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Food Network Presents ‘Thanksgiving Live!’

Food Network Helps Viewers Avert Turkey-Day Disasters First-Ever, Two Hour, Interactive ‘Thanksgiving Live!’ Special

Hosted by Alton Brown and Featuring Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray and More
‘Thanksgiving Live!’ Airs Sunday, November 20th from NOON-2pm ET
Viewers Submit Questions Live via Facebook, Twitter and Skype

Alton Brown host Thanksgiving LiveNEW YORK – October 17, 2011 – Home cooks—and their Thanksgiving dinner guests—have another reason to be thankful this year! The experts at Food Network come together to  answer viewers toughest questions about holiday meal-making on Thanksgiving Live!, a two-hour, interactive show hosted by famed Turkey-master Alton Brown, airing Sunday, November 20 from 12 pm to 2 pm EST/PST (west coast airing will be taped).  On hand to address perennial problems from dry turkey to lumpy gravy, as well as demonstrate helpful tips and delicious recipes will be Ted Allen, Sunny Anderson, Anne Burrell, Melissa d’Arabian, Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli and Rachael Ray.

“Thanksgiving Live! is a unique opportunity for home cooks to get expert holiday meal preparation advice from the television chefs they love and trust on the Sunday before the big day,” said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President of Food Network. “We’re excited to offer this one-of-a-kind television experience, in addition to our other media platforms,  to make Food Network the go-to resource for Thanksgiving food programming and instruction.”

In this first-ever Food Network live event, Alton will field viewers’ Thanksgiving meal preparation questions and refer them to an all-star cast of celebrity chefs. Viewers will not only have the opportunity to submit questions ahead of time via Facebook, Twitter (use #FNThanksgiving) but can also simultaneously submit questions during the broadcast.  Skype submissions (Username: FoodNetworkThanksgiving) will be exclusive to the two-hour broadcast.

As a side dish to the on-air broadcast, the network’s website (www.foodnetwork.com) will serve up a three-hour Thanksgiving Live webcast. Starting a half-hour before airtime, the site will stream a preshow featuring celebrity chef interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of Alton and the cast preparing for the live television event. During the show, viewers can participate in a unique, co-viewing social experience implemented on FoodNetwork.com, Facebook.com/FoodNetwork and Livestream.com/FoodNetwork. A mix of real-time conversation including video, photos, Facebook and Twitter posts, all seamlessly integrated into the live video stream, it will allow chefs and viewers to share tips, recipes and commentary. After the on-air broadcast concludes as the cast sit down to enjoy the Thanksgiving feast they prepared during the show, the online streaming video will continue with post-show coverage. Each guest will contribute a signature dish, covering everything from starters to desserts—and Alton Brown will carve the turkey!

Cheflebrity Death Match – Anthony Bourdain vs. Paula Deen

So it appears that Tony Bourdain and Paula Deen are in a pissing contest.  Well, this should be fun.  FOOD FIGHT!!!!!!!!

Anthony BourdainAnthony fired the first shot in an interview with TV Guide saying that, “The worst, most dangerous person to America is clearly Paula Deen. She revels in unholy connections with evil corporations and she’s proud of the fact that her food is f—ing bad for you. If I were on at seven at night and loved by millions of people at every age, I would think twice before telling an already obese nation that it’s OK to eat food that is killing us. Plus, her food sucks.”

Tony, via Twitter, later said he was slightly misquoted, “My comment was actually‘worst, most dangerous to America cook on FN [Food Network].”  Oh, yeah.  That’s much better.

It was part of an article where TV Guide had asked Bourdain his take on a number of Food Network faves.  He also voiced his distaste for Guy Fieri, Sandra Lee and of course his favorite whipping girl Rachael Ray.  As far as Tony’s thoughts on Paula’s cooking I have to say that I’m a Southern chef who grew up one state over from Deen.  I’ve never cooked like her and I’ve never known anyone who cooked like her.  Most people in the South can’t afford that much butter.

Deen has not been quiet on the subject nor particularly honest saying, “Anthony Bourdain needs to get a life.”  Just today she retorted in an interview with The New York Post. “You don’t have to like my food, or Rachael’s, Sandra’s and Guy’s.  But it’s another Paula Deenthing to attack our character.”  Oh no she didn’t go there did she?  Paula Deen has been sued more times than Obamacare.  Check that out HERE.

She continued saying, “I wake up every morning happy for where I am in life. It’s not all about the cooking, but the fact that I can contribute by using my influence to help people all over the country. In the last two years, my partners and I have fed more than 10 million hungry people by bringing meat to food banks.”

