Sunday, January 26, 2020

Alton Brown on Worst Cooks in America - Love It or Hate It?

Alton Brown is the mentor going against Anne Burrell on Food Network's Worst Cooks in America season 18.  When the season started, many people were saying Alton Brown was perfect for the show and that they were enjoying watching him.  After the third episode, it seems that many people have changed their mind and think Alton Brown is being rude to the contestants.

If you follow Alton Brown on Twitter, you will see that he didn't really want to be a mentor on this season and it may have been forced by Food Network.  It may have been done so he could secure more Good Eats episodes, which he is currently filming another season (Link). Alton also said he nearly lost his mind while filming the season and jokes about not watching the episodes and not wanting others to watch them.  Check out his Twitter to see his commentary on the Worst Cooks in America episodes and he is currently lobbying to be replaced on the show.


What are your thoughts on Alton Brown during season 18 of Worst Cooks in America?  Are you loving it or hating it?  Are you enjoying watching him "lose his mind?"  Discuss in the comments.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Restaurant Impossible - Foxfire Grill Update

Photo - Twitter
Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Alexandria, Virginia to makeover Foxfire Grill.  Foxfire Grill is owned by Terri Fox and Jacki Coppage who cannot figure out why they are not making money.  The restaurant is in a good location, they're smart and work hard, but that still isn't enough.  Robert Irvine will have to figure out how to turn the restaurant around.



As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Foxfire Grill 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, January 16, 2020

Restaurant Impossible - Perella's Ristorante Update

Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Warren, Rhode Island to makeover Perella's Ristorante. Perella's Ristorante is an Italian restaurant owned by Louie Perella and it has been around for 25 years.  Robert finds that not much has changed in 25 years as far as the menu, decor, or Louie's opinions and this is holding back the restaurant.  Robert will need to convince him to change his ways if the restaurant wants to be successful.


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


Sunday, January 12, 2020

Kids Baking Championship Season 8

Food Network's Kids Baking Championship season 8 airs on Monday nights at 9pm ET/PT.  Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman are once again the mentors and the winning baker will receive a $25,000 prize and a feature in Food Network Magazine.  The kid bakers (ages 10-13) competing on this season are:
  • Liam Bizjack (El Dorado Hills, CA; age 12)
  • Morgan Chaffin (Glen Burnie, MD; age 11)
  • Anthony Fontanez (Belmar, NJ; age 12)
  • Sahana Gade (Sugar Land, TX; age 10)
  • Phoebe Gore (New York, NY; age 11)
  • Sam Occhiogrosso (West Hartford, CT; age 11)
  • Graysen Pinder (Wilmington, NC; age 13)
  • Elise Sammis (Chapin, SC; age 11)
  • Saleem Sandhu (Yuba City, CA; age 12)
  • Avner Schwartz (Haverford, PA; age 12)
  • Reggie Strom (Bend, OR; age 12)
  • Naima Winston (Baltimore, MD; age 11)

The winner will be revealed on Monday, March 9th and I will do another post about the show before the season finale. Feel free to discuss this season in the comments section as several people have requested somewhere to comment on this season.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Restaurant Impossible - Edgar's Restaurant Update

Photo - Facebook
Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Akron, Ohio to makeover Edgar's Restaurant. Edgar's Restaurant is a fine dining restaurant located on a golf course owned by Glenn Gillespie who is also the chef.  While Robert Irvine is there, he finds that Glenn is not being completely honest with him which causes some problems during the transformation.


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


Sunday, January 5, 2020

Worst Cooks in America Season 18

Food Network's Worst Cooks in America season 18 airs on Sunday nights at 9pm ET starting January 5th, 2020.  This season brings a new mentor competing against Anne Burrell which will be Alton Brown.  Worst Cooks in America continues to be one of Food Network's top rated shows, so we will continue to see the ridiculous contestants appearing on the show and multiple seasons throughout the year.  This year the sixteen contestants that will compete on the show include:

