Despite Coronavirus, Food Network Has Been Stuffing Its Viewers With New Programs

In June, two perennial Food Network shows, Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” and Robert Irvine’s “Restaurant: Impossible,” went back into production. It was the first time either show shot on location since the coronavirus pandemic brought all television and film production to a dramatic halt in mid-March. They were filmed under strict, new COVID-19 protocols with reduced, mask-wearing crews — all of whom, according to Food Network, tested negative for coronavirus after filming was completed.

Courtney White, the president of Food Network and Cooking Channel, says the network agreed to restart production after creating specific plans for each show. “It isn’t one-size-fits-all,” White tells Variety. “But we did start with: Where can we film with the smallest footprint, the smallest crew — where everybody is very comfortable, and everybody’s on board? Obviously in this scenario, everybody feels different about their own personal willingness to step

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From pans to outdoor stoves

Cook up a storm with our pick of the best camping and cooking gear: iStock
Cook up a storm with our pick of the best camping and cooking gear: iStock

Forget s’mores, sorry-looking hotdogs and charred baked beans: from BBQ-ready woks to pop-up kitchenettes, these days, campfire cooking can be Michelin-starred. With a world of options – especially if you’re driving to camp and have a reasonable amount of room in the boot – it’s worth thinking through your menus in advance.

If you plan to stay at the same site for more than a few days, you can literally bring the kitchen sink, attached to a pop-up workbench, with the Vango Cuisine Kitchen.

Campsite cooking is infinitely more appealing when you can chop veg standing up, with decent knives, on a work surface, rather than crouched in the mud. A fire pit will char burgers and veg kebabs to perfection, but won’t be good news for your pans. While it might seem excessive, it’s

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A Robot Might Cook Your Next White Castle Burger

Photo credit: Miso Robotics
Photo credit: Miso Robotics

From Popular Mechanics

  • Earlier this month, the fast food chain White Castle announced it would begin using an autonomous fry cook robot, called Flippy, to reduce human contact in its restaurants.

  • The move is meant to reduce human contact with food amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Flippy will start flipping patties at a White Castle in Chicago sometime this fall.

Robots and self-driving cars have been the secret heroes of the coronavirus outbreak, and now they could soon be cooking our food, too.

In mid-July, White Castle—the oldest hamburger restaurant in the U.S.—announced that it’s partnering with Miso Robotics, a Pasadena, California-based industrial automation company, to create a robot that will serve up hamburgers. Named Flippy, this robot will begin preparing patties and dunking fries into hot vats of oil sometime this fall.

Despite this being Flippy’s first official fast food rodeo, the autonomous robot already has

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I’m Cooking and Doing Dishes Nonstop, and This Bamboo Pot Scraper Keeps Me Going

This is Highly Recommend, a column dedicated to our very opinionated editors’ favorite things to eat, drink, and buy.

I’ve been keeping this humble yet mighty bamboo pot scraper perched at my sink for years now. A dear friend of mine gave it to me as a gift, which to be perfectly honest, I thought was a little curious. Then I started using it. It quickly reached permanent staple status, and I didn’t think I could love it more—that is, until I started sheltering at home.

I’ve been cooking a lot and doing the dishes nonstop—or at least that’s what it feels like! These pot scrapers make all that cleaning a little easier by removing stubborn bits of cooked-in food without scratching the surface of your pots and pans. Each corner of the scraper is a different shape, so one edge is more like a right angle and another

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