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Hill Country Chicken Hosts Alex’s Lemonade Stand Fundraiser on August 20th

Hill Country Chicken Hosts Alex’s Lemonade Stand Fundraiser on August 20th


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National Lemonade Day is the perfect day to raise money to cure cancer

Hill Country Chicken will host a Alex's Lemonade Stand fundraiser on August 20th

For the third year, Hill Country Chicken will host a lemonade stand to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) on tomorrow’s National Lemonade Day. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., the fried chicken joint will be serving homemade lemonade in front of the restaurant at 25th Street and Broadway, according to a release.

Alexandra “Alex” Scott, the founder of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, started a lemonade stand in 2000 after she turned four years old, to help other children who also had cancer. People all over the world had their own lemonade stands to contribute to the cause, and by August 2004, Alex had raised over $1 million before she passed away. Hill Country Chicken is among those who plan to further the cause in her honor, and aims to raise at least $5000 during tomorrow’s event.

People are encouraged to donate for a cup of lemonade, or buy the drink inside for $2.50. All the sales from the lemonade, both indoors and outdoors, will benefit the ALSF. For a sweet snack, customers can purchase Hill Country Chicken’s lemon chess pie. The pie sales, as well as donations from the Make-Your-Own-Lemonade Kit, which consists of a mason jar with two lemons, sugar, and a lemonade recipe, will support the foundation.

The proceeds will fund research projects to find cures for childhood cancer, so a small donation for a cup of lemonade that could help others is, well, a sweet deal.


Firebirds Wood Fired Grill to Open First Oklahoma Location

Known for its scratch kitchen, warm hospitality and classic American cuisine infused with bold flavors, fresh herbs and spices, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill will open September 12, at the Chisholm Creek development just south of the John Kilpatrick Turnpike and West Memorial Road in Oklahoma City. Firebirds specializes in hand-cut aged steaks, fresh seafood, chicken and ribs seared over an authentic wood-fired grill.

“For our first Oklahoma location, we could not think of a better place than Oklahoma City,” says CEO Mark Eason. “Firebirds’ vibrant, energetic atmosphere and bold, creative flavors are a perfect fit for this market.”

Firebirds offers a wide variety of menu selections, including its signature Aged Ribeye, Filet Mignon, Wood Grilled Salmon, Durango Burger, Grilled Shrimp & Strawberry Salad, Lobster Spinach Queso and Creme Brulée Cheesecake. The Kids Menu offers healthy options certified by the National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program. Firebirds also offers gluten- sensitive menu items, such as Grilled Tenderloin Salad, Beef Filet Kabob, Wood Grilled Salmon and Parmesan Mashed Potatoes.

In addition, the award-winning FIREBAR boasts an extensive selection of wines, including two private Firebirds’ labels, craft beers and specialty cocktails, such as the Double Black Diamond Martini infused with fresh pineapple. The FIREBAR also serves seasonal cocktails. Firebirds offers unique and refreshing non-alcoholic drinks as well, such as the Strawberry Basil Cooler and Wild Berry Ginger Craft Soda.

The Oklahoma City Firebirds will feature the restaurant’s energetic design concept, which breaks from the traditional darker steakhouse look while still offering guests the warm and inviting atmosphere for which Firebirds is known. Modern design and décor include light-colored woods, charred black brick, floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed wood, contemporary light fixtures, abstract artworks and pops of teal to complement Firebirds’ signature red and orange. The open concept gives guests views of the exhibition kitchen, wood-fired grill, award-winning FIREBAR and lounge. Additionally, guests can enjoy their meals and drinks on a comfortable, enclosable patio perfect for any season.

To show its appreciation for Oklahoma’s local heroes, Firebirds will invite local first responders to the restaurant for a complimentary lunch from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Patriot Day, Sept. 11. Reservations are required. For those interested in attending contact [email protected] to inquire about an invitation.

Year-round, the new Firebirds restaurant will donate $1.25 for every glass of lemonade ordered in the restaurant to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) to help fund childhood cancer research. Additionally, each June, the restaurant will participate in ALSF’s fundraiser, Lemonade Days, in which it will donate to the cause all proceeds from the sale of house-made lemonade at a stand by the front door. Nationwide, Firebirds has already raised more than $1.2 million for ALSF, one cup of lemonade at a time.

Firebirds will be open Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Additionally the restaurant will offer banquet services, catering, gift cards and online ordering for ToGo. Guests who register for Firebirds’ Inner Circle will be the first to hear about upcoming events, promotions, new menu items and exclusive offers. Members will also receive a gift for joining and a gift on their birthday.

Reservations for lunch or dinner can be made by calling the restaurant, visiting Firebirds’ website or using the OpenTable App. Firebirds is regularly included on OpenTable’s Diner’s Choice lists, where diners vote for their favorite restaurants in various categories.

The recipient of multiple TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence, Firebirds also made Yelp’s top 10 most popular casual restaurants in terms of average page views per location and Fishbowl’s Emerging Brands Report’s top 10 restaurants in terms of expected growth. Fishbowl is the leading data, marketing and analytics solutions provider to restaurants. Additionally, Firebirds was named one of America’s Top 50 Emerging Restaurant Chains by FSR Magazine.

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List of Guy's Grocery Games episodes

Guy's Grocery Games is an elimination cooking game show that is hosted by Guy Fieri. It airs on the Food Network and Food Network Canada. As of October 20, 2019, [update] 270 episodes of Guy's Grocery Games have aired.

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
112October 20, 2013 ( 2013-10-20 ) January 19, 2014 ( 2014-01-19 ) Food Network
211May 11, 2014 ( 2014-05-11 ) July 20, 2014 ( 2014-07-20 )
315July 27, 2014 ( 2014-07-27 ) December 14, 2014 ( 2014-12-14 )
416January 4, 2015 ( 2015-01-04 ) April 26, 2015 ( 2015-04-26 )
510May 3, 2015 ( 2015-05-03 ) July 5, 2015 ( 2015-07-05 )
612July 12, 2015 ( 2015-07-12 ) September 27, 2015 ( 2015-09-27 )
714October 4, 2015 ( 2015-10-04 ) December 27, 2015 ( 2015-12-27 )
811January 3, 2016 ( 2016-01-03 ) March 13, 2016 ( 2016-03-13 )
912March 20, 2016 ( 2016-03-20 ) June 26, 2016 ( 2016-06-26 )
1012July 3, 2016 ( 2016-07-03 ) July 12, 2016 ( 2016-07-12 )
1115October 2, 2016 ( 2016-10-02 ) December 25, 2016 ( 2016-12-25 )
1215January 2, 2017 ( 2017-01-02 ) April 9, 2017 ( 2017-04-09 )
1311April 23, 2017 ( 2017-04-23 ) July 16, 2017 ( 2017-07-16 )
1410July 23, 2017 ( 2017-07-23 ) October 8, 2017 ( 2017-10-08 )
1511October 15, 2017 ( 2017-10-15 ) January 7, 2018 ( 2018-01-07 )
1615January 14, 2018 ( 2018-01-14 ) March 11, 2018 ( 2018-03-11 )
1715February 28, 2018 ( 2018-02-28 ) May 13, 2018 ( 2018-05-13 )
1815May 16, 2018 ( 2018-05-16 ) July 16, 2018 ( 2018-07-16 )
1916August 16, 2018 ( 2018-08-16 ) November 15, 2018 ( 2018-11-15 )
2018December 23, 2018 ( 2018-12-23 ) August 4, 2019 ( 2019-08-04 )
2117September 29, 2019 ( 2019-09-29 ) April 5, 2020 ( 2020-04-05 )
2213September 29, 2019 ( 2019-09-29 ) April 5, 2020 ( 2020-04-05 )

Season 1 (2013–14) Edit

Round 1: Spaghetti & Meatballs - Out of Stock (no pasta, no ground beef)

Round 2: Family Meal for 4 - Budget Battle ($6.35)

Round 3: Make Your Best Dish - Frozen Food Feud

Winner: Tom Ramsey ($16,000)

Round 1: Asian Stir Fry - 5 Ingredients Or Less

Round 2: Fun Family Meal - (Eggo® Homestyle waffles, something sweet, something over $4, a protein, something spicy, something green, something under $2) - Grocery List

Round 3: Decadent Pasta - Closing Time (with a Culinary Quiz)

Winner: Kris "Plum" Plummer ($14,000)

Notes: Round 2 featured a name brand product (Eggo waffles) which denote it as a possible sponsor of the show. Round 3 had the first Culinary Quiz of the series. For winning the culinary quiz, Nick's advantage was a 15-second head start in the third round.

