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By Nate Millado

Whenever self-taught street food chef Matt Basile ("Fidel Gastros") is home, he loves to flip open his fridge and see what he can whip up—which makes him the perfect competitor on The CW's new cooking competition show, Fridge Wars (premiering Sunday, Aug. 2). "I love to make fun food with ingredients that shouldn't go together but somehow miraculously do," he says.

Chef Matt Basile at the stove cooking steak and citrus, on Fridge Wars

Matt Basile competes on The CW's new cooking competition series Fridge Wars.

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Host Emma Hunter raids real families' fridges, and two pro chefs must concoct a winning meal from those leftovers. The families rate what they ate based on look, taste, and originality. "It's very relatable," says Basile, "especially given the current situation in the world, where it's like people are stuck at home cooking for their entire family on repeat."

To see whether he's got the chops to win Fridge Wars, we threw 11 kitchen staples at Basile and asked how he'd reinvent them.

Fridge Wars premieres Sunday, Aug. 2, at 8/7c on The CW and streams free the next day.

Chef Matt Basile stirs a bowl of ingredients

Matt Basile on Fridge Wars.

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Maple Syrup

"I like to use real maple syrup—not the fake stuff—in BBQ sauce. It gives the sauce a natural sweetness and makes for great caramelization on ribs, chicken, chicken wings—whatever it is!"

Hot Dogs

"Who doesn't love a corn dog? I love to flavor the batter with ginger powder, garam masala, a little bit of cumin. Then dip the corn dog into some peach chutney."

Canned Tuna

"Not my favorite ingredient, to be honest. But you could make a brunch frittata! Go with tuna packed in oil for added flavor, and incorporate into a frittata with asparagus and decadent cheese."

Leftover Wine

"I would drink it. [Laughs.] Or you could do a nice braise with it, whether it's beef or lamb shanks."

Canned Tomatoes

"Do not disregard the power of a great, simple tomato sauce. But take your time to build flavors. Sauté finely chopped garlic and yellow onion in olive oil, add the liquid from a can of San Marzano tomatoes first, then the tomatoes, simmer low and slow, add a knob of butter at the halfway mark. I love to add a can of cannellini beans at the end to soak up all the flavor and serve with pasta."

Ramen

"Blanch the noodles, let cool, mix with eggs, then fry them. It's like this beautiful crispy noodle held together by a scrambled egg! I would place another egg on top, with some hot sauce."

Jarred Salsa

"Blend it with some ground beef or ground pork, or a combination of the two, and form them into some Mexican-inspired meatballs."

Flatbread/Naan

"No dough? No problem! Naan is a perfect substitute for personal pizzas. Add jarred artichokes, jarred peppers, a nice fatty mozzarella. Pepperoni and green olives are my go-to."

Frozen Meat

"Check your freezer; see what proteins you have in there. Let's say you have a flank steak that might not be enough to feed the whole family. But you can bulk it up with other ingredients to make a meal—so throw a fun taco party! Lay out different sauces, sour cream, and other toppings and let everyone assemble their own."

Bread

"Two words: grilled cheese! Sourdough bread makes a phenomenal vehicle. I like using cheese on the creamier side, like brie or havarti, but straight-up processed cheese is classic! I love using a canola-based mayo instead of butter, which burns quicker, to toast up the bread. Use a good cast-iron or quality nonstick [pan]."

Pancake Mix

"Literally the child in me thought, 'What do I want today? I want pancakes and s'mores.' So I came up with S'mores Pancakes! Take chocolate chip pancakes, add a layer of Nutella, marshmallow fluff, tiny marshmallows, and crumbled graham crackers on top. Use a blow torch to caramelize or throw under the broiler—but keep the oven door open and don't take your eyes off it!"

Fridge Wars premieres Sunday, Aug. 2, at 8/7c on The CW and streams free the next day.

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Tough As Nails airs Wednesdays 8/7c on CBS and streams on CBS All Access.

\u200bHost Phil Keoghan and a reality show contestant at tryouts for Tough As Nails.

