2022 Taste of the NFL

Top celebrity chefs, including Andrew Zimmern and Carla Hall, joined 2,500 guests at the highly popular, purpose-driven culinary party on Saturday, February 12th to end hunger by raising funds for the nonprofit organization GENYOUth.

On Saturday, February 12th with a record-breaking heat wave of 90 degrees in Los Angeles, 2,500 hungry guests gathered at this year’s annual and highly popular Taste of the NFL event held at the famed Petersen Automotive Museum. Top celebrity chefs, including Andrew Zimmern, Carla Hall, Tim Love, Ming Tsai, Lasheeda Perry and Mark Bucher joined together to participate in a friendly, but competitive, live cook off. Separated into teams NFC (Tsai, Love and Perry) and AFC (Zimmern, Hall Bucher), the celebs whipped up an array of innovative dishes and tasty tailgate specialties that were served to guests and earned rave reviews. Some of the sweet and savory items they made were root beer glazed pop overs, worcestershire infused michelada drinks, sweet and sour meatballs and gluten-free, vegan power pocket cheese burgers. Celeb chef Marcus Samuelsson cheered from the audience and team NFC was announced as the winner of the cook off.

“The Taste of the NFL is one of the most fun events and one of the most important,” Tsai told The Knockturnal moments before the cook off. “Us chefs, above everything, we love to make people happy through food and we also want to make sure to leave our mark by giving back. So here at this event, we get to do both. We are able to make a lot of delicious food and raise a couple of millions of dollars for the GENYOUth organization. The fact that one out of four children are hungry, that’s a stat that has to be eliminated. We’re in America. We’re the smartest most powerful country in the world. So if all of us can help just a little bit, and also bring awareness, that’s a huge win, win.”

Established in 1992, Taste of the NFL has become a yearly important fixture during the Super Bowl created to raise money and awareness in the fight against hunger and food insecurity. The NFL is partnering with the nonprofit organization GENYOUth to support children in the U.S. who are food insecure. All net proceeds raised from the Taste of the NFL will benefit GENYOUth’s End Student Hunger fund.

Throughout the party, guests roamed around the numerous outdoor food stalls enjoying the free flowing cuisine, such as lobster rolls chilled with mayo from Broad Street Oyster Co., beef and cheese empanadas, Cajun crab stuffed mushroom caps, nitrogen artisanal cookies ‘n cream ice cream from Super Cool Creamy and thirst-quenching alcoholic drinks. NFL greats, including Charles Woodson, Miles Sanders and Leonard Wheeler were spotted signing autographs and posing for selfies with fans during the four-hour all access food event. Other celebs at the party included Miss America 2022 Emma Broyles and Lisa Leslie, the former WNBA star.

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The 74th Annual Tony Awards Interviews

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Eddie Jackson: From the Gridiron to the Heat of the Kitchen

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Here to talk with me about this show is a culinary master who is a former football player that played for four teams during his time in the NFL including a stint with the Washington Football Team. He got his culinary start in the TV world by first being one of the contestants on MasterChef. Later, he went on to greater fame by winning the eleventh season of Food Network Star in 2015. Since his win, he went on to host numerous shows including BBQ Blitz, Kids BBQ Championship and Christmas Cookie Challenge. He was a team captain in BBQ Brawl earlier in the year. He now serves as one of the judges in this season’s Halloween Wars. 

Let’s give a scary warm welcome to Eddie Jackson!

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Lord of the Rings Middle Earth Collection Official Announcement

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Amber Nash: 12 Years a Poovey

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While Gene has left us nearly thirty years ago, his vision still lives on! This year, Star Trek is still going strong. Don’t believe me, ask the thousands of Trekkies who descended to Vegas for the annual Creation Con this past weekend or the one who waited for the premiere of the second season of Lower Decks. No matter who you are or where you are in the world, Star Trek is alive and well. With three current series (Discovery, Picard and Lower Decks), one coming soon to Nickelodeon (Prodigy) and one new series just wrapped shooting its first season (Strange New Worlds), Roddenberry Entertainment CEO/Executive Producer and son of the legendary creator, Rod Roddenberry joins me for this exclusive interview!

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The Marvelous Maggie Q on Being The Protégé

On this edition of EMExclusives, we are gearing up for some action and adventure with the upcoming thriller, The Protégé! Rescued as a child by the legendary assassin Moody and trained in the family business, Anna is the world’s most skilled contract killer.
For the first time during the pandemic,

I got to sit down and have an in-person interview with actress/activist Maggie Q in DC!

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The CODA Interviews

On this edition of EMExclusives, we are going to dive into a new unique film coming to Apple TV+ & theatres this Friday called CODA. Seventeen-year-old Ruby is the sole hearing member of a deaf family – a CODA, child of deaf adults. Her life revolves around acting as interpreter for her parents and working on the family’s struggling fishing boat every day before school with her father and older brother. But when Ruby joins her high school’s choir club, she discovers a gift for singing and soon finds herself drawn to her duet partner Miles. Encouraged by her enthusiastic, tough-love choirmaster to apply to a prestigious music school, Ruby finds herself torn between the obligations she feels to her family and the pursuit of her own dreams.

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Let’s welcome to the INTERVUE, Ben DeHan

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