The Big Reveal: Introducing The FN Dish

February 18, 2008 | By | COMMENTS

Today’s my birthday–I’m 29 today–and though I’m usually a birthday junkie, exhausting friends and relatives with desperate cries for attention, presents, phone calls, etc–my focus is not on my own birth today. Instead, it’s focused on the birth of something that’s been gestating for the past three months; a project so big, so exciting, it’s been almost impossible contain it. And now I finally–finally!–get to share it with you. Are you ready America? Are you ready Lithuania? Here we go… I proudly present to you: The FN Dish!

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What’s The FN Dish? What’s going on? What are you talking about?

Settle down, reader! Allow me to explain it. The FN Dish is my very own show on Food Network’s website (hey look, my mug is on the main page!), a show that will allow me access to Food Network’s stars, kitchens, events, and giant cookbook collection. But even more than that, this is a platform for me to share my love and passion for food and cooking: with Food Network’s blessing, I’ll get to steer the show into the kitchens of my favorite chefs, authors, and people–celebrating all of the food-related ideas, recipes and stories that excite me, excite you and that make you check this blog every day.

I can’t tell you how ecstatic I am about this show. Maybe I should stop yammering on and let you watch the first episode–click here to do that.

Wasn’t that fun? And now that you’ve seen that, watch longer versions of my interviews with Alton Brown, Bobby Flay, The Neelys, and Rachael Ray. And then join me as I watch and comment on Ace of Cakes and The Barefoot Contessa. Finally–and best of all–you’ve got to watch these 23 Awkward Seconds with Rachael Ray. See, they sat her down and I introduced myself and then it got weirdly quiet. The discomfort, as you’ll soon see, is palpable. I love it.

Actually, that last clip captures best what I love about this whole thing: I get to be me–strange, uncomfortable, nervous, anxious, excitable me–I get to ask the questions I want to ask, I get to react naturally to whatever circumstances they put me in. And I feel that my loyal readers–and I count you among them–will be grateful that the “me” they’ve grown to love, won’t become a different “me” just because there’s a Food Network stamp on it.

It being “me.”

What was I saying? Oh yes, The FN Dish. Isn’t this exciting? As you can tell, I’m stoked. And you have no idea how much awesome stuff I’ve already done for future episodes: there’s a trip to Cleveland, a California wine tasting, an intern cook-off. It just gets better and better and this Thursday I leave for South Beach to cover the Wine and Food Festival.

I can’t tell you what a relief it is to finally get to share this with you. Of course, once the excitement dies down I’ll be happy to answer questions about meeting the stars, where the show is headed, incorporating your ideas for what you’d like me to cover. But in the meantime, let’s wish a happy birthday to The FN Dish. It’s going to be a great year.

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  • Michelle in KC

    Congrats! I am looking forward to watching all of the interviews! Happy Bday too! :)

  • Michelle in KC

    Congrats! I am looking forward to watching all of the interviews! Happy Bday too! :)

  • JulieM

    congrats Adam–that’s awesome! (and happy b-day!)

  • Felix

    This is great Adam! Are you the first Food Blogger to get his own official FN show? I can’t wait to watch all the episodes! I’m really happy I stumbled upon this blog when I did!

  • http://definitelyra.com RA

    Very cool! Is it just me, or is there word play (effin’ dish) going on here?

  • http://www.apurvapangam.com Apurva

    Congrats Adam (and happy birthday :)! Looking forward to watching the interviews!

  • http://harpandthistle.blogspot.com Rich

    RA, I thought it too. We’re juvenile, us bloggers. “I’ma take that F’n dish and shove it sideways down ya troat, ya stinkin’ foodie!”

    Sounds fun though.

  • Sarah

    I’ve been reading your website for ages! I’m so proud! I’ll be watching them. If you get on TV, and it doesn’t come to Canada I’ll be very upset! lol

  • http://baixagastronomia.blogspot.com Mar

    Wow, it’s your birthday and YOU GIVE US a present! Congratulations, thanks for all your hard work and enjoy the year before turning 30, you lucky brat!

  • http://danadishes.wordpress.com Dana

    congratulations!!! It’s been so neat to follow this blog and your “path to stardom” :) goes to show that love and dedication to food can really take you places (take that, dad!! Haha). I love that no matter how popular you become, you’re still just that guy, in the kitchen, “stumbling upon” gourmet food.

  • http://danadishes.wordpress.com Dana

    congratulations!!! It’s been so neat to follow this blog and your “path to stardom” :) goes to show that love and dedication to food can really take you places (take that, dad!! Haha). I love that no matter how popular you become, you’re still just that guy, in the kitchen, “stumbling upon” gourmet food.

