She’s that blonde chef you’ve seen and you still see on TV today who sports different hairstyles. She became Mario Batali’s sous chef in the Iron Chef and now has several shows on the Food Network. She has already published her first cookbook entitled “Cook Like a Rock Star” and a new one is in the works set for release this October.

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Make way for Anne Burrell, host of Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and reality shows Chef Wanted as well as Worst Cooks of America. Before hitting the TV, this tough woman worked for some top restaurants in New York City. Now, she loves her work on television and considers Chef Wanted as the most rewarding.

Burrell said what is remarkable about Chef Wanted is it’s a win-win situation. They help people land jobs and everyone involved benefits from the chefs and their families to the restaurants.

The other reality cooking show “Worst Cooks of America,” she added, is also beneficial in that they are able to help improve their skills. The rewarding part, she pointed out, is the part when they see participants transform to become respectable home cooks despite the mistakes they commit along the way.
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Famous celebrity chefs in the U.S. have their hands full in managing their own restaurants and different cooking competitions aired on television. Chef Gordon Ramsay has his MasterChef, Hell’s Kitchen and the F Word. Bobby Flay has his own shows BBQ with Bobby Flay, Grill It!, Throwdown! and Worst Cooks in America.

Among the reality cooking shows on TV, perhaps the Worst Cooks in America is the most unique today. When most shows cater to people who love cooking and are good in it, this Worst Cooks series encourages those not so good in cooking to join the competition and learn to be better in preparing food for their families who knows, in their own restaurant in the future.

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The show hosted by Bobby Flay and Anne Burrell, now on its fourth season, offers a grand prize of $25,000 for the team that comes out the best. The finale is set on March 31st and will only have two contestants tasked to prepare a three-course meal of restaurant quality for three chefs – Andrew Carmellini, Anita Lo and Floyd Cardoz.
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When we hear the word high-tech, we often think about something advanced, futuristic and one that makes life so much easier. Many people equate high tech with robots that can do so many things in just a simple touch of a remote control button.

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In the home, the kitchen is one area where more advanced appliances and gadgets can be used. In terms of appearance, a homeowner can create a high-tech look as well using stainless steel. This particular material can be used not only in the cookware but even in creating the counter tops, cabinets, wine racks and workbenches.

Other than the overall theme of your kitchen area, the appliances you put there can also contribute to that advanced look. Those you can get made from stainless steel are the gas range, refrigerator, oven, microwave, dishwasher, the grill, smoking gun, tea maker and digital nutritional scale. Beyond their material, however, you also need to look for that high-tech functions they can do.

There’s a refrigerator today with a built in LCD screen. The display is where you can leave notes to family members or show photos and there are even some that come with apps to help you in certain kitchen tasks.

There’s also an oven that is capable of refrigerating your food while you’re still not ready to cook it. It can be switched on remotely using the internet, cell phone or telephone or using its touch screen controls. How cool is that?

Another cool kitchen tool is this latest microwave with a bar scanner and a database of some 4,000 items. It works by scanning the bar code of your food product and then automatically programs the cooking time and power level.

For some reason, this silver look has always been associated with the future. Perhaps because of those robots that are made of steel and those half-human, half-robot characters such as the Terminator we’ve seen in the movies.

Finally, if you don’t want separate appliances, the answer is the all-in-one type. In today’s high-tech world, there’s already such a thing as this – one that combines a fridge, oven, stove and dishwasher and it is called the eco green system kitchen.

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The first month of the new year is already over, but in case you were totally caught up in the frenzy of the holidays, and you have not had the chance to get your celebrity chef fix, then let me help you get started! There is a bunch – no, more than a bunch – of cooking shows that have been getting people excited even before the 2012 holiday season.

That’s really enough reason to make sure that you have a good cable or satellite TV provider so that you do not have to worry about gaining access to all the new (and returning) exciting cooking shows. Tip: check out GetDirectTV.org to surmount this issue.

Now, I know just how busy life can be, and you may not have the time to allot to all the fun cooking shows showing on TV these days. That’s why I’ve decided to limit this list to only three. If you have time for only a handful of cooking shows, let it be these!

Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery

Gordon Ramsay has sealed his fiery reputation, but what has made him very famous has also turned off quite some viewers. The great thing about his new cooking show is that old timers will still love watching the chef do his thing in the kitchen – minus the F bomb, while those who feel that he has been too abrasive on TV will see a softer side.

That being said, Ultimate Cookery does give you a good look at the kitchen and cooking techniques. Ramsay’s enthusiasm about the food really helps as well.

Chopped Champions

Chopped is a fast-paced cooking show which really demands a lot from the chef contestants. If you liked Chopped, then you will probably enjoy Chopped Champions, where the heads of 16 previous winners of Chopped will be put on the block. The prize? $50,000. That ought to make the competition even snappier.

The Taste

Anthony Bourdain for the women. Nigella Lawson for the men. (And women. What can I say? She is hot!)