Round 1: Gourmet Salad - Out of Stock (no lettuce/leafy greens)

Round 2: Decadent Burger - Budget Battle ($7.96) & Culinary Quiz

Round 3: Comfort Meal - Mixed Bag

Winner: Cristina Topham ($20,000)

Notes: Cristina won the Culinary Quiz in the second round and her advantage was an extra 50¢. In the third round, the contestants had 4 minutes to shop with regular sized grocery canvas bags instead of carts (though it wasn't identified as game) and then had the series' first version of a "swap" game (a bag swap). Lenny McNab is notable for going on to compete and win Season 10 of "Food Network Star".

Round 1: Surf & Turf - Can Can (+1 produce & +1 dairy)

Round 2: Soup & Sandwich - No Carts Allowed

Round 3: Steakhouse Dinner - Grocery List (bone-in protein, something green, a starch, a dairy product, onion family, a boxed item, a vegetable)

Winner: Geo Ketchedjian ($8,000)

Notes: In round 1, the contestants were allowed to get 1 item from produce and 1 item from dairy.

Round 1: Frozen Food Feud (+2 produce) - Best Seafood Dish

Round 2: Mexican Fiesta Dish - (Kikkoman soy sauce, something green, jarred pickled vegetable, a protein, a corn product, something red, a dairy product) - Grocery List & Culinary Quiz

Round 3: Breakfast Club - No Carts Allowed

Winner: Samuel Monsour ($20,000)

Notes: In round 1, the contestants were allowed 2 items from the produce department. Samuel won the Culinary Quiz in round 2 so his advantage was a 1-minute head start. Samuel Monsour is notable for having appeared on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and Cutthroat Kitchen.

Round 1: International Dish - 5 Items or Less

Round 2: Best Dish - Single Aisle Showdown (Aisle 4) & Culinary Quiz

Round 3: Steak and Potatoes - Out of Stock (no steak, no potatoes)

Winner: Jill Sharpe ($16,000)

Notes: The "5 items or less" game in round 1 (which has a different name from episode 2) is essentially the precursor to the game "Express Lane". In Round 2, Jill won the culinary quiz so her advantage was getting 1 item from anywhere else in the store.

Round 1: Best Egg Dish - Grocery List (cage-free eggs, protein, can of olives, something green, bread, something crunchy, something spicy)

Round 2: Dinner Party for Four - Culinary Quiz & Budget Battle ($7.83)

Round 3: Sandwich & Side - Mixed Bag

Winner: Luca Paris ($14,000)

Notes: Chris Bales was the first contestant on the show to use a wheelchair. In the second round, Stephan won the culinary quiz so his advantage was an extra $1.

Round 1: Five Star Dinner - Frozen Food Feud

Round 2: Healthy Kids Meal - Culinary Quiz & No Carts Allowed

Round 3: Savory Pie - Closing Time (3 minutes)

Winner: Mark Curry ($16,000)

Notes: In the second round, Timothy won the Culinary Quiz so his advantage was being able to get 1 item from anywhere in the store.

Round 1: Elevated Grilled Cheese - Budget Battle ($6.97)

Round 2: Unusual Dessert - Culinary Quiz & Single Aisle Showdown (aisle 9)

Round 3: Holiday Meal - Mixed Bag/Bag Swap

Winner: Claud Beltran ($21,000)

Notes: Aram's culinary quiz advantage was being able to get 1 extra item. Round 3 was the only round with a holiday slant (despite the festive episode title) and the game formerly called "Mixed Bag" was called "Bag Swap" in this episode, though it still retains the same rules as "Mixed Bag" (giving contestants a short amount of time to shop with only a canvas bag). In this episode only, there was a special gift box that could be picked up during the shopping spree for an additional $5,000, bringing the potential total prize to $25,000.

Round 1: Game Day Feast - Closing Time (2 minutes)

Round 2: Best Dish - Culinary Quiz & Single Aisle Showdown (aisle 1)

Round 3: Upscale Chicken Dinner - 5 Items or Less

Winner: Phillip Frankland Lee ($16,000)

Notes: Adela won the culinary quiz so her advantage was getting to choose 1 item from the diary section. In the third-round game, the chefs were provided chicken which didn't count toward their 5-item limit.

Round 1: Italian Feast - Can Can (+1 aisle 9 product, +1 fresh herb)

Round 2: Ultimate Hot Dog - Culinary Quiz & Closing Time (2 minutes)

Round 3: Best Rice Dish - Grocery List (rice, boxed stock, bell pepper, protein, alcohol, something spicy, scallions)

Winner: Shane Miller ($18,000)

Notes: The chefs were allowed 2 non-canned items in the first round. For winning the Culinary Quiz in round 2, Kristina got a 15-second head start advantage.

Round 1: Taco Night Feast - Out of Stock (no tortillas, no ground beef)

Round 2: Sandwich - Culinary Quiz & Frozen Food Feud

Round 3: Best Seafood Dish - 5 Items or Less (+ 2 items)

Winner: Jay Kean ($12,000)

Notes: Jay suffered a deep cut in the first round and opted to tape up his wound rather than leaving the competition to get stitches. Jay won the culinary quiz so his advantage was getting 1 extra item from the store. In the final round, Guy wheeled out a small rack with random food items and offered the two chefs a choice of two additional items each.

Season 2 (2014) Edit

From this season forward, the show moved filming to a new, specially built supermarket set located in a warehouse in Santa Rosa, CA. This season had some episodes that were produced during Season 3 production but was carried over to this season.

Round 1: Best Dish - ABC Game ("B")

Round 2: Brunch for Four - Grocery Pictogram & Budget Battle ($7.08)

Round 3: Guilty Pleasure Entree - Culinary Quiz & 4 Minute Shop & Cart Swap

Winner: Marla Ortega ($18,000)

Notes: All competing chefs were mothers and Guy brought in his mother, Penny, to introduce the first game. This episode was the first to have 2 culinary quizzes. Marla won the round 2 culinary quiz and her advantage was an extra $1. Then she got the round 3 culinary quiz correct and her advantage was 1 extra item from anywhere in the store.

Round 1: International Dish - Know Your Varieties & Meals from the Middle

Round 2: Best Seafood Dish - Grocery Pictogram & 5 Ingredients or Less

Round 3: Signature Burger - Out of Stock (no ground meat)

Winner: Kirsten Helle ($16,000)

Notes: This is the first time a "culinary quiz" was presented in round 1. Daniella won the round 1 quiz so her advantage was 1 extra item from anywhere in the store. Ghazwan won the round 2 culinary quiz and his advantage was 1 extra grocery item.

Round 1: Grill Pizza - Red Light Special (peanut butter)

Round 2: Best Dish - Grocery Pictogram & Clearance Carts

Round 3: On the Bone Dish - Culinary Quiz & Top Shelf/Bottom Shelf (top shelf)

Winner: Aaron Deal ($20,000)

Notes: The theme of this episode was grilling in every round. Aaron won the round 2 culinary quiz and his advantage was a 15-second head start. Kevin won the round 3 culinary quiz and his advantage was 1 extra item from anywhere in the store.

Round 1: Lunchtime Favorite - 5 Ingredients or Less

Round 2: Steakhouse Dinner - Grocery Pictogram & Budget Battle ($9.99)

Round 3: Best Dish - Word & One Ingredient Per Aisle

Winner: Aaron McCargo Jr. (Play to Win - $20,000)

Notes: The chefs were all winners of 'The Next Food Network Star' and were playing for their charity of choice. For winning the culinary quiz in round 2, Aaron got an extra $1 towards his budget. Jeff won the culinary quiz in round 3 so his advantage was being able to get rid of an ingredient he didn't want to use. Guy donated $3,500 to the charities of each of the eliminated chefs.

Round 1: Best Mac & Cheese Dish - Aisle Down (cheese dept.)

Round 2: Chicken Dinner - Watch Your Weight (6 lbs.)

Round 3: Romantic Meal - Word & Cart Swap

Winner: Salvatore Boscarello ($18,000)

Notes: For the first time, no one was able to answer the culinary quiz (in round 3) so Guy told them the answer and even sent his son, Ryder, to physically show them where the correct grocery item was. Mika brought it back to Guy the fastest so her advantage was being able to get 1 additional ingredient.

Round 1: Mediterranean Dish - Keep It Sample (sliders, pickles, bologna, or meatballs)

Round 2: Dessert - Culinary Close Up & Closing Time (90 seconds)

Round 3: Best Dish - Food Wheel (whole chicken & aisle 4)

Winner: Tanya Solomon ($20,000)

Notes: The first version of "Keep It Sample" appeared in this episode and the rules were that 1 ingredient would be allowed per person on a first-come, first-served basis. Tanya won the round 2 culinary quiz and her advantage was being able to get 1 extra ingredient.

