Taking a Gamble on Bill Rancic is Always a Good Thing.

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You may know Bill Rancic from his days on The Apprentice or maybe you know him for being an incredibly successful entrepreneur and being a bestselling author. Or quite possibly, maybe you just know him as being Giuliana's hubby (kidding...sort of). Nonetheless, you know Bill Rancic. His newest venture is taking place on the Food Network with the show he'll be hosting called "Kitchen Casino" and since it seems like everything this man touches turns to gold, it is sure to be a hit. Before the big premiere goes down tonight, we talked to Bill to find out exactly how the show works and if our money's on it, we're gambling on it being a straight up win.

OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): So I read the premise of Kitchen Casino but I'd love for you to break down the concept of the show in your words.

Bill Rancic: Yeah, it's pretty cool. I'm a huge fan of cooking shows. Cooking competition shows especially. This show is different than any show I've seen because it combines these amazing chefs in the kitchen and they're competing while we integrate these great casino game challenges. We basically have four rounds. We have a slot machine that dictates the theme or the category of the dish that they'll prepare. Then we have chef roulette where the chefs are competing and then midway through the competition or halfway through it, the entire kitchen spins like a roulette wheel. So if you and I were competing, the kitchen spins and I may end up with your dish in front of me and you may end up with my dish in front of you. Then you have to then take that dish over, prepare it, and then show it in front of the judges! You don't know what I may have put in there too! I may have sabotaged it and you'll end up with an inedible ingredient. There is certainly a lot of strategy in that round! You may see some horns sprouting out of people heads in that round! [Laughs.] Then we have chef poker where basically, they play poker to determine what ingredient they have to cook with. Then here is the kicker! At the end of it, you can go through this entire competition and win every round but we give you the chance to double or triple your money. Or, you can go home with nothing. So when people's greed sets in, just like in Vegas, they don't know when to say when! They may have ten grand but they want to go for thirty and take the last challenge. But there is then the chance that they go home with nothing.


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Bobby Flay, on Whether He's Burned Out from Cooking: "No, Definitely Not"

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Take two competitors, have them battle it out, then put the winner toe to toe with one of the top chefs around, and what do you have? It's simple. You have "Beat Bobby Flay." But how simple can that really be? Thursday nights on the Food Network, you'll get to see if this daunting task is possible when two pros head into the kitchen to win the bragging rights of beating culinary master and one of our TV favorites, Bobby Flay. To mix up this competition even further, they're throwing in greats like Anne Burrell, Michael Symon, and Alex Guarnaschelli to take part in the fun. Before you tune in and get in on the action, we chatted it up with Bobby about some of his past adventures and asked him to explain further how this new and exciting contest of skills will go down.

OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): You do so many shows on the Food Network so in everyday life, do you ever get burned out of cooking?

Bobby Flay: No, definitely not. In fact, this week I'm opening a new restaurant in New York. Frankly, it's the thing I love to do the most whether it's at home, on TV, or at my restaurants. It's really what gets me motivated to do everything.

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Google Now Lets You Compare Ingredients Information

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Potato.. potato.

Google is cool. When I want to translate something, I can just paste it in a search box. Math? Who even needs a calculator when you have Chrome. And now, I'm super excited to let you guys know about another new search box feature.

Type in a basic food item like celery or shallots followed by "vs" and another food item. Google'll give you a comparison.Test it out. Go ahead, I'll wait.

Man, we really do live in the future.

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Michael Tunick Answers Every Question I've Ever Had About Cheese

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Cheese, how does it work?

Ever wonder why there are so many kinds of cheese? Or why some kinds of cheese have holes? Or what's up with raw milk cheese?

Well, if you're anything like me, you spend a lot of time just thinking about the why of food, and now -- at least, when it comes cheese -- your questions are answered.

Wired posted an excerpt of USDA Research Chemist Michael Tunick's new book, "The Science of Cheese", up on their website on Saturday. The excerpt is super interesting and answers the questions above and a ton more.

What can you expect? Well, click through for an excerpt of the excerpt and a link.