Host Phil Keoghan and hopeful competitor Luis Yuli at tryouts for Tough As Nails.

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Last November, a casting call for Tough As Nails went out to Americans across the country, looking for people who "keep the country running and define what it means to be tough." Applicants were then asked to perform eight minutes of burpee pushups.

"It wasn't just about the number they did, but what they could take mentally," says Emmy-winning producer and host Phil Keoghan (The Amazing Race), who was inspired by his working class family to create the reality competition show. "Who went to a place where they could shut out the pain and continue?"

Hardworking Americans test their brick-laying skills on reality series Tough As Nails.\u200b

These hardworking Americans test their brick-laying skills on the series premiere of Tough As Nails.

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The twelve skilled workers who proved adept at both are the worthy competitors who attempt to complete exhausting tasks in places including an oil field, a construction site, and a fire academy—with one person emerging the victor at the end of the tenth episode.

Regardless of the man or woman who is left standing, Keoghan hopes audiences will come away with a renewed appreciation of those who make our everyday lives possible. "I would like us never to take for granted the people who make this country work," he says. "Whether they are rod busters, welders, or carpenters, they are valued members of society. These are people whose prized tools are their hands, and they're not looking to get a manicure."

THE TOUGH AS NAILS CONTESTANTS

Contestants pushing wheel barrows in mud on a reality competition show

Pictured (L-R): Melissa Burns, Tara Davis, and Linda Goodridge of reality competition series Tough As Nails.

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The Sturdy Dozen

Pure strength and endurance aren't enough to make you Tough As Nails. Here's a heads up on each competitor's special strength.

Linnett Key

Contestant Linnett Key of reality competition series Tough As Nails

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AGE: 34

PROFESSION: Welder/Fabricator

SECRET WEAPON: Resilience. This single mom works 16-hour days before coming home to her four kids.

Young An

Contestant Young An of reality competition series Tough As Nails

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AGE: 36

PROFESSION: Firefighter

SECRET WEAPON: Family values. An supports his parents, Korean immigrants who worked for a better life.

Melissa Burns

Contestant Melissa Burns of reality competition series Tough As Nails

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AGE: 28

PROFESSION: Farmer

SECRET WEAPON: Business sense. Running a farm requires hard work, innovation, and risk-taking.

Kelly "Murph" Murphy

Contestant Kelly "Murph" Murphy of reality competition series Tough As Nails

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AGE: 48

PROFESSION: Marine Corps Veteran

SECRET WEAPON: Leadership. Murphy supervised 210 Marines his last deployment and brought every one home.

Michelle S. Kiddy

Contestant Michelle S. Kiddy of reality competition series Tough As Nails

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AGE: 62

PROFESSION: Former Teacher/Airport Gate Agent

SECRET WEAPON: Patience. From screaming students to entitled travelers, Kiddy stares down pressure every day.

Lee Marshall

Contestant Lee Marshall of reality competition series Tough As Nails

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AGE: 62

PROFESSION: Roofer

SECRET WEAPON: Follow-through. After two years' work, Marshall recently finished roofing a $70 million senior community.

Linda Goodridge

Contestant Linda Goodridge of reality competition series Tough As Nails

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AGE: 30

PROFESSION: Deputy Sheriff

SECRET WEAPON: Integrity. Goodridge helped build a program helping inmates find jobs—and hope—outside prison.

Danny Moody

Contestant Danny Moody of reality competition series Tough As Nails

Photo Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS.

AGE: 33

PROFESSION: Drywaller

SECRET WEAPON: Strength. Drywall sheets are big, heavy, and fragile–and Moody hangs sixty every day!

Callie Cattell

Contestant Callie Cattell of reality competition series Tough As Nails

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AGE: 28

PROFESSION: Fisherman/Diver

SECRET WEAPON: Endurance. Cattell often works 24-hour days for ten weeks at a time with little sleep, no toilet, and no shower.

Myles V. Polk

Contestant Myles V. Polk of reality competition series Tough As Nails

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AGE: 28

PROFESSION: Forestry Tech

SECRET WEAPON: Versatility. Polk does everything from wildfire control to scientific surveys and trail maintenance.

