Amy Okuda and Jimmy Wong battle it out to take the best picture of their meal in “Food Pic Wars”. Overhead shots, wide shots, lights, booms, food artists, and more. This is getting out of control. All Cathy Nguyen wants to do is eat cake.
Ever dreamed of making a short film? Submit your idea and you could be one of three winners to collaborate with Jon M. Chu, Wong Fu Productions, or Freddie Wong. Go ahead… TAKE YOUR SHOT! Get details here.
If you didn’t think shrimp could be made into a delicious burger, think again! It won’t be complete without Sriracha mayo. Is it lunch time soon?
How to Make A Shrimp Banh Mi Burger
Recipe for Shrimp Banh Mi Burger
1/4 cup vegetable oil
16 ounces peeled and deveined shrimp, tail removed
2 tablespoons Sriracha
2 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs, plus more if needed
1 tablespoon fish sauce
2 teaspoons grated ginger
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
3 scallions, sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 lime, juiced
1/4 baguette, sliced open, per burger
1.Preheat non-stick pan with vegetable oil over medium heat.
2.In a food processor, puree together shrimp, 1 tablespoon Sriracha, panko breadcrumbs, fish sauce, grated ginger, rice vinegar, scallions, egg, juice of 1/2 a lime, and salt. Form into small patties. Cook in non-stick pan 4 minutes per side until just cooked through.
3.While the patties cook combine mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce, and juice from 1/2 a lime. Spread sauce all over the baguette.
4.Place 3 patties per baguette and top with carrot, mint and cilantro.
The web series Run DMZ with Dumbfoundead continues with episode 2. Jordy from Ken Jeong’s Grill pays Mama Park’s Korean BBQ a visit after the mom and pop restaurant gets ransacked. When Apple tries to place her regular order, she discovers the her favorite restaurant is trashed. Jon convinces her that the restaurant is still open for business and has an intimate dinner with her. Apple suggests street justice for Jon to avenge the destruction of Mama Park’s Korean BBQ. With his eyes locked on revenge Jon goes to find Tito for some help.
Food Network’s long-running competition series Food Network Star returns for a ninth season with fresh talent, intense challenges, and culinary icons Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay leading the charge to discover the best and brightest new faces in food television. In new twists, focus groups of Food Network fans will also have their say on contestant performances and one finalist will be brought back after elimination for another chance at victory. Viewers will again be able to vote online or via phone before the August 11th finale to determine who will win the ultimate prize: their own show on Food Network. Each episode before the finale features a first-round Mentor Challenge, second-round Star Challenge and an elimination determined by the selection committee, including returning judges Food Network executives Susie Fogelson and Bob Tuschman.
Upcoming episodes feature a Chopped-themed mystery ingredient challenge before Chopped judge Alex Guarnaschelli; an anything-can-happen live, on-camera test with E! News co-host Terrence Jenkins; a fresh Italian-themed challenge with a twist; a pantry cook-off with Cereals and Snacks; a Star-making screening evaluated by The Hollywood Reporter Editorial Director Janice Min and Senior Writers Gary Baum and Leslie Bruce; and guest appearances by Guy Fieri and Robert Irvine.
Two contestants to keep your eyes on are Viet Pham and Stacey Poon-Kinney
Viet Pham, 34 (Salt Lake City), born in a refugee camp in Malaysia, began cooking for his brother after moving to California while his parents worked to provide for the family. The James Beard Award semi-finalist graduated from the California Culinary Academy before working in restaurants in San Francisco and eventually opening his own restaurant in Salt Lake City. He is currently working on a new restaurant project — Fire and Water in Park City, Utah. Named one of Food and Wine’s Best New Chefs in 2011, Viet’s international background impacted his culinary style, and his eclectic and global perspective shines in his dishes.
Stacey Poon-Kinney, 34 (San Diego), grew up in a food family — her great-grandfather was a chef and her great-grandmother ran a diner. She was chopping, dicing and stirring from an early age, but her love of dance took over and she began performing onstage. She eventually returned to the food world, and now the married mom of two owns the restaurant The Trails Eatery with her father. Don’t let Stacey’s big smile, unique sense of style and carefree approach to life fool you — she is a competitor.
Award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, restaurateur Joe Bastianich and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot return for Season Four of the culinary smash hit MASTERCHEF. The three celebrated food experts will put the latest group of contestants through a series of exciting elimination rounds and turn one amateur cook into a culinary master. After conducting a nationwide search, the best home cooks in America will be flown to Los Angeles to present their signature dishes to the judges in hopes of earning a coveted MASTERCHEF apron. In the next round, the talented hopefuls who earned a white apron will be put to the ultimate test in an intense lamb challenge. Those who impress the judges with their dishes will earn spots in the MASTERCHEF kitchen and compete for the title of America’s next MASTERCHEF.
