Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Tournament of Champions Season 5 Bracket and Winners

Tournament of Champions season 5 starts on Sunday, February 18th at 8pm on Food Network and 32* chefs are competing for the biggest prize yet of $150,000.  While the main tournament doesn't start until February 18th, there are qualifiers that will air on Wednesday, February 7th and 14th where 16 chefs are competing for the four 8th seeds of the main tournament.  

The chefs competing in the qualifiers for the 8th seeds are:  Aaron May, Adriana Urbina, Bruce Kalman, Claudia Sandoval, Chris Scott, Demetrio Zavala, Kevin Lee, Gerald Sombright, Ilan Hall, Justin Sutherland, Leah Cohen, Maria Mazon, Michael Reed, Nini Nguyen, Pyet Despain, and Ray Garcia.  There are eight chefs from the East and eight chefs from the West and there will be four winners of 8th seeds to join the actual tournament (2 for East and 2 for West).


The chefs competing in the main tournament East bracket include: Eric Adjepong, Karen Akunowicz, Kelsey Barnard Clark, Maneet Chauhan (season 2 winner), Tobias Dorzon, Tiffani Faison (season 3 winner), Amanda Freitag, Jose Garces, Stephanie Izard, Marc Murphy, Britt Rescigno, Jonathon Sawyer, and Dale Talde (plus the 2 qualifier winners).


It is important to note that there are only 13 chefs named for the East bracket and when you add the 2 qualifiers, you only get 15 instead of 16.  The obvious speculation is that Darnell Ferguson was involved in Tournament of Champions which was taped before his arrest.  He has been involved in every season to date, so there is no reason to believe he was not involved in this season.  It will be interesting to see how they edit the show if that is the case, but I would expect he didn't make it far if they didn't do any re-filming.


The 16 chefs competing in the West bracket include: Carlos Anthony, Shirley Chung, Mei Lin (season 4 winner), Antonia Lofaso, Crista Luedtke, Brian Malarkey, Shota Nakajima, Joe Sasto, Adam Sobel, Casey Thompson, Jet Tila, Michael Voltaggio, season 1 champion Brooke Williamson (season 1 winner), and Lee Anne Wong (plus the 2 qualifier winners).


Simon Majumdar and Justin Warner will once again be providing the play-by-play analysis of the competition, and Hunter Fieri will again be following the action backstage with interviews.  The judges this year include Donatella Arpaia, Scott Conant, Cat Cora, Rocco DiSpirito, Susan Feniger, Lorena Garcia, Carla Hall, Michael Mina, Eric Ripert, Marcus Samuelsson, Nancy Silverton, Ming Tsai, Michael White, Jonathan Waxman, Geoffrey Zakarian and Andrew Zimmern.


This post will be used to track the winners for each episode, so come back after each episode to see who won the matchups on Tournament of Champions and to discuss the episodes.  Also, the Tournament of Champions season 5 bracket will be added here once it is revealed. The finale will air on Sunday, April 7th where the winner will be crowned and awarded $150,000.

UPDATE - The Tournament of Champions season 5 bracket has been revealed and it is below:
Tournament of Champions Bracket Season 5
Photo - Food Network



Continue reading to see who won the matchups in each episode......

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Food Network's Darnell Ferguson Arrested for Assault, Strangulation

Photo - Louisville Metropolitan Department of Corrections

Food Network's Darnell Ferguson was involved in a January 2nd incident that involved his estranged wife.  She told police that Ferguson forced his way into her house, threatened to kill her and choked her until she passed out.  TMZ also reports that she told police she eventually lost consciousness, and when she regained consciousness, she claims that Ferguson ripped off her shorts and demanded to see her privates.  He allegedly took her IDs an credit cards and left.

The charges Darnell Ferguson faces include burglary, strangulation, assault, terroristic threatening, menacing, criminal mischief, and theft of a stolen debit or credit card.

On January 19th, his lawyer gave a statement to People saying, "Mr. Ferguson continues to maintain his complete innocence and is confident that when all the facts are made public, he will be exonerated. While (Thursday’s) hearing was preliminary, a number of new details were introduced by the Louisville police that begin to paint a clear picture of the events of January 2, 2024."

The grand jury hearing is scheduled for the week of February 19th, so there will be more updates after that.

After news of the arrest, Food Network pulled all episodes of Superchef Grudge Match from airing on the network and removed it from all online and on-demand platforms. The newest season of Superchef Grudge Match had just started, so chefs that competed on that show may never get to see their episode air.  It should also be interesting to see how Tournament of Champions is edited as Darnell always competes in that and the new season is starting soon.  


I will try to update this post after the grand jury hearing in the middle of February with any new developments.

