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GORDON RAMSAY TAKES A LOOK BACK AT FIVE SEASONS OF JUNIOR HOME COOKS ON THE FIRST-EVER “MASTERCHEF JUNIOR” SPECIAL AIRING THURSDAY, APRIL 27, ON FOX

April 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Kids rule the kitchen when multi-Michelin star chef Gordon Ramsay hosts a one-hour special highlighting MASTERCHEF JUNIOR’s greatest moments on the hit cooking competition’s first-ever special, “An Extra Serving,” airing Thursday, April 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

 

The one-hour retrospective will feature Ramsay dishing on some of his favorite moments and favorite meals from the show. He also will be visited by past winners and fan-favorite chef-testants, as he checks in to see how they’ve grown – not only as chefs, but as young adults. Additionally, the special will include never-before-seen outtakes.

 

On the next all-new episode, “Junior Edition: Scouts Honor,” airing Thursday, April 6 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), the Top 12 junior home cooks take their talents to the great outdoors, where they will cook for America’s Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. The kids are split into two teams and have to prepare and serve all scouts and troop leaders a dish that includes a pork chop entrée and two sides. The winning team moves on and the losing team heads back to the kitchen for a pressure test, during which they each must make a box of macaroons. Then, it’s up to the judges to decide which two kids will go home.

 

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR is produced by Endemol Shine North America and One Potato Two Potato, and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Endemol Shine. Robin Ashbrook, Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Georgie Hurford-Jones, Gordon Ramsay, Yasmin Shackleton, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers. “Like” MASTERCHEF JUNIOR on Facebook at facebook.com/MasterChefJuniorFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @MasterChefJrFOX and join the discussion with #MasterChefJunior. See photos and videos on Instagram @MasterChefJr/. Follow the judges on Twitter: Gordon Ramsay – @gordonramsay; Christina Tosi – @christinatosi.

 

About One Potato Two Potato

Renowned for award-winning original programming, One Potato Two Potato produces high-quality TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic, including the smash-hit HOTEL HELL, the blockbuster MASTERCHEF, irresistible spin-off MASTERCHEF JUNIOR and MASTERCHEF CELEBRITY SHOWDOWN, all for FOX; as well as “Best New Restaurant” and competition series “Food Court Wars.” In the U.K., OPTP produces “Gordon Ramsay Behind Bars” and “Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape,” for Channel 4; food biography and nostalgia series “My Kitchen,” for UKTV’s Good Food Channel; and “Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch,” starring Tilly Ramsay for U.K. children’s channel CBBC. OPTP has also produced two instructional cookery series featuring Gordon Ramsay, “Ultimate Home Cooking” and “Ultimate Cookery Course,” both of which have sold all over the globe.

GORDON RAMSAY’S “THE F WORD” TO AIR LIVE IN 2017 ON FOX

October 4, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A Dynamic Live Event Cooking Series Based On U.K. Hit

 

 

FOX has ordered THE F WORD, a bold new food variety show from award-winning chef and series host Gordon Ramsay. Based on his hit U.K. series of the same name, each distinctive and fast-paced hour will combine good food and good cooking with Ramsay’s passion, energy and humor into a one-of-a-kind LIVE series. THE F WORD is scheduled to premiere in 2017 on FOX.

 

On THE F WORD, foodie families from across the U.S. will battle it out in an intense, high-stakes cook-off. In addition to impressing Ramsay, each team must win over the hearts and taste buds of the diners, celebrities and VIP guests whom they’re serving.

 

Throughout each hour-long episode, cooking competition meets variety show as Ramsay chats with surprise guests and VIPs in the dining room, hosts live remotes with people from across the country, and appears weekly in unique field segments with fans, foodies and culinary experts.

 

“Gordon Ramsay is not only one of the biggest names in the culinary world, but his expertise, combined with his larger-than-life personality, also make for genuine event television,” said David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Gordon Ramsay stands tall in the line of great FOX stars, those unpredictable originals whom you simply can’t afford to miss, and THE F WORD could come from no one but Gordon. Let’s face it, with Gordon live on television, the phrase ‘anything can happen’ takes on a whole new meaning.”

 

“We’re really ramping it up a notch with this new live cooking show each week, and I can’t wait for viewers to see the other surprises we have in store for each episode,” said series host Gordon Ramsay.

 

THE F WORD is produced by Studio Ramsay and All3 America. The series is executive-produced by Gordon Ramsay, Greg Lipstone, Layla Smith and Chris Brogden. “Like” THE F WORD on Facebook at Facebook.com/TheFWordFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @TheFWordFox and join the discussion using #TheFWord. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @thefwordfox.

