Food & Cooking

Jesse Romero On His Fight For 'MasterChef' Title

6/17/2015 12:05pm EDT
Jesse Romero Talks 'MasterChef': 'The Key Is To Be Fearless'
Tonight, MasterChef heads to Las Vegas, where Jesse Romero (pictured center with fellow hopefuls Charlie and Stephen) will continue to fight for the title of America's best home cook. The 29-year-old petroleum landman from Baton Rouge sat down with Starpulse last week to talk about transitioning from Louisiana to the MasterChef kitchen, and what he's out to accomplish beyond just trying to win.

"The main reason I took on this crazy journey was to fill a void in my life that has been missing for years - that void was competition," he explained. "I have been involved in numerous competitions...
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18-Year-Old 'MasterChef' Contestant Talks About His Culinary Challenge

6/16/2015 12:08pm EDT
Justin Bannister: MasterChef 'Is Always A Roller Coaster Ride'
Justin Bannister saw his time in the MasterChef kitchen come to an end last week, but he certainly left behind a good impression as the youngest contestant of season 6. The 18-year-old from Texas spoke to Starpulse just before his elimination to talk about what it was like for him to rise to the culinary challenge.

"Walking into the MasterChef kitchen is always a roller coaster ride," he explained. "You must always be on edge so that you expect anything the judges throw at you. It is the only way to prepare."

"Cooking in the MasterChef kitchen is a competition like no other," Justin conti...
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NC Man Charged With Murder Of Pregnant Food Network Star

3/19/2015 7:40pm EDT
Cristie Schoen Codd
A North Carolina man was arrested Monday evening and charged with murdering former Food Network Star contestant Cristie Schoen Codd, 38, and her husband Joseph "JT" Codd, 45, along with their unborn baby.

The couple were reported missing on Sunday by family members who said their Leicester, North Carolina, home didn't "look right" and the couple hadn't been heard from for several days.

Robert Jason Owens, 36, a neighbor of the couple, was arrested Monday night and charged with two counts of felony first-degree murder, one count of murder of an unborn child, breaking and entering and larce...
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TV Preview: 'Hell's Kitchen' Season 14

3/3/2015 2:09pm EST
TV Preview: 'Hell's Kitchen' Season 14
With MasterChef Junior over, FOX turns to the fourteenth season of Hell's Kitchen to provide the network with its regular dose of Gordon Ramsay. But is the latest edition of the cooking competition worth the watch, especially as it's now pitted against NBC's The Voice?

To give you an idea of this show's longevity, Hell's Kitchen now has exactly the same number of seasons as American Idol. You know generally what to expect when you tune in, especially to tonight's premiere episode.

Every season always starts with the signature dish challenge, in which cooks whip up their best work for Rams...
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Adam Richman Presides Over A Culinary Battle Pitting Home Cooks Against Pro Chefs On NBC's 'Food Fighters'

7/21/2014 11:00am EDT
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It is the ultimate culinary battle, pitting home cook against professional chef to win $10,000. But what makes NBC's "Food Fighters" different than other cooking competition shows is it's host. A classically trained chef? A food historian? Rather, the man presiding over this cooking race is none other than Adam Richman; food and television personality best known for eating his way through American than judging its food and chefs.

Richman's job as host of this unique series is to be a sounding board for the contestants and professionals, a live-action voice over if you will, narrating not o...
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Tiffany Derry Goes From 'Bar Rescue' To 'Hungry Investors'

5/4/2014 12:05pm EDT
Tiffany Derry Goes From 'Bar Rescue' To 'Hungry Investors'
Spike TV viewers are getting a double shot of Tiffany Derry tonight. First, she's helping Jon Taffer save another establishment on Bar Rescue; then she's teaming up with Taffer and John Besh as the trio of entrepreneurs at the heart of the new series Hungry Investors, where two struggling restaurants go head-to-head and the winner takes home a much-needed investment. BFTV caught up with Tiffany last week to talk about Hungry Investors.

Tonight isn't Tiffany's first appearance on Bar Rescue, so did that have anything to do with her new gig? "I guess it's all related," she told us. "I knew B...
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9 Spin-Off Shows That Were Real Hits

4/15/2014 4:00pm EDT
9 Spin-Off Shows That Were Real Hits
Remember what it was like when you were dedicated to one show only, you never missed an episode and hoped your favorite characters (or personalities) would get their turn in the spotlight? Well that did happen to these classic spin-offs, who found their niche in television history and rightly remain some of the most unique and diverse group of programming ever made for television.

1. "The Simpsons"

(Spun off of "The Tracey Ullman Show")

"The Simpsons" was a cartoon short utilized in the series "The Tracey Ullman Show" during its run from 1987-1990. The show took on a life of its own i...
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Susan Heaton After Her 'Hell's Kitchen' Elimination

7/18/2013 12:15pm EDT
Hell's Kitchen
When we last talked to her in April, Susan Heaton was a contender for the Hell's Kitchen title. Last week, Chef Gordon Ramsay sent her home. Susan rejoined us earlier this week to look back on the entirety of her experience in Ramsay's kitchen, and let us know what she's been doing since the competition ended.

She has no hard feelings about her departure. "I think there is always room for improvement," she reflected. "Since it was my first time working a line, and working for Chef Ramsay, I think that in retrospect I would handle my nerves better and slow down and be more assertive with my...
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Paula Deen Defends Use Of 'N-Word': Those Were Different Times

6/20/2013 5:03pm EDT
Paula Deen
TV cook Paula Deen caused controversy when she admitted to using the "N-word" before in a three-hour court deposition on Friday.

Deen and her brother/business partner Bubba Hiers are being sued for $1.2 million by Lisa Jackson, a former manager at their Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House restaurant in Savannah, Georgia.

Jackson maintains that the Food Network star and her brother made racial slurs and derogatory remarks about Afrian Americans and that Hiers sexually harassed her and "frequently" viewed adult websites in the office they shared.

"Yes, of course," Deen said when asked i...
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'Hell's Kitchen': Anthony Rodriguez After His Elimination

6/13/2013 10:12am EDT
Hell's Kitchen
The men keep falling on Hell's Kitchen. Last week, the cooking competition said goodbye to 27-year-old line chef Anthony Rodriguez, despite his best efforts to hold the guys' Blue Team together. Anthony joined BFTV earlier this week to discuss what went wrong, what he learned, and where he's at now that he's out of the fire.

The New Orleans native echoed earlier comments by his teammates that the Blue Team wasn't always functioning as a team. "Our communication just wasn't there. When we were in sync, we were amazing, but we lacked that constant leading voice in the kitchen to pull us all ...
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