Saturday, September 25, 2021

Halloween Wars Season 11

Halloween Wars season 11 airs Sundays at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network and has eight teams competing for a prize of $25,000. The prize for Halloween Wars has been $50,000 in the past, so they reduced the prize money for this year.  Also missing this year is the pumpkin carving, which has disappointed some fans.  The new host for this season is Zak Bagans and the judges are Shinmin Li, Eddie Jackson and Aarti Sequeira.  Jonathan Bennett not being the host has also disappointed some fans.  The season is seven episodes long with the finale airing on Sunday, October 31.


Brooke from this season has been answering fan's questions on Reddit and said the pumpkin carving wasn't there due to the filming schedule being impacted by COVID and they filmed at a time where pumpkins were not in season. (Link)


I will do another post for the season finale of Halloween Wars season 11, and feel free to discuss the season in the comments of this post.


Sunday, September 12, 2021

Halloween Baking Championship Season 7

 Halloween Baking Championship season 7 airs on Monday nights at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network and this season has ten bakers competing for a $25,000 prize. This season John Henson is back hosting and the judges are Stephanie Boswell, Carla Hall and Zac Young.  This season also pays tribute to 1980's classic slasher movies. 


This season there are ten contestants competing for the prize and they are listed below:
  • Paul Allicock - Miami, FL 
  • Megan Baker - Minneapolis, MN
  • Wes Dills - Austin, TX
  • Anirudh Mamtora - Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Sherelle Morrison - Indian Land, SC
  • Nicole Proske - Miami, FL
  • Guillermo Salinas - Jackson, MS
  • Adina Schaefer - Los Angeles, CA
  • Steven Sechoka - Boston, MA
  • Ashley Wong - Fremont, CA

Season 7 is seven episodes long with the winner being revealed on the finale Monday, October 25th.  I will do another post for the finale, but you can comment on this post to discuss the season.


Sunday, September 5, 2021

Clash of the Cones Winner - What is the Flavor?

Monday night at 9pm ET on Food Network is the season finale of Ben & Jerry's: Clash of the Cones where the winner will take home $20,000 and a featured spot in a Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop or event in the winner's hometown..  The finale three competitors competing for the prize are: Ryan Kurr (New Orleans, LA), Rabia Kamara (Richmond, VA), and Jessica Oloroso (Chicago, IL) and Ben & Jerry will be on this episode.


The episode description for the season finale states, "The final three ice cream masters meet the ultimate flavor gurus when Ben and Jerry join host Molly Yeh to reveal the last challenge. The competitors must follow the Ben & Jerry's mission to be creative, have fun and make great products. The best flavor wins its maker $20,000 and a featured spot in a Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop or event in the winner's hometown."


I will update this post with the winner of Clash of the Cones and reveal the winning flavor after the episode airs.


Continue reading to see who won Ben & Jerry's: Clash of the Cones and what the winning flavor was....


Saturday, September 4, 2021

Buddy vs. Duff Winner Season 3

Sunday night at 8pm ET on Food Network is the two-hour season 3 finale of Buddy vs. Duff where a winner will be crowned. Up until this point, Buddy Valastro and Duff Goldman are "miraculously" tied.  With the current score being tied, whoever wins the final challenge will be the overall winner of season three. In the final episode, Buddy and Duff will be creating monster cakes and the episode description states:


"For the competition finale, Buddy Valastro and Duff Goldman create monster cakes. Team Buddy works on a radioactive dinosaur, and Team Duff makes a Frankenstein's monster cake of mismatched doll parts. Fifty esteemed cake artists judge their work and crown the season winner."

Duff Goldman won season 1 of Buddy vs. Duff and Buddy Valastro won season 2, so whoever wins season three will have the 2-1 advantage and bragging rights.  I will update this post with the winner of Buddy vs. Duff season 3 after the episode airs.


Continue reading to see who won season 3 of Buddy vs. Duff...


Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Fun Time Cafe - Restaurant Impossible Update

This week on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Joshua, Texas to makeover Fun Time Cafe. Fun Time Cafe is a failing Tex-Mex restaurant owned by Wayne and Carmen who are husband and wife.  They are serving sub-par food and the environment inside the restaurant is toxic.  The restaurant is also taking a toll on Carmen and Wayne's relationship.  Robert Irvine will need to clean up the restaurant and their relationship to help turn this restaurant around.




As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Fun Time 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, August 25, 2021

From Across The Pond - Restaurant Impossible Update

This week on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Colleyville, Texas to makeover From Across the Pond. From Across the Pond is a British restaurant owned by expat Lee Herdman who has put everything he has into the restaurant.  Robert finds that Lee has lost all hope and needs to help Lee realize he is capable of turning his restaurant around. 



