Friday, February 7, 2014

Save My Bakery - New Food Network Series

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There will be a new show on the Food Network premiering March 19th at 8pm ET/PT called Save My Bakery.  The premise of the show is Kerry Vincent goes to struggling bakeries and tries to help them turn their business around.  She does this with new recipes, updating interiors, and by mending strained relationships.

This pretty much sounds like Restaurant Impossible, but with bakeries instead of restaurants.  You may remember Kerry Vincent from Food Network Challenge as a judge on the show.  Also, Save My Bakery actually premiered on the Cooking Channel in July of 2013 and was also shown on the Food Network in September of 2013, so you may have seen this show before.  When it aired last year, it was just one episode, but this time around it is a series with multiple episodes.

The Press Release for the show is below with the usual Bob Tuschman quote:

NEW YORK -- February 6, 2014 -- Stale bakeries turn to expert Kerry Vincent to revive their sweets and their sales in new series Save My Bakery premiering Wednesday, March 19th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network. Armed with years of baking experience and a no nonsense approach, Kerry is on a mission to reinvigorate local bakeries, putting them back on their neighborhood radar. In hopes of also mending the strained relationships behind the struggling establishments, Kerry helps families heal and put the pieces of their failing business back together. From bolstering old doughnut recipes to improving employee morale, Kerry turns poor pastries into delectable desserts and outdated spaces into truly sweet spots.

"For generations bakeries were the backbone of communities across America. Save My Bakery takes on the challenge of rescuing these businesses and the families behind them," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network.  "Kerry Vincent's deep expertise combined with her take charge manner is just what these families need to get back on their feet."

In one episode, Viking Pastries, in Ardmore, Penn. is in need of Kerry's help. Once a thriving neighborhood hot spot, this bakery is now on the verge of closing its doors. The shop has grown as stale as their old recipes, and they are in need of a younger clientele to sustain their business. Kerry brings in a licensed contractor and guides the owners through a complete remodel of the storefront. She also gives their baked goods a facelift in hopes of bringing the bakery back to life. In another episode, the owner of Schubert's Bakery in Nazareth, Penn., is working long hours with limited results, and it has taken a toll on his business and his passion for baking. Kerry puts a new spin on their classic Moravian Sugar Cake and keeps the peace among the staff as she teaches them how to properly operate the bakery.

Master sugar artist Kerry Vincent was inducted into the International Cake Exploration Societé Hall of Fame in 2004, and then the Dessert Professional Hall of Fame in 2010. Vincent is the cofounder of the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show and founder of the Grand National Wedding Cake Competition. A skilled designer, Vincent has invented unique techniques in sugar-craft, which include the Vincent Marquetry, and movement in stenciled or painted sugar flounces and skirting. Her signature cake recipes have been chosen as exceptional by Brides magazine in the first instance of the Top 50, and the Top 20 most beautiful cakes in America. Her cake design was also included in Brides invitational lineup for Cakewalk at Grand Central Station in New York. Vincent made her debut on Food Network as a judge on Food Network Challenge. She is also a successful author, freelance writer, international presenter and wedding-cake-style advisor and designer.

Save My Bakery is produced by Nancy Glass Productions.
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  1. Seriously. How many more shows like this are they going to do? Why not highlight successful places with creative food ideas like they used to do with RR's "$40 a Day" years ago or something of more substance. None of these places make it because FN sweeping in for a week isn't enough to change the whole freaking organization. But with that said, I'll probably watch once or twice. Sigh...

  2. Buddy Valastro, the Cake Boss on TLC, is already doing a show exactly like this called Bakery Boss. I imagine the idea came from Restaurant Impossible on FN so maybe the concept has come full circle. In any event, I can't think why Kerry Vincent who is practically a national treasure is wasting her time and talent doing this even though she does have the strength of personality to deal with bakery owners. I'd much prefer that FN bring back Challenge with Kerry and Keegan Gerhard and Claire Robinson. That's still one of my favorite shows.

  3. I'm not a Nielsen household, but I'm starting to wonder if my enthusiasm for RI is part of the problem? I like that show and could follow one other half hour show, say Restaruant Takeover or Restaurant Redemption on Cooking Channel. More than that and I'm dropping off.

    I'm shocked as many of RI places are still open.

  4. Between this show, and the same one Buddy Valastro is doing (I imagine Duff Goldman will be next if this iteration is even moderately successful), "Restaurant Impossible," "Bar Rescue," "Tabatha Takes Over," "Kitchen Nightmares" and "Hotel Hell" with Gordon Ramsay, I would not blame anyone if they felt there were ANY successful small businesses left in America.

    I like Kerry Vincent a lot; she was the best thing about Food Network Challenge. But enough already...

  5. I've watched Bakery Boss a couple times now. I like Buddy and Cake Boss too, so I really wanted to give this a chance, but I'm not feeling it either.

  6. Save My Bakery actually predates Bakery Boss; it just didn't get a proper airing when it was originally produced.

    But I must agree: I miss Challenge and Kerry's no-nonsense judging.

  7. Wow, I did not know that. Why did it take them so long to get it on TV?

    I miss Challenge too.