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Food Network’s ‘The Best Thing I Ever Ate’ Is Rebooting Next Week

As a teen, one of the biggest shows that fueled my growing food obsession was Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate. The show, where six seasons spanned across the entirety of my high school career, opened me up to a world of intricate dishes and epic eats that I had never seen before, and inspired me to want to travel and partake in new culinary experiences. Now, six years after the last episode aired, we have official confirmation that the show is finally making a comeback.

Cooking Channel will be picking up a reboot of the original series, a Food Network representative has confirmed to Foodbeast. The first episode will air next Monday, December 11th at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT. Several of the celebrity chefs and food personalities that have been on the show in the past will be returning, including Alton Brown, Duff Goldman, and food writer/TV personality Simon Majumdar. There will also be a flurry of newcomers, including chef and butcher Justin Brunson and former Masterchef finalist Monti Carlo.

Just like the old show, episodes will focus on a central theme, with each chef revealing what their favorite eats were based on it. The first episode, for example, will focus on foods that are worth standing in line for.

With the new iteration of The Best Thing I Ever Ate arriving next week, restaurants that get featured can expect to get lot more fame, and many more hungry and eager customers, as a result.


Lovely Photo Map Highlights Each State’s Signature Food


Round-ups of foods from around the country are nothing new, but it’s definitely been a while since we’ve seen one as pretty as this.

Inspired by the Olympics and politics, Cooking Channel decided to throw together a “culinary roadmap” of the most iconic foods in each state. Dishes were chosen via votes from Cooking Channel readers and viewers, so blame them if you feel buffalo wings aren’t an accurate representation of New York, or salmon candy of Alaska, or vinegar french fries of Delaware.

Our personal favorite is Nevada, with the Las Vegas All You Can Eat Buffet. Although, vodka would have made a solid runner up.

Check out the full listicle version, complete with recipes and food histories, here.

H/T Design Taxi


Nadia G. Talks Anthony Bourdain, Tattoos and Growing Up Italian [INTERVIEW]

Who says a bitchin’ attitude doesn’t belong in the kitchen? Not Nadia G.

Nadia G. is the host of Food Network Canada’s and Cooking Channel’s comedy-cooking show, “Bitchin’ Kitchen.” Every week she comes up with a themed menu based on life situations, such as “Impress the In-Laws,” highlighted by a filet mignon with a maple balsamic reduction served with cherry tomatoes and Parmesan potato croquettes.

Nadia G. was born in Montreal, Quebec. She’s of Italian descent, which has a strong influence on her cooking style. Both of her parents immigrated from Italy to Quebec in the 1950s.

Before she became a TV personality, she did skit comedy. In 2007, “Bitchin’ Kitchen” caught the eye of mainstream broadcast media when it debuted as three minute mobile shows and was a huge success.

Since the show’s television debut in 2010, Nadia G. has built the reputation of being a great Italian cook in stiletto heels and animal print dresses who will make you laugh your ass off.

Tune in on Cooking Channel every Wednesday at 10 p.m. EST and Saturdays at 11 p.m. EST to get a taste of what bitchin’ really means.


What inspired you to start cooking?
I’ve always been food obsessed, and I guess if anyone loves food as much as I do, eventually you’re going to have to learn how to cook it. I grew up in a family of amazing cooks: my mom, my aunts, my grandmas. These ladies were super fierce in the kitchen and hilarious as well. So cooking has always been something I’ve held very near and dear to my heart and my love handles.


Why is food important to you?
Well, one, I can’t live without it, literally. And secondly, food is basically what brings our friends, family and thighs closer together. Yes, it is about the food itself, but more importantly, it’s about the relationships that surround food, the reasons why we eat certain foods. There’s a lot going on besides just that plate of pasta. It’s the situation that surrounds the pasta, which is just as tasty.


Who taught you how to cook?
Growing up in an Italian family we didn’t have any written recipes, so often when I asked my mother how much salt goes into the pasta water, she’d just get annoyed and be like, “You look, you feel, you taste.” So after a lot of trial and error, I eventually got the hang of it. That’s what it’s all about. Just not being afraid to get your hands dirty and make a couple of mistakes, because, eventually, you’ll get the hang of it.


How’d you come up with the concept of Bitchin’ Kitchen?
I love comedy. I spent a couple of years in my early twenties doing skit comedy and one day thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be awesome for me to do the comedy and still get my hands on a plate of pasta fazul?” And I came up with the concept of Bitchin’ Kitchen, which basically is a thematic comedy cooking show where we have a meal for every occasion, whether it’s break-up brunches, dysfunctional family pizza night, rehab recipes. We talk about the life that surrounds food and stuff a good meal with it.