 

ABOUT STUDIO RAMSAY

Renowned for highly successful and award-winning original programming, multi-Michelin star chef Gordon Ramsay produces TV  shows on both sides of the Atlantic, seen by audiences worldwide, including his FOX shows, HOTEL HELL, MASTERCHEF, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR and MASTERCHEF CELEBRITY SHOWDOWN, as well as Bravo’s “Best New Restaurant” and Food Network’s competition series, “Food Court Wars.”  In the U.K., he’s produced “Gordon Ramsay Behind Bars” and “Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape” for Channel 4; food biography and nostalgia series “My Kitchen” for UKTV’s Good Food Channel; two instructional cookery series, “Ultimate Home Cooking” and “Ultimate Cookery Course” for Channel 4; and the first two seasons of “Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch,” starring Tilly Ramsay for U.K. children’s channel CBBC, all under his One Potato Two Potato banner.

 

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His next-generation multi-media production company, STUDIO RAMSAY, has a joint venture with All3Media to develop and produce both unscripted and scripted television shows, creating new formats and innovative programming that includes a scripted arm focused on food-related themes, and development of new talent on a global front. The catalogue of programs that Ramsay has worked on historically with All3Media via One Potato Two Potato, together with new original content he’s currently developing, make for a unique and dynamic production and distribution partnership. SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS: Facebook: facebook.com/StudioRamsay Twitter: Twitter.com/Studio_Ramsay Instagram: Instagram.com/Studio_Ramsay

 

ABOUT ALL3MEDIA AMERICA

All3Media is a leading independent television, film and digital production and distribution company. The All3Media group is comprised of 21 production and distribution companies from across the U.K., Europe, New Zealand and U.S.A., including Apollo20, Bentley Productions, Caravan, Company Pictures, IDTV, Lime Pictures, Lion Television, Little Dot Studios, Maverick Television, MME Moviement, Neal Street Productions, New Pictures, North One Television, Objective Media Group, Optomen, One Potato Two Potato, Seven Stories, South Pacific Pictures, Studio Lambert, All3Media America and All3Media International. All3Media is owned jointly between Discovery Communications and Liberty Global.

GORDON RAMSAY CHECKS INN TO “HOTEL HELL” WITH TWO-NIGHT SERIES PREMIERE EVENT Monday, August 13 and Tuesday, August 14 ON FOX

June 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Gordon Ramsay opens the doors to HOTEL HELL with a two-night series premiere event Monday, Aug. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Tuesday, Aug. 14 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The unscripted series featuring Ramsay on a quest to fix horrid hotels, awful inns and just plain bad bed and breakfasts will continue airing Mondays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) beginning Aug. 20.

 

After more than a decade of running restaurants in some of the world’s top hotels, Ramsay knows firsthand the crucial importance of surpassing guests’ highest expectations. In HOTEL HELL, Ramsay will endure hotels at their worst – from filthy bedrooms and mold-ridden bathrooms to dreadful room service and incompetent staff – all so unsuspecting guests don’t have to. After he has uncovered all the dirty secrets, Ramsay will put the hotel owners and employees to work as he attempts to turn around these failing establishments. With reputations on the line, one thing is certain: if they can’t meet Ramsay’s high standards, they will never check out of HOTEL HELL.

 

HOTEL HELL is produced by One Potato Two Potato Inc. (part of the All3Media group). Gordon Ramsay, Ben Adler, Patricia Llewellyn and Adeline Ramage Rooney serve as executive producers. “Like” HOTEL HELL on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HotelHellonFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @HotelHellonFOX and join the discussion at #hotelhell.

 

About One Potato Two Potato:

One Potato Two Potato was co-founded by Gordon Ramsay and Optomen Television in 2008 to exclusively create and produce worldwide content for Ramsay ventures across all media, including television, digital and publishing. Renowned for award-winning original programming, the company produces high-quality TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic, including the smash hit MASTERCHEF for FOX, “Gordon Ramsay Behind Bars” and “Gordon’s Great Escape” for Channel 4 in the U.K. and “My Kitchen,” for UKTV’s Good Food Channel. Ramsay’s ground-breaking and hugely popular Channel 4 series, “Cookalong LIVE,” aired as a special on FOX and has since become a successful format around the world. OPTP is also currently in development on several exciting unscripted and scripted projects, within and beyond the food genre, for network, cable and digital platforms in the U.S., U.K. and Australia. OPTP distributes its hugely popular TV programming and formats to more than 200 territories via Optomen International. The company became part of the All3Media group in 2010. Find out more about One Potato Two Potato at www.onepotatotwopotato.tv.

