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'Rewrapped' premiere recap: Cooking up Goldfish and Tastykakes

Season 1 | Episodes 1 & 2 | “All That Glitters Is Goldfish” & “Pie For One, Pie For All” | Aired Apr 21, 2014

In a world where TV, the Internet and advertisements all cater to millennials, ’90s nostalgia is king. That’s why Boy Meets World is being rebooted, Mrs. Doubtfire is getting a sequel and Food Network brought Joey Fatone and Marc Summers together for a new 30-minute competition series, Rewrapped. A reboot in and of itself, Rewrapped borrows from the concept of past Food Network series Unwrapped, looking into the making of classic snack foods through competition.

The show kicked off on April 21 with a simple enough premise: Three chefs have 30 minutes to recreate a classic snack food, then must use the same food to create a new dish in a second 30-minute round. The caliber of chef is slightly lower than it has been on past Food Network shows, and it’s easy to see why: The grand prize isn’t money or a new restaurant — it’s a year’s supply of the snack food featured in each episode. The first two episodes, hosted by ‘N Sync member and former Chopped All-Stars competitor Fatone, aired back-to-back Monday.

rewrapped-goldfish-challenge“All That Glitters Is Goldfish”

The first episode, featuring Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, begins with three contestants: Sean Hopkins of New Hampshire’s Lobster Q, culinary consultant Peter Davis, and Web developer-turned-food blogger Dean Karadimas of Dude Cooking Food. Because the show fits two rounds into only 30 minutes, whereas most Food Network Shows put three rounds in 60, the whole episode feels brief and rushed.

rewrapped-goldfishJust as the three men begin their dishes, it’s already time to tackle the hardest part of creating authentic cheddar Goldfish: cutting the shape without molds. They make it work, however, using aluminum cans, foil pans, paperclips and more to form the iconic Goldfish shapes. Dean, the blogger who had earlier bragged about how being young put him at such an advantage, struggles the most after forgetting to refrigerate his dough — because sometimes karma happens when you say you’re the only contestant “versatile” enough to run around the kitchen.

It’s time for the first round of judging, and we get to see how this new show will rank contestants. It’s frustratingly different from Food Network’s other competition shows, with each judge (Summers, pastry chef Jenny McCoy and a revolving representative of each snack company) awarding a score between 1 and 10.

As judging begins, we learn that Sean’s Goldfish are too sharp and underbaked, but they look great. He gets a 7, 6 and 7, for a total of 20. Peter’s flavor was good and his cheese powder was a nice touch, but his shapes are by far the worst. He drops to last place with a 16 out of 30. Finally Dean is judged, and he earns a score of 23 after coming closest to the original Goldfish taste. Going into the next round, food blogger Dean is in the lead.

rewrapped-goldfish-lobsterIn the second round, Sean makes a Goldfish-stuffed lobster, while Dean prepares a Goldfish-crusted halibut and Peter cooks a veal roulade with Goldfish stuffing. Sean forgets to turn on the burner for one of his lobster pots, and Joey Fatone continues to make puns and alliterations all night long. The show rushes on and judging begins. Dean’s halibut has a perfect crust but is underseasoned: 22 out of 30. Peter prepared a great veal, but some awful cheese sauce: 26 out of 30. And finally, Sean’s beautiful presentation and A+ lobster earns him a 26 out of 30. Add those scores to the scores from the first round, and Sean is the winner! He walks away with bragging rights, 365 days’ worth of Goldfish, and a pat on the back from a former member of ‘N Sync.

“Pie for One, Pie for All”

With no time for a commercial break, Joey is back to introduce the second episode of Rewrapped, starring three new contestants, one new judge and a new snack food: the Tastykake glazed cherry pie. The new chefs are Josh Kim of the Spot Gourmet Burgers food truck in Philadelphia, Dena Baker of the Longwood Cricket Club in Massachusetts, and Jay Astafa of 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe in Long Island.

The chefs get to work on their recreations, and Marc Summers gets to work at his old Unwrapped job: trying to get trade secrets out of Shelley McDonnough, the judge from Tastykake. (Side note: Her last name basically has the word “dough” in it. That can’t possibly be a coincidence.)

You would think pies would be easier than Goldfish, but these chefs are making mistakes all over the place. Josh’s dough is too warm, only one contestant uses the right kind of cherries, and there’s a lot of underdone dough going to the judges. Jay has the toughest job of anyone because he’s sticking to his vegan cooking style while trying to come as close in taste and appearance to the original (non-vegan) Tastykake pie.

It certainly works out for him, though, and he walks away from round 1 with the top score (22). Josh’s glaze is too thick and Dena strays too far from the original after adding flavors like Grand Marnier and cinnamon. Both earn 17 out of 30 points.

On to round 2! With only 15 minutes of air-time for cooking, commercials, judging and crowning the winner, there’s barely any time to see the dishes being created. Josh puts together a blue cheeseburger egg roll with a cherry dipping sauce and pulls it off so well that Marc calls it “one of the best appetizers I’ve ever had in my entire life.” Josh earns a score of 28, bringing him to 45 out of 60. Dena, meanwhile, uses pie crust to bread fried chicken breasts and makes a cherry-and-wine sauce out of the filling. Her 24 out of 30 puts her behind Josh and out of the running. Jay takes an interesting approach to this final round, reinterpreting the pie as a trio of desserts including a different pie. His vegan milkshake is a big hit, but his deconstructed cherry pie spoon doesn’t go over well. With a score of 22, he loses by one point. A year’s worth of Tastykake pies goes to Josh, the victor!

Next week on Rewrapped, three new contestant will take on SpaghettiOs! What iconic foods would you like to see them recreate and innovate next? Tell me about it in the comments below.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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