Who is your chef crush if you had to pick one?
A chef crush? I would say Anthony Bourdain.


Well, he’s got a pretty bitchin’, punk rock attitude, and I dig that in people. I dig that attitude in culinary entertainment.


When did you get your first tattoo?


Yeah, legal age is just a suggestion in Canada. Not 13, 14.


What’s the tattoo of?
It’s just some abstract, cheesy tribal circle that’s on my left hand wrist. I think I was just feeling rebellious, and often tattoos are a way of expressing that feeling. When you’re that young, I give myself a pass on the design. It was just the feeling of rebelling against the whole conservative mentality I grew up with.


When you say conservative do you mean just your family or the area you were living in?
The area I was living in and my family as well. They weren’t as conservative as other families [that] locked up their daughters until they were 18. Immigrants, Italian culture can be a little sexist, a little closed minded, very…what’s a good word…just kind of stick with each other. For me it wasn’t about the picket fence and getting married and having two children. I wanted to be a rock star, so that didn’t really mesh with the neighborhood I was living in and the mentality of that neighborhood. Rebelling against it taught me a lot. In my twenties, doing the comedy enabled me to look back on my Italian roots and see it with a fresh perspective, it helped me appreciate the culture I come from.


What’s your favorite tattoo you have?
I would say the ones I designed myself are the ones I love the most. I have one on my foot that I’m a big fan of, looks great with heels. The one on my forearm is really cool to me. Those two are my favorites. Oh, and the band around the ankle that matches the armband. I have three [tattoos]. All of them I designed myself.


If you weren’t hosting the show right now, what do you think you’d be doing?
I love to sing, and I love rock-n-roll. It would probably be a combination of those two. I’d still be eating though, and I’d still be cooking.


If you were a food what would you be?
Hmm, that’s a good question. I never really thought of myself as food. I’d be strawberries in balsamic vinegar.


Why would you be that?
Because it’s sweet with just enough vinegar to kick you.


Who are some of your culinary role models?
The women in my family.


If you had to eat the same dish every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
When that questions comes up, the first thing that comes to mind is the dirtiest, most amazing dish that you love so much like fried chicken drenched in maple syrup. But one would probably get really sick of eating something that rich every single day for the rest of their lives. So I’m going to have to go with some kind of pasta primavera, so I can at least stay alive. So there would be some prosciutto in there with some asparagus, greens, fresh cherry tomatoes. Tasty, yet healthy enough to keep me around for a while.


What advice would you give to aspiring chefs and foodies?
I would say, very often, people always give the cliché response of, “Follow your dreams and they can come true.” And it is true, just make sure you read the fine print that you got to work 14 hours a day, seven days a week, 10 years to get there. The fine print.

Celebrity Grub

Paula Deen Expected to Reveal That She Has Diabetes?

Reports from several sources claim that popular chef and entrepreneur Paula Deen will soon announce that she has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, a disease often linked to obesity. If the claims prove true, it looks like Paula’s career of hawking fatty, butter-lathered dishes will have finally caught up with her.

The 64-year-old chef faces rumors of potentially signing a multimillion dollar deal to become the new face of a Novartis drug used to help treat the disease, but a Novartis rep told CBSNews that they hadn’t signed a deal with her.

While Dean has maintained some sensual and tasty cooking shows and recipes in years past, her two sons who have become food television fixtures themselves, have found their way to a healthier lifestyle (they’ve both trimmed up since their earlier years on television). Her son Bobby Deen currently has a series entitled “Not My Mama’s Meals,” a show on the Cooking Channel that transforms his mother’s Southern comfort food into lighter and lean dishes without compromising all the taste.

Our thoughts go out to Paula Deen and her family, and here’s to many more years of deliciousness from the Deen camp.



Food Writer Eddie Huang Gets TV Show — “Cheap Bites”

The COOKING CHANNEL is getting a new batch of energy to kick off 2012, and part of it comes courtesy of NYC Chef and outspoken food writer Eddie Huang getting his own special, CHEAP BITES. The show will follow Eddie on a road trip as he scours America for some great food deals. Everything from free pizza in New York, to donuts that only cost a quarter in Memphis, Tennessee.

Here’s a quick taste:

Could it be Rachael Ray‘s $40 A Day with a more urban flair? That’s the vibe we get, and to be real, sounds like a show I would watch. Cooking Channel’s website has a two-week air time posted,and we’ll be sure to tune in. You know why?

