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Kelis Gets Her Own Show On the Cooking Channel

"Milkshake" is just one of those songs that is so catchy it will pop into your head at the most random times, prompting the thought "Hey, what's Kelis up to these days?" Well it turns out, she's been busy getting a kickstart on her cooking career. The musical star, who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School (who knew?), announced some happy news on Twitter Monday afternoon: she's scored very own special on the Cooking Channel, called Saucy and Sweet, set to debut on February 26th.

The Cooking Channel's promo states: "Get an inside look as she composes food [beat drop] with attitude." The first aired episode will focus on Kelis hosting a dinner party with dishes like Shrimp Fricassee and Goat Cheese Ice Cream, according to the website.

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Taste in Translation with Aarti Sequeira

You probably remember Aarti Sequeira from Seaon 6 of the Food Network's Next Food Network Star, where she won gold and got her own TV show. Now, the famed chef is starting a brand new program on the Cooking Channel, which airs each Friday at 9pm, called Taste in Translation. On her new show, Aarti explores the most popular dishes from around the world, as well as the history and culture behind them. From Thailand to the United States, Aarti gives viewers the chance to discover new flavors and recipes from coast to coast. We got to chat with Aarti all about her new show and some of her favorite dishes she got to try while filming.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Get Your SBWFF Tickets

If you have any doubts regarding Miami’s importance as a food city, pay a visit during the month of February to understand just how huge the 305 is to the culinary world. For the past eleven years, Miami has played host to Food Network’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival, which is one of the country’s most important gastronomic events of the year. Next year, from February 21st through the 24th, locals and visitors will be able to attend tastings, lectures, demonstrations, special dinners, and unforgettable parties featuring such personalities as Duff Goldman, Ming Tsai, Emeril Lagasse, Todd English, Anthony Bourdain, John Besh, and many others.

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On Fire: Roger Mooking

Surely most foodie fiends know about Roger Mooking, the Trinidadian-Canadian chef who hosts Everyday Exotic on the Cooking Channel, stars on the Food Network's Heat Seekers with Aaron Sanchez, and most recently, aired his latest show, Man Fire Food, on the Cooking Channel, which debuted in September. In the show, Roger travels the country to discover intentive ways in which others cook with fire. We got to chat with the chef about his favorite cuisine, why he likes to grill, and what he's up to right now.

DAILY BITES
Wanna Play with Fire?

If you order your chicken wings "hot" and you think salsa should only be sold "hot" and just can't get enough of everything SPICY, then Heat Seekers is right up your alley. Heat Seekers takes Chefs Aaron Sanchez and Roger Mooking hunting down spicy food across the country and they found a helping of hot stuff at three local restaurants in our very own MIA...

At Aunt I's, they sampled hot jerk chicken made naturally, with Scotch bonnet peppers. The pair ate spicy ceviche at CVI.CHE105 then headed to Mercadito for the "hottest drink on Earth" the Vato Loco. It's a tequila-based cocktail made with seven chillies, pepper-infused simple syrup and pinapple puree. The $12 Vato Loca is being offered for $7 after 10 p.m. Wanna try it? maybe you should bring an attorney since guests have to sign a waiver before ordering.

Aunt I's: 19934 N.W. 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33169 (305) 654-9638

CVI.CHE 105: 105 N.E. 3rd Ave. Miami, FL 33132 (305) 577-3454

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Injecting Humor Into the Kitchen

There is nothing typical about Bitchin’ Kitchen. It’s part in-your-face comedy, part rock and roll. At first glance you wonder if this chick decked out in leopard print, leather and four-inch heels can slice and dice like a pro. Then you see her whip up a kick-ass fettuccini with crab meat and fresh peas or ricotta crepes with a drizzle of raspberry coulis and you think, “Bro, this girl can really cook.” I recently got the chance to sit down and talk with her about Bitchin’ Kitchen and its success.

Native Montrealer Nadia G first popped up on the culinary radar with her three-minute mobile show, Bitchin’ Kitchen, back in 2007. It was an instant hit and received industry recognition. Bitchin’ Kitchen won a Wireless Arts, Video and Entertainment (WAVE) award for Favorite Mobile Comedy Series, beating out Conan O’Brien. Shortly thereafter a publisher contacted her about producing her own cookbook.