Round 1: Hearty Lunch - Red Light Special (marshmallows)

Round 2: Taco Night - Know Your Varieties & Grocery List (jarred meat, tamarind soda, pork rinds, frozen peaches)

Round 3: Family Favorite - Culinary Quiz & One Ingredient Per Aisle

Notes: Mark won the culinary quiz in round 2 so his advantage was a 30-second headstart. He also won the culinary quiz in round 3 and his advantage was an extra item.

Round 1: Vegetarian Feast - Meals from the Middle

Round 2: Surf and Turf - Market Multiple Choice & Budget Battle ($9.35)

Round 3: Best Dish - Food Wheel (whole chicken & "purple")

Winner: Trevor Ball ($20,000)

Notes: Nicky won the new culinary quiz in season 2 and his advantage was getting an extra 65¢.

Round 1: Fried Feast - Watch Your Weight (5 lbs.)

Round 2: Dish on a Stick - Culinary Quiz & Clearance Carts

Round 3: Elegant Dinner - Food Wheel (pork chops & $7.86)

Winner: Christopher Pipilis ($18,000)

Notes: Josh won the culinary quiz in round 2 so his advantage was 1 extra ingredient. The pork chops in round 3 were provided to the contestants and it didn't count towards their budget.

Round 1: Comfort Food - Clearance Carts

Round 2: Breakfast for Dinner - Culinary Quiz & No Carts Allowed

Round 3: Best Dish - Food Wheel (frozen tilapia & aisle 1)

Winner: Eddie Porter ($20,000)

Notes: Eddie won the culinary quiz in round 2 so his advantage was being able to get an extra ingredient.

Round 1: Best Burger - Watch Your Weight (4 lbs.)

Round 2: A Square Meal - Know Your Varieties & Frozen Food Feud

Round 3: Pork Dinner - Grocery List (fried onions, a starch, dried fruit, something red, ranch dressing, breakfast cereal)

Winner: Holly Gray ($18,000)

Notes: Elizabeth won the culinary quiz in round 2 so her advantage was one extra ingredient from anywhere in the store

Season 3 (2014) Edit

Round 1: International Dish - Clearance Carts

Round 2: Dessert - Know Your Varieties & Red Light Special (jerky)

Round 3: Best Dish - Culinary Quiz & ABC Game ("C")

Winner: Ryan Murff ($16,000)

Notes: Ryan won the culinary quiz in round 2 and his advantage was a 30-second head start. He also won the culinary quiz in round 3 and his advantage was an extra ingredient that began with any letter. The ABC game was introduced in this episode by special guest Jim Belushi.

Round 1: Comfort Food - Watch Your Weight (5 lbs.)

Round 2: Noodle Dish - Word & Grocery List (anchovies, any nut, something green, grapefruit, shallots, mayonnaise)

Round 3: Best Dish - One Ingredient Per Aisle

Winner: Veronica Eicken ($18,000)

Notes: For winning the second round culinary quiz, Veronica could omit 1 item from her grocery list.

Round 1: Best Dish - ABC Game ("F")

Round 2: International Dish - Food Wheel (whole chicken & $16)

Round 3: Upscale Dinner - Word & Frozen Food Feud

Winner: Alex Guarnaschelli (Alex's Lemonade Stand - $18,000)

Notes: Food Network celebrity chefs compete for charity in this episode. Each chef that got eliminated received $5,000 from Guy and Food Network towards their charity. Marcel won the newest culinary quiz in round 3 so his advantage was 1 item from the produce aisle.

Round 1: Comfort Food - Grocery List (ground meat, something over $5, radishes, maple syrup)

Round 2: Dinner Party - Clearance Carts

Round 3: Guy's Favorite - Culinary Quiz & Red Light Special (popcorn) & Cart Swap

Notes: All the chefs competing were featured on "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives". Stretch was the first (and currently only) contestant to bring his own shopping cart, complete with horn and flamethrower he did not get to use it in the competition. John won the third round culinary quiz so his advantage was 1 extra item. This is the first time, according to Guy, that the chefs got a "double whammy" challenge, referring to the 2 official games in the final round.

Round 1: Hearty Lunch - Red Light Special (caramel apple)

Round 2: Savory Treat - Single Aisle Showdown (aisle 6, +protein, +1 item)

Round 3: Best Dish - Culinary Quiz & Grocery List (bone marrow, blood orange, any liquor, black garlic, a root vegetable, chicken liver)

Winner: Kristopher Delee ($18,000)

Notes: This is the first Halloween themed episode. In round 2, the contestants got to pick 1 protein and later on picked out an extra ingredient from Guy's small grocery rack. In round 3, for winning the culinary quiz, Kristopher's advantage was being able to omit one item from his grocery list.

Round 1: Pasta Dish - Single Aisle Showdown (aisle 1)

Round 2: BBQ Feast - No Carts Allowed

Round 3: Dessert - Culinary Quiz & One Ingredient Per Aisle

Winner: Erin Coopey ($20,000)

Notes: For winning the culinary quiz in round 3, Daniel's advantage was being able to grab an extra ingredient. However, he didn't need it and Erin forgot a crucial ingredient so in the spirit of fairness, he gave his extra ingredient advantage to Erin.

Round 1: 5-Star Seafood Dinner - 5 Ingredients or Less

Round 2: Lasagna - Word & Un-Gredients List (dried pasta sheets, ground beef, garlic, ricotta, Parmesan cheese, jarred tomato sauce, mozzarella)

Round 3: Ultimate Burger - ABC Game ("S")

Winner: Dustin Pestano ($16,000)

Notes: For winning the second round culinary quiz, Keith's advantage was being able to use one of the cheeses on the list. According to Guy, a viewer online inspired the second-round game, "Un-gredients List" which made its debut in this episode. Guy provided ground beef to both chefs in the final round, which was exempt from the one-letter challenge.

Round 1: Best Grilled Dish - Budget Battle ($10.99)

Round 2: Decadent Breakfast - Market Multiple Choice & Red Light Special (peanut butter & jelly)

Round 3: Sunday Supper - One Ingredient Per Aisle

Winner: Francois de Melogue ($18,000)

Notes: For winning the second round culinary quiz, Tori's advantage was a 30-second head start.

Round 1: Best Dish - ABC Game ("G")

Round 2: Show Stopping Starter - Clearance Carts

Round 3: Classic Dish - Culinary Quiz & Frozen Food Feud -

Winner: Tia Harrison ($18,000)

Notes: For winning the third round culinary quiz, Rocky's advantage was an extra ingredient from anywhere in the store.

Round 1: Inventive Fall Dish - Keep it Sample (cream of corn, pumpkin puree, quiche, black forest ham)

Round 2: Game Day Bites (Trio) - Red Light Special (frozen cranberries)

Round 3: Upscale Thanksgiving Dinner - Culinary Quiz & 5 Ingredients or Less (+turkey breast)

Winner: Randy Mulder ($18,000)

Notes: This is the show's first Thanksgiving holiday episode. For winning the round 3 culinary quiz, Terry was able to get an extra ingredient but he ended up forgetting to put it on the plate. The contestants were provided turkey breast in round 3 which didn't count towards their 5 items.

Round 1: Decadent Dish - Meals From the Middle

Round 2: Seafood Dinner - Budget Battle ($8.50)

Round 3: Best Hot Sandwich - Market Multiple Choice & Closing Time (90 seconds)

Winner: Yvette Bonanno ($16,000)

Notes: For winning the third round culinary quiz, Yvette's advantage was going back for an extra ingredient.

Round 1: Panini Lunch - Grocery List (horseradish, something green, candied orange peel, jarred item)

Round 2: Favorite Rice Dish - Meals From the Middle

Round 3: Best Seafood Dinner - Culinary Close-Up & Closing Time (4 minutes) & Cart Swap

Winner: Scott Worontzoff ($16,000)

Notes: For winning the third round culinary quiz, Brett's advantage was an extra ingredient from anywhere in the store.

Round 1: Best Meat Dish - Watch Your Weight (6 lbs.)

Round 2: All American Lunch - Food Wheel (frozen tilapia & $7.86)

Round 3: Gourmet Dinner - Culinary Quiz & Meals on No Wheels & Basket Swap & Red Light Special (chocolate)

Winner: Jean Paul Peluffo ($14,000)

Notes: For winning the third round culinary quiz, Jean Paul's advantage was an extra ingredient. The third round had the most games to date on the show, including an unofficial one. First, the shop was limited to 4 minutes. Second it was a version of "Think Small" except instead of using a shopping bag, they had to use a shopping basket. Third, they had to swap ingredients. Fourth, partway into the cook, Guy stopped the clock to announce a red light special ingredient.

