Sunday, April 18, 2021

Tournament of Champions Season 2 Winner

Tonight at 8pm ET of Food Network is the season 2 finale of Tournament of Champions which will be two hours long. There are still five chefs remaining who are competing for bragging rights, a new SUV and a special mystery prize.  Jet Tila and Antonia Lofaso have a quarterfinal rematch after tying last week and the three contestants that are already in the semifinals are: Maneet Chauhan, Brooke Williamson and Darnell Ferguson.  The semi-finals of season 1 had Antonia Lofaso, Brooke Willamson, Amanda Freitag, and Maneet Chauhan, so the results are similar to last year.


For the semi-finals tonight, the winner of Jet Tila vs. Antonia Lofaso will face Brooke Williamson and Maneet Chauhan will face Darnell Ferguson.  Then the two winners of those match-ups will face off in the finale to determine the winner of Tournament of Champions season two.

From a previous post, here are the outcomes of the match-ups throughout this season:
  • Matchup 1 - Antonia Lofaso defeated Brian Malarkey by a score of 87-85.  
  • Matchup 2 - Darnell Ferguson defeated Marc Murphy by a score of 88-82.  
  • Matchup 3 - Brooke Williamson defeated Nyesha Arrington by a score of 92-88.
  • Matchup 4 - Michael Voltaggio defeated Cat Cora by a score of 95-90.  
  • Matchup 5 - Jet Tila defeated Aaron May by a score of 90-84. 
  • Matchup 6 - Tiffani Faison defeated Amanda Freitag by a score of 90-87.
  • Matchup 7 - Christian Petroni defeated Bryan Voltaggio by a score of 83-80
  • Matchup 8 - Maneet Chauhan defeated Madison Cowan by a score of 83-76
  • Matchup 9 - Brooke Williamson defeated Michael Voltaggio by a score of 91-88.
  • Matchup 10 - Darnell Feguson defeated Tiffani Faison by a score of 85-80.  
  • Matchup 11 - Maneet Chauhan defeated Christian Petroni by a score of 83-80
  • Matchup 12 - Antonia Lofaso tied Jet Tila.

I will update this post with the winner of the final four match-ups after the episode airs and you can discuss this season in the comments.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Restaurant Impossible - Millonzi's Restaurant Update

Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Fairplay, Colorado to makeover Millonzi's Restaurant. Millonzi's is run by a husband and wife who are buried in debt and the restaurant's issues have them on the brink of divorce.  Robert Irvine needs to get Tim and Jenifer to work as a team again if they want their restaurant to survive.


As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Millonzi'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):

Sunday, April 11, 2021

The Great Food Truck Race Alaska Winner

Tonight at 10pm ET on Food Network is the season 14 finale of The Great Food Truck Race Alaska where the winning team will take home $50,000.  The two remaining teams competing for the prize are Breakfast for Dinner (Harry Poole, Kate Wurtzel and April Northdurft) and Tasty Balls (Nadia Ahmed, Misti Buard and D'Ambria Jacobs).


The final episode is in Fairbanks, Alaska and the episode description states:
"The final two teams meet up with Tyler Florence and go head-to-head in rugged Fairbanks, Alaska, where intense challenges and tough sell days test both food trucks like never before. With unparalleled grit and determination, one team will be named the champion and win the grand prize of $50,000, and one team will leave Alaska with only dashed food truck dreams."

I will update this post with The Great Food Truck Race Alaska season 14 winner after the episode airs.

Continue reading to see who won The Great Food Truck Alaska.....

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Restaurant Impossible - Cosentino's Ristorante Update

Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Geneva, New York to makeover Cosentino's Ristorante. Cosentino's Ristorante is an Italian restaurant owned by Bill and Nancy Cosentino.  The restaurant is struggling, which is causing their marriage to go downhill.  Their son Dom is serving unappetizing food in the restaurant and Robert Irvine needs to make big changes for the restaurant to succeed.



As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Cosentino's Ristorante 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, April 1, 2021

Restaurant Impossible - The Emporium

This week on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Hawk Springs, Wyoming to makeover The Emporium. The Emporium is located in a small town and the owner Dennis is having trouble attracting customers and leading his staff.  His daughter Dillon may walk away from the business if Robert cannot get Dennis to change his ways.


