star on the show because she only has real friends on the show with her. I actually have to admire that. A lot of shows would jump at the chance to have any sort of TV or movie celebrity on, just to get some buzz or ratings or celebrity gravitas. It's refreshing that Garten sees the phoniness behind that and actually has people on the show that she knows. I guess Garner has to get to know her first and then they can make soup together.

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