Round 1: French Toast - Aisle Down (bread aisle)

Round 2: Steak Dinner - Know Your Varieties & Can Can

Round 3: Soup and Sandwich Combo - No Carts Allowed

Winner: Eric Brenner ($18,000)

Notes: For winning the round 2 culinary quiz, Danielle's advantage was 1 item from the produce department.

Round 1: Favorite Holiday Meal - Keep it Sample (sweet potatoes, gingerbread man, lox, latkes)

Round 2: Holiday Dessert - Grocery Pictogram & Watch Your Weight (4 lbs.)

Round 3: Elegant New Years Dinner - No Carts Allowed

Notes: Though technically the first holiday episode was in season 1, this episode sets the basis for all future GGG holiday episodes with a fully decorated set and holiday themes in every round. For winning the culinary quiz in round 2, Carol's advantage was an extra pound of food. The winner got an extra $5,000 as a holiday bonus.

Season 4 (2015) Edit

The shopping spree format was tweaked with contestants no longer being able to pick and choose which item on the list to grab. Starting in aisle 1 and ending at aisle 10, they had 2 minutes to find 10 items, winning $2,000 for every item they got into their cart. If they couldn't find an item, they were allowed to skip it and move on to the next aisle.

Round 1: Breakfast - Watch Your Weight (5 lbs)

Round 2: Hot Lunch - ABC Game ("R")

Round 3: Sunday Supper - Food Wheel (hot dogs & "red") & Time Out

Winners: Joe Chiovera (dad), Giuseppe Chiovera (younger son), & Xavier Chiovera (older son) ($14,000)

Notes: This is the first of four special episodes where four different families compete together in teams of three in this episode two young kids competed with a parent. In round 3, the kids from both teams were the only ones allowed to shop for food (while their fathers yelled out ingredients from the station area), and later on the kids had to work in the kitchen for a few minutes while their fathers were forced to give instructions via white erase board.

Round 1: Family Feast - 5 Ingredients or Less

Round 2: Something Stuffed - Grocery List (something in a box, item that costs $3.49, something from aisle 8, vegetable with a stem)

Round 3: Upscale Dinner - Food Wheel (strip steak + $7.15) & Time Out

Winner: Senada Grbic (chef/sister), Ermin Grbic (brother), Erna Grbic (sister) ($10,000)

Notes: This is the second of four special episodes where four different families compete together as teams of three in this episode a chef and their two siblings competed. The steaks weren't part of the food budget in round 3.

Round 1: Noodle Dish - Aisle Down (aisle 4)

  • Eliminated 1st: Chanee Thurston (chef/sister), Delon Thurston (sister), Ernistine Thurston (grandma)

Round 2: Dessert - Meals from the Middle

Round 3: Favorite Family Meal - Culinary Quiz & Watch Your Weight (5 1/2 lbs.)

Winners: Bobby Parrish (chef/husband), Dessi Parrish (wife), Scott Parrish (brother) ($18,000)

Notes: This is the third of four special episodes where different families compete together as teams of three in this episode a chef and two other family members, including spouses, competed. In the second round, Guy allowed the chefs access to the dairy section for 1 minute. In the third round, the head chefs had to let their families go shopping (but they could yell the ingredients). The Casey family won the culinary quiz in the third round so their advantage was an extra half pound of food.

Round 1: Brunch - Red Light Special (raisins)

Round 2: Comfort Meal - Budget Battle ($9.52) & Time Out

Round 3: Five Star Dinner - No Carts Allowed & Station Swap

Winner: Michael Lavin (father), Lori Lavin (mother), Andrew Lavin (son) ($14,000)

Notes: This is the last of four special episodes where four different families compete together as teams of three in this episode parents and their children competed. During the round 2 "Time Out", the head chefs of each family had to step out of the cooking stations for a little while. In round 3, the parents had to carry the groceries while the kids picked the ingredients.

Round 1: Savory Starter - Red Light Special (chocolate)

Round 2: Culinary Quiz & Food Wheel ("red" & $30)

Round 3: Candlelight Dinner - Musical Carts

Winner: Joel Miller ($14,000)

Notes: This was a special Valentine's Day episode. For winning the culinary quiz in round 2, Joel was able to get an extra ingredient. The game "Musical Carts" made its debut in round 3.

Round 1: Best Dish - ABC Game ("M")

Round 2: Grilled Salad - Culinary Quiz & Watch Your Weight (6 lbs.)

Round 3: Best Burger - One Ingredient Per Aisle

Winner: Katherine Humphus ($16,000)

Notes: For winning the culinary quiz in round 2, Brian was able to get 1 extra pound of food.

Round 1: Barbecue Blowout - Budget Battle ($10.25)

Round 2: Date Night Dinner - Logo Low-Down & Grocery List (Oscar Meyer carving board ham, caper berries, something from aisle 7, orange marmalade)

Round 3: Best Dish - Food Wheel (fresh salmon & aisle 10)

Winner: Caitie Maharg ($16,000)

Notes: A new culinary quiz was introduced in this episode in round 2, which Caitie won. Her advantage was a 30-second head start. This is one of the few episodes that had a name brand product in round 2 (Oscar Meyer).

Round 1: Ultimate Diner Dish - Watch Your Weight (7 lbs.)

Round 2: Guy's Favorite - Culinary Quiz & Guy's Rack

Round 3: Stuffed Entree - One Ingredient Per Aisle

Notes: This is the second special episode where all the contestants were featured in 'Diners, Drive-ins and Dives'. Aaron won the second round culinary quiz and his advantage was getting 1 extra item. Each contestant had to pick less-than-desirable ingredients from Guy's grocery rack in round 2.

Round 1: Signature Dish - Watch Your Weight (4 1/2 lbs.)

Round 2: Weeknight Family Dinner - Red Light Special (Seapak® jumbo butterfly shrimp)

Round 3: Upscale Lunch - Know Your Varieties & One Ingredient Per Aisle

Winner: Meghan Cooper ($12,000)

Notes: Once again there was a name brand sponsor (Seapak) in round 2. Meghan won the third round culinary quiz and her advantage was picking 1 extra ingredient.

Round 1: Hors D'oeuvres - Red Light Special (instant ramen)

Round 2: Five Star Seafood Dinner - Know Your Varieties & Budget Battle ($7.77)

Round 3: Best Dish - 123 Game (mushroom, 2 ways, 3 aisles)

Winner: Rick Lewis ($14,000)

Notes: All competing chefs were James Beard award nominees. Dante won the second round culinary quiz and his advantage was an extra 73¢ towards his budget.

Round 1: Meatloaf - Un-gredients (white bread, yellow onion, parsley, ground beef, eggs, ketchup)

Round 2: Party Appetizer - Keep It Sample (cottage cheese, cherry pie filling, vermouth, chips)

Round 3: Daring Dish - Culinary Quiz & Closing Time (2 minutes)

Winner: Corey Newman ($10,000)

Notes: Kiamana won the third round culinary quiz and his advantage was being able to get 1 extra ingredient.

Round 1: Best Dish - ABC Game ("P")

Round 2: Chicken Dinner - Grocery List (something that costs $2.99, gochujang, pickled item, candy)

Round 3: Grilled Dish - Grocery Pictogram & Can Can

Winner: Dave Cuntz ($12,000)

Notes: Dave won the third round culinary quiz and his advantage was being able to get 1 item from the produce section.

Round 1: Hot Sandwich - Keep It Sample (cheese crackers, tamarind, milk, pot stickers)

Round 2: International Dish - Word & 5 Ingredients or Less

Round 3: Best Dish - High/Low Food Wheel (rack of lamb & pork rinds)

Winner: Reino Cruz ($16,000)

Notes: Reino won the second round culinary quiz and his advantage was an extra ingredient.

Round 1: Mediterranean Feast - Meals From The Middle

Round 2: Salad and Sandwich - Grocery Pictogram & No Carts Allowed

Round 3: Family Favorite - One Ingredient Per Aisle

Winner: Drew Johnson ($14,000)

Notes: Drew won the second round culinary quiz and his advantage was being able to get 1 extra item (though he didn't need it).

Round 1: Breakfast - ABC Game ("R")

Round 2: Steakhouse Dinner - Watch Your Weight (4 lbs.)