Tara Davis

Contestant Tara Davis of reality competition series Tough As Nails

Photo Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS.

AGE: 31

PROFESSION: Ironworker

SECRET WEAPON: Community. Davis' union supports her and her family, and she's proud to represent them.

Luis Yuli

Contestant Luis Yuli of reality competition series Tough As Nails

Photo Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS.

AGE: 36

PROFESSION: Scaffold Foreman

SECRET WEAPON: Pride. Yuli grew up poor, and hopes to show his kids and neighborhood that anything is possible.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-August 2020.

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Tough As Nails airs Wednesdays 8/7c on CBS and streams on CBS All Access. Please note new Wednesday night air time of 9/8c starting August 12.

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The ladies—and let's not forget the men!—of The CW's music-infused dramedy Katy Keene have served up some envy-inspiring ensembles. These New York legends-to-be aren't afraid to express themselves through fashion, giving us all the looks we can't wait to try out.

Stream the entire first season of Katy Keene free only on The CW.

Time To Shine

Ashleigh Murray in The CW show Katy Keene

Josie in Katy Keene.

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Riverdale's favorite former Pussycat doesn't shy away from the spotlight, and neither do her outfits. Josie McCoy's (Ashleigh Murray) glistening gold romper is the perfect choice for a singer who wants to stand out.

Flirty And Fun

Lucy Hale in The CW show Katy Keene

Katy in Katy Keene.

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As an aspiring fashion designer, Katy Keene (Lucy Hale) knows a thing or two about mixing patterns—and we admire her ability to do it without hesitation. Plus, that heart-patterned jacket—hearts are one of Katy's signature sartorial motifs—is to die for.

Keep It Casual

Lucy Hale in The CW show Katy Keene

Katy in Katy Keene.

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Even when Katy dresses down in a simple tee and jeans, she makes a statement. (Clearly she got the memo on initials and monograms trending everywhere from clothing to jewelry.) We're taking notes on how to keep this casual style fresh!

Pull Out The Turtlenecks

Luke Cook in The CW show Katy Keene

Guy in Katy Keene.

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A houndstooth blazer and basic black turtleneck—the sleekest look by far: When you're a famous fashion designer like Guy LaMontagne (Luke Cook), you stick to the classics.

The Eccentric

Julia Chan in The CW show Katy Keene

Pepper in Katy Keene.

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Socialite Pepper Smith (Julia Chan) constantly takes her style to the next level in fun—and totally out there!—looks. This It girl is going to set the fashion world on fire.

Sparkle Plenty

Julia Chan Lucy Hale and Ashleigh Murray in The CW show Katy Keene

Pepper, Katy, and Josie in Katy Keene.

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When these three get together, only amazing—and super-sparkly—things happen. A night out isn't complete without a heavy dose of shimmer and sequins, whether it's Josie's glittery grass skirt–style peplum top or Pepper's striped sequined shirt (paired with, of course, army-green overalls).

A Fashion Icon

Jonny Beauchamp in The CW show Katy Keene

Jorge in Katy Keene.

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Speaking of sparkle… who says glitter is just for the ladies? Jorge Lopez (Jonny Beauchamp) has a knack for catching your attention, and it shows. We're not mad that he can rock a sequined bomber jacket better than we can!

Josie And This Combo

Ashleigh Murray in The CW show Katy Keene

Josie McCoy in Katy Keene.

Photo Credit: Eric Liebowitz/The CW.

Josie doesn't fail to bring her animal (fashion) instincts to New York with her. Now an up-and-coming solo artist, Josie loves to add a pop of something bold—like a leopard print—to her outfits to give her that extra oomph in the recording studio.

Stage Presence

Jonny Beauchamp in The CW show Katy Keene

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Jorge's alter-ego Ginger knows how to captivate an audience. From slinky bodysuits to vibrant frocks—like this flirty NYC taxi-inspired number—the talented drag queen oozes star quality and style.

All Pink Everything

Lucy Hale, Jonny Beauchamp, and Nathan Lee Graham in The CW show Katy Keene

Katy, Jorge, and Francois in Katy Keene.

