'Ted Allen' on Serious Eats

Why 'Chopped' Is Such an Addictive Show

Why am I consuming this show like a bag of Doritos? Why do I turn it on almost subconsciously anytime I have a minute? What makes this show different from all other shows? Is it even entertaining anymore? After reciting these questions over and over again, I narrowed Chopped's appeal down to five principles. More

Dinner Tonight: Ted Allen's Grilled Steak with Roasted Jalapeño Chimichurri

Chimichurri with steak is certainly not a new idea, and in fact it's probably the most common way that this Argentinian sauce is used (and they know a thing or two about steak in that country). The garlicky, herbal flavors marry beautifully with the richness and fattiness of steak, not to mention its visually stunning contrast of green against red. Flipping through this month's Esquire magazine, I was immediately drawn in by this variation on chimmichurry from Ted Allen's new book In My Kitchen. More

Meet & Eat: Ted Allen, Host of Food Network's 'Chopped'

Food Network celebrity Ted Allen has been a major food television presence since his days spent on Bravo's hit reality show, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Nowadays, he spends his time hosting cooking competition show Chopped, and acting as a representative for Mondavi wines. We chatted about his entry into the world of food television, which shows he likes best, and upcoming projects. More

'The Best Thing I Ever Ate' Pizza Episode

The Pizza Rosa from Pizzeria Bianco is the best (pizza) thing that food writer John T. Edge has even eaten. Philip G. (aka Prairie) calls our attention to the Food Network's Best Thing I Ever Ate episode on pizza, breaking down the list for us: Ted Allen: Graziella's, Brooklyn, Pizza Arugula and Parmesan Duff Goldman: Gino's East, Chicago, Sausage-Patty Style Marc Summers: Osteria, Philadelphia Margherita pizza Tyler Florence: Serious Pie, Seattle, chanterelle and truffle pizza... More

Ted Allen 'Food Detectives' Show Renewed for Second Season

Says Ted Allen: "We’re going back into production ASAP, and we’re bringing on new blood to smooth over the bumps that some of you were kind enough to point out (ahem) in season one. We’re taking every aspect of the show to the next level: the set, the myths and questions we tackle, the design of the experiments."... More

The 'New York Times' Is Not a Fan of Ted Allen's New Food Network Show

The New York Times is unimpressed with Ted Allen's new Food Network show, Food Detectives, with unkind words for the "owlish" and "oddly peripheral" Top Chef judge: "You can call it the Ted Allen Rule: the best qualification for being a reality host or judge is having been a reality host or judge." By coining this rule, critic Mike Hale questions Allen's credentials to judge on Top Chef, and whether having Queer Eye on his resume was enough to land him the Top Chef gig to begin with. The show's segments on baking soda (do they really make our fridge smell better?) and celery (negative calories in there?) are called "thuddingly unsurprising." The review even takes a dig at the... More

Ted Allen is a Food Myth Buster

Ted Allen will be busting food myths on the new Food Network show, Food Detectives, bringing you answers to questions like whether gum really stays in your stomach for seven years, or if an "apple a day" really does keep the doctor away. Sounds like it has the potential to be interesting, although that there's enough material to sustain it is questionable. The show premieres Tuesday, July 29, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.... More

Top Chef 3: Miami Vice

Eater just posted the press release for the upcoming third season of Top Chef, set to premiere June 13 at 10 p.m. ET. I loved the first season, most of which I saw in a marathon before the finale, and tuned out the second, but I think I might actually watch this one through! Big changes: The show is now located in Miami and set at the beachfront Fontainebleau Hotel, which I'm guessing means we're going to be seeing fresh fruit, seafood, Latin influences, and bikinis galore. Padma fans, please shut your mouths and stop drooling all over your keyboards in anticipation—it's very unattractive. Also Ted Allen of Queer Eye fame is joining the show as a judge. Either... More

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