Rocco DiSpirito: Miley Cyrus fan? The celeb chef made this confession during an appearance on POPSUGAR Live! today, when he stopped by to dish about his new Food Network series, Restaurant Divided, which airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. Plus, he revealed his top 10 favorite guilty pleasures, including his favorite pop star and surprising midnight snacks.
We're barely into football season, and we've already seen more than a few upsets. One area where you can make sure nothing goes wrong? The snack-time spread. Whether you're gathering friends and family to cheer on your alma mater or your favorite NFL football team, you'll want to make sure everyone's well stocked on game-day provisions.
To help you out with your sports-day snack spread, we enlisted the help of Rocco DiSpirito, Dominique Ansel, and Mary Giuliani, who'll all be at the New York City Wine & Food Festival Jets + Chefs Ultimate Tailgate this Saturday, to share their winning tips for game-time entertaining and eating in style.
For a sweet treat that cuts back on calories, fat, and sugar, bake a batch of light and airy low-calorie red velvet cupcakes. While there's still a tablespoon of agave nectar used, the high-sugar content of traditional cupcakes is brought down with the addition of Stevia to the mix. This recipe only makes four cupcakes total, but consider it a blessing — this way you won't be tempted to chow down on all the leftovers lurking in the kitchen.
Keep reading for this sweet Stevia cupcake recipe.
Though Cookie Monster did question the inclusion of cannellini beans in his chocolate-chip cookies (and made quite a mess while mixing up his batter — much to the kids' delight), the resulting cookies were quickly gobbled up by both the grown-ups and lil ones in attendance, leading me to wonder if Chef DiSpirito is on his way to starting his own Food Revolution here in the U.S.
Want to try your own taste test at home? Chef DiSpirito shared his oatmeal raisin cookie recipe, complete with apple butter, Cheerios, and puffed millet cereal to reduce the cookie's calories from 320 to 84 and fat content from nine grams to zero. Keep reading for the recipe.
In each episode, Rocco DiSpirito hosts a dinner party in which three chefs are asked to cook. Only two advance to the next round, where they will have to create a menu for a themed dinner party.
With a guest list of celebrities like Liza Minnelli and Padma Lakshmi, the participating chefs have a lot of people to impress. Unfortunately, after watching the preview of the show I wasn't one of those people. Check it out below and tell me what you think in the comments! Are you interested in viewing Rocco's Dinner Party?
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No word on the chefs who will participate, but the channel did announce a ninth season of Top Chef; casting will begin soon. Also slated to premiere in 2011 on Bravo? Rocco DiSpirito's show, Rocco's Dinner Party, a competition where the chefs have to throw the ultimate dinner party.
Since I wasn't much of a Kelly Choi fan, I'm excited to see Curtis Stone as the host of TC Masters.
How about you? Will you be more interested in Top Chef Masters now that it's hosted by a real master chef?
We chatted with Jamie Oliver, Bobby Flay, Emeril Lagasse, and other popular Food Network chefs to find out how they "have a foodie holiday." Watch our video to find out what cooking tips experts like chocolate master Jacques Torres and Food Revolution's Jamie Oliver swear by and what they really think about this bacon food trend. Plus, Paula Deen, Anne Burrell, and other celebrity chefs tell us what they do for the holidays when they're not slaving away in the kitchen. Looking to win your own Ultimate Foodie Holiday? Click here to find out how to enter our giveaway!
Each episode will feature four different contestants, from restaurateurs to home cooks, facing off in a three-round cooking elimination. In the first round, contestants will cook their favorite dishes for Rocco; in the second, they'll create an appetizer and concept for the week's assigned dinner party theme; in the last, the two remaining contestants will fashion a complete menu and decor to win.
To me, the concept sounds remarkably similar to Food Network's Chopped — only with parties. Still, I could see how Rocco's star power could make it successful. Will this be the next big cooking hit for Bravo?
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