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Food TV

Adam Richman talks Secret Eats, savvy travel and why the play’s the thing

Adam Richman amassed an international legion of fans thanks to a spate of food-centric Travel Channel series that made the most of his warmth, wit and willingness to try anything once if it looked semi-tasty. And though his current outing Secret Eats — he’s the star and producer — sees the former Man Vs. Food favorite traveling the globe in search of cultural adventures and authentic noshes, Richman offers me a list of other irons in his fire. “I had produced this play called Stalking the Bogeyman in New York, and we were nominated for an Outer Critics Circle award for best American play,” […]

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Food TV

A Chef’s Life Season 3: Vivian Howard talks success, struggle … and the Avett Brothers!

Vivian Howard, whose Emmy-winning PBS show A Chef’s Life enters its third season this fall, is in the midst of her first Television Critics Association Press Tour, doling out freshly made parfaits to — and taking questions from — sugar-buzzed reporters at an afternoon reception. Afterward, Howard relaxes in the PBS green room to talk frankly about success and struggle and what she believes is the real meaning of “farm-to-table” dining. And — less frankly — about The Avett Brothers, who perform the show’s theme song and drop by to say hi this season. A Chef’s Life Season 3 finds the fresh-faced North Carolina native juggling […]

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7 Questions with Kix Brooks of Cooking Channel’s “Steak Out With Kix Brooks.”

As half of the legendary country music duo Brooks & Dunn, Kix Brooks has spent decades hunting down good meals while crisscrossing the country. Eventually, he realized his happily earned gustatory knowledge (Brooks is also co-owner of Tennessee’s Arrington Vineyards) might benefit his fans — and fans of a tasty piece of beef and a good glass of the grape to wash it down with — as well. “Jumping off a tour bus, somebody’d always be hanging around the bus and you’d ask, ‘Hey, where can you get a good steak around here?’ I realized everybody’s got some 30-minute story about […]

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Documentary

Interview: Simon Majumdar of Nat Geo’s EAT: The Story of Food

Most viewers know outspoken Englishman Simon Majumdar from his frequent Food Network appearances as a judge on series like Beat Bobby Flay, Cutthroat Kitchen and The Next Iron Chef, and from his critically-acclaimed gastronomic adventure Eat My Globe: One Year to Go Everywhere and Eat Everything. Now Majumdar is adding his signature wit and insight to National Geographic Channel’s epic exploration of food and food history, EAT: The Story of Food, which airs its second and third installments tonight at 9/8CT. And the timing couldn’t be better for the brand-new American citizen, who set off across his newly adopted homeland […]

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Preview: Nat Geo’s ‘EAT: The Story of Food’

National Geographic Channel’s three-night event is a tasty treat that’s good for you, too! It’s the most food-centric time of the year, and to celebrate (and give viewers a long overdue break from the myriad cooking shows and competitions that make up food TV) National Geographic is serving up a tasty dish of its own. Yes, National Geographic Channel. And no, it doesn’t entail eating weird things in order to survive the wild. Well, mostly. On Friday, the network debuts its frequently funny, endlessly fascinating six-part miniseries EAT: The Story of Food, from the same folks who brought you Werner […]

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Commentary

FOX’s Greatest TV Moment This Year, and Why All Gordon Ramsay TV Shows Should Have Kids.

Can all reincarnations of FOX shows with Gordon Ramsay be revamped to include kids? That’s what I’m wondering … We’re 2 weeks into the second season of MasterChef: Junior Edition and I’m already clamoring for kid-testants to be mandatory on all future Gordon Ramsay shows. Here are my reasons why (In no particular order) 1) Gordon Ramsay is nicer. On his other shows, Gordon Ramsay is a screaming Scotsman. He seems to relish when the contestants on Hell’s Kitchen mess up so he can morph into the Tryant of Taste. If he treats his actual employees like that, does it […]

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Hell’s Kitchen handles the heat, wins Best Kitchen Conundrum in the Viewers Voice Awards

Hell’s Kitchen star Gordon Ramsey may be a terrifyingly tough talker, but our readers sure have a soft spot for him, affording the oft-testy Englishman’s FOX Network cooking competitions the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in our 2014 Viewers Voice Awards Best Kitchen Conundrum category. Now in its 13th season, Hell’s Kitchen bested MasterChef — proving that, for fans of food TV, if you want to get to heaven, you have to watch a little Hell. Hell’s Kitchen 30.5% MasterChef 27.1% Top Chef 21.2% Chopped 18.7% Cutthroat Kitchen 2.5% Hell’s Kitchen airs Wednesdays on FOX. Channel Guide Magazine, the […]

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Competition

We talk Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship with host Bobby Deen!

It’s only natural that Bobby Deen would relish his role as host of Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship, premiering Sunday night at 9pm ET/PT. “Thanksgiving and Christmas are wonderful holidays for my family,” says Paula’s youngest boy of his food-centric clan. “We all gathered in Statesboro, Ga., every year for Thanksgiving at my Uncle Bernie and Aunt Glennis’ house and everyone would bring desserts. There was a 6-foot buffet table in the dining room that was covered from end to end with cakes and pies and gooey bars and any kind of cookie that you could imagine. That’s such a […]

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Competition

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Most parents shudder at the thought of their kids handling cutlery and most tykes subsist on a diet of macaroni and cheese, but a handful of children are already exploring the world of haute cuisine. Under the tutelage of of and judged by chef Gordan Ramsay, restaurateur Joe Bastianich and chef Graham Elliot, these pint size chefs will compete in the second season of FOX’s culinary competition MasterChef Junior. Like the grown-up version of the show, MasterChef Junior is a search for America’s best home cooks. But here, the cooks are kids aged 8-13, and one of the 16 kid-testants […]