Netflix’s ‘The Final Table’ offers free snacks for Thanksgiving holiday airport travelers in New York City and Chicago

November 21, 2018

“The Final Table” airport activation November 21 to 25, 2018 (Photo courtesy of Netflix)

The following is a press release from Netflix:

Netflix is easing holiday travel woes with free snacks as a way to interact with the new global culinary competition “The Final Table.” Beginning November 21 through November 25, 2018, travelers through Terminal 3 at O’Hare Airport in Chicago and Terminal 4 at JFK airport in New York City, will be able to participate in Netflix’s interactive meal experience that will give free snacks that represent the global meals from the nine countries introduced in “The Final Table.”

Snacks will be from Mexico, Spain, UK, Brazil, India, United States, Italy, France and Japan.  Travelers will be able to interact with a customized screen where they can select the country they wish to “travel to” on their journey.  They can learn more information about the episode that highlights that country, the food, and the chefs. They will be shown a short clip from the relevant episode of The Final Table and will then be given a box that will be dispensed below the screen.  The box will include a gourmet treat that highlights ingredients from the dish of their chosen country.

SNACKS:

  • Mexico
    • Featured dish from the show: Tacos
    • Giveaway taste: Mexican Spice Crispy Elote – Mexican Crema, Cilantro, Avocado Oil, Jalapeno, Onions
  • Spain
    • Featured dish from the show: Paella
    • Giveaway taste:: Paella– Basmati Rice, Peas, salt, vegetable oil, Shrimp Crackers, Saffron, Turmeric, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder
  • England
    • Featured dish from the show: English Breakfast
    • Giveaway taste: Full English Breakfast Pork Scratchings– Pork skin, vegetable oil, Fennel Powder, Black Pepper, Salt, Tomato Powder, Natural Spices
  • Brazil
    • Featured dish from the show: Feijoada
    • Giveaway taste: Spiced Black Bean Brazil Nuts– Roasted salted brazil nuts, onion powder, garlic powder, black bean powder, dried lemon peel, citric acid, onion ash powder
  • India
    • Featured dish from the show: Murgh Makhni
    • Giveaway taste: Madrasi Snack Mix – Chickpea flour, corn oil, peanuts, bananas, chili powder, salt, coconut slices, curry leaves
  • The United States
    • Featured dish from the show: Thanksgiving Dinner
    • Giveaway taste: Thanksgiving Leftovers “Bread Pudding”– Bread crumbs, sugar, salt, celery, onion, corn starch, dehydrated chicken, garlic, turmeric, chicken broth, pecans, butter, onions, cranberries
  • Italy
    • Featured dish from the show: Pasta with Ragu
    • Giveaway bite: Sundried Tomato “Fusilli” – Enriched Flour, Parmesan cheese, Sundried Tomato Powder, Basil Powder
  • France
    • Featured dish from the show: Hare a la Royale
    • Giveaway taste:Pommes Aux Truffes – Potatoes, vegetable oil, Salt, Truffle oil
  • Japan
    • Featured dish from the show: Kaiseki
    • Giveaway taste: Nori Crusted Peanuts– Peanuts, Wheat Flour, Rice Flour, Sugar, Salt, Seaweed, Soy Sauce and Potato Starch

 

 

Michelin and GAC Motor partner to launch first Cantonese Cuisine Guide

November 14, 2018

GAC Motor partnered with Michelin to co-present the world’s first Michelin Cantonese cuisine guide and create an enjoyable lifestyle to customers around the world. (Photo courtesy of GAC Motor)

The following is a press release from GAC Motor:

GAC Motor, the leading Chinese automaker, has exclusively partnered with Michelin to co-launch “The MICHELIN Guide Fine Cantonese Food” (the “Guide”). The world’s most authoritative dining guide’s first regional edition was made available from November 12 in Guangzhou, China.

The Guide, which is the first of its kind in Michelin’s 118-year history, aims to help global travellers and food lovers discover the best of Cantonese cuisine and Chinese culture globally. In total, 291 restaurants from across the world were featured in the guide, with 78 starred restaurants62 Bib Gourmand restaurants and 151 restaurants awarded a MICHELIN Plate.

“GAC motor considers the offering of the highest quality, high-end products to be of the utmost importance, just as the selection of ingredients are to the preparation of Cantonese food. Therefore, GAC Motor is proud to partner with Michelin to co-present the world’s first Michelin Cantonese cuisine guide, the publication of which marks a further deepening of our cooperation with Michelin and highlights our pursuit of creating an enjoyable mobile lifestyle, while promoting our local, unique culinary delights and Chinese culture to the world,” said Huang Yongsheng, the Vice President of GAC Motor.

