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 […]
Chef Eddie Russell believes that every neighborhood needs a great bar, but in the competitive restaurant industry, local watering holes need to get folks to belly up, or they’ll go belly up. In his new series, appropriately titled, Belly Up!, Russell helps distressed bars realize their full potential and fill their dining rooms. I spoke with showrunner Jill M. Williams and she revealed, “Tonight the premiere episode is in Charleston, SC and it is a bar that is rapidly going under. It desperately needs Chef Eddie’s help. And it really is kind of a mish-mash, the food and the décor […]
Here’s a preview of some of the Fall 2013 new lifestyle programming options that include new fall shows on Food Network, Travel, DIY and more. (All times Eastern/Pacific unless noted.) Surviving Evil (pictured above) Investigation Discovery Premieres: Aug. 28 Airs: Wednesdays at 10pm What’s It All About? This 10-episode series features survivors of horrific crimes — including the series’ host, Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Charisma Carpenter, who, along with two friends, was attacked by a serial rapist in 1991 — recounting their stories with the help of news clips and re-creations. “The fact that Charisma has personally lived through […]
Tripping Out With Alie and Georgia premieres June 21 at 10:30pm ET on Cooking Channel. It could be among the most unusual first steps toward celebrity ever — grab your best pal and a video camera, make a McDonald’s run to fetch a chocolate shake and Chicken McNuggets (you’ll need the barbecue sauce, too), add a liberal splash of vanilla vodka and your quirky senses of humor and serve it all up on YouTube. Within weeks, The New York Times, TIME, CNN, the Associated Press and a host of food-centric web sites had all hunted down the McNuggetini’s irresistible founders Georgia Hardstark and […]
Longtime Food Network favorite Sandra Lee is leaving her semi-homemade masterpieces behind and hitting the road for a pair of new series, Sandra’s Restaurant Remakes and Sandra’s Taverns, Lounges & Clubs. On Sandra’s Restaurant Remakes, which premieres Sunday, Oct. 14 at 10am ET on Food Network, Lee visits famous restaurants and food spots across the nation in search of the secrets to their most famous dishes, then takes recreates them in simpler fashion for harried home cooks. In the premiere episode, “On Top of the World Tastes,” Lee makes a chicken variation of a memorable duck dish she had at ultra-chic Alizé […]
He’s the Culinary Ambassador of the Bronx. The Quaffer of Culinary Consciousness. He’s Baron Ambrosia! He’s also Justin Fornal, a Connecticut-born, Bronx-based independent filmmaker who found a brilliant way to combine a lifelong love of food and film into one over-the-top and always hungry character. “I was with my filming partner Joe Bly in Washington Heights,” Fornal says of the first day that Baron Ambrosia drew a breath, “and we had this idea for a character who was very much like myself but at the same time had a different history and wasmuch older and had a dubious past that […]
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.
By Lori Acken Follow @ChannelGuideLLA Chuck Hughes still can’t believe what’s happened to him. Specifically — fame. The 34-year-old, tattooed star of Cooking Channel’s popular Chuck’s Day Off — and star-struck competitor on Food Network’s upcoming “Super Chef” version of The Next Iron Chef (premiering Oct. 30) — would love to call his meteoric rise from Montreal restaurateur to food TV favorite a dream come true. But “honest truth” — a favorite Hughes expression — he can’t. “It’s way more than that,” Hughes exclaims in a charming French-Canadian-with-a-dash-of-Brooklyn accent, “because I never dreamt this big! I’m a normal guy! I cut carrots […]
By Lori Acken Follow @ChannelGuideLLA I’m going to make a prediction right now: The winner of Next Iron Chef‘s fourth season will be a star. Guaranteed. Hundred percent. How do I know? Because he or she already is one.
To celebrate its first birthday, Cooking Channel will hit the road with a cross-country frozen treat tour featuring some of its popular hosts beginning Sept, 1 at Seattle’s Westlake Center. Among the network celebs who will be on hand throughout the tour to dish out snacks and meet their fans are: Chuck Hughes — Chuck’s Day Off Ben Sargent — Hook, Line & Dinner Kelsey Nixon — Kelsey’s Essentials Nadia G — Bitchin’ Kitchen Roger Mooking — Everyday Exotic You can “track the truck” to find out when it will be in your area —and who might be aboard — […]