Saturday, March 23, 2019

Buddy Vs. Duff Season 1 Discussion

Buddy vs. Duff on Food Network premiered two weeks ago on Food Network and there has been a lot of interest in the show.  After two weeks, Buddy Valastro is currently beating Duff Goldman by a score of 89-87.  As this is "reality" TV, I would expect a close score heading into the finale, which will air on April 14th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network.

Part of the reason why a lot of people are talking about the show is because of Buddy Valastro's antics/attitude on the show.  He threw a tantrum and walked off set week 1 when he lost a challenge that he thought he should have won.  He also talks a lot of trash and comes across as cocky on the show.  Due to this, it seems like everybody is rooting for Duff Goldman to come back and win the show.

What are your thoughts on Buddy vs. Duff?  Do you think it is the editing that is making people dislike Buddy and root for Duff?  Either way, Buddy Valastro and Duff Goldman will have new shows that will premiere on Food Network shortly after the season finale.  Buddy's show is called Bake You Rich while Duff's show is called Duff Takes the Cake.

Friday, March 22, 2019

New Duff Goldman Show Duff Takes The Cake Premieres April 15th

Duff Goldman will have a new show called Duff Takes the Cake starting April 15th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network.  On the show, Duff and his team will be creating cakes for deserving people such as good-hearted people serving their communities.

Duff Takes the Cake will be a half-hour show and there will be five episodes. The premiere will happen the night after the finale of Buddy vs. Duff.  Buddy Valastro is also getting a new show called Bake You Rich.

The press release about Duff Takes The Cake from Discovery is below:

New Buddy Valastro Show 'Bake You Rich' Premieres April 14th

Buddy Valastro will have a new show on Food Network called Bake You Rich, which premieres April 14th at 10pm ET/PT.  On each episode, four bakers will compete in challenges and the winning baker will get to sell their item on Buddy Valastro's website (Carlo's Bakery) starting immediately after the show.

The challenges on the show are described as, "bakers battle it out by whipping up their signature desserts that also impress aesthetically. Three bakers move on to the next round, where they present an innovative item they think will hit it big time in the bakery. Finally, in the last round, the remaining two must mass produce their item using professional machinery at Carlo’s Bakery."

Bake You Rich is only four episodes long, but it seems like a pretty good deal for Buddy Valastro.  I'm sure he's getting paid to be on the show and the show will be directing people to his website to buy items from the show.  Buddy is currently competing against Duff Goldman on Buddy vs. Duff, and the first episode of Bake You Rich will premiere right after the Buddy vs. Duff finale.

The press release about Bake You Rich from Discovery is below

Monday, March 11, 2019

Kids Baking Championship Winner - Season 6

Tonight at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network is the season 6 finale of Kids Baking Championship where the winner will receive $25,000 and a spot in Food Network Magazine.  The final three bakers are Davis Sams (age 13), Paige Goehner (age 11) and Meadow Roberts (age 10).

The episode description for tonight's episode states:

"Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman are hosting the ultimate bake sale for the finale. They challenge the remaining three young bakers to create cakes using bake sale items like toffee, rice cereal treats or chocolate-covered pretzels, but the cakes also have to illustrate a common bake sale theme like Drama Club, Dance Club or Chess Club. Only one baker will win $25,000, a spot in Food Network magazine and the title of Kids Baking Champion."

I will update this post with the winner of Kids Baking Championship once the episode airs and feel free to discuss the episode/season in the comments.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition Cast 2019

Photo - Food Network Instagram
Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition will be returning to Food Network on Sunday, April 21st at 9pm on Food Network. The season will be seven-episodes long and Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence will once again be mentoring the celebrities on their challenges. The celebrities competing for a chance to win $25,000 for charity are: Jim J. Bullock, Morgan Fairchild, Tonya Harding, Jonathan Lipnicki, Taryn Manning, Alec Mapa, Kym Whitley and Jimmie Walker.

If you don't recognize the names of the celebrities, here is what they are most known for:

  • Jim J. Bullock - actor from Too Close for Comfort (80s)
  • Morgan Fairchild - actress who was popular in the late 70's/early 80's for various "glamorous" roles
  • Tonya Harding - Olympic figure skater who is most known for orchestrating an attack on Nancy Kerrigan
  • Jonathan Lipnicki - Actor from Jerry Maguire
  • Taryn Manning - Actress and singer - 8 Mile and Hustle & Flow
  • Alec Mapa -  Actor from Half & Half, Ugly Betty
  • Kym Whitley - Actress from Young & Hungry, The Parkers
  • Jimmie Walker - Actor from Good Times

This year there are seven episodes and eight celebrities participating, while last year there were six episodes and seven celebrities.