Echoing the unique cooking methods of Cantonese cuisine and the way Cantonese cuisine is introduced to the world, GAC Motor is walking the same path and aims to source, manufacture and blend the finest auto-parts, professional service and innovative designs to create exceptional vehicles.

Michelin is one of GAC Motor’s 18 world-leading strategic auto suppliers. In 2017, GAC Motor was the only Chinese brand to present at Move’On, Michelin’s global sustainable mobility summit.

GAC Motor and Michelin signed a partnership agreement on November 2017 which included exclusive partnerships and exchanges in areas of spare parts purchase, technological innovation, branding and global market outreach. The co-launch of the local Michelin Guide represents a new chapter in the exploration of the partnership as GAC Motor begins a new phase of international development.

Huang Yongsheng, the Vice President of GAC Motor; Pascal Couasnon, Global President of Michelin Mobility Experience; Bruno De-Feraudy, General Manager of Michelin China; and Michelin star chefs jointly announced the official release of “The Michelin Guide Fine Cantonese Food” (Photo courtesy of GAC Motor)

 

More international cooperation

With the aim of building a world-class brand, GAC Motor not only strengthens diversified and strategic cooperation with top international brands but also continues to work hard in international market development.

GAC Motor has released a new brand slogan “Pursue Greatness” as part of the company’s 10th-anniversary celebration, heralding a new era and new beginning for the brand’s path in both domestic and international operations. The company is quickly expanding in the global market and has already achieved significant recognition in South East Asia and the Middle East.

In the nine days from October 31 to November 8, GAC Motor opened a sales and service center in the United Arab Emirates, launched the GS7 SUV in Kuwait and debuted the brand in Saudi Arabiaand the Philippines. As of now, GAC Motor has entered eight markets in the Middle East – KuwaitBahrain, UAE, QatarLebanonIraqJordan and Saudi Arabia and two markets in South East Asiathe Philippines and Myanmar, achieved positive market feedback and set up mid-to-high end brand image in the Middle East market.

About GAC Motor

Founded in 2008, Guangzhou Automobile Group Motor CO., LTD (GAC Motor) is a subsidiary of GAC Groupwhich ranks 202nd among Fortune Global 500 companies. The company develops and manufactures premium quality vehicles, engines, components and auto accessories. GAC Motor has now ranked first among all Chinese brands for six consecutive years in J.D. Power Asia Pacific’s China Initial Quality Study SM (IQS), demonstrating the company’s quality-centric strategy from innovative research and development (R&D), manufacturing to supply chain and sales & services.

Food Network announces Feast Week programming for Thanksgiving 2018

November 6, 2018

The following is a press release from Food Network:

 Food Network will go live Sunday, November 18th, with a cross-platform Choose Your Side experience, offering Thanksgiving recipes, tips and inspiration across the brand’s linear and digital properties including Facebook Live, on-air programming and digital series Food Network FindsChoose Your Side marks the official start for Food Network’s Thanksgiving week special feature, Feast Week, which is full of Thanksgiving-themed content from viewers’ favorite Food Network personalities.
“Food Network recipes and content have always been a favorite for viewers, especially around the holidays,” said Vikki Neil, executive vice president and general manager of Discovery Digital Studios. “This year’s Feast Week and Choose Your Side event is a must-watch, with even more hours of entertainment and easy-to-follow tips and recipes, making Food Network the one-stop-shop for all things Thanksgiving.”
Choose Your Side kicks off at 10:00am ET with Food Network Kitchen’s Vivian Chan going live to nearly 30 million followers on Facebook. Chan will show viewers how to make all of turkey’s favorite sidekicks in one sheet pan. That means minimal prep and very little cleanup, which is perfect for a small Thanksgiving gathering.
At 12:00pm ET, Bev Weidner, host of Food Network’s new Facebook Watch series Pressure Point, will put her spin on a Thanksgiving potato side dish we’ve all come to love. Bev will teach viewers her recommended way to spruce up the popular dish that will leave guests wanting more.
Two-time Chopped champion James Briscione will be live at 2:00pm ET to show viewers how he reinvents the entire side dish game with his Thanksgiving Bacon Roulade. This mashup of a green bean casserole and Thanksgiving stuffing is wrapped in a fan favorite – bacon!  James can also be seen in all-new digital series,Undercooked, with new episodes available weekly on Facebook Watch and the Food Network GO app.”
At 3:30pm ET, Food Network’s Alex Guarnaschelli will inspire fans for their Thanksgiving gatherings by demonstrating a favorite Thanksgiving side dish that viewers can easily make at home.
A famous bakery in Boston takes the stage at 6:00pm ET to demonstrate how to make classic pull-apart Thanksgiving rolls.
A good meal always ends in dessert, and Dan Langan, host of Dan Can Bake It, has a special surprise. At9:00pm ET, Langan will top off the day with a giant cake that looks like a Thanksgiving side dish but is actually a sweet treat to finish off the meal.
On-air, viewers can enjoy Thanksgiving-themed episodes of daytime favorites including Girl Meets Farm at 11am, Giada’s Holiday Handbook at 11:30am, and all-new series Martina’s Table at 12pm.  In primetime,Martha Stewart hosts holiday special Macy’s Thanksgiving Cake Spectacular premiering at 8pm. Then, at 9pm catch the finale of Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge, when host Giada De Laurentiis, and judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Carla Hall and Christian Petroni determine which chef heads into the holiday with the $25,000 grand prize and bragging rights.
For more information, visit www.foodnetwork.com/feastweek and join the feast using #ChooseYourSide.
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FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to nearly 100 million U.S. households and draws over 46 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine’s rate base has grown 13 times and is the No. 2 best-selling monthly magazine on the newsstand, with 13.5 million readers. Food Network is owned by Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment spanning 220 countries and territories; the portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Netflix announces details of international chef competition ‘The Final Table’

