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