The Taste was one of the most anticipated new cooking shows for 2013, but its two-hour premier did get the rough tongue of critics. Still, ratings show that the premier did “okay”. That’s better than bad, isn’t it?

Granted, the premier did not please critics. I think that the concept is still solid – The Voice for cooking, is what has been uttered in places – and that the show can still make it. Give it a go, is what I suggest.

Do you have your own must-see cooking shows this year? Share them with us!

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Many homes in the city center such as apartments, flats and condos have limited space. This being the case, their kitchens are also smaller. Normally, they can just fit in a gas range with oven, an overhead cabinet and a small counter that can accommodate a coffee maker, a toaster and a few smaller kitchen appliances.

Smaller kitchens have an advantage in that you don’t need to walk around to get what you want. With just one turn, you can already do your tasks from preparing your ingredients, cooking your food to making your coffee.

The downside is it can become a dark corner or what some real estate experts and home designers call as a bat cave. But this does not have to be so if you know how to brighten up the space.

Installing the proper light fixtures is the best solution to this kitchen woe. There are several ways you can do this and you can even do it on your own without the help of an electrician.
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It’s a brand new year and by now, many of you are for sure engrossed in a weight loss regimen to take off the extra pounds gained during the holiday season. So for the health buffs who want to be in tip-top shape as well as for those who want to start a healthy lifestyle, read up because we have some great news on what foods including veggies will be in for this year.
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Carrots is predicted to hog the limelight this 2013. According to Good Housekeeping, it’s the star now of menus in some of New York City’s most expensive restaurants. It’s being served as tartare and roasted mixed with yogurt. Kids’ menus will also be including more veggies and fruits this time to help them veer away from the usual pizza, nuggets and pasta.

The juice is expected to be as popular focusing more on fruits and vegetables that are rich in fiber. To take advantage of this healthy drink, though, forget about those ready to drink juices at the grocery stores. Best to do your own at home using the juicers. Any type of juicer will do as long as it helps you extract the liquid from your fruits and veggies.
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Fans of cooking challenges on reality TV should now rejoice as a new Iron Chef has been named. Alex Guarnaschelli bested Chopped judge Amanda Freitag in the Season 5 of The Next Iron Chef. She is the second female Iron Chef in the show.

Winner Alex Guarnaschelli said she and Amanda Freitag were surprised about the final decision. She admitted not expecting so much as to who will be the next winner. She also liked the fact that the competition was not gender-based just like the comment of judge Simon Majumdar when he said “These are two chefs who cooked all the way to the finale and they happen to be women.”

The judges during the finals were highly acclaimed chefs. They are Iron Chefs Michael Symon, Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto including the latest Iron Chef winner Geoffrey Zakarian, food and travel writer Simon, restaurateur Donatella Arpaia. According to Symon, it was a close fight as the last remaining contenders did make delicious and inventive food.
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Do you often buy small kitchen appliances that serve a specific purpose? Does your urge to buy them stem from your frequent watching of TV shows that introduce new kitchen products in the market?

If you are and if you’ve currently found a lot of them unused in your kitchen, then maybe it’s time to get rid of some of them. It’s the end of the year and decluttering is good for you and your home.

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Olive oil is fat in the real sense of the word. But the fat that it contains is the monounsaturated fatty acid or MUFA considered to be the healthy type.

There are several health benefits to be gained from olive oil consumption. Firstly, it lowers the risk of heart disease together with the polyunsaturated fat. It is able to do this by cutting total cholesterol levels. Some studies have found that MUFAs also control insulin and blood sugar levels.

Olive oil can be a good alternative to your butter or stick margarine. Do remember it’s never appropriate to use them together.

When shopping for this item, pick the one that is less processed as it still contains the nutrients. The extra virgin oil, which is more expensive, goes through the first pressing only and therefore, retains the most flavor. The cold pressed ones and virgin oil are okay as well as they are not heated up beyond room temperature. What you should avoid are the regular or pure olive oil which normally undergoes refining and filtering. Generally, they have lower nutrients.
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As Thanksgiving in the U.S. approaches, for sure couples and families are now thinking of what dishes to prepare for this very special occasion. There’s no question that the turkey will continue to be the highlight of the menu.

Unless you have a big family who are turkey lovers, it is expected that many will have leftovers after the Thanksgiving celebration. But don’t throw them away yet because you can still make use of them in your meal for a few days more.

One way of using turkey leftovers is to make burgers. Here’s one recipe from Guy Fieri of Guy’s Big Bite called Jewels turkey-jasmine burgers.

To make the burgers, cut into tiny bits or ground the turkey leftover. Then mix with steamed jasmine rice (or any rice that’s available), thinly sliced spring onions, bread crumbs, one-half teaspoon sesame oil, one tablespoon soy sauce, one large egg, one Thai chilli or serrano chilli that’s minced, one teaspoon sugar and salt and freshly ground black pepper. Mix well until all ingredients are blended.
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