  • Shannon Akins (Tempe, Arizona) - Team Anne
  • Dr. Lulu Boykin (Pittsboro, North Carolina) - Team Anne
  • Monica Colwell (Hazard, Kentucky) - Team Alton
  • Joe Deese (Fulton, Alabama) - Team Alton
  • Jefferson Goldie (Chicago, Illinois) - Team Alton
  • Ryan Grovey (Seattle, Washington) - Team Anne
  • Michael Jones-Better (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) - Team Alton
  • Dakota Klaes (New York, New York) - Team Anne
  • Leo Lech (Washington, West Virginia) - Team Alton
  • Curtis Long (Seneca, South Carolina) - Team Anne
  • Kelly Ngoc Mac (Pasadena, California) - Team Alton
  • Bridget Praytor (Colorado Springs, Colorado) - Team Anne
  • Leslie Rivera-Silva (Washington D.C.) - Team Anne
  • Jolynn Singh (Allen, Texas) - Team Alton
  • Kevin So (Brooklyn, New York) - Team Alton
  • Alexandra Tiso (Eastchester, New York) - Team Anne


The winner of Worst Cooks in America season 18 will receive $25,000 and I will do another post about the show before the season finale.  This season is 10-episodes long (season 17 was eight episodes) with the finale being on Sunday, March 8th.  Feel free to discuss this season in the comments section as people like to discuss the season as it progresses.  The first episode is available on demand at several cable companies if you would like to watch it before it airs.

A lot of people are talking about Alton Brown's appearance on the show.  Here is another post where people discuss that.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Restaurant Impossible - Rossini's Cucina Italiana Update

Photo - Twitter
Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Ridgeland, Mississippi to makeover Rossini's Cucina Italiana.  Rossini's Cucina Italiana is an Italian restaurant owned by Lori and Tony Spreafico.  Robert Irvine finds a filthy kitchen and feels that the owners have given up on the restaurant.  The restaurant has also put the owners in debt and has put a strain on their relationship.


As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Rossini's Cucina Italiana 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, December 26, 2019

Restaurant Impossible - Southern Grille of Ellendale Update

Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Ellendale, Delaware to makeover Southern Grille of Ellendale. Southern Grille is a southern-style restaurant owned by Ronald White who is working too hard to be in so much debt.  The owner has bills piling up, including medical bills, and is supposedly one month away from closing.  Robert Irvine also sees flies and fly traps all over the restaurant which is unappealing to customers.


As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Southern Grille of Ellendale 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:

  • "Amazing breakfast. They also just finished a remodel and the inside looks very updated. Pancakes were huge and tasty as was the French toast. Great prices tA great stop as part of a beach trip down Rt. 16."
  • "Today was my first time back since Restaurant Impossible did the makeover and the dining room looks fabulous, it now has a farmhouse feel with distressed flooring, bright white walls and farmhouse metal chairs, very nice. I just stopped in to pick up some stewed tomatoes & lima bean with dumpling soup to go so I didn't have a chance to look at the menu to see if there are any new additions but trust and believe that hubby and I will be coming back for dinner in a few weeks. The staff is very friendly and welcoming and the overall vibe of the place oozes Southern hospitality."
  • "The food is always great. Lima's and dumplings are our favorite. Wait times can get a little long at times. Not a huge fan of the 5% service fee to use your credit card. We will return, but will bring cash."
  • "The Food is terrific, great breakfast and the best biscuits and gravy I ever had!! Desserts are wonderful very reasonable! Love your lemon meringue pie!!!! Excellent!"


Negative Reviews:

  • "Very upset that they did NOT keep the new menu or any of the recipes from Restaurant Impossible. We asked the owner's daughter that night of the taping if they were going to continue with Robert's recipes & she said, "Yes, the whole menu, you see tonight". What a shame they didn't, keep their word. Everything we all had was fantastic. We went tonight, what a huge letdown. Another Restaurant, going under ask for help, gets FREE publicity & FREE $10,000 make over & more FREE publicity when it airs & FREE professional Business Guidance & Professional Chef Training & Recipes AND the OWNERS, go right back to cooking the same ole same ole, with the same attitudes that put them in the "please help me situation", but thanks for putting all the cash, labor & publicity into my restaurant."
  • "Unless you like finding surprises of the not-so-good kind in your food, I would highly recommend NOT going to the Southern Grille, Ellendale, DE. We ordered two pies, one chocolate meringue and the other lemon meringue, for a special occasion. A guest at the event found what she first believed to be a condom in her piece of pie. It turned out to be a rubber glove."
  • "There isn't a lot of competition in the area so if you've never eaten outside Sussex County this place might be satisfying. But if you've ever been elsewhere, you'll have had better food and this place will only be kinda mediocre. This isn't a dig at homestyle/comfort food. It's 100% possible for homestyle/comfort food to be amazing! This place just doesn't get there. I think it's largely because the menu is too broad and unfocused. It's not possible for 1. all the ingredients to be fresh or 2. the cooks to be good at 70 different things. Narrow it down and really *nail* a few signature dishes (from fresh ingredients) and they might be on to something."
  • "This restaurant recently underwent a renovation on Restaurant Impossible with Robert Irvine. The renovation did not help the quality of the food or the wait staff."
  • "Redoing the restaurant doesn't mean the wait staff improved. Waited almost 15 min and no one came over to ask us for a drink order. People were seated 10 minutes after us and got waited on. 2 staff were standing around."
  • "We went today because we were anxious to see the results of Mr. Irvine's remodel of the building & we were curious if service had improved. NOT. NOT. NOT."
*Reviews from Yelp, Tripadvisor


