Watch Chef Randy Evans on Food Network's Kitchen Inferno Tonight

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Randy Evans is no stranger to heat in the kitchen. Watch him compete on Kitchen Inferno tonight on Food Network at 9 p.m. CST.

After Houston Press Tequila & Tamales tonight, what should you do? Race to the Lillo & Ella (2307 Ella) viewing party to watch Houston chef Randy Evans compete on Kitchen Inferno on Food Network.

Randy Evans, formerly executive chef of now-closed Haven, is currently a consulting chef for JCI Grill, H.E.B.'s future restaurant on San Felipe and Fountainview, and more.

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Lone Star Chuck Wagon Team Represents Houston & BBQ on Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race

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The Lone Star Chuck Wagon team hopes to win their own barbecue food truck.
The fifth season of The Great Food Truck Race premieres Sunday, August 17, at 8 p.m. on Food Network, and the Lone Star Chuck Wagon team will represent Houston with its barbecue Tex-Mex mobile eatery concept.

The reality show competition features a total of eight teams composed of three individuals who have never owned or operated a food truck. Food Network provides each team with a food truck to travel across the country from Santa Barbara, California, to Key West, Florida, partaking in a series of challenges testing their skills in running a food truck. At the end of each competition, one truck will be eliminated; the winning team will be awarded the keys to the food truck and $50,000 to kick-start their new business.

Lance Kramer along with his wife Rachel Young and their best friend Andrea Chesley make up the Lone Star Chuck Wagon food truck team. Kramer is the brains behind the operation, while Chesley serves as his sous chef and Young keeps everything in tip-top shape.

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Not Jus' Donuts Featured on TLC's Buddy's Bakery Rescue

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Not Jus' Donuts is owned and operated by (left to right) Andrea Jackson, Myrtle Jackson and Rosharon Cotton.
Not Jus' Donuts will be the next Houston bakery featured on Buddy's Bakery Rescue (formerly titled Bakery Boss). The episode premieres Tuesday, July 29, at 9 p.m. on TLC.

We caught up with the owner Myrtle Jackson and her two daughters, Andrea Jackson and Rosharon Cotton, to talk about their experience filming the episode, what they learned from Buddy Valastro, aka "Cake Boss" and how their business has changed.

Myrtle established Not Jus' Donuts, located in the Third Ward at 2020 Dowling Street, in 2000. Since then, the family-owned and operated business has been creating custom cakes using skills and techniques passed down from Myrtle's aunt and grandmother, along with breads, pastries, cookies and pies - no doughnuts. But, nobody from the bakery applied to be on Buddy's Bakery Rescue. In fact, they still don't know who submitted their application.

"One Saturday, it was at our lowest moment; we wanted to shut down," Andrea says. "We were talking about just closing up and we received an email from Discovery Channel and they were scouting for new bakeries to be a part of the Buddy's Bakery Rescue show. It had a questionnaire and essay, so I took it home, finished the essay, emailed it probably that Monday and a few days later heard back from them."

After several interviews in person and over Skype, Myrtle and her two daughters began to suspect they were being chosen for the show.

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5 Best Food Moments With Miley Cyrus

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Sometimes "being Miley" means dressing like a fancy picnic table.

So, it's not like I regularly listen to Miley Cyrus or anything, but I happened to stumble upon a few of her videos on the interwebs. Turns out her weirdness artistic quirkiness manifests itself in food as well as fashion and choreography. Here are my five favorite food moments with Miley.

5. Cake Fingers With No Cake In Sight ("Fall Down"). At roughly 1:08 seconds, Miley is doing her thang on the dance floor and her fingers are completely covered in what appears to be icing (i mean, i really hope it's icing). I guess clubs in Miley's world all serve layer cakes.

4. "Twerk" Spaghetti-O's ("We Can't Stop"). Perhaps not what Campbell's intended, but I swear to god, if they find it in their heart to issue a limited edition can of spaghetti-O's with the letters "T," "W," "E," "R," and "K," I'm buying 50 cans.

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5 Best Theme Foods and Drinks to Enjoy While Watching Orange Is the New Black, Season 2

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The inmates long for real roast chicken.

F*ck Game of Thrones. I'm currently obsessed with Orange Is the New Black, the second season of which premiers June 6 on Netflix. To celebrate, I plan to host a viewing party and serve food and drink inspired by the series (diehard fans, rest assured a certain female sanitary product sandwich is not on the menu). Here my five favorite "Orange Is the New Black" theme comestibles:

5. Roast Chicken. In episode 5 "The Chickening," Piper spots an errant chicken while reading one Sunday morning. Her casual mention of this fowl-sighting sparks a frenzy among the inmates, especially Red, who salivates at the thought of roasting a "proper" chicken. Her offer of a reward for anyone who catches the chicken leads some prisoners to go hunting for it, though others are more motivated by the thought it is actually stuffed with valuable drugs.

4. Coconut Cake. Though it never actually appears on screen, Miss Claudette Pelage's coconut cake is apparently really, really good. So good, in fact, that inmate Tricia offers Claudette sexual favors in exchange for making the cake for her girlfriend's release party. Miss Claudette declines, though in a later we see her assembling ingredients such as contraband French vanilla.