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"Some Super-Interesting Dishes!" Anne Burrell on Worst Cooks in America

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Known for her spiky blond mane (now with a rockin' tinge of pink) and sassy attitude, Anne Burrell is so much more than an esteemed chef, cookbook author, and cooking show host. Anne is also a mentor. On the fifth season of the Food Network show Worst Cooks in America, she (along with Bobby Flay) will once again test her patience levels by attempting to teach the willing contestants to heat it up the kitchen with the hopes to win a $25,000 prize. Starting February 17th you can get in on the fun of watching the flips and flops that will be flying as Anne tries her best to turn the incompetent into capable cooks. Before the big premiere, we talked to Burrell and got some background details and also found out what the new season has in store for us.

OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): So how does the casting process work with the contestants?

Anne Burrell: Each of the "would be cooks" come to us with their "signature dish" and we ask them about it. There have been some super interesting dishes!


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Let Robert Irvine Take You On a Ride With Restaurant Express

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They've got a goal in mind and I want to help them reach that goal.

Chef, restaurateur, and all-around bad ass Robert Irvine definitely kept us entertained and interested over the years with shows like Dinner: Impossible and Restaurant Impossible. But starting on November 3rd, Irvine is into a whole new game. His newest show Restaurant Express is hitting the Food Network like a freight train full of grub and knowledge so if you can't get enough of Robert like we can't, tune in for your chance to get some new tips that you can use in your own life in a ton of areas. Plus, you'll be thoroughly engrossed in the excitement of a little friendly competition at the same time.

OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): I'm really excited for your new show Restaurant Express. Can you break down the way it will work for us?

Robert Irvine: Sure, let me kind of give you an overview. There are nine contestants and some of them are chefs, some of them are not, some are moms, and some are from the military. So they're from all walks of life. There is a bus that has eight beds in it so obviously, we can only carry eight people in that bus. The challenges on every episode are based on running a successful business. In this case, it's a restaurant. The principles in the restaurant business are marketing, leadership, menus, cooking, financial...there all of these things that they need to know in order to run a successful restaurant so I teach them. There are challenges and one person will be sent home at the end of each episode.


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Playground's Jason Quinn To Be A Judge On New MTV Food Show

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Food truck chef, Food Network's Great Food Truck Race winner, irascible restaurant owner who famously told a Yelp reviewer to "burn in hell", and OC Weekly cover boy Jason Quinn will need to add yet another title to his résumé.

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Stick a Fork In It: Blue Ribbon Winner At OC Fair!

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I've been watching from the sidelines as my fellow OC Weekly/Stick a Fork In It writers rake in nominations and awards this year from the LA Press Club and Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. While I'm proud of their great work, I was bummed I hadn't contributed to the glory . . . until now. 

Stick a Fork In It is now the the proud owner of a 2013 OC Fair first-place blue ribbon because of an exhilarating post I wrote about the benefits of homemade chicken stock. Specifically, we were on top in the "Blog Post, Editorial, Informational Food Essay, Historical or Personal" division. Considering the OC Fair was where I cut my teeth (and nearly broke bones) back when I was a reporter, bringing home the blue ribbon is kind of a big deal.
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Food Network Taping a Show At Fashion Island On Tuesday, You're Invited

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Food Network will be taping an as-yet-unidentified show this Tuesday in the Neiman Marcus/Bloomingdale's Courtyard at Fashion Island, and you are invited to be in the audience.

If you're going just for the opportunity to heckle, they will most likely frown upon that. Besides, it's probably safe to assume the person cooking on camera won't be Paula Deen.

Here are details, as provided by Fashion Island:

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It's All About the Essentials with Cooking Channel's Kelsey Nixon

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We could all use some tips and a little food variation when it comes to the kitchen and if you have thirty-minutes, Kelsey Nixon is here to help you whip up some delicious meals in a super uncomplicated way. Gaining her training from Hollywood's Le Cordon Bleu and the French Culinary Institute, Kelsey's culinary passion wowed the viewers and made her a fan favorite on The Next Food Network Star and her magnetic and bubbly personality is no doubt what earned her a Daytime Emmy nominee for "Outstanding Culinary Host."

Kelsey's Essentials is starting its fifth season on Cooking Channel on July 3rd and if learning how to prepare fabulously simple and tasty recipes for you and your family isn't enough to make you want to watch, then you're either a pro-chef with endless ideas of your own or you just don't eat.

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