Round 3: Best Dish - High/Low Food Wheel (pâté & canned cheese)

Winner: Walter Potenza ($12,000)

Round 1: Hometown Hit - 5 Ingredients or Less

Round 2: Seafood Supper - Word & Frozen Food Feud

Round 3: Best Dish - 123 Game (halibut & lamb, 2 ways, 3 aisles)

Winner: Crista Luedtke (west coast - $16,000)

Notes: Chefs representing the east coast, the west coast, the mid-west, and the south competed in this episode. Crista won the second round culinary quiz and her advantage was 1 item from the produce section. In previous 123 games, Guy gave both contestants the mandatory ingredient but in this episode, the contestants got to choose the ingredient they would prepare two ways (Crista picked halibut, Demetrio picked lamb).

Season 5 (2015) Edit

Round 1: Hearty Lunch - Watch Your Weight (5 lbs.)

Round 2: Innovative Dinner - Grocery List (Bush's Sweet Heat® beans, exotic fruit, item from aisle 8, black garlic)

Round 3: Best Dish - Culinary Quiz & High/Low Food Wheel (oysters & liverwurst) & 3-Minute Shop

Winners: Michael Hung ($10,000)

Notes: Mike won the third round culinary quiz so his advantage was 30 seconds of shop time in the middle of the round (and he used them to get two key ingredients he forgot).

Round 1: Breakfast - Aisle Down (aisle 10)

Round 2: Family Favorite - Market Multiple Choice & Express Lane (7 items, +1 extra item)

Round 3: Indulgent Dinner - Flip This Dish (ladyfingers, instant espresso, mascarpone, dark rum, unsweetened cocoa powder)

Winner: Jill Dedinsky ($18,000)

Notes: This was mother's day special. Guy's wife, Lori, was a special guest who helped in Round 2 and offered an extra item to the contestants. Miriam won the second round culinary quiz so her advantage was a 30-second head start.

Round 1: Comfort Dish - 5 ingredients or Less

Round 2: Cocktail Brunch - Red Light Special (Simply Orange® pulp free juice)

Round 3: Dynamite Dinner - Culinary Quiz & Musical Carts

Winner: Erika Tucker ($16,000)

Notes: The red light special item in round two (Simply Orange) was a brand name item. Erika won the culinary quiz in round 3 so her advantage was to get one extra item after shopping was done.

Round 1: Best Dish - Let It Roll (ricotta, juicer, 3:00, tofu)

Round 2: Champagne Brunch - Culinary Quiz & Clearance Carts

Round 3: Chicken Dinner - One Ingredient Per Aisle

Winner: Eddie Matney ($12,000)

Notes: For winning the second round culinary quiz, Andrew's advantage was a 30-second head start.

Round 1: Best Grilled Dish - ABC Game ("A", "B", "G")

Round 2: Meat Madness - Red Light Special (tamarind paste)

Round 3: Family Favorite - Culinary Quiz & Closing Time (2 minutes)

Winner: Antonio Skeeters ($14,000)

Notes: The theme of this episode is grilling in every round. The first-round game was a variation of the ABC game where instead of letters chosen out of a jar, the letters given were based on the acronym for "Always Be Grilling". For winning the third round culinary quiz, Antonio's advantage was a 30-second head start.

Round 1: Redemption Dinner - Grocery List (seafood, garlic, pasta, baby food)

Round 2: High-End Lunch - Clearance Carts

Round 3: Best Dish - Let It Roll (4:30, buttermilk, ice cream)

Notes: Four returning chefs vie for a chance at redemption. The ingredients in the round 1 "Grocery List" were all ingredients each returning chef mishandled their first time around (and resulted in their first-time elimination). Tregaye Fraser is notable for going on to win season 12 of Food Network Star and even serving as guest judge in future episodes of GGG.

Round 1: Elevated Classic Duo - Frozen Food Can Can

Round 2: Soup and Sandwich Duo - ABC Game ("P" & "M") & Time-Out

Round 3: Surf and Turf - One Ingredient At A Time

Winners: Peter Kahl and Cindy Kahl (divorced - $8,000)

Notes: Four different couples (dating, engaged, married, and divorced) compete in this special episode. In round 1, two games were combined "Frozen Food Feud" and "Can Can". A new game is introduced in round 3 where the pairs get one ingredient per trip, relay style.

Round 1: Family Dinner - Express Lane (7 items)

Round 2: Guilty Pleasure - Food Pyramid (croutons, pears, mussels)

Round 3: Date Night Dinner - Word & Closing Time (2 minutes) & Cart Swap

Winner: Ken Patrick ($12,000)

Notes: This is a special Father's Day episode with Guy's older son, Hunter, helping host the episode. Ken won the culinary quiz in round 3 so his advantage was being able to get 2 extra ingredients.

Round 1: Barbecue Block Party - Let It Roll (sour cream, soy sauce, 2:30, ice cream)

Round 2: Seafood Spectacular - Word & Watch Your Weight (6 lbs.)

Round 3: Chicken Dinner - Flip This Dish (cherries, cornstarch, almond extract, pie crust)

Winner: John Conley ($16,000)

Notes: For winning the round 2 culinary quiz, Patrick's advantage was an extra pound of food.

Round 1: Regional Feast - Odd/Even (odd aisles)

Round 2: All-American Burger & Fries - Un-gredients (ground meat, buns, lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes)

Round 3: Presidential Dinner - Culinary Quiz & 4-Minute Shop & Red Light Special (jelly beans)

Winner: Josh Galliano (the midwest - $20,000)

Notes: This is the second special episode where the theme is bringing in contestants from four different parts of the United States (south, midwest, east coast, and west coast). For winning the third round culinary quiz, Josh's advantage was one extra ingredient.

Season 6 (2015) Edit

Round 1: Best Dish - ABC Game ("S")

Round 2: Lavish Lunch - Vowel Play & Budget Battle ($10)

Round 3: Comfort Meal - Musical Carts

Winner: Jordan Wakefield ($16,000)

Notes: For winning the culinary quiz in round 2, Dan's advantage was an extra 75¢.

Round 1: Best Dish - Odd/Even (even aisles)

Round 2: International Dish - Keep It Sample (mango chips, dried chickpeas, fish sticks, cookie butter)

Round 3: Dinner Party Plate - Express Lane (7 items)

Winner: Scott Hines ($14,000)

Round 1: Comfort Meal - 5 Ingredients or Less

Round 2: Upscale Dinner - Culinary Quiz & Grocery List (pretzels, ketchup, canned peaches, something for $1.99)

Round 3: Steak Sandwich - Odd/Even (even aisles)

Winner: Lisa Cornish ($16,000)

Notes: For winning the second round culinary quiz, Lisa's advantage was 2 extra minutes of cook time (this was the first and currently only time extra cook time was given as an advantage).

Round 1: Best Dish - World Fusion (China & Italy)

Round 2: Daring Dish - Let It Roll (ketchup, juicer, maraschino cherry)

Round 3: Fine Dining Dinner - 123 Game (potato, 2 ways, 3 aisles)

Winner: Emily Newmark ($14,000)

Notes: Young, up and coming chefs are featured in this episode.

Round 1: Burger And A Side - Shopstacle Course & Red Light Special (freeze dried fruits & vegetables)

Round 2: Upscale Dinner - Grocery Pictogram & ABC Game ("S")

Round 3: Best Dish - Let It Roll (mayonnaise & American cheese)

Winner: Brandon Armstrong ($14,000)

Notes: This episode had a patriotic slant with American flags decorating the cooking stations. The game in the first round, "Shopstacle Course", has only been played in this episode and it involved several piles of boxes and groceries stacked around the store to slow the shoppers down. Joseph won the round 2 culinary quiz so his advantage was getting an extra item that begins with any letter.

Round 1: Italian Feast - Watch Your Weight (4 lbs.)

Round 2: Breakfast - Garbled Groceries & Flip This Dish (romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese, croutons, anchovies)

Round 3: Best Dish - Food Wheel (fresh salmon & aisle 9)

Winner: Darion Williams ($20,000)

Notes: A new culinary quiz was introduced in this episode ("Garbled Groceries") and Darion won it so his advantage was removing one item from the round 2 list.

Round 1: International Lunch - ABC Game ("P", "Z")

Round 2: Decadent Dinner - Culinary Quiz & Single Aisle Showdown (aisle 1)

Round 3: Family Meal - Food Pyramid (frozen monkey bread, pimento cheese, canned tiny shrimp)

Winner: Beau MacMillan ($16,000 - St. Mary's Food Bank)

Notes: This was the first of several special episodes where different celebrity chefs compete for their charity of choice. The contestants in this episode were regular GGG judges. Aarti won the round 2 culinary quiz so her advantage was an extra item from aisle 2.

