Episode 5 Food Network Star

By ppalak77 | July 13, 2018

The crunch heard around the table! We are officially at the halfway mark on the show. I can hardly believe it as I’m typing this blog. Last week’s mentor challenge was one of the first times in the competition where I truly drew a blank…

Episode 4 Food Network Star

By ppalak77 | July 8, 2018

midterm? It’s time to panic! That was quick! Something about taking a test gives me anxiety. Midterms? I already have anxiety hearing anything to do with a test. So, when we walked into the kitchen that day and Bobby and Giada announced that our challenge…

Feed Your Adventure

By ppalak77 | July 3, 2018

NYC is home to more than 8 million people and it’s not the first place that comes to mind when I think of outdoor adventure. That is until I had my day of adventure with Clif Bar making NYC a happening hub for outdoor adventure….

Episode 3 Food Network Star

By ppalak77 | June 28, 2018

Moroccan Feast & Tastemakers Wow, three episodes down already. Going into this week I wanted to work on a few things. First – be relaxed on camera; second – smile more. I felt a lot of pressure after the prior week’s so-so presentation and knew…

Episode 2 Food Network Star

By ppalak77 | June 22, 2018

Food Network Star Kitchen, Red Food, Podcasts & Proud Bird Well, I made it to episode 2! After a grueling episode 1, we made our way across the country to LA to start filming episode 2 at The Culver Studios. The logo that dreams are…

My Top 3 Summer Cocktails

By ppalak77 | June 19, 2018

Endless days, sandy beaches, long nights and al fresco dining: yes, the summer season is here. My desire to kick back with a cocktail is stronger than ever this time of year and lucky for you, I’ve got just what you need. There’s nothing nicer than a delicious cold…

The 5 hidden truths of Reality TV Cooking Shows

By ppalak77 | June 4, 2018

1. It’s as crazy as it looks I often get asked, “How real are cooking shows?” Well, the truth is a cooking competition is always intense, scary, dramatic, and nerve-racking. Even after winning two of Food Network’s highly rated shows, Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay, I was still nervous going…

Make These 3 Big Game Appetizers Using Surprising Spices and Wow Your Crowd

By ppalak77 | January 29, 2018

Between cheering for your favorite team and watching the halftime show performance, you’re going to be eating during the Super Bowl. Whether it’s dips, guacamole or wings, I have three surprising game day twists that have you covered for party eats. No matter the outcome of the…

Spices That Defy Expectations: How to Use Herbs in Desserts

By ppalak77 | July 17, 2017

Summer is in full swing, and that means the garden is overflowing with fresh, fragrant herbs. Bright bouquets of basil, pungent sprigs of rosemary and woody sage leaves not only make a statement in savory dishes, but can take an ordinary dessert to another level….

Beyond Mexican Flavors: Chef Palak Tastes Around Mexico City

By ppalak77 | May 30, 2017

If you’ve heard about the allure of Mexico City, I’m here to tell you that it’s absolutely worth all the hype. What I thought I knew about Mexico was just scratching the surface—I was not prepared for the vibrant sights, sounds and smells I would…