October 16, 2018

The Final Table
A scene from “The Final Table” (Photo courtesy of Netflix)

The following is a press release from Netflix:

“The Final Table” launches globally on November 20, 2018. Twelve teams of world renowned chefs compete for a seat at “The Final Table.”

About “The Final Table”

“The Final Table” is a global culinary competition show featuring the world’s most talented chefs fighting for a spot at the elite, Final Table made up of the greatest chefs from around the globe. The series features 12 teams of two chefs from around the world cooking the national dishes of Mexico, Spain, England, Brazil, France, Japan, the U.S., India and Italy. Each episode focuses on a different country and its cuisine, with celebrity ambassadors, food critics and the country’s greatest chef eliminating teams until the finale. In that last episode, only one of our competing chefs will win a place at the Final Table, joining the nine legendary culinary icons — Enrique Olvera (Mexico), Andoni Aduriz (Spain), Clare Smyth (UK), Helena Rizzo (Brazil), Vineet Bhatia (India), Grant Achatz (US), Carlo Cracco (Italy), Yoshihiro Narisawa (Japan) and Anne-Sophie Pic (France). The series will be presented by Andrew Knowlton, James Beard Award-winning Writer and Editor at Large, Bon Appétit. Created and exec produced by Robin Ashbrook & Yasmin Shackleton. The production company is theoldschool.

The 12 teams include (listed with their associated restaurants and location, and hometowns):

  • Aaron Bludorn (Cafe Boulud: New York, New York, USA, from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA) and Graham Campbell (Castlehill Restaurant: Dundee, Scotland/United Kingdom, from Oban, Scotland)
  • Darren MacLean (Shokunin: Calgary, Canada, from Innisfail, Canada) and Timothy Hollingsworth (Otium: Los Angeles, California, USA, from Houston, Texas, USA)
  • Shin Takagi (Zeniya: Ishikawa, Japan, from Ishikawa, Japan) and Ronald Hsu (Lazy Betty: Atlanta, Georgia, USA, also from Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
  • Alex Haupt (101 Gowrie: Amsterdam, Netherlands, from Sydney, Australia) and Ash Heeger (Ash: Cape Town, South Africa, from Umtata, South Africa)
  • Shane Osborn (Arcane: Hong Kong, China, from Perth, Australia) and Mark Best (Bistro by Mark Best: Hong Kong, China & Singapore, from Sydney, Australia)
  • Monique Fiso (Hiakai: Porirua, New Zealand, from Wellington, New Zealand) and Amninder Sandhu (Arth: Mumbai, India, from Jorhat, India)
  • James Knappett (Bubbledogs/Kitchen Table: London, United Kingdom, from Newmarket, United Kingdom) and Angel Vazquez (Salomé, Into/Angurio: Puebla, Mexico, also from Puebla, Mexico)
  • Jessica Lorigo (Topa Sukalderia: San Sebastian, Spain, from Buffalo, New York, USA) and Johnny Spero (Reverie: Washington DC, USA, from Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
  • Collin Brown (Chef Collin Brown: London, United Kingdom, from Trelawny, Jamaica) and Colibri Jimenez (Casa Morales/My Bowls: Oaxaca, Mexico, from Morelos, Mexico)
  • Esdras Ochoa (11 Westside/Salazar/Mexicali Taco & Co.: Hong Kong, China & Los Angeles, California, USA, from Mexico City, Mexico) and Rafa Gil (Highest Hotel in the World: Hong Kong, China, from Bataguassu, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazi)
  • Charles Michel (Traveling culinary artist: Ecuador, Colombia, France & London, from Bruges, France) and Rodrigo Pacheco (Boca Valdivia: Manabi, Ecuador, from Quito, Ecuador)
  • Manuel Berganza (Tapas Club: Singapore, from Gijón, Spain) and Benjamin Bensoussan (Honest Greens: Madrid, Spain, from Paris, France)
  • The chefs will be judged by celebrity ambassadors and food critics from 9 countries around the world including Dax Shepard, Hasan Minhaj, and Alessandra Ambrosio:

Ambassadors:

  • Colin Hanks and Dax Shepard (United States Ambassadors)
  • Martha Higareda and Julio Cesar Chavez (Mexico Ambassadors)
  • Miguel Bose and Ana Polvorosa (Spain Ambassadors)
  • Gary Lineker and Cat Deeley (United Kingdom Ambassadors)
  • Alessandra Ambrosio and Bebel Gilberto (Brazil Ambassadors)
  • Ranganathan Madhavan and Hasan Minhaj (India Ambassadors)
  • Alessandro Del Piero and Eleonora Cozzella (Italy Ambassadors)
  • Esterelle Payany (France Ambassador)
  • Hikari Mori and Yuji Ayabe (Japan Ambassadors)

Food Critics:

  • Sam Sifton (United States Food Critic)
  • Mariana Camacho (Mexico Food Critic)
  • Borja Beneyto (Spain Food Critic)
  • Jay Rayner (United Kingdom Food Critic)
  • Josimar Melo (Brazil Food Critic)
  • Rashmi Uday Singh (India Food Critic)
  • Andrea Petrini (Italy Food Critic)
  • Francois-Regis Gaudry (France Food Critic)
  • Akiko Katayama (Japan Food Critic)

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Food Network teams up with Martina McBride for ‘Martina’s Table’ series

October 16, 2018

Martina McBride
Martina McBride (Photo courtesy of ABC/Image Group LA)

The following is a press release from Food Network:

As a music megastar, Martina McBride has entertained fans with her songs for years, becoming country music royalty. Now, she is giving Food Network viewers a glimpse of how she entertains at home, sharing her recipes and cooking tips that make her the queen of the kitchen on the new series Martina’s Table, premiering on Sunday, November 18th at 12pm ET/PT. Outside the studio, Martina finds creative inspiration creating perfect menus and preparing meals for her family and close friends Sheryl Crow, Faith Hill, and Little Big Town’s  Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman. Whether it’s a birthday celebration for one of her daughters or a buffet-style menu catered for her band and road crew, Martina’s Table is a place where tasty memories are made. Martina’s Table is produced by Nashville based company Heart Bridge Media.
“Martina McBride has shared her love of music for years, impressing audiences around the globe and earning industry accolades. Now, she is sharing her passion for cooking and entertaining with fans, showcasing even more of her impressive talents in the kitchen,” said Courtney White, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Programming, Food Network and HGTV. “With her creative recipes and inviting personality, everyone will feel welcome at Martina’s Table.”
 
“I’ve always had a passion for cooking and love to cook for my friends and family,” said Martina McBride. “Having a show on Food Network is a dream come true. We’ve filmed the first season and it’s been so fun and exciting to be able to share some of my favorite recipes and stories.”
Over the course of the season, Martina’s recipes are inspired by her midwestern roots as she cooks up delicious dish after dish including a full Thanksgiving menu at home, a Mexican-themed spread for a special birthday gathering, a casual holiday brunch with a few famous friends, and more. From a classic roast turkey recipe to a modern-day take on hummus, Martina has crowd-pleasing recipes fans can make at home for their own friends and family gatherings, making their own tasty memories!
 
Viewers can go behind-the-scenes with Martina and some of her famous friends in a series of exclusive Q&As and trivia challenges on Food Network’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Plus, find Martina’s must-try recipes and exclusive insider videos at FoodNetwork.com/MartinasTable. For all the latest updates on the show follow #MartinasTable.
 