Round 1: Hearty Lunch - Grocery Bowl (ginger beer, tofu, wasabi paste, macaroons)

Round 2: All American Meal - Meals from the Middle

Round 3: A-List Dinner - High/Low Food Wheel (king crab & grits)

Winner: Marcel Vigneron ($20,000 - LA Kitchen)

Notes: This was the second of several special episodes where different celebrity chefs compete for their charity of choice.

Round 1: Favorite Lunch - Red Light Special (potato nuggets)

Round 2: Best Noodle Dish - Clearance Carts

Round 3: Show Stopping Dinner - Food Pyramid (potato flakes, grape soda, short ribs)

Winner: Justin Warner ($16,000 - Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger)

Notes: This was the third of several special episodes where different celebrity chefs compete for their charity of choice.

Round 1: Upscale Dinner - Frozen Food Feud & Can Can

Round 2: Relaxing Brunch - Musical Carts

Round 3: Best Dish - 123 Game (corn, 2 ways, 3 aisles)

Winner: Michael Psilakis ($16,000 - PKD Foundation)

Notes: This was the fourth of several special episodes where different celebrity chefs compete for their charity of choice.

Round 1: Winner's Dinner - Express Lane (7 items)

Round 2: Pre-Game Meal - Let It Roll (eggs, spiralizer, 2:30, beef jerky)

  • Eliminated 2nd: Takeo Spikes (Rally Foundation) & Lorena Garcia (Common Threads) and Jennifer Lacy (Saved By The Ball) & Marc Murphy (No Kid Hungry)

Round 3: Cheat Day Dish - One Ingredient At A Time

Winner: Marcel Reece ($15,000 - Marcel Reece Foundation) & Brian Malarkey ($15,000 - Chimps Inc.)

Notes: This was the fifth and last of several special episodes where different celebrity chefs compete. In this episode, athletes were paired up with celebrity chefs who had a chance to split up to $30,000 between their two charities of choice. This is the first time in the show that no contestants were eliminated in the first round, meaning there would be a double elimination in the second round.

Round 1: Blue Plate Special - Let It Roll (eggs, buttermilk, juicer, & potato chips)

Round 2: Italian Classic - Culinary Quiz & High/Low Food Wheel (oysters & relish)

Round 3: Pork Dinner - One Ingredient Per Aisle

Winner: "Mama" Meg Heriford ($14,000)

Notes: Billy won the round 2 culinary quiz so his advantage was a 30-second head start.

Season 7 (2015) Edit

A Halloween cook-off kicks off with some pumpkin bowling to determine what ingredients will be used. Later, the chefs rummage through some creepy clearance carts and incorporate Guy's red-light special into their offal dishes.

Chefs, who overcame obstacles to become successful, compete. Included: they incorporate hot dogs in celebratory dinners make pasta dishes with less than 5 pounds of ingredients and face the challenge of the Fieri Food Pyramid.


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Beating Guy at His Own Games: Introducing the First Triple G Superstar Champion

Host Guy Fieri addresses contestants Alex Guarnaschelli and Richard Blais announcing who will be eliminated, and who will be the winner of Guy's Superstar Games, as seen on Food Network's Guy's Grocery Games, Season 10.

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For the first time ever, eight chefs of the highest caliber and Food Network fame entered Guy's Grocery Games for a five-part superstar tournament. Every week one chef unceremoniously checked out, until four remained in the finale. In the last round, Richard Blais, a highly skilled technician of cooking, and Alex Guarnaschelli, a chef with finessed French training, remained to cook for the $40,000 check for charity and the title of Guy's Superstar Grocery Games Champion. After the chefs created their winning dishes based on the game 1 Ingredient Per Aisle, the judges had a difficult job ahead of them, but they chose a winner of immense experience and culinary excellence.

Although Richard had been the leader in much of the competition, Alex held her own, having only been in the elimination round once, she kept putting out winning dishes one after another. But in that last game of the finale, she created a dish that was so memorable for the judges in its finesse and flavor that she was deemed the champion of the Superstar tournament. Surprised as she was, Alex graciously accepted her new title and left with $40,000 for her charity, Alex's Lemonade Stand.

Contestants Marc Murphy, Eric Greenspan, Alex Guarnaschelli and Richard Blais all end up in the same area to gather ingredients for their Japanese and Mexican fusion dishes, as seen on Food Network's Guy's Grocery Games, Season 10.

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What was it like competing in Guy's Superstar Grocery Games?

Alex Guarnaschelli: You know, I've done a lot of competitions, and that's no secret, but I really felt like — first of all, I was competing against some fellow Chopped judges, I was competing against some people whose work I'm really not familiar with, particularly, for example, Jet Tila and Richard Blais. So there was both a mixture — it's like old and new kind of feeling, you know, what do they say something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. I think we just about covered all that. But it was really fun. I love the grocery store. It's probably one of my favorite places to go on Earth. My daughter's 9. She wants to go to Disney and go on all the rides. I want to go to the supermarket. It's an adult playground, and to have a context like that — first of all, Guy, you don't know what he's going to do. He'll heap three, four different challenges on top of each other and not even bat an eye, but he does it with a wink. So you sort of end up saying to yourself, "Oh, my God, I have to take this, do that, do that and this." And yet I have to also laugh at myself and enjoy myself. Like, that layer is there.

Host Guy Fieri looks on as contestant Alex Guarnaschelli prepares to bowl a cantaloupe for the "Grocery Bowl" game, as seen on Food Network's Guy's Grocery Games, Season 10.

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You mentioned all the curve balls Guy throws at the chefs. There were times where you probably thought, "Why did I sign up for this?" Did you have any regrets like that during the competition?

AG: I never felt regret. Regret would be the wrong word. Just like, hmm, so let's recap internally. I knew what this was about. I knew the context. I know Guy. I know the game, and it's so much easier to watch it than it is to actually experience it. So, you have to laugh. I mean, it's just, you can't say, "Oh, my God, why'd I do this?" The other thing is it's a lot of money for a charity, and when you think about that, you sort of say, "You know what, I'll take the risk and put myself out there." But regret? No. Internal laughter? Yes.

Did you know that there's a point in Episode 1 where Damaris says, "You know Alex is going to win this, right?"

AG: I can't. Damaris and I really hit it off. You know, we just get along. She is tough as nails. I mean, she really is. You know, I'm not used to people saying that, so I was surprised when she said that. Like, really? I am? Like, hey, Scooby. Whuuuuu.

What were your goals and strategies coming in? Did you have a winning mindset, or were you just like, "I'm going to play along and see how far I go"?

AG: I never have an "I'm just going to play along and see how far I go." I need to try to figure out how to do that. That's one of my goals. By 2020 I should have it in the bag. No, I wanted to win. That's all I thought was, "How can I consistently just keep chipping, chipping, chipping at this?" You know, like, I'm going to dig a hole that's 8 miles long, and you're on mile 1 and you get tired and you're like, "Uh, I can't do this." I just thought, "Just keep your eye on the prize."

Host Guy Fieri checks on contestant Aarti Sequeira, as seen on Food Network's Guy's Grocery Games, Season 10.

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Throughout the competition, it was great seeing the back and forth play that you had with Guy, you always ribbing him on the difficulty of the challenges. Was there a game that you hated the most, where you were stumped and had a reaction like "I don't know what I'm going to do to put out a dish"?

AG: The hardest game. I didn't hate any of the games. Let's remember, I love the supermarket, so anyone who's making my playground into an actual playground, I'm good with it. The hardest challenge was the last, because you're the most tired and you're most vulnerable and you've kind of exhausted a lot of your — you've gotten a lot of your bag of tricks out. Like, the things you always grab in the supermarket, you've already grabbed them. You've already gone to the jar of capers or the lemon or the whatever else, your bag of tricks, and he makes us go aisle by aisle and pick one ingredient out of every aisle, so aisle 9 you're like, "This is awesome." And then by aisle 5 you're like, "Oh, my God, why didn't I pick X in aisle 7 and X in aisle 8?" And you can't go back. So, it's like climbing up a mountain and getting a little too high and being like, "I wish I could just climb back down." And you can't. You can fall, but you can't climb back down.

There's a point in Episode 4 where it looked like you lost a little bit of steam and you had to come up with a dish based on Ryder's grocery list and your dish was called Shrimp Ryder, and that ended up actually putting you in the elimination round, which was your first time up for elimination. Do you think at that point the game was getting to you a little bit? How did you end up in that elimination round?