GORDON RAMSAY NAMES THE TOP FOUR CHEFS IN “HELL’S KITCHEN”

September 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Will Lustberg, Paul Niedermann, Tommy Stevens and Elise Wims

To Compete Head-to-Head for Grand Prize Monday, Sept. 19 on FOX

 

Last night, Chef Gordon Ramsay turned up the heat on HELL’S KITCHEN by announcing the Top 4 chefs: Will Lustberg from Jersey City, NJ; Paul Niedermann from Davie, FL; Tommy Stevens from Brewster, NY; and Elise Wims from Pittsburgh, PA.

 

In the two-hour finale event on Monday, Sept. 19 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, Chef Ramsay will put the final four through one of the toughest challenges ever on HELL’S KITCHEN.  But the biggest test comes at dinner service, when Chef Ramsay judges the finalists’ leadership skills as each chef demonstrates how they would run a kitchen.  The two chefs who survive this dramatic dinner service will lay it all on the line to prove to Chef Ramsay that they deserve the life-changing grand prize – a head chef position at the legendary BLT Steak in New York City.

 

The Top 4 finalists reveal their favorite HELL’S KITCHEN moments, challenges, rewards and punishments in the competition:

 

Name: Will Lustberg

Age: 31

Occupation: Sous Chef

Hometown: Jersey City, NJ

Signature Dish: Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Gnudi

 

Favorite Challenge So Far: The Ugly Foods Challenge

Favorite Reward: “When the Red Team won and went to Vegas

for the night, even though I didn’t get to go, the dorm was quiet for once.”

Least Favorite Punishment: Peeling Grapes

Favorite Moment in HELL’S KITCHEN:  “The VIP charity dinner that we did for the American Humane Association and the American Cancer Society.  One of my fellow chefs and best friends, John Lucente, unfortunately lost his battle with cancer and I have a rescue dog, so this dinner meant so much to me.”

What Chef Ramsay Taught Me: “It’s hard to narrow this down to only one thing, but if I have to choose, it would be to never stop fighting.  The second you stop fighting for what you want, is the second you will go down in a ball of flames.”


 

 

Name:Paul NiedermannAge: 26

Occupation: Jr. Sous Chef

Hometown: Davie, FL

Signature Dish: Eggplant Involtini

 

Favorite Challenge So Far: Salmon Challenge

Favorite Reward: Helicopter Ride with Chef Ramsay

Least Favorite Punishment: Doing Laundry

 

 

Favorite Moment in HELL’S KITCHEN: “My favorite moment was when Chef Ramsay said to me, ‘Welcome back Paul.’ It just was a reassuring moment that I was on my way to greatness.”

What Chef Ramsay Taught Me:  “The biggest thing that Chef Ramsay taught me was, not to be afraid to make mistakes.  He told me, ‘I’ve made more mistakes than you can even imagine and it’s not what you did, it’s what you do to fix it.’”

 


 

 

Name:Tommy StevensAge: 31

Occupation: Line Cook

Hometown: Brewster, NY

Signature Dish: Toasted Coconut Crab Cake

 

Favorite Challenge So Far: The Beer Challenge

Favorite Reward: The Sprint Cars

Least Favorite Punishment: Peeling Grapes

Favorite Moment in HELL’S KITCHEN: “When I cooked my signature dish and my first compliment from Chef Ramsay was, ‘There’s finesse on the plate.’”

What Chef Ramsay Taught Me: “I learned too much from Gordon to actually list here, he’s a great chef and a pleasure to work with.”

 


 

 

Name:Elise WimsAge: 26

Occupation: Line Cook

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Signature Dish: Pesto Seared Scallops with Sautéed Escarole

 

Favorite Challenge So Far: The Palate Challenge

Favorite Reward: Vegas!

Least Favorite Punishment: Delivery Day

Favorite Moment in HELL’S KITCHEN: “My favorite moment would have to be the night that I held it down on the meat station.  I was in rare form that night and felt that I finally had the brigade system down.  Chef Ramsay let me know how impressed he was with me and it was a great moment for me as a chef.”

What Chef Ramsay Taught Me: “Chef Ramsay taught me to never give up and to strive for perfection in everything I do.  He taught me discipline and, most importantly, to own up to your mistakes, and learn from them. Chef Ramsay is a great chef, a wonderful person, and he has changed my life forever.”

 

HELL’S KITCHEN is produced by ITV Studios America in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions. Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Gordon Ramsay serve as executive producers. Become a fan of HELL’S KITCHEN on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hellskitchen and follow the series on Twitter @hellskitchenonfox.

