What to Watch: Triple D in NYC, Olympian Brian Boitano on The Kitchen, and Bacon Baskets on Chopped

The Kitchen

Tonight, Guy Fieri is getting a taste of New York City on an all-new Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. On Saturday morning, Ree's hosting a movie night for her daughter and cooking a Roman feast to match the movie, Julius Caesar. Afterward, stay tuned for a new episode of The Kitchen, where figure skater Brian Boitano stops by to cook a pasta dish. And you won't want to miss Jeff showing off his Olympic spirit.

On Sunday morning on Sandwich King, Jeff makes a BBQ rib burger followed by a dessert that combines cookies, pretzels, candies and more. On Giada at Home, Giada hosts a poolside cocktail party with appetizers to match. Then on Barefoot Contessa, Ina prepares a portable feast for a birthday party that has guests sailing down the Hudson River. In the evening, watch an all-bacon-basket episode of Chopped followed by a new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen.

This trip, Guy's gettin' a taste of New York City in and out of the Big Apple. In Eureka, Calif., there’s the Bronx-bred pizza maker bringing unique Neapolitan-style pies to Northern California. Queens, N.Y., has the filmmaker-turned-chef making a huge proposal and kickin' out killer dishes like Spicy Atomic Fireballs. And in New York's Lower East Side, the farm-to-table spot taking fresh and local to a whole new level is servin' up standout seasonal sammies like the Winter Pig. (Episode: DV1902H)

Friday 10|9c

Ree's hosting a movie night for her daughter and classmates and preparing a Roman-inspired menu to accompany Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Steaming pans of Supreme Pizza Lasagna, crisp Julius Caesar Salad and Neapolitan Ice Cream compose the perfect feast before a tale of Roman intrigue and assassination. (Episode: WU0702H)

Saturday 10a|9c

This week The Kitchen is on ice when special guest Brian Boitano stops by to make rigatoni with spicy chicken sausage. Also, Jeff Mauro uses three ingredients from the freezer for a delicious dish, Geoffrey mixes an Icy Orange Cosmo, Sunny’s cooking up one of your most-searched recipes, Spicy Mac and Cheese, and Marcela’s got dessert covered with an ice cream sundae bar. (Episode: KC0108H)

Saturday 11a|10c

Jeff's starting off his Wreck on a Roll menu with a Smoky BBQ Riburger on Cheesy Garlic Bread, which is smothered in a pineapple chipotle barbecue sauce. Next up is a Garbage Salad and Champagne Vinaigrette topped off sweet pepperoncini. And for dessert it's a Wreck in a Glass with all the fixins: chocolate chip cookies, cereal, pretzels and chocolate candies; it doesn't get sweeter than this! (Episode: ZB0501H)

Sunday 10:30a|9:30c

Giada hosts a poolside cocktail party, but the appetizers are finger-food versions of traditional breakfast items like French Toast Fingers with Ginger Bourbon Maple Syrup, Mini Smoked Frittatas with Chive Creme Fraiche, and Melon and Olive Mini Skewers with Black Pepper Honey. Her friends, mixologists Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark, join the fun and create the Scotch Bonnet Marmalade Cocktail to complement the menu. (Episode: GH0615H)

Sunday 11a|10c

Ina is setting sail down the Hudson River to celebrate a friend's birthday. They're providing the boat and she's bringing fantastic portable food, like Hot Smoked Salmon, Fresh Dill Sauce and Carrot Cake with Ginger Mascarpone Frosting. Plus, she's sharing foolproof picnic strategies guaranteed to make any alfresco celebration a huge success! (Episode: BX1005H)

Sunday 11:30a|10:30c

The chefs get some great news before the cooking begins: Bacon will be in every basket! In the first one, they find Mangalitsa bacon and apple chips. Then in the second round, the judges watch to see if the competitors will be able to make dried cherries work with their pork entrees. French toast and bacon are breakfast classics, but can the final two chefs manage to transform these mystery ingredients into dessert? (Episode: CQ1811H)

