What to Watch: Wizard of Oz Meets Cupcakes and the Finales of RvG Kids Cook-Off and Great Food Truck Race
This weekend, come to Food Network for your comfort food fix, some Chinese dim sum, Wizard of Oz-inspired cupcakes, kitchen sabotage and two finales: Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off and The Great Food Truck Race.
On Saturday morning tune in for The Pioneer Woman as Ree creates a casual lunch for her family. Then Amy Thielen shares her recipe for Granny-Style Chicken on Heartland Table. On Giada at Home, Giada cooks dim sum inspired by a recent trip to Hong Kong. In the evening watch the bakers on Cupcake Wars take on the Wizard of Oz as their inspiration.
Sunday night starts off with the finale of Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off as two teams of kids cook dinner for a gathering of special guests who don't know their chefs aren't professional adults. By the end of the show, one winner will get his or her own Web series. Then on The Great Food Truck Race, the teams make it to Annapolis, Md., and then go to the Chesapeake Bay for a crabbing challenge. After a surprise elimination, the final two teams head onto Arlington, Va., and finally Washington, D.C., where one team will ride away with its very own food truck and $50,000 in prize money.
The guys are out cutting down cedar trees and having a stone-skimming master class with Ladd down at the creek. So Ree's rustling up a casual lunch of delicious Rigatoni with Chicken Thighs, a fun Salad Bar Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing, Garlic Cheese Breadsticks and irresistible Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies.
In the tradition of her grandmother, Amy Thielen roasts a local chicken "granny style" together with a plain, natural gravy and bread stuffing, which is prepared with a medley of Swiss chard, caramelized onions, some mashed giblets cooked with sherry, and lots of parsley and chives. For dessert, Amy whips up Rhubarb Spears Baked in Wild Raspberry Syrup.
Giada De Laurentiis prepares a dim sum menu inspired by her recent trip to Hong Kong. She invites her travel companions over to enjoy the exotic dishes like Chocolate Bao with Chocolate Dipping Sauce, Braised Short Rib Dumplings with Corn Puree, Lemper Ayam and Pear Gorgonzola Gyoza.
There's no place like home as four cupcake bakers face off for the chance to celebrate the re-release of The Wizard of Oz and the $10,000 prize. The guest judge is legendary film critic, Leonard Maltin.
Jamie Deen doesn't need a farmers market when his mom's garden is around the corner! Paula's garden features the freshest vegetables in the South, and provides Jamie with inspiration for the meal: Rosemary Pork Chops with Creamed Corn and Bacon, plus Quick Braised Collards and Seasonal Greens on the side. For dessert, there's Berry Crisp with Pistachios and Oats.
Everything culminates in the finale where the star kid chefs must use the lessons they've learned from Rachael and Guy to prep a family-style dinner to high-profile judges, including Richard Blais, Jack Lee, Antonia Lofaso, Eric Greenspan, Melissa d'Arabian and Jennie Garth, who don't know that their meal was crafted by kids! Everyone walks away improved as a rising chef, but only one kid will land his or her own web series to debut on FoodNetwork.com right after the finale airs.
With their eyes on the grand prize, the final teams are sent to the east coast in this last leg of The Great Food Truck Race. After a stop in Annapolis, Md., the teams meet Tyler on a Chesapeake Bay island where they haul the crab that will become part of an original dish. The team with the best dish wins a potentially game-changing prize. After a surprise elimination, the final two teams are sent to Arlington, Va., and then to Washington, D.C., where they meet Tyler in front of the U.S. Capitol building and find out who will win $50,000 and ride off in their new food truck.
In this episode full of culinary combat, the stakes are raised when one chef earns the exclusive right to salt their steak. Then another chef's world is turned upside down when challenged to make a perfect omelet on the underside of a pan. And finally, one chef sticks it to another by forcing the opponent to serve bananas Foster on a stick.