The press release from Discovery about the show is below:

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Worst Cooks in America Winner - Season 15

Tonight at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network is the season 15 finale of Worst Cooks in America where the winner will take home a $25,000 prize. The final two contestants are Allison Wolfe representing Anne Burrell's team and Brittany Carel representing Tyler Florence's team.

The episode description states, "The final two recruits begin with one last Skill Drill before Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence give them the opportunity to pick any dish they'd like to learn in a private lesson. The recruits then learn a three-course, restaurant-quality meal before the Main Dish Challenge where all their newly learned culinary skills are put to the test. Judges Debi Mazar, Michael Psilakis and Jessica Tom take the recruits' dishes into a blind taste test to determine who will win the $25,000 grand prize."

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

Friday, February 22, 2019

Giada De Laurentiis Has "Nip Slip" in Miami

Giada De Laurentiis is currently in Miami, Florida for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF) which raises money for Florida International University.  She was in the news quite a bit today for having a "wardrobe malfunction" or "nip slip" while on the beach in Miami.

Giada went to the beach with her daughter Jade in a revealing one-piece swimsuit.  As many people know, revealing outfits and the ocean do not mix and Giada ended up exposing herself, which the paparazzi caught in several pictures.  Giada had full make-up on and there were plenty of pictures, so who knows if this was a planned photo shoot.

If you are interested in seeing Giada in her bathing suit in the work safe version, here is a link.  For the not safe for work version you can visit here.  I am sure you can Google for other pictures as well.

This shouldn't come to a surprise to any visitors of this site as it seems that people always complain about Giada's revealing outfits.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Clinton Kelly To Host Spring Baking Championship Season 5

Photo - Food Network
Spring Baking Championship season 5 will start on Food Network on Monday, March 18th and it will have a new host.  Clinton Kelly, who was recently a co-host on ABC's The Chew, will be the new host for the upcoming season.  Previous hosts on the show have been Bobby Deen, Jesse Palmer and Ali Khan.

The judges on the show will remain the same with Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, and Lorraine Pascale returning.  There will be ten bakers competing for a $25,000 prize over the eight episode season.

The press release from Discovery with more details is below:


Season Premieres Monday, March 18th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network

Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, and Lorraine Pascale Return to Judge, as Ten Bakers Compete for Cash Prize

Hit primetime culinary competition Spring Baking Championship returns for a new season on Monday, March 18th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. The series netted its highest-rated season-to-date last year, delivering a .9 P25-54 and 1.3 W25-54 L3 rating, and was seen by nearly 7.5 million viewers. This season, over eight one-hour episodes, host and lifestyle expert Clinton Kelly tests the resolve of 10 talented bakers to create extraordinary baked treats that must impress returning judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, and Lorraine Pascale, to earn the coveted title of Spring Baking Champion and walk away with the $25,000 grand prize! But to rise to the top, the bakers must survive two demanding rounds of spring-themed challenges in each episode that push their baking skills to the limit, with the judges determining which competitors go home and who will be victorious.

“Viewers love the seasonal baking competitions, and Spring Baking Championship saw series-high ratings last year. With challenges drawing on spring themes and celebrations, the artistry and craftsmanship of the competitors never fails to wow audiences year after year with their incredible takes on the thematic challenges, and this season will not disappoint,” said Courtney White, President, Food Network. “Add to that, Clinton Kelly’s charismatic personality and lifestyle expertise, and it is the perfect combination to showcase the bakers amazing and decadent seasonal delights.”

In the season premiere, the bakers are tasked to celebrate the beginning of spring by combining all things cute and delicious in a pre-heat challenge creating spring animal-themed donuts. In the main heat the bakers must get in touch with their inner artists as they design watercolor cakes featuring iconic spring fruits and vegetables, but only nine bakers will continue in the competition. Other episodes include baking up blue ribbon-worthy rhubarb pies, crafting an “ooey gooey” marshmallow dessert in honor of Easter, and the first Spring Baking Championship Spelling Bee – where the bakers must make colorful cream tart words that evoke all things spring. Don’t miss all the fun and excitement to see which baker earns the sweetest title of Spring Baking Champion!

Viewers can find even more baked bites, recipes, tips and mesmerizing video content at Meet the bakers, check out highlights throughout the season, and get behind-the-scenes photos on Food Network’s social platforms, using #SpringBakingChampionship. "

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Estrada's From Restaurant Impossible Has Closed

Estrada's Restaurant in Daly City, California, which was featured on season 7 of Restaurant Impossible has closed.  The restaurant closed after business on Sunday, February 3rd, 2019.