Photo Credit: David Giesbrecht/The CW.

Katy's monochrome look—in one of her go-to hues, pink—is everything we need right now. It's clean, cheery, and the perfect pick-me-up.

Stream the entire first season of Katy Keene free only on The CW.

Photo Credit: Michele Crowe/CBS.

As told to David Hochman

Editor's Note: This interview took place in January, before COVID-19 took hold in the United States.

60 Minutes airs Sundays at 7/6c on CBS. Stream full episodes on CBS All Access and cbsnews.com.

6:00 a.m.

On days I'm not traveling for work—which isn't often—the dreaded alarm goes off and I drag myself into the bathroom to dress with the news on our little TV. After I feed our dog, Parker, I try to get through the papers—yes, real paper!—with multiple cups of coffee.

8:00 a.m.

I go to a slow-weightlifting gym two mornings a week. It's what it sounds like: You push or pull heavy weights slowly till you cry! I do not love it.

\u200bLesley Stahl in the 60 Minutes studio taping a segment.

Lesley Stahl in the 60 Minutes studio taping a segment.

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9:00 a.m.

I live 20 New York City blocks from the 60 Minutes office on West 57th Street. If the weather's good, I'll walk. I'm determined to lead a normal life. I love being out on the streets: I get a lot of "Hi! We love 60 Minutes!"

Lesley Stahl interviews Tom Cruise for a segment.

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10:00 a.m.

One of the best parts of the job is that no two days are the same. My schedule depends on where I am in the cycle. After traveling to do an interview, I might be at my desk reading research, or working with a producer on a script or questions, or having our boss look at our finished stories and call for changes—often many.

I've worked on stories that take a year (like the one on a choir of teenage gospel singers) or a single day. I once did a live interview. This is rare: Virtually all our interviews are on videotape. It was with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld the day Saddam Hussein was captured.

Lesley Stahl in a boat with a commerical fisherman

Lesley Stahl reporting on commercial seaweed farming off the coast of Connecticut.

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Noon

I go out to lunch with my girlfriends whenever possible. When I started out in the early 1970s, there were hardly any other women in TV news. A small group of us—this was in Washington—had lunch once a week. The group included Cokie Roberts, Linda Wertheimer, and Nina Totenberg, all of NPR. I'm in another lunch group in New York. The same women for 30 years.

4:30 p.m.

I'm thrown off when I'm asked about my hobbies. I don't have any. Lately, though, I've been FaceTiming with my granddaughters. Does that count? I like to play the piano (though I'm not very good at it), and I did find time to write two books. Working mothers become adept at managing their time.

7:30 p.m.

I don't cook. So my husband and I eat out a lot, or order in. After the 6:30 news (we're creatures of habit) on CBS, we either read in bed or watch TV. We like crime dramas, the History channel, and now a show called Servant on Apple TV. Our daughter is the producer.

The aurora borealis

The aurora borealis.

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9:00 p.m.

Because we at 60 Minutes travel so much, I often wake up in New York but go to sleep in some far off place. Once it was near the North Pole. I woke up in the middle of the night in a toasty warm tent. To go to the john, I had to get fully dressed in multiple layers and heavy boots, step out gingerly onto the ice, and find the outhouse (with the wooden toilet seat).

There was a really good part: The sky was bright emerald green. The most beautiful sight, at the top of the world. More important than the places are the extraordinary people I've met and interviewed, from heads of state to school teachers.

\u200bLesley Stahl walking on the beach with Steve Kroft.

Lesley Stahl interviewing Steve Kroft for a segment marking his retirement from 60 Minutes.

Photo Credit: 60 Minutes.

11:00 P.M.

I do think about retirement, just not mine! The job is my hobby. I still love to travel. I get to work with an A+ team of brilliant journalists who are also decent and honorable. So I plan to stick around—as long as they'll have me.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, May-June 2020.

60 Minutes airs Sundays at 7/6c on CBS. Stream full episodes on CBS All Access and cbsnews.com.

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