Deen zinged that Bourdain’s only contribution to society is “being irritable.”  I think the folks at Doctors Without Borders would disagree with her.  Bourdain has been one of their most vocal supporters.

Deen was kind of right.  Smithfield donated roughly 150,000 pounds of protein to food banks across the country.  Deen and her boys joined Smithfield in ten cities to help hand out some of the delivery.  If you go by Paula’s “10 million” number then that means each person got about 3 ounces of meat.  Merry Christmas.

Perhaps when she said 10 million what she meant was the dollar amount she’s been sued for, repeatedly.  And for Tony’s part, his harsh words about Paula were nothing compared to his feelings on Sandra Lee, “Pure evil. This frightening Hell Spawn of Kathie Lee and Betty Crocker seems on a mission to kill her fans, one meal at a time. She must be stopped.”

Now, discuss it amongst yourselves.  That’s what the comments section is for after all.

Review: Hungry Girl

I finally got a little more quality time with the Cooking Channel so I am attempting to review several of the shows I have not seen.  This time around Hungry Girl.

Lisa Lillien has lived the food blogger’s dream as well as just about anyone.  She has a popular web site, 1M+ news letter subscribers, a best selling book and now the crowning achievement we all strive for, her on TV show.  Here’s a blurb from said web site:

Approximately 1,000,000 fans eagerly wait for Hungry Girl’s recipes, tips & tricks each weekday. What started as a daily email to friends and family has turned into a nationwide, multimedia phenomenon!  In addition to the almost one million die-hard fans subscribed to her daily emails, Lisa also reaches millions more with weekly columns on WeightWatchers.com and Yahoo!, regular contributions to Redbook magazine and recurring appearances on the television shows like Rachael Ray and Extra.

Hungry GirlLillien’s focus is on low fat, low calorie fare that is easy for the home cook.  Think of her as the love child of Rachael Ray and Ellie Krieger with a splash of Melissa D’Arabian.  Her energy is understated not unlike Micheal Chiarello but with a definite soccer mom sensibility.

The show is shot in a style that is reminiscent of Food Network in the late 90’s.  The set looks like a mash-up of shows such as Sara’s Secrets, Caprial’s Kitchen and the early years of 30 Minute Meals.  The cinematography is quite good and each episode packs a lot of information into it.  Lillien has a bevy of tips and substitutions that help lower fat and calories while still maintaining food that is appetizing.  All though this may not be the kind of show to inspire professional chefs it is a great instructional series for the home cook.  It’s the kind of show that sister Food Network was built on.

Lisa is currently doing a book tour in support of her newest release 300 Under 300: 300 Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Dishes Under 300 Calories.  To see if Lisa is headed your way check out the tour dates HERE.

South Beach Wine & Food Festival

SoBe FestIt’s just about here again.  The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival is next month and once again the stars of the culinary world will be out in force.  Known as SoBe in culinary circles, this festival has turned into one of the premiere events, gastronomical or otherwise, in the world.  It is the Sundance of food.

The events at SoBe are mammoth.  How about a BBQ sponsored by Original MOONSHINE that’s hosted by Adam Perry Lang (Daisy May’s BBQ USA, NYC)?  Or maybe brunch with Gail Simmons and sponsored by Dolce Wines.  Do you love pasta?  Well Barilla is teaming super chef Bryan Voltaggio and Food Network’s Claire Robinson for an interactive lunch.  There’s also a SoBe Fest 2011private cocktail hour hosted by Next Food Network Star winner Aarti Sequeira.

Perrier-Jouet, makers of great champagne, host an annual cookout on the beach called Bubble Q.  This year it will be hosted by Bobby Flay featuring some great cuts from Allen Bros. – the finest steak purveyors in America.   But that’s not all.  You can get cooking tips from Ted Allen and Alex Guarnaschelli or cocktail ideas from Zane Lamphrey.  Just a few of the other cheflebrities who’ll be hanging out at SoBe are Rachael Ray, Charlie Trotter, Guy Fieri, Paula Deen, Alain Ducasse and Laura Werlin.  Heck even Ming Tsai will be there laying out a mean Dim Sum.

Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival CookbookThere is more heavy duty, high dollar, blue blooded eating going on than you would ever be able to do in just four days.  Seriously.  There are all kinds of private dinner parties, seminars and star studded happy hours going on.  Heck, this festival is so big it even has its own cookbook.  If there is a chef with a well known restaurant you can bet they’ll be at SoBe.

If you have the time and money I highly urge you to check out this amazing event.  Book your reservations HERE but remember where it says, “How did you hear about this package?” remember to put in WannabeTVchef.  Maybe they’ll send me a T-shirt or something.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
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2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
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