Estrada's posted this message to their Facebook page in January 2019,

"It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Estrada's restaurant will be closing after 102 years in business. Our closing date will be Sunday February 3rd. Reservations will be required in our final days.
Please call the restaurant to book your reservation at 650 755 1282.
It has been our pleasure to serve the community and continue the Estrada's Legacy to 102 years.
We thank you all for your support throughout the years!

Julio & Bernadette"
While the restaurant was open for 102 years, the current owners owned the restaurant for 12 years and were the owners featured on Restaurant Impossible.  They said they sold the restaurant and plan to retire.  A Mediterranean restaurant is supposed to open in the Estrada's location.

Estrada's has been updated to closed on the Restaurant Impossible Updates page.  Since Restaurant Impossible is returning again, I will start doing more posts on closures and I will of course have updates for the new restaurants that appear on the show.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals Returning To Food Network

This week it was announced that Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals will be returning to Food Network in April.  There will be 30 new episodes that will start on April 1st at 12pm ET/PT.  The 30 new episodes will air on 30 consecutive days, so I would expect all of them to air at noon.

The original 30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray aired on Food Network from 2001 through 2012, so it has been about 7 years since a new episode has been on Food Network. 

The press release from Discovery with more details is below and here is a video of Rachael Ray announcing the return on Instagram.


NEW YORK – January 25, 2019 – Rachael Ray and Food Network have struck a new multi-platform deal that includes new episodes of an all-new 30 Minute Meals series, along with plans for a new and exclusive digital companion series, confirmed today by Courtney White, President, Food Network. The reimagined 30 Minute Meals is slated to begin production later this month, and will premiere on Food Network on Monday, April 1st at 12pm ET/PT with a simulcast across linear, TVE and Facebook, and kick-off a roll out of 30 new episodes in 30 days on Food Network and its TVE platform. Across Food Network’s digital and social extensions, viewers will also be able to access a robust, 360-content offering including the new companion series hosted by Ray, enabling multiple, convenient touchpoints for fans to connect and enjoy new recipes, cooking tips and more.

“Rachael Ray is a culinary firebrand as evidenced by her success across her television shows, magazine, books, live events, philanthropy, and all of her businesses,” said White. “Her time-saving and creative ideas for whipping up delicious meals at home are perfect for the home cook of any level, while her infectious energy and enthusiasm make viewers feel like they are right there cooking along with her in the kitchen. We can’t wait to deliver more time with Rachael for her fans.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to bring 30 Minute Meals to a whole new generation of fans,” said Ray. “We are rolling deep this time around, proving to everyone that, yes, these are really meals you can cook in 30 minutes or less. And our show will now be part of Food Network’s on-demand offering, so our friends can actually binge-watch their meals. April is usually rainy here in New York City, but this Spring will shine for us with 30 brand-new 30 Minute Meals.”

With 30 Minutes Meals, Ray gives viewers real-time, step-by-step cooking instructions from ingredient prep through getting a meal on the table, with easy to follow time-saving tips that make the aspirational achievable. For home cooks looking for help serving hot, delicious meals to family and friends quickly, the series provides the perfect recipe for success.

Rachael Ray grew up in food and has parlayed that birthright into a successful career as a television star, an iconic Food Network personality, bestselling cookbook author, Founder and Editorial Director of her own lifestyle magazine, Rachael Ray Every Day, and Founder of the Yum-o! organization. Her daytime program, ‘Rachael Ray,’ launched in the fall of 2006 showcasing Rachael’s warmth, energy and boundless curiosity, inviting viewers to experience life the Rachael Ray way. She has also hosted Food Network’s Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off, Worst Cooks in America, Week In A Day and 30 Minute Meals, which earned Rachael a Daytime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Service Show” and a nomination for “Outstanding Service Show Host.” Rachael turned her 30 Minute Meals concept into a bestselling cookbook series, including Rachael Ray’s Book of Burger, My Year in Meals and Everyone is Italian on Sunday. She has also developed a line of super premium dog and cat food called Rachael Ray Nutrish® along with Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, and through The Rachael Ray Foundation™ has donated more than $32 million to animals in need. Her nonprofit organization, Yum-o!, empowers kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking.

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FOOD NETWORK ( is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to nearly 100 million U.S. households and draws over 46 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine’s rate base has grown 13 times and is the No. 2 best-selling monthly magazine on the newsstand, with 13.5 million readers. Food Network is owned by Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment spanning 220 countries and territories; the portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network."