Sunday 9|8c

Two chefs learn the true meaning of improvising when they're forced to switch dishes and sabotages in the middle of a challenge. Then, someone has to get innovative when given a loaf of sliced bread to use as a bread bowl for clam chowder. Finally, a chef is taken back to childhood when he or she must harvest breading from chicken nuggets for chicken-fried steak. (Episode: KT0210H)

Sunday 10|9c

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Brian Boitano Bio

Few athletes have enjoyed the artistic and popular success that figure skater Brian Boitano has achieved since winning the gold medal for the United States at the 1988 Winter Olympics Games in Calgary, Canada. Brian’s skating is characterized by power, precision, consistency and emotion. He created and routinely performs his signature jump, the Tano Triple, so difficult it has rarely been completed by anyone else. In competitions and exhibitions, Brian continues to raise the level of skating to new heights. He was the first American male athlete to have his own network television special, Canvas of Ice, which aired worldwide and was seen nationally on the ABC Network. The critically acclaimed special won awards in the International Film and Television Festival of New York and the Chicago International Film Festival. Brian was an Olympic alternate in 1980 and a member of the ’84, ’88 and ’94 U.S. Olympic teams. After turning professional in 1988, Brian won six world professional titles, placing first and scoring perfect 10s in each of 10 consecutive professional championships. As a professional, he won the first 20 out of the 24 competitions he entered, a record unmatched in the history of skating. He has taken a leadership role among professional skaters and his efforts have changed the face of professional skating, raising its standard beyond any level seen in the sport’s history. Brian won a prime-time Emmy Award, television’s highest honor, for his starring role in the HBO movie Carmen on Ice. He and fellow Olympic gold medalist Katarina Witt toured North America in three successful ice shows: Skating, Skating II and Skating ’92, which were broadcast on network TV. In 1994, he starred in Nutcracker on Ice with Oksana Baiul and Viktor Petrenko. For 15 years he toured with Champions On Ice around the country, headlining 25 national tours. Brian has provided expert commentary on televised skating shows for ABC, NBC and Turner networks. Brian’s book, Boitano’s Edge: Inside the Real World of Figure Skating (Simon & Schuster, November 1997), is currently in its third printing and is considered one of the finest skating books ever published. In 1995, Brian founded White Canvas Productions to create figure skating shows for both live and television audiences. More than 20 White Canvas specials have aired on NBC, USA Networks and TNT. Brian’s production of the Brian Boitano Skating Spectacular aired on NBC in January 2010.  Brian began his figure skating career in 1972 at the age of 8. After viewing a performance of “Ice Follies,” he traded his roller skates for ice skates and was enrolled in group lessons taught by Linda Leaver. She immediately realized his potential and suggested private lessons. Thus began a remarkable partnership that has lasted 30 years and continues to flourish with Linda also serving as Brian’s personal manager. At 14, while still in high school, he became the U.S. Junior Men’s Champion. Brian gained world recognition when he was 19 as the first skater to complete all six different triple jumps in a World Championship. He placed fifth in the 1984 Olympic Winter Games in Sarajevo and won the first of four consecutive U.S. Men’s titles in 1985. In total, Brian, a three-time Olympian, has won more than 50 titles, including 23 international gold medals, two World titles, two Pro/AM titles, 16 professional titles, four U.S. National titles, as well as the Olympic Gold Medal. Brian has been inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame, the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame and the National Italian-American Hall of Fame. He is one of the founding members of the National Safe Kids Campaign Entertainment Alliance and is also a member of the Public Awareness Council of the American Cancer Society. In 1998, Brian founded Youth Skate, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to introduce San Francisco’s inner-city youth to the sport of ice skating. Since its inaugural year, more than 6,000 children aged 5 to 15 have participated. Now in its twelfth season, the charity continues to grow with Brian as an active participant. With a lifelong passion for food and cooking, Brian premiered a Food Network cooking series, What Would Brian Boitano Make?, in August 2009. In the series, Brian takes viewers on a reality cooking adventure as he creates amazing food for a new event in each episode focusing on innovative but accessible dishes.

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