Sunday, December 17, 2023

Holiday Baking Championship Winner Season 10

Monday night at 8pm ET on Food Network is the two-hour season ten finale of Holiday Baking Championship where the winning baker will take home $25,000.  This season there are five remaining contestants in the final episode.  The five remaining contestants competing for the prize are: Ashley Landerman (bakery owner), Kevin Conniff (pastry chef instructor), Justine Rota (bakery owner), Sharrod Mangum (pastry chef), and Thoa Nguyen (bakery owner).  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 the final episode states, "It's the season finale, and the last five bakers face three challenges. Christmas Eve is filled with so much excitement and so many gifts, and the sweetest gift of all is a plate of cookies for Santa. For the final preheat, host Jesse Palmer wants the bakers to upgrade those cookies by making macaron wreaths for judges Carla Hall, Duff Goldman and Nancy Fuller! The bottom two bakers battle it out to see who makes it to the final main heat by taking on a stocking-stuffed eclairs challenge. Then, its “All aboard!” as the remaining four bakers make showstopping, championship-worthy holiday train cakes with actual trains running through them! In the end, a Holiday Baking Champion is crowned and takes home $25,000!"


Pictures of the final cakes have been posted on the Food Network Facebook page, but we do not know who made which cake and which one was the winning cake. I will update this post with the winner of Holiday Baking Championship season 10 after the episode airs and feel free to discuss this season in the comments.


Continue reading to see who won season 10 of Holiday Baking Championship.......

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Halloween Baking Championship Winner Season 9

Monday night at 9pm ET on Food Network is the season nine finale of Halloween Baking Championship where the winning baker will take home $25,000.  The three remaining contestants competing for the prize are Hollie Fraser, Ryan McCord and James Cox.  All three of the remaining contestants are pastry chefs and their experience has helped them make it to the finale.


The episode description for the final episode of the season states, "As John Henson lays a dead flower to commemorate the lost souls at Henson & Sons Carnival, he asks the finalists to make flourless desserts. Then, the bakers create cakescapes depicting new carnival attractions for the grand re-opening, where judges Carla Hall, Stephanie Boswell and Zac Young will name the Halloween Baking Champion!"


I will update this post with the winner after the episode airs and feel free to discuss this season in the comments.


Continue reading to see who won Halloween Baking Championship season 9......

Monday, September 4, 2023

BBQ Brawl Season 4 Winner

Monday night at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network is the season four finale of BBQ Brawl where there will be a double episode to determine the winner.  Each episode will have a double elimination as there are still five contestants left.  The final contestants competing for the win are Dominique Leach with Bobby Flay; Harold Villarosa and Ippy Aiona with Anne Burrell; and Chris Binotto and Chuck Matto with Sunny Anderson.


The first episode description states: "The contenders get some unexpected love from their friends and family back home, and they pour their hearts into some seriously nostalgic 'cue in an attempt to make it to the finale. Little do they know that Bobby Flay, Anne Burrell and Sunny Anderson have a big surprise waiting for them at the end of the day!"

The second episode description states: "The final contenders battle it out in a quest to take home the Master of 'Cue title. Captains Bobby Flay, Anne Burrell and Sunny Anderson take the guardrails off as the pitmasters cook up their ultimate BBQ feasts in a last-ditch effort to impress the judges."


I will update this post after the episode airs with the winner of BBQ Brawl season 4.


Continue reading to see who won season 4 of BBQ Brawl......

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Great Food Truck Race Winner - David vs. Goliath Season 16

Sunday Night at at 8pm ET on Food Network is the season finale of The Great Food Truck Race where the winning team will take home $50,000.  The two remaining teams competing for the prize are Khana (Maryam Khan, Al Jane, Jake Nielsen) and The Easy Vegan (Alexi Mandolini and Taylor Herbert, Matt Heikkila)


The final episode is in Los Angeles and the description states:
"With two trucks left to fight in the finale, each team steals one dish from the other's menu and crafts their own versions to sell at the Regarding Her Food Festival. Tyler Florence surprises them with a high-stakes rapid fire challenge judged by three renowned Los Angeles chefs, and he allows them to only sell one all-in entrée all day. Both teams scrap for their last sales, hoping to claim the grand prize of $50,000!"


I will update this post with The Great Food Truck Race season 16 winner after the episode airs.  Feel free to discuss this season and the finale in the comments.  Both teams remaining are first timers in the David vs. Goliath theme of the season, so the winner will be someone who doesn't currently run a food truck.

Continue reading to see who won season 16 of The Great Food Truck Race.....

