Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Big Dawg's - Restaurant Impossible Update

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On this week's episode of Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Memphis, Tennessee to makeover Big Dawg's. Big Dawg's is a restaurant that specializes in hot dogs.  The owner Tyrone started the restaurant as a passion project and now the struggles of the restaurant are tearing his family apart.  Robert will need to teach Tyrone how to successfully run a restaurant to hopefully save his restaurant and family.



As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Big Dawg's to get an idea of how the restaurant is doing since Robert Irvine visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews are post Restaurant: Impossible):

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Boil & Roux - Restaurant Impossible Update

On this week's episode of Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to makeover Boil & Roux. Boil & Roux is owned by Maurice who claims to be proud of his restaurant, but his lack of leadership and inability to inspire his staff is causing the restaurant to fail. Robert Irvine will need to teach Maurice how to lead effectively in hopes of turning the restaurant around.



As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Boil & Roux to get an idea of how the restaurant is doing since Robert Irvine visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews are post Restaurant: Impossible):

Monday, January 23, 2023

Kids Baking Championship - Season 11

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Food Network's Kids Baking Championship season 11 airs on Monday nights at 8pm ET/PT. Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman are once again the mentors and the winning baker will receive a $25,000 prize and a feature in Food Network Magazine.  This season has twelve kid bakers, who are also entrepreneurs, competing with challenges that involve both baking and business savvy.  The ages of the competitors range from 11 to 13 this season and they are listed below:

  • Logan Brod (New York, NY; age 12)
  • Jason Chan (Boston, MA; age 12)
  • Naiel Chaudry (Los Altos, CA; age 12)
  • Toby Hyun (Dallas, TX; age 11)
  • Sohan Jhaveri (Denver, CO; age 13)
  • Genevieve Kashat (Detroit, MI; age 11)
  • Ozan Kopelman (New York, NY; age 13)
  • Nash Roe (Clive, IA; age 13)
  • Foster Smith (Norfolk, VA; age 11)
  • Alissa Telusca (Naples, FL; age 12)
  • Peyton Waldrep (Baton Rouge, LA; age 10)
  • Naho Yanagi (Morgan Hill, CA; age 13)

Season 11 of Kids Baking Championship will be ten episodes long with the winner being revealed on a double episode on Monday, February 20th.  This season is also known as Kids Baking Championship: Biz Kids. I will do another post about the show before the season finale. Feel free to discuss this season in the comments section as several people have requested somewhere to comment on this season.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Pimanyoli's Smokehouse - Restaurant Impossible Update

On this week's episode of Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to makeover Pimanyoli's Smokehouse.  Pimanyoli's is owned by Yolanda (Yoli) who is struggling to keep the restaurant going after her husband passed away.  She is supposedly over $250,000 in debt and the restaurant is falling apart.  Robert needs her to let go of the past and motivate her to help save her failing restaurant. 



As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Pimanyoli's Smokehouse to get an idea of how the restaurant is doing since Robert Irvine visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews are post Restaurant: Impossible):

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Island Kine Grinds (Aloha Island Grille) - Restaurant Impossible Update

On this week's episode of Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Nampa, Idaho to makeover Island Kine Grinds. Island Kine Grinds is a Hawaiian restaurant owned by married couple Renus and Ludi .  The restaurant has them on the brink of bankruptcy and it is also impacting Renus' health.  With Renus unable to help Ludi much around the restaurant, it has her feeling overwhelmed and unable to manage the restaurant.  Robert will need to help Renus turn things around to help his health, marriage and restaurant.



As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Island Kine Grinds to get an idea of how the restaurant is doing since Robert Irvine visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews are post Restaurant: Impossible):

Sunday, January 8, 2023

Worst Cooks in America Season 25

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Food Network's Worst Cooks in America season 25 airs on Sunday nights at 8pm ET/PT and started on  January 1st, 2023.  This season brings a new mentor competing against Anne Burrell which is Darnell Ferguson.  Darnell Ferguson has been on multiple Food Network shows but is probably most known for competing on Tournament of Champions.  This season of Worst Cooks in America has a "Viral Sensations" theme and the competitors are "social media stars."  This year, there are once again twelve  contestants competing for the $25,000 prize. The twelve contestants that will compete on the show are:


  • Comedian Rich Aronovitch
  • "QuarantTeaTime" actor Michael Judson Berry 
  • Tessica Brown, known for her Gorilla Glue hair mishap
  • Flight attendant-by-day David Chen 
  • Singing sensation Naje Elmore 
  • K-drama and K-pop enthusiast Tina Kim 
  • Puppeteer Adam Kreutinger 
  • "Top 5 Hottest" trendsetter Paris Nicholson 
  • Paleontologist TikToker Eliza Petersen 
  • "Mr. Spooky" Mitchell Ralston 
  • YouTuber Sabrina Rios 
  • Nick Trawick, known for his TikTok character "Kleptora," 