 

Owned by Jimmy Haber and Keith Treyball, BLT Steak is overseen by BLT Restaurant Group, a division of parent company ESquared Hospitality. Renowned for its high-quality food and service, BLT Steak first introduced diners to the Modern American steakhouse in 2004 with the flagship BLT Steak in New York City. Since then, 10 additional BLT Steak restaurants have opened in Washington, D.C. (2006); San Juan, PR (2006); White Plains, NY (2007); Los Angeles (2008); Scottsdale, AZ (2008); Atlanta (2009); Miami (2009); Hong Kong (2009); Charlotte, NC (2009); and Waikiki (2009). For more information about BLT Steak, please visit www.e2hospitality.com or www.esquaredhospitality.com.

 

CHEF GORDON RAMSAY CELEBRATES THE MILESTONE 100TH EPISODE OF “HELL’S KITCHEN” BY SHARING HIS HOTTEST KITCHEN TIPS

October 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Contestants from All Eight Seasons of the Hit Series

Name 100 of Their Most Useful Cooking Suggestions

Online at www.fox.com/hellskitchen/cookingtips

After enduring 99 culinary challenges on HELL’S KITCHEN, Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay has seen it all – from sloppy services and disastrous dishes to mouth-watering plates and passionate contestants. To help celebrate the 100th episode of HELL’S KITCHEN, airing Wednesday, Oct. 13 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, Chef Ramsay shares five of his favorite kitchen tips to help you prepare a successful meal of your own.

As part of the HELL’S KITCHEN 100th episode celebration, current and past contestants from all eight sizzling seasons have compiled a list of 100 handy cooking tips to help prepare a HELL’S KITCHEN-worthy dinner service at www.fox.com/hellskitchen/cookingtips.

CHEF RAMSAY’S COOKING TIPS

· Prepare for Success – Before you begin cooking a dish, have all your ingredients prepared and ready to use.

· Patience Is A Virtue – When cooking a steak, be patient and make sure the pan is sizzling hot before adding the meat. This ensures a perfectly seared meat.

· The Spice of Life – Always keep garlic ready to use in the freezer. Blitz a few cloves in the blender and freeze them in an ice cube tray. They’re perfect for use in sauces and stews.

· Don’t Be Wasteful – After cooking chicken, fish or beef, don’t toss the leftover bones – they are key to making perfectly flavored stock! Simmer the bones in water with a carrot, an onion, several peppercorns and a bay leaf for one to two hours.

· Keep It Hot, Hot, Hot! – Never open the oven when baking. The cold air will sink your cake.

On the two-hour milestone 100th episode, Chef Ramsay challenges the teams to shop on a budget and transform four classic ingredients into elegant dishes worthy of fine dining. Four special judges critique the teams’ creations, and HELL’S KITCHEN welcomes some special guests to the show’s most elegant dinner service to date. Find out which contestants achieve near perfection and who cracks under pressure and gets sent home.

HELL’S KITCHEN is produced by ITV Studios America in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions. Arthur Smith and Kent Weed serve as executive producers.

FOX GOES BACK FOR SECONDS WITH SEASON TWO OF GORDON RAMSAY’S “MASTERCHEF”

September 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Next All-New Episode of Summer’s No. 1 New Series Airs Tomorrow;

Thrilling First Season Finale Airs Wednesday, September 15

FOX has ordered a second season of Gordon Ramsay’s newest culinary competition series, MASTERCHEF, it was announced today by Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.

“Gordon Ramsay is an incredible talent and the biggest culinary star on television today, so we’re very happy to have Gordon and MASTERCHEF back for another season on FOX,” said Darnell. “MASTERCHEF has resonated with viewers this summer, and we look forward to seeing where Gordon takes the show in Season Two.”

“It’s amazing and refreshing to see how much passion and raw talent there is from amateur home cooks across America,” said Ramsay. “It’s extraordinary the amount of energy and excitement the show brought in Season One, and I’m thrilled to be back at FOX for a second season.”

“The amazing reception for MASTERCHEF on FOX has been hugely rewarding for all of us at Shine Group,” said MASTERCHEF executive producer and Shine Group Chairman and CEO, Elisabeth Murdoch. “As the creators of this unique global franchise, we’re thrilled to see the U.S. audience love this show as much as we do. We are looking forward to building on this early success with an even broader, bigger search in Season Two, and to seeing the brand grow as it continues to do so in Australia, the U.K., France and around the world, breaking viewing and ancillary records as it goes.”

MASTERCHEF is the No. 1 new program of the summer among Adults 18-49, outperforming the next highest-rated show by +14%.

In the next all-new episode, airing tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 8 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, the MASTERCHEF judges – Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot – force the home cooks to work for their food as they all go fishing and are allowed to use only what they caught to make a delicious meal.  At the end of the episode, one more contestant will be sent home.

The following week on the season finale, airing Wednesday, Sept. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the remaining four home cooks go head-to-head and battle it out to become America’s first-ever MASTERCHEF. The winner will earn the title of America’s Best Home Cook, walk away with $250,000 and a cookbook-publishing deal and embark on a life-changing journey.

