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'Cutthroat Kitchen' premiere: Sabotage with care

PLEASE, DO NOT ATTEMPT THESE SABOTAGES AT HOME.

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Do go ahead and sabotage your loved ones in other, more despicable ways. But leave the ones loosely based on cooking to the experts. The formerly (still? underneath the evil?) sweet food/science expert Alton Brown has a new series on Food Network: In Cutthroat Kitchen, quality dishes and even playing fields are swept off the cutting board as four contestants per week are encouraged to sack each other with burdens. FOR MONEY. Alton, what are you doing?! It’s sort of like if Bill Nye the Science Guy did a show about how to murder your enemies without getting caught by pesky forensics squads. Alton’s just so out of place.
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Paula Deen defends herself in teary 'Today' interview -- VIDEO

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After begging off from a planned appearance last week due to exhaustion — an excuse Matt Lauer and Al Roker accepted with a few suppressed eye-rolls — Paula Deen finally appeared on Today this morning, giving an emotional interview in which she vehemently denied being a racist.

Deen has been under fire since she admitted to using racial slurs in a deposition filed June 17; in light of her testimony, the celebrity chef has been dropped by the Food Network and Smithfield Foods. Her full, 13-minute interview with Lauer is below:

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'The Next Food Network Star' gets 'Chopped'

On tonight’s Next Food Network Star, the eight finalists got a visit from new Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli (pictured), who was filling in for Giada. I loved how this straight-shooting force of nature didn’t even pretend to indulge Danushka’s bad attitude. Spoilers (in the form of apple juice and “fruit leather”-infused hot sauce, if you please) ahead…. READ FULL STORY

Guy Fieri responds to 'New York Times' review in cut 'SNL' bit -- VIDEO

Oh, so that’s why this week’s Saturday Night Live was underwhelming! All the show needed was a flavoricious punch of Donkey Sauce, expertly delivered by Bobby Moynihan’s cackling take on Guy Fieri.

It’s a shame that the following bit — in which Fieri stops by Weekend Update, only to discover that the New York Times wasn’t exactly into his new restaurant — got cut from Saturday’s show. Moynihan’s Fieri voice is spot-on, and his shocked response to the Times review — “Oh, that’s not off the chain. Oh, that’s very much on the chain” — was much funnier than any Timberlake-free musical monologue. Though Update’s Petreus scandal and Chris Christie segments definitely hit, including the Fieri thing on the live show would have been icing on the cake.

But hey, at least NBC isn’t letting the bit go unseen. Feast your eyes on this, hombres:

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We go all in on Guy's American Kitchen & Bar, so you don't have to! -- VIDEO

After reading Pete Wells’ scathing — and hilarious — review of Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar in The New York Times, EWers Denise Warner, Erin Strecker, and Lanford Beard jumped at the chance for a night in Flavor Town. So was it really as bad as Wells’ made it out to be? Well read our post-dinner conversation and watch our reactions to some of the food below! READ FULL STORY

Guy Fieri fires back at 'New York Times' critic -- VIDEO

Earlier this week, the New York Times published a scathing review of Guy Fieri’s new Times Square restaurant that has resonated through Flavor Town and beyond. The piece — penned by restaurant critic Pete Wells — took aim at everything from fishy-tasting marshmallows to a drink that “tastes like some combination of radiator fluid and formaldehyde,” reserving some special scorn for Fieri’s own divisive personality: “When you cruise around the country for your show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, rasping out slangy odes to the unfancy places where Americans like to get down and greasy, do you really mean it?” Wells asked. “Or is it all an act?”

This morning, Fieri appeared on the Today show to respond to a few of the 34 biting questions Wells posed in his review. The Food Network star — who doubles as America’s 10th highest-paid chef, according to Today — opened by saying that Wells’s over-the-top negativity was uncalled for: “I just thought it was ridiculous,” he told Savannah Guthrie. “I mean, I’ve read reviews. There’s good and there’s bad in the restaurant business, but that, to me, went so overboard it really seemed like there was another agenda.”

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'Health Inspectors' on Food Network: Can you stomach more?

Will a show about a health inspector turn out to be the next break-out reality hit? Maybe.

The Food Network aired a special last night called Health Inspectors, which followed inspector-turned-hero Ben Vaughn — the profession’s best hope for repairing their reputation since Larry the Cable Guy ruined it — as he helped clean up the situation at Big Momma’s Chicken & Waffles in New Orleans.

Simply put: Big Momma’s was filthy, a sizzling cesspool of salmonella, the capitol of cross contamination. But perhaps the most disturbing thing at Big Momma’s Chicken & Waffles & Roaches? The lack of knowledge about food safety. Chicken had been left to defrost in a sink of water and was left there long after it was thawed. Some ladies refused to wear hairnets. (“My hair is too nice to put in one of those,” one lady claimed. It wasn’t.) And one manager didn’t even know his friers could be moved and cleaned.

By the time Vaughn was done with Big Momma’s, though, they passed their state inspection. (By the way, the “cleaning” portion of the special totally excited my inner OCD Monica Geller.) But after watching this, will anyone eat at Big Momma’s ever again? I wouldn’t, but I would watch another episode of this disgusting show.

Much like TLC’s Extreme Couponing, which aired as a one-hour special on the network before being given a series order, Health Inspectors has the potential to be the next late-night food-TV fodder that I consume several episodes at a time. Question is: Will I be able to stomach it?

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