Martina McBride is a multiple Grammy©-nominated country singer, whose vocals have kept her at the top of the charts garnering six #1 hits and 20 top 10 singles. Selling more than 18 million albums to date, she has earned 14 Gold, nine Platinum, three Double Platinum and two Triple Platinum certifications. In addition, she has been honored with more than 15 major music awards, including four wins from the Country Music Association and three Academy of Country Music Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year. When Martina is not working on music in the studio, she focuses her time on her passions for cooking and entertaining. In 2014, she released her first cookbook, Around the Table, featuring her favorite recipes, hosting tips, practical menu planning advice, and décor inspiration. Her sophomore cookbook, Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life, is set to make its debut in October 2018, along with her new Christmas album “It’s The Holiday Season,” a compilation of her favorite songs with the backing of a symphony orchestra. Martina is also passionate about her charity initiative Team Music Is Love, which has been responsible for many successful fundraising and volunteer projects helping causes such as hunger relief, cancer research, combating domestic violence and helping children in need.
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FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to nearly 100 million U.S. households and draws over 46 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine’s rate base has grown 13 times and is the No. 2 best-selling monthly magazine on the newsstand, with 13.5 million readers. Food Network is owned by Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment whose portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

2018 Halloween Horror Nights: Menu inspired by ‘Stranger Things’ debuts at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort

September 12, 2018

Eleven’s Waffle Extravaganza (Photo courtesy of Universal Studios Hollywood)

The following is a press release from Universal Studios:

This year, “Halloween Horror Nights” brings a taste of Hawkins, Indiana to Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, inviting guests to enjoy foods inspired by Netflix’s “Stranger Things” that also complement the terrifying “Stranger Things” mazes debuting at both parks.

“Halloween Horror Nights” begins on Friday, September 14, 2018.

The specialized foods were created by the executive chef and culinary teams at each park to further enhance the already immersive “Halloween Horror Nights” experience.

Here’s what guests can expect to feast on during “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood:

  • Benny’s Burgers: This classic burger, aptly named after the show’s family-owned diner, features a juicy beef burger served on a potato roll and a side of Tater Tots®.
  • The Upside Down Burger: served “upside down,” this signature burger features spicy queso and Flamin’ Hot® Cheetos® served on a potato roll with lettuce, tomatoes and a side of Tater Tots.
  • Benny’s Chicken & Waffle Sandwich: Drizzled with sage-maple aioli and topped with sweet and sour onions, lettuce and tomatoes, this grilled chicken sandwich is served on iconic Kellogg’s® Eggo® waffles with a side of Tater Tots.
  • Demogorgon’s Totcho: A twist on the classic nacho, this dangerously delicious snack piles up Tater Tots, doused in spicy queso, chili, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, sour cream and scallions.
  • Eleven’s Waffle Extravaganza: Inspired by the lead protagonist’s favorite food, this tasty treat mixes Reese’s Pieces, jelly beans, chocolate chips and whipped cream stacked high on three Kellogg’s Eggo waffles.

Additional treats will be served throughout the theme park, including Mini Meatball Subs, Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese and Stir Fry Noodles as well as Voodoo Doughnuts.

Here’s what guests can expect to dine on at Universal Orlando Resort:

  • Waffles Galore!: All inspired by Eleven’s favorite food, guests can enjoy a variety of waffle treats at “Halloween Horror Nights,” including Fudge Dipped Waffle on a Stick topped with peanuts and sprinkles; Waffle Ice Cream Pocket Sundae which features two chocolate chip waffles stuffed with strawberry ice cream and topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, sprinkles, chopped peanuts and a cherry; Triple Decker Extravaganza, which is Orlando’s version of Eleven’s Waffle Extravaganza – and more.
  • Syrup & Waffles: Enjoy Eleven’s favorite food…beverage-style! This non-alcoholic frozen drink is a delicious blend of syrup flavors with tiny waffles on top.
  • Christmas Tree Light Cupcakes: Inspired by the iconic scene from ”Stranger Things” where Joyce uses Christmas lights to communicate with Will, guests can choose from chocolate or red velvet cupcakes, each topped with whipped cream frosting and covered with jelly beans to resemble the colorful lights.
  • 11 Mini Donuts: These donuts are covered in powdered sugar or cinnamon and topped with red frosting – inspired by the nosebleed Eleven typically has when she uses her telekinesis powers.
  • Pepperoni & Sausage Pizza: Inspired by the slice of pizza Dustin offers his crush, Nancy, in the first episode of Season One.
  • Benny’s Burgers: Universal Orlando will also feature a Benny’s Burgers food location, where guests can grab a variety of burgers, chicken sandwiches and more.