For those that believe they are the next MASTERCHEF please visit fox.com/masterchef.

MASTERCHEF is produced by Reveille, Shine TV and One Potato Two Potato and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Shine TV. Shine International handles distribution for the MASTERCHEF format.

GORDON RAMSAY, JOE BASTIANICH AND GRAHAM ELLIOT ANNOUNCE THE “MASTERCHEF” TOP 14

August 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Teacher, Software Engineer, Construction Worker and Doctor Among Finalists

Competition Continues Next Week with a Two-Hour Episode on a New Night

Wednesday, August 18, on FOX

After scouring the nation for the best amateur cooks in America, the judges of MASTERCHEF have chosen the 14 hopefuls who will compete for the title of America’s first-ever MASTERCHEF. The Top 14 are Sheetal Bhagat, Tony Carbone, Jake Gandolfo, Sharone Hakman, Jenna Hamiter, Kim Dung “Slim” Huynh, Faruq Jenkins, Mike Kim, Lee Knaz, David Miller, Whitney Miller, Tracy Nailor, Avis White and Sheena Zadeh.

The competition heats up next when the MASTERCHEF Top 14 enter the kitchen on a new night and time beginning Wednesday, Aug. 18 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Throughout the season, the home cooks will undergo a series of high-pressure individual and team challenges from creating incredible gourmet dishes using mystery ingredients and identifying components in a complex dish to providing an all-American send-off meal for hundreds of U.S. Marines and catering a high-end wedding. The MASTERCHEF judges – Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot – are looking for the contestant who possesses a refined palate as well as the right blend of skill, passion and creativity.

Below are the Top 14 home cooks on MASTERCHEF:

Sheetal Bhagat

Age: 37

Occupation: Teacher

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Cooking inspiration: My mom had the biggest influence on me. Everything she made used fresh ingredients; there was nothing canned or processed. I have carried her philosophy of healthy eating using only pure fresh ingredients into my cooking today.


Tony Carbone

Age: 31

Occupation: Server

Hometown: Boston, MA

Cooking inspiration: My mother and grandmother. They spoiled me with great food growing up, so I knew that when I got older if I wanted to keep eating as good as I did growing up, then I’d need to learn to cook like them.

Jake Gandolfo

Age: 38

Occupation: Construction Worker

Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA

Cooking inspiration: My mother and Julia Child. Some of my earliest memories are of standing on a stool and canning vegetables from the family garden with my mom while watching “The French Chef” on television.


Sharone Hakman

Age: 28

Occupation: Financial Advisor

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Cooking inspiration: I’d have to say I inspired myself. When I was a kid, my mother was not part of our lives, and my dad was always working to support us. When my grandma wasn’t around, I had to go into our fridge and make something out of nothing. I taught myself how to create dishes at a very young age. This “survival” mode was how I started out, but cooking then became a creative outlet that I haven’t been able to stop since.


Jenna Hamiter

Age: 23

Occupation: Homemaker

Hometown: Euless, TX

Cooking inspiration: My 85-year-old grandmother, who is a successful homemaker with nine children and 25 grandchildren. She’s has always been the gracious hostess, turning out spectacular desserts and parties for decades. I am thankful and privileged to still enjoy moments with her in the kitchen.


Kim Dung “Slim” Huynh

Age: 22

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Harvey, LA

Cooking inspiration: My mom. As a child, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen trying to see over the stove to find out what she was cooking.

Faruq Jenkins

Age: 30

Occupation: Bartender

Hometown: Glendale, CA

Cooking inspiration: My mother and grandmother. My fondest memories of the holidays are staying up late and waking up early to help cook. The time I was able to spend with them in the kitchen was priceless.


Mike Kim

Age: 34

Occupation: Server

Hometown: Redondo Beach, CA

Cooking inspiration: While my parents were instrumental in inspiring me to cook, fishing also played an important role. I started deep-sea fishing when I moved to California, and as I encountered a plethora of the freshest fish imaginable – from Yellowtail to Pacific Sheepshead and more – my understanding, passion and inspiration for cooking reached a whole new level.


Lee Knaz

Age: 27

Occupation: Bartender

Hometown: Venice, CA

Cooking inspiration: I grew up in a family of non-cooks, but growing up in Israel I would watch hours of cooking shows. My first memories are of satellite-broadcasted French channels that would air cooking shows with Joël Robuchon and Jacques Pépin. I didn’t understand a word they were saying, but I was completely fascinated by them.


David Miller

Age: 29

Occupation: Software Engineer

Hometown: Newton Centre, MA

Cooking inspiration: My mother. I always loved helping her in the kitchen – whether it was doing prep work, making gravy or doing dishes. As a teenager, I was vegetarian, and my mom accommodated that – she loves making people happy through food.

