Jamonera Chef Takes on Chopped

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Philadelphia chef Lindsay McClain of Jamonera will be competing on Food Network’s Chopped this evening. McClain, along with three other chefs, will prepare three courses – appetizer, entree, dessert – using all of the items in her basket, one of which is obscure.

Tune in and show your support tonight, Tuesday, June 24th at 10 p.m. to check out Lindsay compete for the title of Chopped Champ.

Jamonera [Foobooz]

Free Frankenfood Around Town

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Josh Capon and Tony Luke Jr. | Photo by HughE Dillon

Spike TV’s Frankenfood with Tony Luke Jr. is debuting on Sunday June 22nd and to get you ready for weird food mashups, Tony Luke and company will be rolling out Frankenfood trucks this week to give people a taste.

The free meals kick off today for lunch at 33rd and Arch Streets.

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Jen Carroll Headed Back To TV In Top Chef Duels

jen-carroll-top-chef-duels-400Of all the wandering Philly chefs without a kitchen to call home, Jen Carroll may have been kitchen-less the longest.

Ever since her post-Top Chef exit from her gig at 10 Arts (and a couple of abortive attempts at opening restaurants of her own here and in NYC), she has been consulting, doing guest chef gigs and, now, is headed back to the small screen to compete on Top Chef Duels.

Curtis Stone is hosting, Gail Simmons and Hugh Acheson are at the judge’s table. Wolfgang Puck is hosting the Duels version of Last Chance Kitchen (called “The Knockout”) which will be available online. Bravo is bringing out the big guns and trying to really make this new spin-off a thing.

Yes, there’s a video

TONIGHT: Suppa’s Chef on Chopped

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Chef Georgeann Leaming of Northern Liberties’ Suppa will be on Chopped this evening. Tune into the Food Network at 10 p.m. to see the Philadelphia chef.

Check out the Food Network’s description of the show.

In the first basket, the fryer gets pretty crowded as the chefs race to make crispy chicken wings, and the chefs are challenged to make African peri peri rub work in their dishes. Then in the entree round, a difficult cut of meat and a salty sandwich spread are among the mandatory ingredients. And will either finalist decide to bake a pie from the pie dough in the dessert basket?

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Viking Pastries in Ardmore Gets TV Makeover

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Viking Pastries in Ardmore is being redone inside and out as part of a TV show. The big reveal for the Cricket Avenue bakery is set for today at 5:30 p.m. Official word on what show it is has been mum, but The Main Line Times says it is for a Food Network show and spots Nancy Glass Productions on site. We’re going to guess it is an episode of Save My Bakery, which actually has been on the Cooking Channel, a subsidiary of the Food Network.

Food Network giving Viking Pastries a makeover; big reveal Thursday [Main Line Times]
Viking Pastries [Official]

Tony Luke to Star on Spike TV’s Frankenfood

tony_luke1Spike TV has greenlit its first food show. Frankenfood, which will star Philadelphia’s Tony Luke along with executive chef Josh Capon. The show will pit amateurs and their weird food combinations against each other. Luke and Capon will judge the creations and the winner gets $10,000 and is featured on the menu of a local popular restaurant.

Look for the show to premier in spring of 2014.

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