  • LisaInCT

    Adam,

    HOW EXCITING! CONGRATS! Most wonderful news! Best wishes for a very happy birthday.

  • elarael

    Awesome! It was very interesting and amusing to see how these ‘stars’ reacted to the everyman food blogger, haha. You were perfect! Really enjoyed it, and I’ll stay tuned for more!

  • elarael

    Awesome! It was very interesting and amusing to see how these ‘stars’ reacted to the ‘everyman’ food blogger, haha. You were perfect! Really enjoyed it, and I’ll stay tuned for more!

  • http://freerangecookies.com Linda

    I’m liking the Food Network more already!

  • elarael

    Just great! It was very interesting and amusing to see how these ‘stars’ reacted to the ‘everyman’ food blogger, haha. You were perfect! Really enjoyed it, and I’ll stay tuned for more!

  • http://www.redcook.net Kian

    Congratulations Adam. Good luck!

  • http://inmc.livejournal.com/ nico

    Hey cool! Happy birthday and congrats on the new venture!

  • JEP

    Way to go! I’ll keep checking-out your features:)

  • http://canyoucook.blogspot.com/ Stephie

    Wow! Congratulations Adam! I’m going to watch the Alton interview first! (he’s my favorite!) I hope it’s all fun for you! (and us, getting to see what you come up with)

  • http://gourmeted.com Joy

    CONGRATULATIONS! That’s so awesome on so many levels. Can’t wait to watch the show.

  • http://gourmeted.com Joy

    CONGRATULATIONS! That’s so awesome on so many levels. Can’t wait to watch the show.

  • tuliptoe

    Aw Adam Congratulations!! My daughter yelled out “INA!” when she heard you playing the BC theme song. Cute!

    I am so excited for you. It looks like it will be a great year!

  • http://cheapblueguitar.com Brian

    Adam, That is so awesome! Congratulations.

  • http://eatfordinner.blogspot.com/ Psychgrad

    That is FN awesome Adam! Congratulations. I just watched some of the segments. Looking forward to seeing more!

  • http://josephbayot.blogspot.com Joseph Bayot

    Congratulations!

    There’s hope for us all haha

  • Sam

    Happy Birthday! And congratulations. Man, what a 365 days it’s been for you, eh?

    I love the title of the show…I read it in my head as “The f***in’ dish”. :)

    Can’t wait to watch the clips and even more of you on FN. Way to go Adam! Talk about becoming the dream. :)

  • http://www.singlegourmetdating.com Single Gourmet

    Happy Birthday! And a hearty congrats to you. Hard work, well rewarded.

  • zeep

    Dude…AG! My god man, there is no stopping you! Happy birthday wishes and heartfelt congrats on the F’n Dish! I can’t wait to check it out – in fact, I’m off to do just that… Keep shining bright.

  • http://aloshaskitchen.blogspot.com melissa

    that 23 seconds cracked me the &$*% up. you are so funny, the way you can laugh at yourself. too cool, adam.

    and congratulations!

    and happy birthday!

  • http://not-a-foodblog.blogspot.com Vincci

    Congrats Adam! That’s SO EXCITING! Your own show! I’m going to stop typing now before I clog your screen with exclamation marks…

  • Budman

    Great news, congrats on the kill, nice style, and the purrfect “job” (if ya call it that) for ya! Can’t you go more than just once/week though? ;-))) Oh yeah, and don’t interupt the answers you get during the interviews–let ‘em finish first. ;-))))

  • http://beastmomma.squarespace.com beastmomma

    Happy Birthday and Congratultions on the start of a brand new adventure!

  • http://beastmomma.squarespace.com beastmomma

    Happy Birthday and Congratultions on the start of a brand new adventure!

  • Anonymous

    There’s some problem with the site. I can’t view any of the videos. Maybe too many trying to access it at once? Congrats, Adam!!!

  • http://roundsoupspoon.blogspot.com/ Kharina

    Congrats on your birthday and your new show! And 29? You don’t look a day over 25. ;)

  • Rachel

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday!! That is going to give you so many awesome opportunities…getting to do all the things we all dream of (South Beach Food and Wine!) and call it work. Enjoy!

  • chameleon1218

    Oh wow Adam what a wonderful birthday surprise!!!! Many, many congrats and birthday wishes. Can’t wait to see where this takes you!

  • http://www.corkandfeast.com Cork & Feast

    Told you I’d be tuning in Monday to hear the big news, and oh my gosh am I ENVIOUS (but in a good way.) Congratulations on your show, this news is FANTASTIC! I’m thrilled for you and so looking forward to your sense of humor shining through on YOUR OWN SHOW! Can you believe it? (Psst… If you ever need someone to stand in for you… give me a call. I’ll make sure I’m available.)