The winner of Worst Cooks in America season 25 will receive $25,000 and I will do another post about the show before the season finale. This season is 8-episodes long with the finale being on Sunday, February 5th, so it seems like there will be some back-to-back episodes as this is only six weeks of episodes. Feel free to discuss this season in the comments section as people like to discuss the season and the contestants as the show progresses. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Amigo Cafe - Restaurant Impossible Update

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On this week's episode of Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Kayenta, Arizona to makeover Amigo Cafe. Amigo Cafe is on Arizona's Navaho Reservation and the owner Julene is struggling to earn a profit.  The stress of the struggling restaurant has taken a toll on Julene's health and she wants her daughter Heather to take over.  Robert will need to get Heather the skills and confidence to take over the restaurant to make it a success.


As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Amigo Cafe to get an idea of how the restaurant is doing since Robert Irvine visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews are post Restaurant: Impossible):

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Ranch House Cafe - Restaurant Impossible Update

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New episodes of Restaurant: Impossible begin this week and in this episode, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Ash Fork, Arizona to makeover Ranch House Cafe. Ranch House Cafe is owned by Felicia Ramirez, who has been sacrificing her time with her children to try to make the restaurant work.  The business is failing and Felicia is overwhelmed by guilt due to her mounting debt.  Robert will need to help Felicia change her attitude and strategy in hopes of saving the restaurant and her family.



As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Ranch House Cafe to get an idea of how the restaurant is doing since Robert Irvine visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews are post Restaurant: Impossible):

Monday, December 19, 2022

Holiday Baking Championship Winner Season 9

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Tonight at 8pm ET on Food Network is the two-hour season nine finale of Holiday Baking Championship where the winning baker will take home $25,000.  This season there are actually five remaining contestants for the final episode.  The five remaining contestants competing for the prize are Aaron Davis (cake decorator), Bill Makin (home baker), Aishia Martinez (pastry chef), Dru Tevis (pastry chef), and Jessica Wang (pastry food stylist).  One of the contestants will be eliminated during the first hour of the episode and the final four will compete during the second hour for the $25,000 prize.


The episode description for tonight states, "Ready for a holiday getaway, host Jesse Palmer escapes the cold weather by challenging the bakers to create desert-inspired succulent tarts. The two least successful bakers ski into a cookie cake showdown that will keep one competitor on track for the final bake. In the Main Heat, the remaining bakers use cake to highlight some of the most popular holiday vacation spots before judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Carla Hall award the best cake maker with $25,000 and the championship title!"


Food Network has posted what the final cakes looks like on their Facebook page (pictured above), but we don't know which baker made each one.  I will update this post with the winner of Holiday Baking Championship season 9 after the episode airs and feel free to discuss this season in the comments.


Continue reading to see who won season 9 on Holiday Baking Championship.....

Monday, November 14, 2022

Holiday Baking Championship Season 9

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The ninth season of Holiday Baking Championship airs on Monday nights at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network.  This season is once again hosted by Jesse Palmer and the judges are Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, and Carla Hall.  This year there are twelve bakers competing for a $25,000 prize and a feature in Food Network Magazine. Season nine of Holiday Baking Championship is eight episodes long. 


The bakers competing for the $25,000 prize on season nine are:

  • Aaron Davis (cake decorator)— Surprise, AZ
  • Christine Herelle-Lewis (pastry chef) — New York, NY
  • Antoine Hopkins (pastry chef) — Philadelphia, PA
  • RaChelle Hubsmith (home baker — Salt Lake City, UT
  • Bill Makin (home baker) — Brooklyn, NY
  • Aishia Martinez (pastry chef)— Union City, NJ
  • Harshal Naik (pastry chef) — Bedford, PA
  • Zakiya Newton (pastry chef) — Gotha, FL
  • Sumera Syed (home baker) — Dallas, TX
  • Dru Tevis (pastry chef) — Rehoboth Beach, DE
  • Jessica Wang (pastry food stylist) — Los Angeles, CA
  • Kristen Weidlein (pastry chef) — Staten Island

The Holiday Baking Championship season finale will air on Monday, December 19th and I will do another post about that episode before it airs.  Feel free to discuss season 9 of Holiday Baking Championship in the comments of this post. 

UPDATE - Here is the post for the finale.