Universal Orlando’s “Halloween Horror Nights” will feature additional highly-themed food and beverages inspired by this year’s ‘80s theme and Halloween overall, including a unique Candy Corn frozen drink, a sweet and sour drink called “Gnarly Twist,” a special HHN Tombstone Doughnut at Voodoo Doughnut, and more. For a complete list of the highly-themed food and drinks available at Universal Orlando’s “Halloween Horror Nights,” click here.

For the first time ever, Universal Studios HollywoodUniversal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Singapore are partnering with Netflix to bring “Stranger Things” to life at this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” events. Fans of the series will get the chance to brave the Upside Down and confront the supernatural as each park debuts all-new mazes inspired by season one of the critically-acclaimed series.

For more information and to purchase tickets for “Halloween Horror Nights “at Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort or Universal Studios Singapore, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

Food Network announces ‘Bite Club’ cooking competition hosted by Tyler Florence

August 9, 2018

Tyler Florence
Tyler Florence (Photo courtesy of Food Network)

The following is a press release from Food Network:

This fall, Tyler Florence hits some of the country’s top food cities and pits local chefs against each other in a fierce fight to become their hometown champ in the new competition series “Bite Club.” In each location, five chefs arrive prepared to cook in an unknown kitchen, and are greeted with a game of chance that results in two chefs becoming the competition’s judges. The three remaining chefs then go head-to-head in two rounds of intense secret ingredient cooking battles, where their peers ultimately decide who becomes the city’s Bite Club champ. The six-episode series premieres Thursday, September 6th at 9 p.m. ET/PT with Chicago, followed by episodes in Savannah, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Charleston and Nashville.

“When five of the hottest chefs in the same city go up against each other, the energy is explosive – they are colleagues and rivals, friends and competitors,” said Courtney White, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Food Network and HGTV. “Tyler is the perfect host to oversee the top-notch culinary action and rivalry in each town.”

In the series premiere, five of Chicago’s most talented chefs meet Tyler in an Italian restaurant kitchen they have never cooked in before. Luck determines which two will serve as judges and which three proceed to the kitchen. Round one throws the competitors for a loop when they are presented with alligator meat – but they rally and take advantage of the restaurant’s powerful pizza oven in the hopes of cooking it just right. The most successful two chefs move to the next round, but only one is named the Windy City’s Bite Club champ.

After each city’s battle, catch behind-the-scenes photos and fun moments at FoodNetwork.com/BiteClub, as well as Food Network’s Facebook and Instagram pages using the hashtag #BiteClub. And don’t miss Tyler Florence taking on a few challenges of his own! Plus, get a taste of the food each city has to offer and find out which dishes you need to try on your next visit with the digital companion series Bite Club: Food Network Finds.

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FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to nearly 100 million U.S. households and draws over 46 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine’s rate base has grown 13 times and is the No. 2 best-selling monthly magazine on the newsstand, with 13.5 million readers. Food Network is owned by Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment whose portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

 

Netflix announces two new culinary series: ‘Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat’ starring Samin Nosrat and ‘The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell’

July 29, 2018

Samin Nosrat of "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat"
Samin Nosrat of “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” (Photo courtesy of Netflix)

Netflix has announced these new series:

“Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” launches October 19, 2018. Based on Samin Nosrat’s best-selling, James Beard Award-winning book, “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” is the essential guide to the basic elements of good cooking. Directed by Caroline Suh, each episode of this four-part series joins our spirited guide Samin as she travels to home kitchens of Italy, the southern islands of Japan, the heat of the Yucatán and back to Berkeley’s Chez Panisse—where she started her culinary career—to demystify and explore the central principles of what makes food delicious and how each of us can easily incorporate those elements into every dish. “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” is produced by Jigsaw Productions, the creators of “Cooked.”

“The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell”: Get ready to experience the art of darkness in ways you’ve never imagined with baker and artist, Christine McConnell, as she welcomes you into her terrifyingly delicious home, every episode she bakes, sculpts and sews to create delectable confections and hauntingly disturbing decor with the help of her colorful collection of creatures. The series  is produced by The Jim Henson Company and Wilshire Studios.