    Oh my, and I wish you a happy birthday to boot (like there’s any chance this birthday wouldn’t be a great one!) Let the celebrating begin!

  • trish

    Adam-

    I hardly ever comment but this is so exciting for you! Congratulations and I’ll stay tuned…

    Trish

  • http://www.faziarivi.net/ Fazia Rizvi

    That’s fantastic! Congratulations, it’s a well deserved honor. And what a great idea! I can’t wait to watch – the clip was great. :-)

  • http://curiousfoodie.wordpress.com Amelia

    Congrads and have a blessed birthday. :)

  • http://curiousfoodie.wordpress.com Amelia

    Congrads and have a blessed birthday. :)

  • http://smellsliketeenblog.wordpress.com Tracy

    Congratulations, and Happy Birthday! I guess I’ll be spending more time on the Food Network website now!

  • http://hotcookies.net John Calkins

    Congrats! Your introduction spot is great. I will be watching on Mondays. http://hotcookies.net

  • http://thebakerandthecurrymaker.blogspot.com/ Sathya

    Happy birthday & Congratulations! How fantastic. I can’t wait to become a regaular viewer hehe

  • Katelyn

    SO GREAT. SO GREAT. I totally loved the awkward time with Rachael Ray!

  • Lisa

    CONGRATS ADAM!! To think that when a small, breast shaped cupcake brought me to this site, that I’d be watching you on your way to TV stardom!!

    I can’t believe you interviewed Rachael with a straight face. You’ve gone soft ;)

    I waiting for the cage death match with Sandra Lee.

  • Fatima

    Hahahaha that was seriously the best! You are adorable. Happy Birthday!

  • whimsy2

    I don’t have cable, don’t want it. Don’t watch television, really, but I’d love to watch you. Can I get it on my computer?

  • Shawn

    Wow, Adam, that is so great! Congratulations! I think I found you via a Washington Post article in 2004, and I’m so glad I’ve stuck around.

  • Angeline

    Loved your interview with AB, very smart looking argyle sweater by the way. You’re a natural in front of the camera.

  • A Big Fan of the AG

    What a delicious birthday treat, for you and for all of us! It is wonderful to watch all of your hard work pay off so beautifully. BTW, LOVE YOUR SWEATER!

  • A Big Fan of the AG

    What a delicious birthday gift! Congratulations and kudos to you – it’s really happening!!!

    P.S. Happy Birthday to Lauren!

  • http://fishunderwater.blogspot.com Jaime

    It’s so wonderful! I spent the episode grinning at my computer. You’re fantastic. I can’t wait to see more. Congrats and happy birthday!

  • Sarah

    You did a great job– this is the perfect platform for you, and the Food Network public is going to love you! I can only imagine how fun and exciting this must be to film… what an adventure! ENJOY! :)

  • erin

    Congrats! So cool. Will try to get one of my computers to play sound off the internet…don’t want to miss this. I hope you still plan on posting here as frequently as in the past. Also, where are you interns? Behind the scenes like most interns happen to be? It was just strange, because for awhile they were posting frequently…and now they have not been heard of for awhile. As long as you are still posting too, intern posts are cool. More food love.

  • Laura

    FANTASTIC! and congratulations! and happy birthday!

    The 23 seconds with Rachel Ray was quite possibly the highlight of my day, so either it was an amazingly awkward moment (and it was) or I had a boring day. Seriously though, we want the dirt (ok, I want the dirt …)

  • andrenna

    Congratulations!!! I’m so pleased to someone so genuine and enthusiastic succeed. Pretty great. (Not as great as Madeline Albright, but what can you do?)

  • http://asliceofcherrypie.blogspot.com/ Julia

    Adam it’s fantastic! You are so made for this – you’ve found your niche!

  • http://myfeasts.blogspot.com/ maya

    Happy Birthday Adam!!!! After reading your blog yesterday, I went and checked FN site and there you were!! I almost choked on my pork rinds. How FANTASTIC!!! I read your blog for months before having the nerve to have my own site ( it saved my sanity). Good Luck Adam!!! Say hi to handsome Craig :)

  • http://www.rosas-yummy-yums.blogspot.com Rosa

    Happy Birthday!

    Wow, how great! Congratulations!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • http://www.rosas-yummy-yums.blogspot.com Rosa

    Happy Birthday!

    Wow, how great! Congratulations!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • Angela

    Congrats Adam!

    Looking forward to tunin’ in.

  • http://smittenkitchen.com deb

    This is wonderful, Adam! Congratulations.

  • Angela

    Congrats Adam!

    Looking forward to tunin’ in.

