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. 

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Halloween Baking Championship Winner Season 8

Monday night at 9pm ET on Food Network is the season eight finale of Halloween Baking Championship where the winning baker will take home $25,000.  The four remaining contestants competing for the prize are Lauren Rogers, Zac Mercer, Jill Davis and Blayre Wright.  The final episode is just one hour long this year despite being a two-hour episode in the past.


The episode description for the final episode of the season states, "For their final night at the hotel, John Henson asks the bakers to celebrate by creating sweet and savory grazing boards in honor of a dearly departed couple. Then, judges Carla Hall, Stephanie Boswell and Zac Young are invited to the deadliest wedding of their lives when the final bakers create three-tiered black wedding cakes. Only one baker can be crowned Halloween Baking Champion and stay at Hotel Henson ... forever."


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 season 8 of Halloween Baking Championship.....

Monday, September 12, 2022

Halloween Baking Championship Season 8

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Halloween Baking Championship season 8 airs on Monday nights at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network and this season has twelve bakers (vs. 10 last year) competing for a $25,000 prize. This season also has John Henson as host again and the same judges -  Stephanie Boswell, Carla Hall and Zac Young.  


The twelve bakers competing for the Halloween Baking Championship prize are listed below:

  • Marcus Brackett - Rockville, MD
  • Jill Davis - Owosso, MI
  • AJ DeDiego - Atlanta, GA
  • Kristi Descher - Valencia, CA
  • Justin Dominguez - San Antonio, TX
  • Lola Forbes - Mesa, AZ
  • Margarita Garcia - Miami, FL
  • Alexey Ivanov - Brooklyn, NY
  • Zac Mercer - Denver, CO
  • Lauren Rogers - Olympia, WA
  • Maricsa Trejo - Richardson, TX
  • Blayre Wright - Lancaster, PA

The full episode guide for season 8 is not out yet, but I would expect to see the final episode on Halloween - Monday, October 31st.  I will do another post for the finale, but you can comment on this post to discuss the season.

UPDATE - Here is the post for the finale.

Monday, August 22, 2022

Two New Bobby Flay Shows Coming to Food Network

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Last year, Bobby Flay renewed his contract with Food Network and now we are starting to see some of the new programming that is being created under his new contract.  Two new Bobby Flay shows will be premiering on Food Network  - Bobby and Sophie on the Coast (August 22, 2022) and Bobby's Triple Threat (September 27th, 2022).

Bobby and Sophie on the Coast is only a three-episode series and the press release describes the show as, "In each one-hour episode, Bobby and Sophie explore Los Angeles, with its year-round sunshine and local ingredients that make the city a treasure trove for the best restaurants and chefs. From the glamorous Hollywood establishments to the urban revival of Downtown LA’s hot new eateries, Bobby and Sophie are on a mission to enjoy the most inventive and delectable cuisine the city has to offer. And with so much inspiration, Bobby can’t resist using the very local ingredients to cook up his own dishes for Sophie. It’s the ultimate coastal culinary adventure, Bobby and Sophie-style!"

Bobby's Triple Threat will be a six-episode series and the press release describes the show as, "In each one-hour episode, one extraordinarily talented and eager chef is challenged to go against the trio of culinary titans handpicked by Bobby himself for a chance to take home $25,000. The stakes couldn’t be higher, as Bobby celebrates and tests the most talented chefs in America. This is Bobby's game and Bobby's chefs, and there's only one rule: it's all or nothing."

The three culinary titans on Bobby's Triple Threat are Tiffany Derry, Michael Voltaggio and Brooke Williamson, all of whom are Top Chef alumni.


Ratings will probably determine if either of these shows get a second season.  Are you looking forward to watching either of these shows?


Saturday, July 23, 2022

The Great Food Truck Race Season 15 Winner

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Sunday Night at at 9pm 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 Maybe Cheese Born With It (David Gedert, Mahogany Reign, Keith Logue) and SeƱoreata (Evanice Holz, Adri Law, Chelly Saludado).

The final episode is in San Diego and the description states:
"The final two teams go head-to-head at a San Diego brewery where they must sell a dish based on the other team's signature menu item. After tasting a flight of craft beer, the teams create new specials to sell as a paring to brewery patrons. Next, Tyler Florence and Chef Ruffo Ibarra challenge the trucks to cook with the hottest chilies in the world. Both teams pull out all the stops, but only one team is awarded the $50,000 and crowned winner of the hottest season ever!"


I will update this post with The Great Food Truck Race season 15 winner after the episode airs.  Feel free to discuss this season and the finale in the comments.  It seems like this season of The Great Food Truck Race has had a lot of complaints from regular viewers on the Internet. 

Continue reading to see who won The Great Food Truck Race season 15....

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Greg's BBQ - Restaurant Impossible Update

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On this week's episode of Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Belen, New Mexico to makeover Greg's BBQ.  Greg's BBQ is owned by Greg, an ex-Marine who is micromanaging his son who works with him.  Greg is also dealing with stress which is causing issues in both his health and his restaurant. Robert Irvine will need to get Greg to trust his son and put his health first to save both himself and his restaurant.



As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Greg's BBQ 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, July 14, 2022

Vinny's Little Italy - Restaurant Impossible Update

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On this week's episode of Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Boulder City, Nevada to makeover Vinny's Little Italy.  Vinny's Little Italy is a pizza restaurant where the owner Vinny is stuck in his ways and refuses to listen to his family or staff.  He may lose everything if he doesn't commit to changes that Robert Irvine will suggest to make his restaurant up-to-date.



As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Vinny's Little Italy 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, July 7, 2022

Steak N Stuff - Restaurant Impossible Update

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On this week's episode of Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Cottonwood, Arizona to makeover Steak N Stuff. Steak N Stuff is a family-run restaurant where the co-owners Mark and Susie are struggling to keep the restaurant open.  Their son Blake wants more responsibility, but Mark wants to do everything himself which is impacting the restaurant and his health.  Robert needs to dig into the problems of the restaurant to help save the restaurant and the family.




As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Steak N Stuff 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, June 29, 2022

Texas Cowboy BBQ - Restaurant Impossible Update

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On this week's episode of Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Abilene, Texas to makeover Texas Cowboy BBQ. Texas Cowboy BBQ is owned by George and Taylor who are married and have issues sharing duties at the restaurant.  Taylor wants to be a bigger part of the restaurant, but George is closed off and unwilling to accept help.  Robert will need to get George to accept his wife's help in hopes of saving their marriage and restaurant.



As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Texas Cowboy BBQ 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, June 23, 2022

Eddie's - Restaurant Impossible Update

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On this week's episode of Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Shreveport, Louisiana to makeover Eddie's. Eddie's is a seafood restaurant owned by Mavice, who is following her father's legacy.  The restaurant is known for its stuffed shrimp, but this signature dish and the restaurant aren't what they used to be. Mavice's inability to adapt is impacting the food, finances and her family.  Robert will need to convince Mavice to make the necessary changes to save the restaurant and their family's legacy. 





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