The cameras will be rolling at Extra Virgin (1900 Main) this afternoon as the Food Network and chef/host Curstin Stone stop by the Crossroads restaurant from 1 to 5 p.m. Chef Michael Smith will be filmed making the duck-tongue tacos, which went on the menu last year. Extra Virgin is offering another incentive to diners with half-price duck-tongue tacos and happy-hour drink specials this afternoon.
Love, or as Celine Dion might sing it, "lurve," was in the air on Top Chef Masters last night. As if to prove that nobody scores after taking a date to a fast-food joint, host Curtis Stone dumped Danyelle Freeman for fellow Top Chef franchise host Gail Simmons, and critic James Oseland was reunited with former tablemate Gael Greene. In the best hour of the show so far, we discovered that ordinary people can love ordinary food and fall in love while Ms. Greene, oh sweet Jesus, may once have had something going with Elvis Presley.
Sometimes a man just wants to eat a corn dog and doesn't care what he looks like. And sometimes that corn dog slaps mustard all over his face as he stands there open-mouthed while his girlfriend covers the the eyes of the carnival teddy bear that he won for her.
This is the world presented by a new advertisement for Tums -- it ensures that you'll never look at a corn dog the same way again.
Reality programming is begging to resemble a Taco Bell menu. There are only so many ingredients, but inventive marketing guys keep finding ways to package them together in seemingly new ways.
The latest reality smash-up might just star one of this city's own. The Kansas City Star's Aaron Barnhart reports that Stretch (Jeff Rumaner) is the headliner in a new pilot, "Hungry Men at Work," for Spike TV. It sounds like a cross between "Ax Men" and "Food Detectives."
Practice ordering from a window in your backyard because this weekend is your big opportunity to order from a food-truck window on national television.
Although you better be prepared to stand in line because, as Fat City discovered earlier this week, there are a lot of people eager to find out more about the second season of The Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race -- which pits eight teams in a six-city, six-week elimination-style cooking show hosted by celebrity chef Tyler Florence. And now that the production team has pulled into Manhattan, the details are starting to flow on where the truck-testants will be parked.
Seven Eight food trucks hit the road, and one rolls home with $100,000 in prize money. That's the premise for the second season of the six-city, six-week show, The Great Food Truck Race, that is currently being filmed for the Food Network.
Last weekend, the trucks set up shop in Denver, and right now they're on their way to Manhattan, Kansas, where they'll be filming from Thursday to Sunday. Host Tyler Florence is tweeting the entire journey, noting that Kansas State University is the next stop.
And lo, the most talented chefs in the land were brought down from on high into the fryer, and it was declared that they must serve guests within five to seven minutes as per their expectations of fast food.
"The best chefs in the nation are putting on a headset, wrapping things up in paper and putting them in a to-go container. We're a little out of our element," chef George Mendes suggests.
Ah, synergy. The fourth episode of the third season of Top Chef Masters brought together those who can't eat anything with those who can cook anything. Yes, The Biggest Loser contestants were in the house, and the cheftestants were tasked with making a severely reduced calorie version of their favorite foods. But would two of the two most successful shows in the NBC Universal world taste great together?
The third episode of most reality cooking shows is when a bit of calm is meant to set into the kitchen. The chefs have experienced a few eliminations, not heard their names called and now think that they might actually win this thing. So, of course, that's when the third season of Top Chef: Masters decides to get freaky by telling the cheftestants that they'll be cooking bugs for their quickfire challenge. Because the number one rule of reality cooking shows is that you can never be too comfortable in the kitchen.
Local celebrity -- and reality TV cake-design champion -- Mike Elder brought in four of his friends, all national culinary reality-show heavyweights, to compete for handmade sculptural trophies yesterday at the "Icing on the Cake" sugar exposition and competition, a benefit for the local domestic-violence shelter Newhouse, at the Overland Park Sheraton Hotel; the fundraiser netted $15,000 for the organization.
It was a particularly terrific night for California-based Debbie Goard of Debbie Does Cakes: The Oakland designer won both the "People Choice" prize -- voted by the 450 participants at the event who used cash instead of ballots -- and the judges' prize for her towering construction that had, like all four competing cakes, a Kansas City theme.
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