Whitney Miller

Age: 22

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Poplarville, MS

Cooking inspiration: My great-grandmother. My family would eat lunch at her house every Sunday when I was younger. I spent hours watching her make homemade biscuits, seafood gumbo, lemon meringue pies and countless other Southern favorites.


Tracy Nailor

Age: 42

Occupation: Doctor

Currently Resides: Atlanta, GA

Cooking inspiration: My mother is the person who taught me the fundamentals of cooking. When I create a dish or prepare a family favorite, I am carrying on her legacy and honoring her memory by doing something she loved. I am grateful we were able to share that time.


Avis White

Age: 47

Occupation: Elderly Caregiver

Currently Resides: Vacherie, LA

Cooking Inspiration: My grandmother always instilled in me the importance of family. She also felt it was important that I knew how to cook, clean, pay bills, and take care of myself at a young age. The one thing she wanted me to be really good at was cooking and baking, so she spent countless hours teaching me how to do just that. I am so grateful for those life lessons because it has made me the great cook that I am.


Sheena Zadeh

Age: 26

Occupation: Marketing Executive

Hometown: Anaheim, CA

Cooking Inspiration: My first urge to cook came from watching cooking shows on television, but I was truly inspired to cook when I saw the smile on my dad’s face the first time I put dinner on the table for my family.

Additionally, recipes inspired by the MASTERCHEF Top 14 will be featured in the upcoming “MasterChef Cookbook” published by Rodale Books, set to be released on September 1. For more information, please visit www.fox.com/masterchef.

MASTERCHEF is produced by Reveille, Shine TV and One Potato Two Potato and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Shine TV. Shine International handles distribution for the MASTERCHEF format. Elisabeth Murdoch, Franc Roddam, Mark Koops, Howard T. Owens, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Pat Llewellyn, JD Roth and Todd Nelson serve as executive producers.

SIXTEEN NEW ASPIRING RESTAURATEURS BRAVE THE HEAT OF “HELL’S KITCHEN”

May 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Season Seven Premiere Airs Tuesday, June 1, on FOX

Tuesday nights heat up this summer when Chef Gordon Ramsay serves up a seventh course of his cutthroat culinary competition as 16 new aspiring restaurateurs step through the doors of HELL’S KITCHEN on the season premiere airing Tuesday, June 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Each week, Ramsay puts the contestants through rigorous culinary challenges, asking them to create signature dishes, compete in blind taste tests and run a successful dinner service. In each episode, the losing team will put two contestants on the chopping block, and Ramsay will eliminate one chef. The remaining contestants must stay focused in order to win HELL’S KITCHEN.

Below are the 16 chefs of this season’s HELL’S KITCHEN.

The members of the Red Team (Women) include:

Name: Autumn Lewis

Age: 29

Occupation: Personal Chef

Currently Resides: North Hollywood, CA

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Name: Fran Klier

Age: 44

Occupation: Catering Chef

Currently Resides: Rockville Centre, NY

Hometown: Rockville Centre, NY

Name: Holli Ugalde

Age: 24

Occupation: Banquet Chef

Currently Resides: San Bernardino, CA

Hometown: San Bernardino, CA

Name: Jamie Bisoulis

Age: 26

Occupation: Sous Chef

Currently Resides: Chicago, IL

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Name: Maria Torrisi

Age: 24

Occupation: Kitchen Supervisor

Currently Resides: Scranton, PA

Hometown: Scranton, PA

Name: Nilka Hendricks

Age: 28

Occupation: Line Cook

Currently Resides: West Hempstead, NY

Hometown: Glen Cove, NY

Name: Siobhan Allgood

Age: 25

Occupation: Pub Executive Chef

Currently Resides: Philadelphia, PA

Hometown: Rockledge, PA

Name: Stacey Slichta

Age: 38

Occupation: Private Chef

Currently Resides: Studio City, CA

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

The members of the Blue Team (Men) include:

Name: Andrew Forester

Age: 28

Occupation: Farmer

Currently Resides: Wake Forest, NC

Hometown: West Babylon, NY

Name: Benjamin Knack

Age: 33

Occupation: Culinary Instructor

Currently Resides: Malden, MA

Hometown: Elmont, NY

Name: Ed Battaglia

Age: 28

Occupation: High School Cooking Teacher

Currently Resides: Edgewater Park, NJ

Hometown: Burlington, NJ

Name: Jason Ellis

Age: 37

Occupation: Personal Chef

Currently Resides: Suwanee, GA

Hometown: Greenville, SC

Name: Jay Santos

Age: 32

Occupation: Executive Chef

Currently Resides: Medford, MA

Hometown: Melrose, MA

Name: Mikey Termini

Age: 29

Occupation: Line Cook

Currently Resides: Kihei, Maui, HI

Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA

Name: Salvatore Coppola

Age: 35

Occupation: Pizzeria Chef

Currently Resides: Laurel Springs, NJ

Hometown: Monte Di Procida, Italy

Name: Scott Hawley

Age: 32

Occupation: Executive Chef

Currently Resides: New York, NY

Hometown: Modesto, CA

HELL’S KITCHEN is produced by ITV Studios (formerly Granada America) in association with A. Smith & Co. Arthur Smith and Kent Weed serve as executive producers.

