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What It Was Like Being a Judge on 'The Next Food Network Star'

In my ever-careening life as a food TV pundit, I was asked to judge on an episode of the The Next Food Network Star that aired June 24, as a number of serious eaters have pointed out. I agreed to do it mostly because I thought I would able to see Alton Brown, whom I have always enjoyed talking to. Alas, when I got to the studio I discovered that none of the three stars of the show—Alton, Bobby, and Giada—were on set for this taping. More

Preview: Pioneer Woman's New Food Network Show Premieres This Weekend

"If you can master the fine art of gravy and chicken-fried steak, you can do most things in life," Ree says in the first episode of her part cooking show, part slice-of-ranch-life reality show, which airs this Saturday, August 27th at 11:30 EST on Food Network. We caught up with her yesterday to chat about the new show, her new cookbook, and the mashed potatoes served with that chicken-fried steak. You can sneak a peek of some of the first episode here too! More

Serious Reads: How to Eat a Small Country, by Amy Finley

In her new memoir, How to Eat a Small Country: A Family's Pursuit of Happiness, One Meal at a Time, Next Food Network Star winner Finley shares what happened in the months following her failed stint on the Food Network. She reveals a splintering marriage, which she and her husband attempt to salvage by moving to France for half a year. Finley is clearly a food-minded person, and hopes that the land of unparalleled cheese and cheap wine will revive her relationship and her family's spirit. More

Meet & Eat: Pastry Chef Anne Thornton, Food Network Host of 'Dessert First'

Anne Thornton, the host of Food Network's Dessert First with Anne Thornton, didn't realize food was her calling until later in life. She chose to pursue degrees in finance and philosophy, then landed a job with Apple Computers first. Despite her impressive gig in Chicago, she eventually left it for New York's Institute of Culinary Education, landing a job in culinary production. More

Meet & Eat: Randy Finch, Ice Sculptor

Randy Finch may wield chisels, chippers, and chainsaws like a seasoned pro, but before becoming a renowned ice sculptor, he was a young Michigan chef in awe of the sculptures created by Master Chef Dan Hugelier at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids. Eventually Finch would get to apprentice under Hugelier, which is where he met Derek Maxfield, a man who would become his lifelong friend and business partner. More

Bobby Flay Challenges The Pioneer Woman to a Thanksgiving Throwdown

Will Bobby Flay step in it? The celebrity chef and star of Throwdown! With Bobby Flay challenged home-cook and blogging extraordinaire Ree "Pioneer Woman" Drummond to a special Thanksgiving tête-à-tête. Drummond will have home-field advantage, as Flay traveled to her Oklahoma ranch to face off against her. Who's your money on? The episode will air on the Food Network next Wednesday, November 17, 2010, at 9 p.m. ET. We chatted with Ree about the whole experience. And how she froze Bobby's leftovers and may even serve them at her own Thanksgiving! Just kidding...she thinks. More

What We're Watching: 'Dessert First' with Anne Thornton

It's been quite a while since the Food Network aired a quality baking show, so I was pretty excited when I heard word of a new show coming to Food Network this month: Dessert First with Anne Thornton. I had high hopes but low expectations as I checked out an advance copy of the first episode. After all, the Network is inexperienced in pastry food porn; could they pull it off? More

Meet & Eat: Alton Brown

Like most avid Food Network fans, I have long admired the work of Alton Brown. His trademark show Good Eats began airing in 1999 and is still wowing audiences with its savvy combination of food science, humor, and excellent recipes. He now has several other projects under way, including gigs on Iron Chef America and The Next Iron Chef, as well as publishing the Good Eats books. We chatted with him about what he's up to these days. 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

Preview: 'The Great Food Truck Race' on Food Network

As street food has become more and more popular across the U.S., it was only a matter of time before the Food Network caught wind and dedicated a show to it. This Sunday sees the premiere of the latest in a slew of food competition shows sweeping cable: The Great Food Truck Race, hosted by Tyler Florence. The premise is this: Seven food trucks race across the U.S., with overnight stops in cities along the way. In each city, the trucks have to restock their kitchens and battle it out to make the most money in 48 hours. The truck to rake in the least must hit the road. So is it any good? We previewed the first episode. More

Recap: The Next Food Network Star Season 6, Episode 9

Well, folks, we're nearing the end. Only one more week of everyone's favorite compelling food competition series, The Next Food Network Star. This week, the four finalists went to New York City to fight for a spot in the finale. There were surprise guests, there were awkward camera moments, there were inexplicable bacon dishes - let's get to it. [Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD] More

Recap: The Next Food Network Star Season 6, Episode 8

Alright, folks. Things are getting serious on The Next Food Network Star. We're down to five contestants, and the stakes are high. Even higher after we hear that the final four get to throw down in New York City, home to Food Network headquarters. Gulp. Let's see who whipped out the big guns this week, and who will miss their NYC-bound flight. [WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD] More

Meet & Eat: Tyler Florence

I've long had a bit of a schoolgirl crush on Tyler Florence. His intensity about cooking and engaging narrative always make me want to whip up any of his "ultimate" dishes. (In fact, I've done just that several times—always to great success.) Though his past shows have all been cooking-related, Tyler's newest Food Network project is called The Great Food Truck Race. It follows seven top-notch food trucks as they race across the country, cooking all the way. I chatted with Tyler about the new show, which premieres on Sunday, August 15, his three new restaurants and more. More

Recap: The Next Food Network Star Season 6, Episode 7

I went out of town this past weekend, and got caught in a series of torrential rainstorms on my way home Sunday afternoon. But don't you fear—nothing can keep me from catching the latest episode of The Next Food Network Star. This week, six contestants were competing for limited glory and recognition. Let's see what went down. More

Coming to the Food Network: 'Kid in a Candy Store' with Adam Gertler

Starting Monday July 12th, at 8 p.m. ET, Adam Gertler's new show Kid in a Candy Store will take us on a tour to find delicious and decadent desserts across the country. It reminded me of Unwrapped meets Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives—informative and entertaining at the same time. I sat down to chat with Adam about this new venture, his thoughts on tasty treats in his neighborhood, and the transition from Next Food Network Star to hosting his own show. More

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