Once the auditions are over, the top home cooks will be put through their paces in a series of challenges designed to test their palates, food knowledge, passion and culinary skills. In the first field challenge, the home cooks will work in teams to prepare a healthy and balanced meal for more than 300 elementary school children. Later, the hopefuls will prepare a hearty meal for American heroes, travel to Las Vegas for the first time in MASTERCHEF history, cook for the cast and crew of GLEE, prepare beach-friendly fish tacos for 101 surfers, take command of a renowned fine dining restaurant and create a summer party menu for charity volunteers. As the competition intensifies, the pressure will mount as the home cooks compete for a large cash prize and, more importantly, the title of MASTERCHEF.
One contestant to keep you eyes on is Lynn Chyi. The 27 year old systems administrator from San Diego has high hopes on MasterChef Season 4
MasterChef Season 4
More about Lynn Chyi
Who is your primary cooking inspiration?
Thomas Keller has been one of my favorite culinary heroes. He is a respected mentor, author, and chef to everyone in his generation and I’ve had the privilege to eat his food. I am also a fan of delicious simplicity and I’m so fortunate to have Sam the Cooking Guy as my guide and friend.
What are your favorite food blogs (besides your own)?
Sam the Cooking Guy, Food 52, Smitten Kitchen, French Laundry at Home
What is your favorite/least favorite dish to eat?
I can’t ever get enough of Carne Asada Fries. I cannot stand bitter melon. Please, I beg you, no more.
What is your favorite/least favorite dish to cook?
My favorite dish to cook is roasted beets. I have a love/hate relationship with French macaroons.
What is your favorite go-to dish to bring to a potluck?
Dips of all kinds. Hummus I just learned from Sam the Cooking Guy that you can substitute sesame oil and olive oil for the tahini) and guacamole are my favorite.
What is your favorite/least favorite type of cuisine and why?
My favorite type of cuisine is French. Anything French-inspired gets me inspired too. I really don’t have a least favorite. I’m pretty much open to everything. I heard British food needed some work though, but I got to go there myself first.
What travel destinations have you either been to or want to travel to for food inspiration?
Oh wow, this isn’t a fair question, the list could go on. Outside of the United States: Scandinavia, Australia, Croatia, Spain, Mexico, Korea, Japan, Vancouver. Inside: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, & New York.
What are your top 3 songs to cook to?
I don’t really cook to music. But if I did: “Fly Me to the Moon” by Bart Howard/Frank Sinatra, “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin, Anything from Sigur Ros, so inspirational sometimes
Why did you want to be a contestant on MASTERCHEF?
Quite simply, I was blessed with an opportunity that I didn’t deserve. I knew I loved cooking and being creative in (and out of) the kitchen but what I really longed for was a chance to share it with people. This is why I wanted to get that white apron so badly. It was the catalyst I needed to jumpstart that chance.
What is your favorite comfort food and why?
In the end, it would have to be Asian cuisine as a whole. I grew up eating Taiwanese, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese food, and even the smells of an Asian kitchen can bring me back home.
Pick 3 words that define what meals with friends and family mean to you.
Service, Blessing, and Memories. Family meals (and I mean meals with close friends too) made me who I am today. There’s something enriching and satisfying about serving others and talking over a delicious plate of food. You bond, you laugh, and you cry. Life gets remembered at a dinner table and when it gets paired with amazing food, it’s almost magical.
The web series Run DMZ with Dumbfoundead kicks off with episode 1. Get introduced to all the characters. Dumbfoundead’s friends Breezy and Jose. His family brother Kevin (Edward Hong) and Mama Park (Anne Brew). His love interest Apple (Victoria Park – remember her from The Potstickers webseries.). His arch rival Jordy (Danny Cho). When a new Korean BBQ spot (Ken Jeong’s Grill) opens up across the street from his mom’s restaurant (Mama Park BBQ), old tensions between North and South Koreatown boil over and Jon Park (Dumbfoundead) must take matters into his own hands to hold down the neighborhood. After turning down a lucrative offer for his mom’s restaurant, Jon vists Ken Jeong’s Grill with his friends and gets the North K-Town treatment.
Run DMZ with Dumbfoundead : Episode 1 (contains explicit language)
Behind the scenes of Run DMZ with Dumbfoundead : Episode 1 (contains explicit language)