“MASTERCHEF” PREMIERES THURSDAY, JULY 29, ON FOX

March 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Gordon Ramsay Reveals Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot Bowles

as Fellow Judges on New Culinary Competition Series

Gordon Ramsay announced today that restaurateur wine maker Joe Bastianich and four-star chef Graham Elliot Bowles will join him as judges on MASTERCHEF, premiering Thursday, July 29 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Bastianich is a partner of Mario Batali and has established some of New York’s most-celebrated restaurants, including Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, Lupa Osteria Romana and Del Posto. Bowles is the youngest four-star chef in the U.S. and the mastermind behind Chicago’s first “bistronomic” restaurant, Graham Elliot. With Ramsay at the helm of the competition, Bastianich and Bowles will coach and judge the contestants along the way.

MASTERCHEF is the new series that takes amateur chefs – many of whom simply cook as a hobby – and attempt to turn one of them into a culinary master. Contestants on MASTERCHEF will be put through the paces with various challenges as they compete head-to-head to create delicious dishes. The series will serve as a unique platform for people from all walks of life who want to follow their dream of working as a professional chef. These contestants will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show their passion and excitement for food as their skills and palate are tested with the hopes of becoming the winner of MASTERCHEF.

“I’m hugely excited to have Joe and Graham join me as judges on MASTERCHEF,” said Ramsay. ”Both bring a phenomenal wealth of expertise and professional experience to the show.”

Joe Bastianich opened his first restaurant, Becco, with his mother, Lidia, in 1993. Soon after, he partnered with Mario Batali, and together they have established some of New York’s most-celebrated restaurants, including Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, Lupa Osteria Romana, Esca, Casa Mono, Bar Jamόn, Otto Enoteca Pizzeria and Del Posto. Expanding their horizons beyond Manhattan, Bastianich and Batali opened Enoteca San Marco, B&B Ristorante and Carnevino in Las Vegas and Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles. The duo also purchased a vineyard in Italy with the goal of creating the world’s finest wines and olive oils. Their latest venture, a revolutionary retail food concept called Eataly, will be debuting this summer in New York. Eataly will be a resto-market featuring the best of Italy – from Italian products to Italian dining. Bastianich is an accomplished author whose passion for the culinary arts has been recognized with professional awards from Bon Appétit magazine and the James Beard Foundation.

Chef Graham Elliot Bowles is the culinary mastermind behind Chicago’s first “bistronomic” restaurant, Graham Elliot, which tempers four-star cuisine with humor and accessibility. In a very short time, the 33-year-old chef has accrued accolades, including Best New Chef in 2004 from Food & Wine magazine and three James Beard Nominations. At age 27, Bowles was the youngest four-star chef in America. In May 2008, he opened the aptly named Graham Elliot, a restaurant that would not only bear his name, but become an extension of his passionate personality embodying his core principles of humility, courage, vision, respect and focus. He is also the chef/culinary ambassador for Lollapalooza, a three-day music festival, in which he cooks for bands backstage as well as oversees all of the restaurants at the Lollapalooza Chow Town.

MASTERCHEF is produced by Reveille, Shine TV and One Potato Two Potato and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Shine TV. Shine International handles distribution for the MASTERCHEF format. Elisabeth Murdoch, Franc Roddam, Mark Koops, Howard T. Owens, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Pat Llewellyn, J.D. Roth and Todd Nelson serve as executive producers.

FOX GETS A JUMP-START ON SUMMER

March 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

NEW ACTION-COMEDY “THE GOOD GUYS” BOOKS SPECIAL PREVIEW

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, AND SERIES PREMIERE MONDAY, JUNE 7

“SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE” BEGINS ANOTHER SEARCH

FOR AMERICA’S FAVORITE DANCER THURSDAY, MAY 27

“LIE TO ME” RETURNS WITH ALL-NEW EPISODES MONDAY, JUNE 7;

“PAST LIFE” EMERGES WITH ALL-NEW EPISODES FRIDAY, MAY 28

GORDON RAMSAY SERVES UP SEVENTH COURSE OF “HELL’S KITCHEN”

BEGINNING THURSDAY, JUNE 10

FOX’s summer is scorching hot with the series preview and premiere of THE GOOD GUYS (previously announced as CODE 58), the kick-off of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE’s seventh season, the summer premiere of LIE TO ME, the seventh course of culinary competition HELL’S KITCHEN, all-new installments of mysterious drama PAST LIFE plus all-new episodes of GLEE, COPS, AMERICA’S MOST WANTED and ANIMATION DOMINATION.