Meanwhile, “Chef’s Table” Season 5 will launch on September 28, 2018. The new season will take viewers inside the lives and kitchens of four new international chefs as the series explores their lives, talents and passion from their piece of culinary heaven.

Food Network debuts ‘Let’s Eat’ starring Brandi Milloy, Stuart O’Keeffe and Jamika Pessoa

July 26, 2018

Stuart O'Keefe, Jamika Pessoa and Brandi Milloy
Stuart O’Keefe, Jamika Pessoa and Brandi Milloy (Photo by Jason DeCrow)

The following is a press release from Food Network:

From flavorful dishes, to popular restaurant trends, and to the latest food fads captivating social media, Brandi Milloy, Stuart O’Keeffe, and Jamika Pessoa are breaking it all down on new daytime series “Let’s Eat,” premiering on Sunday, August 12th at 11am PT/ET. The trio of food-passionate hosts will be joined by special culinary guests, as well as experts from Food Network Kitchen, as they explore everything that is current in the culinary world, and share tips, tricks, and mouthwatering recipes to make your time in the kitchen a breeze.

“With Brandi, Stuart and Jamika at the helm, ‘Let’s Eat’ celebrates all the hottest food crazes in an entertaining and educational half-hour of non-stop fun,” said Courtney White, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Programming, Food Network and HGTV. “Their innovative cooking hacks will help viewers recreate that wow factor to stun family and friends in their own homes.”

Food is front and center in each of the half-hour episodes, and every dish is unapologetically delicious. From comforting chicken pot pie with tater tot crust, to decadent bacon, cheddar, jalapeno stuffed hush puppies, and to chocolate mousse in cookie bowls, there is something to satisfy every type of salty, savory and sweet craving. Throughout the season, Brandi, Stuart and Jamika teach innovative cooking techniques to make preparing any meal quick and easy. Plus, they head out of the kitchen to top restaurants discovering the secrets behind their most popular dishes that have gone viral. Come along as they turn food fails upside down, create edible illusions, and mashup your favorite dishes.

Growing up in a military family that moved often fueled Brandi Milloy’s love of food, people, culture and travel. Widely known as a food and lifestyle expert, fans have come to rely on her popular blog for easy pantry staple meals and crowd-pleasing recipes. She is best known for the YouTube series “POPSUGAR Food: Eat the Trend” and “Get the Dish with Brandi Milloy.” Brandi is no stranger to television, and brings her expertise to the Today Show as a regular contributor. She has also appeared on Cooking Channel’s “Eat. This. Now.” and Food Network’s “Guy’s Grocery Games,” “Food Network Star” and “Chopped Junior.”

Stuart O’Keeffe is an accomplished celebrity and professional chef, known for his hearty but healthy meals. Growing up in Ireland, he first explored his passion for food while cooking alongside his mother. After graduating from high school, he attended culinary school at the Dublin Institute of Technology. In 2016 Stuart released his first cookbook, “The Quick Six Fix,” which offers no-fuss recipes that are full of flavor. He has also starred on Irish television in “Stuart’s Kitchen,” and on Food Network’s “Private Chefs of Beverly Hills,” as a judge on “Chopped,” and as a featured chef on OWN’s Home Made Simple.

Jamika Pessoa is a chef and caterer to the stars, known for bold twists on traditional dishes, especially those of her Southern and Caribbean heritages. Audiences first met Jamika on Food Network Star where they came to know her innovative style, sassy personality, and inspiring tenacity in the kitchen.Since then she has been featured on Cooking Channel’s “Donut Showdown, Unique Sweets.” Jamika is also a recurring judge on Food Network’s upcoming series “Ultimate Summer Cook-Off.”

On Food Network’s Facebook and Instagram fans can meet the hosts in a series of insider clips, and get their takes on the latest trending food debates. Also, they can learn even more cooking tips and food hacks, watch over-the-top dishes come to life, and use #LetsEat to share their own tricks in the kitchen. Plus, for all the full recipes featured on the show visit FoodNetwork.com/LetsEat.

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Gordon Ramsay and National Geographic partner on series ‘Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted’

July 25, 2018

Gordon Ramsay
Gordon Ramsay (Photo courtesy of Fox)

The following is a press release from National Geographic:

National Geographic Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe and Gordon Ramsay announced today during the network’s session at the Television Critics Press Tour the greenlight of “Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted,” a series that draws connections between exploration, adventure and food – with a dash of friendly competition – starring Ramsay. Produced by his own Studio Ramsay, the celebrated chef will embark on anthropology-through-cuisine expeditions to unearth the most incredible people, places and flavors the world has to offer. “Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted” will premiere globally in 2019 on National Geographic in 171 countries and 43 languages, with Studio Ramsay/All3 Media retaining rights in the remaining international territories. Production is set to begin this fall.

