What to Watch: A Bunch of Brunch and the Premieres of Triple G’s Triple D Tournament and Worst Cooks in America
It’s time to say sayonara to 2016, and what better way to start the New Year than with some fresh new recipes from your favorite Food Network chefs? This weekend it’s all about brunch and Saturday morning the co-hosts on The Kitchen are cooking with champagne. In addition to Sparkling Parfaits, they’re making a Pancake “Cake” with Sparkling Strawberries (pictured) and Geoffrey Zakarian is serving his Resolution Resolved champagne cocktail. Then Valerie Bertinelli is making savory breakfast favorites for dinner, Nancy Fuller is hosting brunch with a build-your-own Bloody Mary Bar and Bobby Flay is making a brunch menu inspired by the flavors of Italy.
On Sunday night, Guy Fieri is rounding up 16 of his favorite DDD chefs for a five part Flavortown tournament and Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray are back in Boot Camp to try and turn some of the Worst Cooks in America into culinary masterminds.
The Kitchen is ringing in the New Year with a Champagne brunch featuring Marcela Valladolid's Mushroom, Sausage and Gruyere Strata and Sparkling Parfaits. Cookbook author Jenny Rosenstrach stops by to celebrate with New Year's Pancakes. Jeff Mauro and Sunny Anderson create a toast bar that's perfect for a lazy brunch, and they all celebrate a fresh start to the year with Geoffrey Zakarian's Resolution Resolved cocktail.
After a week of non-stop travel, Valerie isn't sure what time zone she's in, so she decides a sweet and savory breakfast-for-dinner will make a nice homecoming to share with her husband, Tom. For her "What Time Is It?" menu, Valerie’s making “Everything” Savory Potato Waffles with Smoked Salmon (pictured), Watercress and Citrus Salad, a Dutch Baby Pancake with Raspberry-Orange Coulis and a refreshingly delicious Grapefruitini.
After a busy holiday season, Nancy can't stop entertaining. She's hosting a big open house and serving brunch for all her friends, complete with a build-your-own Bloody Mary Bar, Shrimp Cocktail with Remoulade Sauce (pictured) and a Country Ham Breakfast Casserole with Hash Brown Cakes with Dill Sour Cream. She also shares a few of her can't-miss entertaining tricks along the way.
Bobby makes an Italian-inspired brunch for his Naples-born friend, Cooking Channel's Laura Vitale. He puts his spin on everyone's favorite Italian dish with Breakfast Pizza with Zucchini Pesto, Provolone, Smoked Ricotta and Olive Oil Fried Egg (pictured). He adds freshness with Wild Dandelion Greens with Shaved Fennel and Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette, and Laura sweetens things up with Graffe Napoletane, also known as Neapolitan doughnuts. To end, he balances the richness of the meal with a Campari Sanguinea.
Sixteen of the best DDD chefs are competing in Flavortown for another epic Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Tournament. Four chefs kick things off by making a belly-busting lunch despite the express lane's seven item limit. Next, making surf and turf is tough when the Food Wheel hands them a high-priced turf item and a low-priced surf item. Finally, the last two DDD chefs must take their taste buds on a road trip to determine which regional version of burgers and fries they'll be whipping up.
The new recruits enter boot camp with dreams of becoming great chefs, but their dreams become nightmares when they see photos of their culinary failures mounted on their stations. To start off, mentors Anne and Rachael have the recruits cook their signature dishes so that they can assess their skills in the kitchen. Then, the recruits dive headfirst into a main dish challenge where they must cook shrimp and live lobster. The recruits with the least successful dishes on each team will be sent home.