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Sarah Penrod Represents Houston on Food Network Star Season 10

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Sarah Penrod, 30, hopes to win season 10 of Food Network Star.
Food Network is looking for the next star to host a new cooking show this year, and Sarah Penrod, from League City, has been selected as a finalist. Penrod is joined by 11 other contestants vying for the title of Next Food Network Star.

But this isn't her first rodeo. Penrod had a chance at competing in Season 8 when she was chosen as a semi-finalist. After she was eliminated, she was determined to fix whatever needed fixing and become a finalist.

Two seasons later, and she has a chance to win her own cooking show on Food Network.

We spoke with Penrod about her culinary journey and how she prepared for this season. She comes from a family of entertainers and spent most of her life performing country music onstage and participating in beauty pageants. Currently, she is a personal chef and owns her own catering service. If one thing's for sure, her bubbly personality and enthusiasm are contagious -- two excellent qualities for a potential Food Network Star.

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Food Network Chef Alex Guarnaschelli Talks "America's Best Cook" & Houston Restaurants

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Alex Guarnaschelli coaches one of her home cooks during filming of "America's Best Cook."
Lately, Food Network seems to be adding a multitude of new shows, pitting professional chefs against each other and against Food Network stars. But now, the culinary channel has added a series that showcases amateur home cooks. "America's Best Cook" is a cross between Master Chef and The Voice. Home cooks auditioned to join one of four teams led by four Food Network chefs representing a specific region of the United States: North, South, East and West. Chef Michael Symon represents the North; chef Cat Cora represents the South; chef Alex Guarnaschelli represents the East; and chef Tyler Florence represents the West.

After the auditions, each team now consists of two home cooks, who will go head-to-head in various challenges with the other regional teams. The last cook standing will receive $50,000.

We spoke with the chef mentor for Team East, Alex Guarnaschelli, about her role on the new show; she even told us what she likes about Houston's restaurant scene.

Guarnaschelli is the executive chef of Butter in New York City and is most often seen as a judge (and sometimes a competitor) on the popular cooking competition, "Chopped." Her ever-increasing knowledge of the culinary arts makes her not only a fierce competitor in the kitchen, but also an intimidating judge. However, in "America's Best Cook," Guarnaschelli will have to take on another role -- being a mentor.

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Baker Spotlight: Drew Rogers, Owner of Drew's Pastry Place & Star on TLC's Bakery Boss

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Drew Rogers became a pastry chef at the age of 40 and established Drew's Pastry Place.
If you have ever searched for authentic Italian pastries and desserts in Houston, you've probably been sorely disappointed. Although the Bayou City is home to many bakeries that make cupcakes, cakes, cookies and other American sweet shops, it is seriously in need of establishments dedicated to creating cannoli, tiramisu, pignoli, rainbow cookies and other Italian specialties.

After making a midlife career change to become a pastry chef, Drew Rogers set his sights on opening his own shop, with a goal of making the classic Italian pastries he grew up eating in New Jersey. But, the process of establishing Drew's Pastry Place has not been the one Rogers imagined.

"I went to work for Houston Country Club after [culinary school]," Rogers says. "The week I graduated I got a job offer at Houston Country Club -- which was great -- under a Master Chef, and his name was Chef Fritze Gitschner. And at the time were only 58 or 59 Master Chefs in the world and he was ranked in the top ten. So, for me to work under him my first gig out of school was incredible and I learned a whole lot from him. I was there for three-and-a-half years."

Rogers' parents knew that he wanted to open his own bakery, so they offered to assist him in creating, designing and opening Drew's Pastry Place in Vintage Park, a true family business. Rogers decided to audition for Next Great Baker on TLC, but was not selected as a finalist -- he was a runner-up. However, this misfortune might have been a blessing in disguise.

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UPDATE: SPIKE TV's Frankenfood Casting Call Comes to Houston: Cook Up Something Weird and Win

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The sky is the limit in this crazy food creation competition.

Update: The casting call date for Houston has been moved to January 12.
Do you love to cook strange dishes with uncommon ingredients? Or do you love to think out of the box when creating new recipes? Well, SPIKE TV's new show Frankenfood is for you, and on Sunday, December 15, Sunday, January 12, the network is holding an open casting call in Houston.

Everyone from chefs to average Joes and Janes is invited to Sharespace on the 15th January 12, beginning at 10 a.m. to present their crazy culinary creations to two judges and hosts -- New York City chef Josh Capon and actor/restaurateur Tony Luke Jr.

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Top Five Reasons Kids' Cooking Shows Are Awesome

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These kids know how to cook; let them inspire your children to get in the kitchen.
When I was a little kid, I never wanted to go into the kitchen and help my mom make dinner. Sure, I would do the dishes and clean up the kitchen afterward, but there was no way I was going to stop watching what my father calls "squeaky voice television" to chop vegetables. I saw it as work, not pleasure.

It wasn't until I finally stepped into the kitchen and helped my mom make dinner that I realized just how much fun cooking can actually be.

If you have children and want them to learn how to cook but can't get them interested, turn on the recently aired MasterChef Junior show on FOX, where kids ages 8-13 are showing off their cooking skills in challenges similar to the original adult format.

Here are five reasons why kids' cooking shows rock and why children need to watch them.

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