Food and adventure programming is familiar ground for Ramsay, whose 2010 U.K. series for Channel 4, “Gordon’s Great Escapes,” saw the venerable chef explore the food culture of India and Southeast Asia. An Ironman athlete and adrenaline junkie, Ramsay has long held the belief that learning is best achieved by doing – a philosophy for not only how he cooks but also how he runs his business. For his global restaurant chain Ramsay sends his Michelin-starred chefs around the world to hone new skills and flavors from the most unlikely people and places.

Each episode of “Uncharted” will include three key ingredients: unlocking a culture’s culinary secrets through exploration and adventure with local food heroes, no matter where they may lead him; tracking down high-octane traditions, pastimes and customs that are specific to the region in hopes of discovering the undiscovered; and, finally, testing Ramsay against the locals, pitting his own interpretations of regional dishes against the tried-and-true classics. The series moves beyond conversation to truly immerse Ramsay in all aspects of the local culture to better prepare him for the final friendly cooking competition with local chefs and foodies.

Join Ramsay as he scales roofs of caves to harvest fresh nests in Malaysian Borneo and puts fear aside to hunt tarantulas in Cambodia. Ramsay will travel through cities and remote areas, experiencing local challenges underwater, across mountains and through the jungle, and explore each location’s extraordinary cultures, to uncover what it really takes to obtain each special ingredient.

“My passion for adventure has made me not only a better chef but also a fearless apprentice of all cultures, which makes it so exciting for me to work with National Geographic, who’ve been taking exploration to the limit for their entire storied history,” said Ramsay.

The series represents an extension of Ramsay’s longtime partnership with the FOX family of networks, which has been home to his Emmy-nominated series such as “Hell’s Kitchen,” “MasterChef” and “MasterChef Junior” since 2005.

“Fans of Gordon Ramsay know all too well the passion he brings to his work,” said Courteney Monroe, CEO of National Geographic Global Networks. “Armed with his relentless pursuit of finding the unexpected, Gordon is not only a bold chef and exceptional television talent, but he is also a fearless adventurer who pushes himself to the limit to fully immerse himself in new worlds and cultures. We’re thrilled to inspire the legions of Gordon Ramsay fans with a series unlike anything they’ve ever seen from him before.”

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 128 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About Gordon Ramsay/Studio Ramsay

Renowned for highly successful and award-winning original programming, Emmy nominated, multi-Michelin-star chef Gordon Ramsay produces TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic that are seen by audiences worldwide, including his FOX shows “The F Word,” “24 Hours to Hell and Back,” “MasterChef,” “MasterChef Junior,” “Hell’s Kitchen” and “MasterChef Celebrity Showdown,” as well as Bravo’s “Best New Restaurant” and Food Network’s competition series “Food Court Wars.” In the U.K., he’s produced “Gordon Ramsay Behind Bars” and “Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape” for Channel 4; food biography and nostalgia series “My Kitchen” for UKTV’s Good Food Channel; two instructional cookery series, “Ultimate Home Cooking” and “Ultimate Cookery Course” for Channel 4; and the first two seasons of “Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch,” all under his One Potato Two Potato banner.

The next-generation multimedia production company Studio Ramsay was founded in 2016 by Ramsay and has a joint venture with All3Media to develop and produce both unscripted and scripted television shows, creating new formats and innovative programming that include a scripted arm focused on food-related themes and development of new talent on a global front. The catalog of programs that Ramsay has worked on historically with All3Media via One Potato Two Potato, together with new original content he’s currently developing, make for a unique and dynamic production and distribution partnership. Studio Ramsay’s first production, live “The F Word With Gordon Ramsay,” premiered last summer in the U.S. on FOX, and its second FOX series, “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” currently airs of FOX. Its first daytime cooking series, “Culinary Genius,” premiered on ITV in the U.K. and was syndicated on FOX stations in the U.S. last summer. His documentary series, “Gordon on Cocaine,” premiered in the fall on ITV to critical acclaim. “Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch,” starring Tilly Ramsay for U.K. children’s channel CBBC, is also produced by Studio Ramsay. For more information, please visit www.gordonramsay.com or follow Gordon Ramsay on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.