THE GOOD GUYS, the new action-comedy from Matt Nix (“Burn Notice”), will have a special preview Wednesday, May 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) before AMERICAN IDOL and will then make its series premiere Monday, June 7 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The series is an action-packed and comedic look at what happens when a washed-up, old-school cop (Bradley Whitford, “The West Wing”) and a by-the-book, modern-day detective (Colin Hanks, “Mad Men”) try to expose the big picture of small crime.

As previously announced, television’s hottest dance series, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, swings into summer with a two-hour premiere Thursday, May 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Hosted by Cat Deeley, the hit dance competition series will inspire and amaze viewers as dancers skilled in styles ranging from hip-hop to ballroom compete to be named America’s Favorite Dancer. Once the DANCE auditions conclude, weekly performance shows will air Tuesdays (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), and weekly results shows will air Wednesdays (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed).

Superstar chef Gordon Ramsay cranks up the ovens in HELL’S KITCHEN when the series returns for its seventh season with a tantalizing two-hour premiere Thursday, June 10 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The cutthroat culinary competition will continue with two-hour episodes throughout the season airing Thursdays (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) as Chef Ramsay narrows down the field of aspiring restauranteurs until only one remains standing in HELL’S KITCHEN.

LIE TO ME continues its search for the truth when all-new episodes return to the schedule Mondays starting with its time period premiere on June 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Mysterious drama PAST LIFE continues with a handful of original episodes beginning with a two-hour premiere Friday, May 28 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and its time period premiere Friday, June 4 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).

GLEE, the most-celebrated new show of the season, finishes its run of all-new episodes on Tuesdays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) with its first season finale June 8. In addition, viewers can catch encore airings of all their favorite GLEE episodes Wednesdays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) beginning June 16.

The most arresting night of television continues this summer on Saturdays with a mixture of all-new and encore episodes of COPS (8:00-8:30 and 8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) and all-new episodes AMERICA’S MOST WANTED (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), while Sunday nights feature a mix of encores and originals of THE SIMPSONS, THE CLEVELAND SHOW, FAMILY GUY, AMERICAN DAD, ‘TIL DEATH and new comedy SONS OF TUCSON (7:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

RECAP – FOX 2010 SUMMER SCHEDULE

(All times ET/PT except as noted)

MONDAY

Mondays, beginning June 7:

8:00-9:00 PM LIE TO ME (Summer Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM THE GOOD GUYS (Series Premiere)

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TUESDAY

Tuesday, June 1:

8:00-9:00 PM SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE

9:00-10:00 PM GLEE

Tuesday, June 8:

8:00-9:00 PM SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE

9:00-10:00 PM GLEE (Season Finale)

Tuesdays, beginning June 15:

8:00-10:00 PM SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE

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WEDNESDAY

Wednesday, May 19:

8:00-9:00 PM THE GOOD GUYS (Series Preview)

9:00-10:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL

Wednesdays, June 2 and 9:

8:00-10:00 PM SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE

Wednesdays, beginning June 16:

8:00-9:00 PM GLEE (Time Period Premiere) (Encores)

9:00-10:00 PM SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (Time Period Premiere)

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THURSDAY

Thursdays, beginning May 27:

8:00-10:00 PM SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (Season Premiere)

Thursdays, beginning June 10:

8:00-10:00 PM HELL’S KITCHEN (Season Premiere)

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FRIDAY

Friday, May 28:

8:00-10:00 PM PAST LIFE (Two-Hour Summer Premiere)

Fridays, June 4 and 11:

8:00-9:00 PM PAST LIFE (Time Period Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM HOUSE (Time Period Premiere) (Encores)

Fridays, beginning June 18:

8:00-9:00 PM BONES (Time Period Premiere) (Encores)

9:00-10:00 PM HOUSE (Encores)

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SATURDAY

Saturdays (no change to lineup):

8:00-8:30 PM COPS

8:30-9:00 PM COPS

9:00-10:00 PM AMERICA’S MOST WANTED

11:00 PM-Midnight THE WANDA SYKES SHOW

Midnight-12:30 AM ANIMATION DOMINATION (Encores)

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SUNDAY

Sundays, beginning June 6:

7:00-9:30 PM ANIMATION DOMINATION

9:30-10:00 PM SONS OF TUCSON

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