Sunday, July 9, 2023

BBQ Brawl Season 4

Photo - Food Network

BBQ Brawl is returning for a fourth season on Food Network and airs Monday nights at 9pm ET/PT.  This season features Bobby Flay, Anne Burrell, and Sunny Anderson each mentoring/coaching a team of four pitmasters.  The twelve pitmasters competing on the show are:

  • Ami Cisneros
  • Brian Duffy
  • Chris Binotto
  • Chris Williams
  • Christie Vanover
  • Chuck Matto
  • Dominique Leach
  • Harold Villarosa
  • Ippy Aiona
  • Kate Neville
  • Larissa Da Costa
  • Robert Smith

The judges on this season are once again Rodney Scott, Brooke Williamson, and Carson Kressley.  BBQ Brawl season four will be 10 episodes long with the season finale being on Monday, September 4th.  You may recognize some of the competitors from other show, such as Brian Duffy (Bar Rescue), Ippy Aiona (Food Network Star).


So far the mentors for each season have been: Season 1 -  Bobby Flay vs. Michael Symon; Season 2 - Bobby Flay, Michael Symon, Eddie Jackson; Season 3 - Bobby Flay, Anne Burrell, Jet Tila. This season enters Sunny Anderson who will be appearing on the show for the first time.  


I will do another post for the finale and you can discuss this season in the comments.

Sunday, June 25, 2023

Summer Baking Championship Winner - Season 1

Summer Baking Championship Winner Season 1

Monday night at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network is the season 1 finale of Summer Baking Championship where the winner will take home a $25,000 prize.  The three remaining bakers competing for the prize are Alyssa Alcantara, Zoe Peckich, and Yohann Le Bescond. The final episode will be one hour long and will have a 4th of July theme.


The final episode description states:
"The competition has been hot all summer long, but the finale is SIZZLING! Jesse Palmer takes the final three bakers on a wild roller coaster ride as he challenges them to make three different amusement park treats! Then, fireworks explode as the remaining competitors roll out sparkler-studded 4th of July parade float cakes! The baker who leaves judges Carla Hall, Duff Goldman and Damaris Phillip oohing and aahing walks away with the Summer Baking Championship title and $25,000!"


I will update this post with the season 1 winner of Summer Baking Championship after the episode airs.


Continue reading to see who won Summer Baking Championship season 1.......

Saturday, June 17, 2023

The Great Food Truck Race: David vs. Goliath - Season 16

The Great Food Truck Race season 16 airs Sunday nights at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network starting June 18, 2023.  This season of The Great Food Truck Race has a David vs. Goliath theme where food truck pros will be competing alongside of rookie teams who have never operated a food truck.  There will be nine teams competing for a $50,000 prize and the season will be eight episodes long. 


The pro teams competing on season 16 are: 

  • Da Bald Guy – Honolulu, Hawaii (James Martin, Missy Rabaino, Ali’i Pukahi)
  • Lisa’s Creperie – Atlanta, Georgia (Lisa Thiffault, Ally Marlow, Miranda Moore)
  • D’Pura Cepa – Miami, Florida (Jose Carnot, Janshanic Santos, Louis Del Rio Rubio)
  • Paisani – Boston, Massachusetts (Ryan Palmer, Matthew Minichiello, Tommy Southwick)

The food truck first-timers competing on season 16 are:

  • 2 Girls Jamaican Tacos – Brooklyn, New York (Shelly Flash, Bri Labossiere, Elijah McPhie)
  • 4 Hens Creole Kitchen – St. Louis, Missouri (Brandi Artis, Brittany Artis, Zendrix Berndt-White)
  • Khana – Detroit, Michigan (Maryam Khan, Al Jane, Jake Nielsen)
  • The Block – Indianapolis, Indiana (Terry Anthony, Carl Harris, Crystal Kilgore)
  • The Easy Vegan – Denver, Colorado (Taylor Herbert, Alexi Mandolini, Matt Heikkila)

The whole season will be in Los Angeles, California with the finale airing on Sunday, July 30th.  I will do another post for the finale and feel free to discuss this season in the comments.


UPDATE - To see who won season 16 of The Great Food Truck Race, visit this post.

Saturday, June 3, 2023

Ciao House Winner - Season 1

Sunday night at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network is the season 1 finale of Ciao House where the winning chef will win a chance to train with master chefs across Italy. The remaining chefs competing are: Saba Duffy, Natalia Rosario, Corey Becker, and Preston Paine.  Saba and Natalia were the final two chefs until the show decided to allow everybody to compete to get back into the show. Corey and Preston are the contestants still alive to rejoin the show for the finale.


The episode description for the finale states:

"Judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Gabe Bertaccini preside over a cooking duel to see which previously eliminated chef will earn a spot in the finale. The winner will join the other two finalists to cook one last meal, knowing a life-changing prize is within their reach -- an immersive culinary education across Italy to train with renowned master chefs."


I will update this post with the winner of Ciao House Season 1 after the episode airs.  It seems like not a lot of people are crazy about the show, so we will see if it returns for another season.


Continue reading to see who won Ciao House season 1.....