As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about The Emporium 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, March 25, 2021

Restaurant Impossible - Cafe No Fur Update

This week on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Las Vegas, Nevada to makeover Cafe No Fur. Cafe No Fur is a vegan restaurant owned by a model and a poker player.  The restaurant is in danger of closing after only two years and Robert needs to get them to change their stubborn ways if the restaurant is going to survive.


As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Cafe No Fur 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, March 17, 2021

Restaurant Impossible - Dunbar's Creole Cuisine Update

This week on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in New Orleans, Louisiana to makeover Dunbar's Creole Cuisine. Dunbar's Creole Cuisine is a restaurant full of history that needs a lot of help.  When Robert arrives, he finds there are no systems in place, no set roles, and the restaurant's matriarch refuses to change.  Robert will need to turn this restaurant around as the livelihood of two families depend on the restaurant's success.


As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Dunbar's Creole Cuisine 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):


Saturday, March 13, 2021

Great Food Truck Race: Alaska

The newest season of The Great Food Truck Race: Alaska airs on Food Network Sunday nights at 10pm ET/PT.  There are seven teams competing for a $50,000 prize and the season is six-episodes long.  The seven teams competing are:

  • BFD (Breakfast for Dinner) - Saint James, New York (Kate Wurtzel, Harry Poole, April Nothdurft)
  • Meatball Mamas - Danville, California (Aly Romero, Flora Londre, Jocelyn Denson)
  • Metro Chili - Staten Island, New York (Anthony Cucurullo, John Sullivan, David Consiglio)
  • Querencia Mia - Albuquerque, New Mexico (Marie Yniguez, Queneesha Meyers, Michael Neu)
  • Some Like It Tot - Tecumseh, Oklahoma (Nela Edwards, Drew Cowen, Kali Honey Cowen)
  • Tasty Balls - Houston, Texas (Misti Buard, D'Ambria Jacobs, Nadia Ahmed)
  • The Oink Mobile - Georgetown, Texas (Heather Clauser, Tyler Clauser, Emily Clauser)

The season finale will air on Sunday, April 11th and I will do another post for the finale.  Feel free to discuss this season in the comments.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Restaurant Impossible - Boutte's Bayou Restaurant Update

Restaurant: Impossible returns to Food Network this week after being exclusively on Discovery+.  This week, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Lafitte, Louisiana to makeover Boutte's Bayou Restaurant. The owner Nick is too proud to ask his staff for help and the staff is on the brink of mutiny. Robert needs to help Nick become a leader and trust his staff to help turn the restaurant around. 


As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Boutte's Bayou Restaurant 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):


Friday, March 5, 2021

Tournament of Champions - Season 2

Season 2 of Tournament of Champions hosted by Guy Fieri begins on Food Network March 7th at 9pm.  This season is a little bit different as there are 14 chefs already announced to compete, while eight different chefs will compete for the final two spots.  Therefore, the bracket will not be known until the final two chefs are revealed after the first two episodes.

The 7 chefs representing the East are: Madison Cowan, Maneet Chauhan, Darnell Ferguson, Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy, Christian Petroni, and Bryan Voltaggio.  All of these chefs also competed last year with the exception of Madison Cowen and Bryan Voltaggio.  The chefs who competed last year but not this year are Rocco DiSprito, Alex Guarnaschelli, and Elizabeth Falkner.

The 7 chefs representing the West are: Cat Cora, Antonia Lofaso, Brian Malarkey, Aaron May, Jet Tila, and Michael Voltaggio. Antonia Lofaso, Jet Tila, Michael Voltaggio, and Brooke Williamson (who won) return from last year, while the other chefs are new.  The chefs who competed last year but not this year for the West are Richard Blais, Eric Greenspan,  Beau Macmillan, and Marcel Vigneron.

Simon Majumdar and Justin Warner will once again be providing the play-by-play analysis of the competition, but this year Hunter Fieri will be following the action backstage.  The rotating panel of judges include Giada De Laurentiis, Scott Conant, Traci Des Jardins, Rocco DiSprito, Marcus Samuelsson, Nancy Silverton, Ming Tsai, and Jonathan Waxman.  The prize is once again a brand-new SUV and this year every time a chef wins around, the show will donate $10,000 in their name to their favorite local restaurant in need.


I will update this post with the bracket once it is known and update this post each week with the winners like I did last year.  The picture I have above seems to have 6 of the matchups, so it appears Brooke Williamson and Amanda Freitag will go against the wild card winners. Feel free to discuss this season in the comments.


Continue reading to see the results of each episode...