AG: I was so annoyed that I was going to be eliminated, and I definitely think that the fatigue of firing on all cylinders for so long started to catch up with me — 100 percent. I'd be lying if I said I didn't. I'm human just like anybody else, and I think that you have this whole grocery store and you're confined to a Chopped basket. You're sort of like: "Oh, my God, I can't take any of that produce. I can't grab a delicious mango. I can't grab some chicken breasts." There's so many "noes" from Guy. Daddy Guy was just handing out the noes. Daddy Guy came with a stack of "no" cards and made it rain, and I just was, like, "Oh, God." And I thought: "Really? I want to win $40,000 for Alex's Lemonade. I just have to do this." So, yeah, it definitely got the best of me, and it got inside my head. I got inside my own head.


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Born Ina Rosenberg [3] to a Jewish family [4] in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Stamford, Connecticut, [1] Garten was one of two children born to Charles H. Rosenberg, a surgeon specializing in otolaryngology, and his wife, Florence (née Rich), a dietitian. [5] Encouraged to excel in school, she showed an aptitude for science and has said she uses her scientific mindset while experimenting with recipes. [6] Garten's mother (an intellectual with an interest in opera) discouraged Ina from helping in the kitchen, instead directing her towards schoolwork. Garten described her father as a socializer, and admits she shares more characteristics with him than her mother. [7]

At 15, she met her future husband Jeffrey Garten, on a trip to visit her brother at Dartmouth College. [5] After high school, she attended Syracuse University but postponed her educational pursuits to marry. [1]

On December 22, 1968, Jeffrey and Ina were married in Stamford and soon relocated to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She began to dabble in cooking and entertaining in an effort to occupy her time Jeffrey served a four-year military tour during the Vietnam War. She also acquired her pilot's certificate. [8] After her husband had completed his military service, the couple journeyed to Paris, France, for a four-month camping vacation the trip sparked her love for French cuisine. During this trip, she was introduced to open-air markets, produce stands, and fresh cooking ingredients. [9] Upon returning to the U.S., she began to cultivate her culinary abilities by studying the volumes of Julia Child's influential cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. [9] During this time, weekly dinner parties turned to tradition, and she refined her home entertaining skills when she and her husband moved to Washington, D.C. in 1972.

In Washington, Garten worked in the White House while earning an MBA [2] at George Washington University Jeffrey worked in the State Department, completing his graduate studies. Garten was originally employed as a low-level government aide and climbed the political ladder to the Office of Management and Budget. Eventually she was assigned the position of budget analyst, which entailed writing the nuclear energy budget and policy papers on nuclear centrifuge plants for presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. [10] [11]

Strained by the pressures of her work, Garten again turned to entertaining while also flipping homes for profit in the Dupont Circle and Kalorama neighborhoods. [10] The profits from these sales gave Garten the means to make her next purchase, the Barefoot Contessa specialty food store.

Barefoot Contessa store Edit

Garten left her government job in 1978 after spotting an ad for a 400-square-foot (37 m 2 ) specialty food store called Barefoot Contessa in Westhampton Beach, New York. "My job in Washington was intellectually exciting and stimulating but it wasn't me at all," she explained four years later. [2]

After traveling to view it, she made a hasty decision to purchase the store and moved to New York to assume ownership. The store had been named by its original owner in tribute to the 1954 film starring Ava Gardner. Garten kept the name when she took over it meshed well with her idea of an "elegant but earthy" lifestyle. [12] Ironically, as of 2006 she had not seen the film. [13]

Within a year, Garten had moved Barefoot Contessa across Main Street to a larger property, which it quickly outgrew. In 1985, the store relocated again to the newly vacated premises of gourmet shop Dean & DeLuca in the prosperous Long Island village of East Hampton. In contrast to Westhampton's seasonal beach atmosphere, East Hampton houses a year-round community, providing a larger, wealthier customer base. In East Hampton, Garten expanded the store over seven times its original size, from its original 400 square feet (37 m 2 ) to more than 3,000 square feet (280 m 2 ). In this new, larger space, the store specialized in delicacies such as lobster Cobb salad, caviar, imported cheeses, and locally grown produce. [14]

While doing much of the cooking herself, Garten also employed local chefs and bakers as the business grew, including Anna Pump (who later established the Loaves & Fishes bakery and Bridgehampton Inn). Garten has credited Eli Zabar with the inspiration for her main cooking method, in which "all you have to do is cook to enhance the ingredients." [15] The shop was praised in the press by celebrity clientele such as Steven Spielberg and Lauren Bacall. [16]

In 1996, after two decades of operating Barefoot Contessa, Garten again found herself seeking a change she sold the store to two employees, Amy Forst and Parker Hodges, but retained ownership of the building itself. Unsure of what career step to take after selling the store, she took a six-month sabbatical from the culinary scene and built offices above the shop. There, she studied the stock market and attempted to sketch out plans for potential business ventures. At this time, her website, Barefoot Contessa, became high-profile as she began offering her coffees and a few other items for purchase online.

By 2003, Barefoot Contessa had become a landmark gathering place for East Hampton director Nancy Meyers even chose the store as one of the sets for the Jack Nicholson-Diane Keaton film Something's Gotta Give. [14] The store was permanently closed in 2004 when the property lease expired and negotiations failed between Garten (still the owner of the building) and the new owners. [17] Allegedly, Garten tactically refused to meet lease negotiations to regain control of the store after Forst and Hodges lost the business to a competitor, Citarella. [18] Garten did not reopen the shop but retained the property for potential new tenants.

Barefoot Contessa cookbooks Edit

In 1999, Garten reemerged with her attention turned to publishing. She carried on the Barefoot Contessa name in her 1999 sleeper bestseller, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. The book far exceeded both Garten's and publisher Clarkson Potter's expectations, containing the recipes that made her store successful. Garten eventually sold over 100,000 copies in the first year, [19] immediately requiring second and third print runs after the initial pressing of 35,000 cookbook were claimed. In 2001, she capitalized on her new-found fame and released Barefoot Contessa Parties!, Parties! also produced praise and high sales Barefoot Contessa Family Style followed in 2002. The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and Parties! were nominated for 2000 and 2002 James Beard Awards in the Entertaining & Special Occasion Cookbooks category. Parties! was a surprise entry—Garten was perceived as too inexperienced to compete with nominees such as French chef Jacques Pépin and international wine expert Brian St. Pierre.

Her cookbooks are modeled on coffee table books to avoid an encyclopedic format. With many color photographs, including a full-page picture facing each recipe, some critics argue that this method sacrifices space that could be used for recipes. Nevertheless, her cookbooks have received positive reviews in 2005, fellow chef Giada De Laurentiis named Garten one of her favorite authors. [20] As of 2008 [update] , Garten's cookbooks have sold over six million copies combined. [ citation needed ] As of October 2018 she had published eleven cookbooks. [21]

Her most recent cookbook, titled Modern Comfort Food, was released on October 6, 2020. [22]

Barefoot Contessa on Food Network Edit

Garten established herself with her cookbooks and appearances on Martha Stewart's show, and then moved into the forefront in 2002 with the debut of her Food Network program. [14] After the success of The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and Barefoot Contessa Parties!, Garten was approached by Food Network with an offer to host her own television cooking show. She rejected this proposal several times, until the London-based production company responsible for Nigella Bites was assigned to the deal. She acquiesced to a 13-show season, and Barefoot Contessa [23] premiered in 2002 to a positive reception. [24]

Her show features her husband and their friends and generally only hosts celebrities who are her friends. [25] Barefoot Contessa has approximately one million viewers tuned in per episode and has posted some of Food Network's highest ratings. [5] [26]

When Martha Stewart was incarcerated in 2004 on charges connected with obstruction of justice in a stock trading case, the press singled out Garten as a possible successor. [27]

In 2005, the show was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in the category of Best Service Show. [28] In 2009, the show and Garten were once again nominated for Daytime Emmy Awards in the categories of Best Culinary Program and Best Culinary Host, and Garten won her first Emmy in the latter category. [29]

That same year, Garten announced that she had signed a three-year contract with Food Network to continue her cooking show, and will release two more cookbooks following Barefoot Contessa at Home. Garten was reportedly awarded the most lucrative contract for a culinary author to date, signing a multimillion-dollar deal for multiple books. [30] She has also been approached several times to develop her own magazine, line of furniture, set of cookware, and chain of boutiques (reminiscent of Stewart's Omnimedia), but has declined these offers, stating she has no interest in further complicating her life. Between 2004 and 2005, Barefoot in Paris sold almost 400,000 copies and rose to number eleven on the New York Times bestseller list. [31]

