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Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
When did Food Network start encouraging us to get fat?
At some point, vegetables became the "V-word" at Food Network because viewers didn't want to watch healthy cooking. As Allen Salkin notes, "the question Food Network and its competitors face as evidence mounts that they are contributing to the nation’s obesity is whether it is even possible for them to add enough fiber back into their programming to make it a little less deadly, while keeping their viewers entertained. That might not even be possible: Food entertainment may have not merely jumped the shark, but processed the shark’s meat into nuggets, coated them with brown sugar habanero beer batter, and deep-fried them beyond healthy redemption. If food media can’t or won’t change, how do we fight back against its influence?"
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Giada De Laurentiis on Mario Batali's sexual harassment scandal: "It doesn’t come as a huge shock"
“I did not have those exact experiences with him, but it doesn’t come as a huge shock,” she tells People of her close Food Network friend. “Anybody who’s ever hung out with Mario knows he’s a very charismatic person,” she continued. “We drink too much and sometimes … I’m not legitimizing it by any means. I know I’ve been through my own issues in this business. I think any woman in any business goes through stuff. It’s just sad, you know? It’s time, but it’s also sad. It’s a combo, and I think we all feel both.”
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Iron Chef America is returning to the original Iron Chef format
Last season used the Beat Bobby Flay format.
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 1:19PM EDT
Guy Fieri admits he's not a food critic -- he doesn't always like the food he eats on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives
“That’s the furthest thing from what I am,” the Food Network star recently told Billions co-creator Brian Koppelman on his The Moment podcast. “I’m a food highlighter. I’m bringing the greatest hits.”
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
Martha Stewart to judge Chopped
The "food queen" is making a cameo on the Food Network show.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:23PM EDT
Giada De Laurentiis: I stopped talking to Bobby Flay for eight months after we lost Iron Chef America together
“We lost and he thought it was funny,” the Food Network Star co-host said of fellow co-host Flay after they lost to Rachael Ray and Mario Batali in 2006. “He didn’t think it was any big deal that we lost," she adds. "I did not talk to him for eight months‚ eight months! I did not. Nothing. Silence.”
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 2:55PM EDT
Mario Batali is reportedly "eyeing his second act" four months after his sexual harassment scandal
The former Food Network and The Chew star has been sidelined since being accused of sexual harassment by several women in early December. But The New York Times reports that Batali has been talking to friends about whether he can make a comeback, at least in some capacity. "Mr. Batali, who has never been known for his patience, is asking that question — actively exploring when or whether he should begin his," reports The Times' Kim Severson. "Friends and associates say he is floating ideas, pondering timelines and examining whether there is a way for him to step back into his career, at least in some fashion." Severson, whom Batali turned down for an interview, also reports: "Mr. Batali is examining what he has called his blind spots and considering how life might look when he is not, as he told one person he consulted over the winter, 'the lead singer.' He told a colleague that he is simply trying to learn to be the wallpaper in the room and not the room itself. Nonetheless, Mr. Batali has sketched several scenarios that put him in the driver’s seat but cede some control, people he has spoken with recently say. One is creating a new company led by a powerful woman chief executive."
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 10:02PM EDT
Food Network launching Chopped U for Snapchat
The Chopped spinoff debuts Sunday featuring young foodies competing against each other.
Posted Tuesday 2/27/18 at 12:27AM EST
Bobby Flay says Food Network wasn't thrilled that he dramatically quit Iron Chef, but "I thought it would be good TV"
Flay says Food Network had to black out his shirt reading “THIS IS MY LAST IRON CHEF BATTLE EVER," and executives weren't happy that they weren't given a head's up. “I’ve done over 100 Iron Chef competitions, and frankly they are exhausting,” Flay said of his decision to quit. “They are exhausting physically but, even moreso, they are exhausting emotionally.”
Posted Wednesday 1/31/18 at 11:59PM EST
Guy Fieri’s flame shirt is considered hip in 2018
Vogue reports the flame shirt that the Food Network star became synonymous with — which he actually disliked — is currently having a “fashion moment.”
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 11:32PM EST
Mario Batali restaurants are having trouble finding new employees following his sexual harassment scandal
The New York Daily News reports “job openings in the eateries made famous by the disgraced chef are still popping up all over Craigslist.”
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 10:48PM EST
Does the Food Network risk becoming out of touch by featuring so many "super wealthy" hosts?
“Is there anything inherently wrong with being wealthy? Nope,” says Meghan O’Keefe. “But there is a larger trend here that I find deeply troubling. If all the major personalities on Food Network come from wealthy backgrounds, elite culinary careers, or are selected through a rigorous reality competition, it sends a distinct message about food: only the ‘best’ people deserve good food, and being able to cook ‘good food’ is an indicator of your worth.”
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 12:03AM EST
Paula Deen has a new cooking show on RFD-TV
The controversial former Food Network personality is now starring in Positively Paula, which is shot in Deen’s home and is shown on the rural-themed cable channel.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
Food Network edits out accused sexual harasser John Besh from a second show
Celebrity chef Besh, whom Top Chef announced would be removed from an episode later this season, was also taken out of this week’s Iron Chef Showdown episode.
Posted Friday 12/15/17 at 10:35PM EST
Mario Batali incorporated a recipe for pizza dough cinnamon rolls into his apology to fans for sexual harassment
The disgraced TV chef began his weekly newsletter, which was sent out Friday, with an apology for his sexual misconduct. “As many of you know, this week there has been some news coverage about some of my past behavior,” Batali wrote. “I have made many mistakes and I am so very sorry that I have disappointed my friends, my family, my fans and my team. My behavior was wrong and I take full responsibility." As Buzzfeed notes, the very brief newsletter takes an unexpected turn at the end, when Batali writes: "ps. in case you're searching for a holiday-inspired breakfast, these Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls are a fan favorite."