Thursday, November 25, 2021

Bobby Flay Reaches Deal With Food Network

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Last month, it was reported that Bobby Flay would be leaving Food Network after he couldn't reach a deal for a new contract.  I did a post saying he was "supposedly" leaving as the report could have been used as a negotiating tactic and it seems like my hunch was correct.  According to Variety, Bobby Flay has reached a new three-year deal with Food Network although the financial terms were not announced.

Food Network's President Courtney White said this about the deal, "We are thrilled to continue Bobby Flay’s long-standing relationship with Food Network. He captivates our audience with his incredible culinary skill, fierce competitive spirit and his trademark ability to share a deep passion for food. Bobby generously invites viewers into his culinary world, sharing his #WeCook philosophy and inspiring everyone in the kitchen. Continuing this creative relationship with such an extraordinary talent is the perfect way to usher in the holidays."

Bobby Flay has been with Food Network since 1994, so this deal will take him into his 30th year on the channel. 

In other Food Network deal news, it was also recently announced that Anne Burrell has reached a multi-year deal with Food Network that includes at least two more cycles of Worst Cooks in America.  The next season of Worst Cooks in America begins in January and will have Anne Burrell going up against a new mentor in Cliff Crooks.

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Holiday Baking Championship Season 8

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The eighth season of Holiday Baking Championship airs on Monday nights at 9pm 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 eight of Holiday Baking Championship is eight episodes long. 

The bakers competing for the $25,000 prize on season eight are:
  • Richard Akers-Barrows (pastry chef) - Dorchester, MA
  • Sabrina Coombs (executive pastry chef) - Atlanta, GA
  • Philippe Costa (home baker) - Seaside, CA
  • Shayla Daniels (pastry chef) - Odessa, FL
  • Neomie Eliezer (pastry chef) - Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Jennifer Hood (dietician/home baker) - Winston-Salem, NC
  • Grace Lapsys (pastry chef) - Albuquerque, NM
  • Jose Marchan - Cleveland, OH
  • Adam Monette (culinary arts instructor) - Saint Albans, VT
  • Naomi Mwangi (bakery owner) - McKinney, TX
  • Jody O’Sullivan (pastry chef/instructor) - Quincy, MA
  • Marilyn Santos McNabb (pastry chef) - Chicago, IL

The Holiday Baking Championship season finale will air on Monday, December 20th and I will do another post about that episode before it airs.  Feel free to discuss season 8 of Holiday Baking Championship in the comments of this post. 

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Halloween Wars Season 11 Winner

Sunday night at 9pm ET on Food Network is the season 11 finale of Halloween Wars where the winning team will take home $25,000.  The prize has been $50,000 in the past, but it is $25,000 this season.  The two teams remaining are Ghosts with the Most (Lilian "Lily" Halabi, Kim Simons and Jewel Burgess) and Mischievous Monsters.

The episode description for the final episode states: "It's the spine-tingling finale of Halloween Wars! The final two teams go head-to-head for the $25,000 prize as they craft cakes that show what happens when two monsters square off in a duel. Zak Bagans shares his paranormal expertise, and judges Eddie Jackson, Shinmin Li and Aarti Sequeira choose the winner."

I will post the winner of Halloween Wars season 11 after the episode airs and you can discuss the episode/season in the comments.  I know a lot of people missed the pumpkin carving this year, but we will have to wait to see if it returns next season.

Continue reading to see who won season 11 of Halloween Wars.....

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Halloween Baking Championship Winner Season 7

Monday night at 9pm ET on Food Network is the season seven finale of Halloween Baking Championship where the winning baker will take home $25,000.  The four remaining contestants competing for the prize are Renee Loranger, Adina Schaefer, Guillermo Salinas, and Megan Baker.  Renee was a fan-favorite from season six of Halloween Baking Championship who re-entered the competition during the season.  The final episode is a two-hour episode where a baker will go home during the first hour and the winner will be announced in the second hour.

The episode description for tonight states, "The four finalists face their fears when host John Henson challenges them to bake using a hated ingredient. The bakers must be brave, though, because the camp serial killer and judges Stephanie Boswell, Carla Hall and Zac Young will claim one more victim in a sudden death, leaving the final three to battle it out for $25,000 and the title of 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 season 7 of Halloween Baking Championship.....

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Bobby Flay Supposedly Leaving Food Network After 27 Years

Variety recently reported that Bobby Flay and Food Network are parting ways after his current contract expires at the end of the year.  They were negotiating a new contract and could not agree on financial terms due to both sides being far apart.  They apparently broke off negotiations and Bobby Flay will be leaving the company after 27 years if a new contract is not reached.

People later reported that Bobby Flay wanted a $100 million contract, though the amount of years were not known.  Guy Fieri reportedly signed a three-year $80 million deal with Food Network earlier in the year, which was probably used by Flay's representatives during negotiations. 

I don't think there is any bad blood between Bobby Flay and Food Network as he was still filming Beat Bobby Flay after the news of the negotiations falling apart.  So even if a new deal isn't reached, there will probably be new episodes of Beat Bobby Flay that will air after the year is over. 

Do you think a deal will eventually be reached or do you think Bobby Flay's time on Food Network is over?

UPDATE - A new three-year deal was reached to keep Bobby Flay on Food Network. (Link)

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.

To see who won Halloween Wars season 11, visit 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.

UPDATE - To see who won Halloween Baking Championship Season 7, visit this post

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):