Barefoot Contessa Pantry Edit

In 2006, Garten launched her own line of packaged cake mixes, marinades, sauces, and preserves, branded as Barefoot Contessa Pantry, with her business partner Frank Newbold [32] and in conjunction with Stonewall Kitchen. These convenience foods are based on her most popular from-scratch recipes, such as coconut cupcakes, maple oatmeal scones, mango chutney, and lemon curd. Pricing of these items is comparatively expensive (for example, the suggested retail price for a single box of brownie mix is ten dollars), and they are only sold through upscale cookware and gourmet shops such as Crate & Barrel, Sur La Table, and Chicago's Fox & Obel Market Cafe. She plans to expand this brand in the near future if the first line of products is very successful. [33]

Other Barefoot Contessa publications Edit

After critical acclaim and high sales of her first three cookbooks, she went on to write Barefoot in Paris and several columns for O, The Oprah Magazine. She also serves as the entertaining, cooking, and party planning consultant for the magazine. House Beautiful, a shelter magazine, featured a monthly Garten column entitled "Ask the Barefoot Contessa" until 2011. In this column, she gave cooking, entertaining, and lifestyle tips in response to letters from her readers. [34] She launched a small line of note cards and journals to complement her books, and wrote the forewords for Kathleen King's Tate's Bake Shop Cookbook and Rori Trovato's Dishing With Style. One of her recipes, 'lemon roast chicken with croutons', was featured in The Best American Recipes 2005–2006. Another of Garten's dishes was selected for Today's Kitchen Cookbook, a compilation of the most popular recipes featured on the daily news program The Today Show. For Thanksgiving 2010, her recipes were featured by Google on their homepage. [35] In June 2012, she started a Facebook blog and three weeks later had over 100,000 followers. [32] In 2019, she partnered with author Sheryl Haft and illustrator Jill Weber on a children's book, Goodnight Bubbala, which includes her recipe for potato latkes and was featured on the Today Show. [36]

Her husband Jeffrey Garten was Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade and Juan Trippe Professor in the Practice of International Trade, Finance, and Business at Yale. He was the dean of the Yale School of Management from 1995 to 2005. He can also frequently be seen on her cooking show, assisting his wife with simple tasks or sampling the dishes she has created. They divide their time among Manhattan, East Hampton, and Paris. [9]

Garten served as hostess of the 16th Annual Hudson Peconic benefit for Planned Parenthood. Registered in New York as a Democrat, Garten has contributed to the presidential campaign funds of George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, John Kerry, and Barack Obama. [37]

Garten also sits on the Design Review Board for East Hampton, a panel that grants building permissions and approves architectural and design elements of the village. The board seeks to protect the historical district and further the overall aesthetics of the area. [38]

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has criticized Garten's cookbook Barefoot Contessa: How Easy Is That? for its use of high-fat, high-calorie, and high-cholesterol meat and dairy ingredients. [39] [40] In response, Eric Felten of The Wall Street Journal called the report "an assault on cookbooks that dare to venture beyond lentils." [41]


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Michelle and Jim Bob welcomed their 19th child, Josie Brooklyn, on December 10, 2009. She was born via an emergency c-section, three months prematurely. She got to go home for good on June 23, 2010, more than six months after being born.

Michelle and Jim Bob miscarried their 20th child, a daughter named Jubilee Shalom, in December 2011.

Josh and Anna welcomed their four first children, Mackynzie Renee (October 8, 2009), Michael James (June 15, 2011), Marcus Anthony (June 2, 2013) and Meredith Grace (July 16, 2015).

Jessa's courtship to Ben Seewald was announced on September 18, 2013. On August 15, 2014, after eleven months of courtship, the couple announced their engagement and were married on November 1, 2014.

Jill Dillard's courtship to Derick Dillard was announced on March 31, 2014. The couple announced their engagement on April 9, 2014, and were married on June 21, 2014.

Jill and Derick announced their first pregnancy on August 20, 2014. Their son, Israel David, was born on April 6, 2015.

Jessa and Ben announced their first pregnancy on April 21, 2015, having waited until the second trimester.

On July 16, 2015, TLC announced that the series was officially canceled.


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Dancing behind the camera: Three photographers who light up Houston's performing arts scene

I go by Dancehunter on Twitter, but Photohunter would really be more accurate.

As a dance writer, I'm lost without good photos. I spend a lot of time looking at dance photographs, almost as much as I do writing.

As I approach my third anniversary in this space, I got to thinking about the hundreds of photos I have sent to CultureMap's photo editor Barbara Kuntz, "Saint Barbara" in my book. Now seems a perfect time to write about three Houston dance photographers who continually light up my stories with their fabulous photos.

Simon Gentry

I first came upon Simon Gentry's work with Jane Weiner of Hope Stone Dance Company. The London-born photographer has lived all over the world, before settling in Houston. Today, he runs The Photobooth on Montrose, which has become a go-to destination for dance happenings, from artsy fashion exhibits to performances. They form a perfect match of wit and talent between a choreographer and photographer.

"Jane was my portal to a world of dance," says Gentry. "I always gravitated towards people and movement. I had no idea moving to Houston, having only shot portrait and fashion in London, New York City and Paris, that I would meet the one person who was looking for a company photographer."

"I had no idea moving to Houston, having only shot portrait and fashion in London, New York City and Paris, that I would meet the one person who was looking for a company photographer."

Gentry has done a fine job of helping to brand the company as an innovative troupe with a lot of personality. His whimsical images from Weiner's Lemonade Stand created a momentum all their own, leading to one fabulous sold out show.

The photographer gets poetic when the subject of dance comes up. "My medium is light and its interruption, the dancer is in fact a moving canvas, constantly changing and shifting, and in doing so interrupting the light," muses Gentry.

"The geometry of dance is the challenge. I move, the dancer moves, and the light is forced to interact with both of us. The framing of whichever moment I choose is the where the technical stops and the art begins. The world makes sense through my lens, movement and light play as I feel they should, leaving me with the challenge of framing and catching the moment."

Lynn Lane recently returned to Houston after living in New York City for many years as an artist/photographer/filmmaker/designer. He's also a choreographer now, as he's part of the creative team for Regifting Lions, Oct. 25-27, with Toni Valle and Catalina Molnari. His work has a distinctive minimalism to it, while some of it is eye candy flashy. In a short time, he's photographed many local contemporary troupes, including Karen Stokes Dance, NobleMotion Dance, Vault and iMEE, to name a few. His distinct and sometimes whimsical portraits of dancers reveal his fashion background and keen sense of design.

"I photograph dance because it's something that I fell in love with as a child, watching performances on the hill at Miller Outdoor Theatre," says Lane. "Nothing captures the essence of the human form better than dance."

Lane's work has a distinctive minimalism to it, while some of it is eye candy flashy.

He isn't big on the "spray and pray/photography lottery" mode. "I take single shots with intent and anticipate the motion that will happen on stage," he says. "I shoot to capture the apex of the moment and the spirit of the performance. Each photo should tell a story that is as strong as the performance before me."

Lane has recently branched out to theater. "The one thing that I have learned from shooting dance is a greater understanding of the importance of story within a single image. It's not just to document the performance, but to be able to share the essence of the piece."

Amitava Sarkar

I met Amitava Sarkar at Houston Ballet hanging out at dress rehearsals. Although we often have different opinions on choreography, we can talk dance for hours (and we have). He is now fully ensconced as Houston Ballet's main guy behind the camera.

Sarkar wasn't always behind the lens. After two decades in Information Technology, he totally changed his life, becoming a massage therapist, and then a photographer in 2006. Born in India, Sarkar came to Austin to attend the University of Texas. He is mostly self taught in photography, with some formal training from private institutions.

"Of course, after shooting dance performances, weddings are a breeze."

After Toni Tucci invited him to photograph Ballet Austin, he was hooked. "The experience evoked a hidden passion for dance. It made me want to learn more, and I went at it full blast."

His work has appeared numerous times in Dance Magazine, Pointe Magazine and others. Although Sarkar has been photographing Houston dance companies for years now, he has just moved from Austin to Houston this past summer. "There is so much more going on here culturally," insists Sarkar.

Sarkar's training in the movement sciences is a plus. "Since I am a visual person, and a student of the human body, a moving body showcases the mechanics and grace of the human form. Dance is more than athleticism it also communicates ideas and stories, literal or symbolically."

"Dance and theater have impacted the way I experience space and light. It has influenced my studio (stroboscopic) lighting styles," he says. "My landscape photography and overall manner of composition has been greatly enhanced by the skills honed while capturing dance. Of course, after shooting dance performances, weddings are a breeze."

Sarkar is rarely without his equipment. He's learned the hard way on that front. I suspect that he prefers dance from behind the lens. "Without my camera," he quips, "I would rather skip the show."


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