As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about From Across the Pond 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, August 18, 2021

Gaston's Bistro - Restaurant Impossible Update

On this week's Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Orland Park, Illinois to makeover Gaston's Bistro. Gaston's Bistro is owned by brothers Yaser and Nader Elkayyal and they are blaming their competition for their failures.  Robert Irvine needs to convince the owners that they need to accept reality and transform their business so they can avoid bankruptcy. 




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



Positive Reviews:
  • "I pass by this place everyday and today I finally had lunch here. Lemme tell ya it was really good. I had the Hunter's chicken and it was phenomenal! All of the food was definitely fresh and homemade to order, I couldn't get enough of the green beans and carrots even! Definitely CHECK THIS OUT!!!!"
  • "This place is pretty good! My husband really loves the meatloaf which is pretty much the sole reason we stop in here. The rest of the menu is pretty typical stuff and the coffee is meh but they have some standout dishes that are worth stopping in for such as the meatloaf, the crab cakes and the feuillette au fromage. Outdoor patio is really nice too."
  • "Wow!!! I stopped in today to grab lunch and couldn't be happier!! They just remodeled the interior - really nice seating area- the food was phenomenal and the service was fantastic! Portions were extremely generous and tasted just like homemade - Definitely recommend."
  • "They just remodeled and it’s great! Lots of outdoor seating! The food is always good. I thought it was cute before but someone did a great job on this remodel."
  • "I've been visiting this place since it first opened in the late 90's. My favorite sandwich is the turkey with cranberry. It never disappoints and I'm glad they kept it on the menu when Gaston sold out."
  • "Fantastic service. Our server, Alyssa, and the owner were very welcoming, attentive and enthusiastic. The place looks great - newly renovated and very clean. Highly recommend the pasta!"


Negative Reviews:
  • "The only plus coming out of my experience at Gastons was the service. Waitress hustled. Unfortunately, the food was awful. Imitation butter on the toast. They advertise as a French/American cuisine but serve beef bacon, turkey sausage, turkey ham and awful potatoes. What happened to the pork in the american diet? Over priced for sure. Stay away."
  • "Bad cook. Potatoes burnt. Links under cooked. Eggs over cooked. Terrible and waste of money. Owner needs to get new line cook."
*Reviews from Yelp, Google



Other News and Links:
  • The Restaurant Impossible makeover for Gaston's Bistro happened in May 2021.
  • Here is the Gaston's Bistro website and Facebook page.
  • Gaston's Bistro offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and catering.
  • In a local article, Yaser said the Restaurant Impossible experience was memorable and he is excited to see the episode.
  • They are trying to hire at multiple positions at the restaurant according to their Facebook page.
  • Here are the reviews for Gaston's Bistro from Yelp, TripAdvisor, and Google.


Conclusion:

The reviews for Gaston's Bistro since the Restaurant Impossible visit have been mostly positive with people liking the food, service, and the new makeover. The few negative reviews were about the breakfast.  It seems like Gaston's Bistro has a lot or regulars that visited over the years and judging by the reviews, they all like the remodel.


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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Mexican Village - Restaurant Impossible Update

 Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to makeover Mexican Village. Mexican Village is a Tex-Mex restaurant that is run by owner Abel who purchased it as a gift to his mother and grandfather.  The restaurant is drowning in debt and is causing his relationship with his children to deteriorate. The restaurant is supposedly losing $15,000 a month and Robert needs to get Abel to make some tough choices to save his restaurant and his family. 


As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments, and reviews about Mexican Village 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, August 8, 2021

BBQ Brawl Winner Season 2

Monday night at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network is the season two finale of BBQ Brawl  where there will be a double episode to determine the winner.  The final four contestants competing for the win are Erica Blaire Roby with Bobby Flay; Ara Malekian and David Sandusky with Michael Symon; and Brittani Bo Baker with Eddie Jackson.

The episode description states: "Team captains Bobby Flay, Michael Symon and Eddie Jackson challenge the remaining competitors to stretch their imaginations and make the BBQ of the future. One pitmaster is sent home while the other three move on to the finale, where they face a super-sized, all-day competition filled with high stakes and surprises. Judges Carson Kressley, Rodney Scott and Brooke Williamson award the grand prize and supreme BBQ bragging rights."


I will update this post after the episode airs with the winner of BBQ Brawl season 2.  

Continue reading to see who won season 2 of BBQ Brawl.....

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

A Pizza Melody - Restaurant Impossible Update

Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Las Vegas, Nevada to makeover A Pizza Melody. Owner's George and his husband Terry have put in almost $1 million trying to make the restaurant a success, but it has descended into chaos.  George's anger issues are negatively impacting the restaurant and Robert needs to help him make big personal changes in hopes of turning things around.



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