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“The Next Iron Chef Super Chefs” preview: risky bidness

Can I just real quick point out that we’re on Episode 6 and not one of the ladies has been booted from Super Chef island? Which alternately makes me proud as punch and nervous as hell, because one would imagine that it is time. I get that this isn’t like a multitude of other reality competition series where the editors can fiddle the outcome, but still. Law of averages. The universe. Stuff like that. But you have to hand it to Alex, Anne and Elizabeth — they were outnumbered 7-3 and only Geoffrey Zakarian and Michael Chiarello remain to cook […]

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Chef Roble Ali Talks Bravo’s upcoming “Chef Roble & Co.”

It’s a tale told by many a chef — how they learned their craft at the knee of a family elder. Not Roblé Ali. Though his grandfather was, indeed, a caterer who once cooked for JFK, Roblé — consulting chef at New York City’s celebrity hotspot Avenue and star of Bravo’s new docuseries Chef Roblé & Co. — says what he learned from his family is that he likes to eat. And eat well. “A light bulb went off in my head one day that, ‘Hey, if I want to eat the way that I want to eat all the time, […]

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“Next Iron Chef Super Chefs” preview: “Food Is Funny”

Alright, I’m getting just a teensy dab testy now. First Robert Irvine. Now Chuck Hughes?!! Awww, men! <sigh> Given my helpless addiction to all things food television and the folks who star in it, I realize that trying to choose whom I’d like to emerge the victor on Food Network’s Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs is like trying to choose which of my kids I like the best, but geeeeez. With Robert’s Macgyver-with-a-steak-knife skills set and Chuck’s utter delight at everything foisted his way — except perhaps toe-foooooo! — losing them in the first weeks of the series is akin […]

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Thanksgiving TV: here’s where to find the tastiest shows

Monday, Nov. 21-Thursday, Nov. 24 The Martha Stewart Show Hallmark Channel, 10am ET The supreme domestic diva hosts four days of Turkey Day tips  with the help of her fellow culinary experts. On Monday, Martha rethinks classic Thanksgiving dishes with chef Brad Farmerie. Tuesday features a sweet and savory Thanksgiving feast from chef Tom Douglas, and an unforgettable pumpkin-pecan pie from chef Thomas Joseph. On Wednesday, Martha takes to the web to help solve viewers’ last minute turkey dilemmas via email, Skype, Facebook and twitter on her “Thanksgiving Hotline” show. Talk turkey with Martha via e-mail at emailmartha@marthastewart.com or via Twitter hashtag: #AskMartha. […]

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“Chopped” lets viewers do the casting

By Lori Acken Follow @ChannelGuideLLA They’re almost as entertaining as the winners themselves — that is, the unlucky chefs who submit to the rigors of Chopped, Food Network’s basketful-of-trouble cooking competition, and go down (sometimes literally) in flames. Now the network is giving four of the most memorable eliminated contestants a second chance at Chopped supremacy — and it wants you, the show’s fans, to choose the quartet who’ll come back to cook. Among the potential participants: • Season’s One’s Luis Gonzalez who suffered a sugar-salt mixup that cost her the victory in the dessert round. • Season One’s Gwenael LePape who […]

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Carrie McCully is Food Network’s fascinating “Chef Hunter”

By Lori Acken Follow @ChannelGuideLLA The next time you sit down for a meal at your favorite restaurant, don’t assume that the chef who created your food just wandered into the place one day and bowled over the owners with his or her culinary wizardry. Sometimes, the cooks, the kitchen and the people who own the joint need a little help finding their way to one another. And that’s been New York native and professional chef recruiter Carrie McCully’s passion since she was an intensely observant post-grad with a natural love of the restaurant world. “I’m just passionate about all […]

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“The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs”: Ho, Hummus

By Lori Acken Follow @ChannelGuideLLA Or maybe, “oh nuts!” In any case, yes, this blog should have been up days ago … but you would not believe what a slew of holiday programming can do to a monthly publication with a teeny little staff of writers. I’ve been knee-deep in December magic when I’ve been itching to talk runny eggs and gummy hummus. But better late than never, NIC lovers. So off to the ballpark we go. San Diego’s Petco Park to be exact — a far cry from wherever the heck the wilderness plateau was from last week’s episode, but no […]

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“The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs” recap — a fateful match up

By Lori Acken Follow @ChannelGuideLLA And so it has begun. Outside in a field. By a pile of wood, a couple’a campfires, a lake so pure one of the chefs will make a sauce of it, and random crates and piles of fruits and veggies stacked up on hay bales. Oh, and also a slew of slain pigs on ice. OK, actually it really began in hallowed Kitchen Stadium, where the chairman appears all buggy-eyed and choppy-hands on a gigantic screen before the contestants. Alton explains the new rules— Chairman’s Challenge first, losers’ shoot-out second — ramped up to test […]

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“The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs” bows Sunday on Food Network

By Lori Acken Follow @ChannelGuideLLA Food Network fans — nay, food lovers and food-TV fans all around — it’s finally here! The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs — aka our version of the playoff season, leading to our version of the Super Bowl (played in a stadium, even) — debuts Sunday night at 9pm ET on Food Network.