Because Eddie posts stuff like this on his blog as a promo: “Tune in, tivo, tell your friends, nurse your hangover, and what Chinese people NOT do gymnastics on T.V.

I can get behind that. See you in 2012 Eddie!


Cooking Channel’s Holiday 2011 Programming Highlights

With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching and eager beavers setting up Christmas trees as early as the first of November (you know who you are), it’s time to watch more television. Whether it’s the time off work, the colder weather, or a combination of both, it’s pristine TV vegetation time, and for those tuning in to the Cooking Channel, here’s a look at some of the programming you can look forward to:

For the Love of Pie (Premieres: Sunday, November 13th at 8pm ET / 5pm  PT)

  • This show aims to showcase the “pie craze” that seems to sweeping the nation. The show’s depiction makes some lofty comparisons between pies and cupcakes, even going so far as to highlight the belief that “pies are the next cupcakes.” The “road trip” style programming will take viewers across the countries “FOR THE LOVE OF PIE!”
United Tastes of America: Thanksgiving (Premieres: Tuesday, November 15th at 10pmET/7pmPT)
  • Jeffrey Saad will travel coast-to-coast in this special episode of United Tastes of America to check out what dishes leading chefs will be putting on their own tables this year. Along with those fun looks into the chefs home dishes, he will also explore some “surprising lessons in what the real pilgrims ate at the first Thanksgiving feast.
A Very Rocco Christmas (Premieres: Sunday November 27th at 8pm ET/5pm PT)
  • “David and Nina celebrate their first Christmas with their twin daughters in their 500 year old Tuscan farmhouse with dear friends and family. David prepares a series of traditional classic Italian Christmas dishes like Stuffed and Fried Squid, and Spaghetti with Braised Octopus. He and Nina go to Florence for some Christmas shopping, to take in the city at Christmastime and to raise a glass to the season with good friends.”
Cookies and Cocktails (Premieres: Sunday, December 4th at 8pm ET/5pm PT)
  • “A modern twist to the cookie swap: cookies, cocktails, laughter, late nights and good times. Cooking Channel’s Kelsey Nixon helps her friend, swimsuit model and passionate foodie, Chrissy Teigen, host a festive holiday cookie swap with a group of Chrissy’s close friends.  Throughout the special, viewers follow each guest home to get an inside look at the story behind each of the delicious cookies.”

Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen: Feast of the Seven Dishes (Premieres: Wednesday, December 7th at 10pm ET/ 7pm PT)

  • “In this Christmas extravaganza, Nadia G cooks up a not-so-traditional “Feast of the Seven Dishes”, with an international twist, as she riffs on the holiday season.”
Chuckmas (Premieres: Sunday, December 11th at 8pm ET/5pm ET)
  • “Chef Chuck Hughes is taking on his biggest challenge ever: hosting Christmas dinner! Chuck brings together an unforgettable holiday feast for his toughest critics of all – his family.”
Paula’s Cookie Swap (Premieres: Sunday, December 4th at 7pm ET/4pm PT)
  • “The holiday season is finally here, and this year Paula is throwing the Ultimate Cookie Swap Party! She has invited her friends, family, HGTV’s David Bromstad, and a few very special viewers to join in the festivities! First, her sons, Bobby and Jamie, come by to make one of the family’s favorite cookies…Grandma Paul’s Sand Tarts. Then, three of Paula’s lucky viewers, Christy, Susan and Jeannie share their Christmas spirit with recipes from their favorite cookies. David Bromstad, from HGTV’s “Color Splash,” joins Paula to lend a helping hand in wrapping all the cookies for a very special holiday surprise! Finally, it’s time for the party where guests share their holiday stories and cookie recipes. Then, it is off to Lady and Sons to auction off Paula’s cookie creations for two of her favorite charities.”
An Italian Christmas with Mario and Giada (Saturday, December 10th at 8pm ET/5pm PT)
  • Mario Batali and Giada De Laurentiis cross the country in search of fantastic Italian holiday recipes, dishes and traditions. They’ll visit bakeries, restaurants, and also prepare a unique family recipe of their own.


Food Trucks

HootSuite Creators and Food Network Canada Develop Food Truck App

For those of you who tune in on the daily to get your fix of Food Truck news, this app might be right up your alley! InvokeMedia, the folks behind the Social Media Dashboard App HootSuite have come together with Food Network Canada to produce a rather all-inclusive Food Truck phone application. The free app launches today in conjunction with the debut of an Eat St. series debut on April 6 and on the Cooking Channel in the U.S. on April 12.