    Happy Birthday!

  • Josh Kleinman

    Wow! You’re a loser who knows nothing about food & now you get to talk to personality driven chefs on the “food” network. Congrats to you & all of your idiot readers.

  • http://groceryaddict.blogspot.com Narinda

    I knew it was only a matter of time before FN would come at you with its stamp. Congratulations!!

  • http://bigdaddyseashell.wordpress.com Gwen

    Cxongratulations! I can’t wait to start watching the interviews. I knew someday I would see you on FN. Now I hope you’ll get an actual show. Isn’t Emeril’s primetime spot opening up soon?

  • http://singleguychef.blogspot.com Single Guy Chef

    29 and you have your very own Food Network show! (Albeit online, but still) Congratulations! Can’t wait to suck all my time at work watching your episodes! ;-)

  • Phil

    Congrats! I remember reading the post when you went to Bar Americain and was surprised that Bobby Flay visited your table after your Mom mentioned something to the hostess. Now you are interviewing him! What a crazy few years this has been for you. All the best in the future.

  • http://www.mostlyaboutfood.com Kalle

    Congratulations are in order. I have to say I admire you Adam, not that much for getting your face on TV, but for getting this food blog thing up and rolling and turning it into a living. It’s pretty radical considering that just a few years ago you were well on your way to becoming a lawyer. It’s been very fascinating to follow the development of your blog and your evolution to a… professional gourmet?

    And yes, one comes to think of an effin’ dish…

  • Zhopsik

    Happy birthday and congratulations…I guess. Great gig, but too bad you had to sell your soul to the Dark Side to get it.

  • Tori

    Congratulations Adam!!! I am so happy for you. And I am so jealous you got to interview Alton… if it were me, I would have been reduced to a tearful confession that upon occasion, I still make mac n cheese from a box even though I know better, and asked for forgiveness… :)

  • Dennis

    Cant view the videos. I get a silent 10 sec HGTV commercial followed by a black screen. If I drag the thingy that moves when a video plays I see frozen action from the video but no video plays. Tried to toggle the play/pause but it had no effect. Was anyone actually able to watch the video?

  • http://www.cooking-at-home.com HarryK

    Many congrats! Always good to see bloggers making an impact on the world of television!

  • http://charcuterista.wordpress.com Charcuterista

    Congratulations! Woo hoo! Yay! Happy thoughts from my house to yours! I can’t wait to see these upcoming episodes and don’t forget you promised to dish…

  • http://rainydaysandsundays-c.blogspot.com/ Clare

    OMG you are so cute in this show!!! That Rachael looks like a diva, especially during those awkward 23 seconds. Congrats, and looking forward to more episodes! OH, and Happy Birthday! :)

  • http://foodwoolf.blogspot.com Foodwoolf

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday! You’re my food blogging hero! Keep on rocking and good luck with the Food Network. Buh-bye Mario, hello Adam!

    all the best,

    Brooke

  • http://www.sugoodsweets.com/blog Jessica “Su Good Sweets”

    Wow, that’s really cool. But what if Rachael checked out your site and saw that you weren’t a fan of hers?

  • http://mrswskitchen.blogspot.com Mrs.W

    Holy moly that is AWESOME! How amazing… you must be so thrilled. And only 29…

    Ms. Ray Ray looks so NOT personable.

    Can’t wait to watch. And I can say I read you when…

  • flip

    I thought Rachael Ray was not a diva and took her interview seriously.

  • Tovah

    Adam,

    Raife showed me your food network show, and I thought it was great! Congratulations; can’t wait to see more!

  • http://fingerineverypie.typepad.com Julie

    Adam, you rock. Happy, happy birthday (mine was Sunday; we had dinner at Telepan, which was pretty fun), and super-huge congratulations. I’ll now start accessing the Food Network just for you!

    All the best, my dear. You deserve it.

  • http://teaandcookies.blogspot.com Tea

    Great news, Adam, congrats! It is well suited to you and well deserved. Look forward to watching as well as reading along on your adventures. Happy birthday–it’s going to be quite a year!

  • http://www.marketeersllc.com Amber

    Adam–

    you’re just as charming and funny on video as you are with words. I see great things emerging from this venture! Congrats and can’t wait for you to prepare a prime rib…

  • Disappointed

    Happy Birthday, Adam. I’d like to congratulate you on the FN deal but the potential for tooldom is just too high. I guess I’ll see what happens when you present “Chef” Sandra Lee. I fear there can only be one of two outcomes. 1) You get fired. 2) You confirm you’re a tool. I can’t wait to see what happens.

  • http://www.franticfoodie.blogspot.com Frantic Foodie

    You SO deserve it. It’s about time!