Other News and Links:

  • The Restaurant: Impossible makeover happened in August 2019.
  • This episode is available on demand from several cable companies before it airs tonight.
  • Here is the Southern Grille of Ellendale website and Facebook page.
  • Here are pictures of the new dining room from the Southern Grille Facebook page.
  • The Southern Grille serves muskrat which was a food item featured on another Restaurant Impossible episode in Delaware at the Wagon Wheel.  The Wagon Wheel closed in 2014, and when they closed, The Southern Grill started serving it on Wednesday nights. (Link)
    • This episode didn't highlight muskrat at the restaurant.
  • A local article from 2017 said Ronald White has been serving a free Thanksgiving dinner to the community (about 700 people) for over 10 straight years.  He also "works full-time as a building chief at Milford Middle School, runs a small trucking business and is his blind wife's full-time caretaker."
  • In 2018, Ronald White purchase The Hollywood Diner in Dover, DE and renamed it The Southern Grille Hollywood Diner.  That restaurant closed in mid-2019. (Link)
    • There was no mention of this on the episode, but this could have been an additional source of debt.
  • Here are the reviews for Southern Grille from Yelp, Tripadvisor, and Google.

Conclusion:

The reviews for Southern Grille since the Restaurant: Impossible makeover have been mixed with people liking the food and the new makeover inside.  There are a decent amount of complaints about service and long wait times to get food.  Some people also complained that the menu was long and Southern Grille didn't keep menu items from Restaurant: Impossible.  The update at the end of the show said sales are up 40%, Claire was still managing, the flies are gone, and Laymere is pursuing his other interests.


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Monday, December 23, 2019

Holiday Baking Championship Winner Crowned Tonight

Tonight at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network is the Holiday Baking Championship season 6 finale where the winning baker will take home a $25,000 prize.  The three remaining bakers competing for the prize are Melissa Yanc, Sarah Wallace, and Jennifer Clifford.


The episode description for tonight states:
"Nothing beats waking up to the smell of a holiday brunch, so Jesse Palmer challenges the three remaining bakers to make a Christmas morning brunch using the classic holiday flavors of gingerbread, cinnamon and eggnog. In the final round, the bakers must create cakes that are plaid both on the inside and the outside. Judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale crown one baker the Holiday Baking Champion and award the $25,000 prize."
I will update this post with the Holiday Baking Championship season 6 winner after the episode airs and feel free to discuss the season/finale in the comments.

Continue reading to see who won Holiday Baking Championship season 6...

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Buddy Vs. Duff Returning For A Second Season

Photo - Food Network
Food Network announced that Buddy vs. Duff will return for a second season which is scheduled to start in March 2020.  The first season was a ratings success and was a six-episode series.  The second season will have a few more episodes and will be an eight-episode series.

This might come as a surprise as both Duff Goldman and Buddy Valastro did not want to do another season.  From another post:

"Both Buddy Valastro and Duff Goldman seem annoyed at how the editing of the show turned out. When fans asked if there would be another season, Duff responded, "I definitely do not want to do another one. This kinda nonsense is not my bag." Buddy also chimed in with, "Exactly this. One more week." When another fan had suggestions about season 2 of the show, Duff said, "There won’t be another season." and Buddy said, "That’s a hard NO on another season."
I guess since the show had the best ratings of 2019, their bosses had other ideas.  It should be interesting to see if the show is edited differently and if Buddy is portrayed as a villain again.


The press release announcing the second season is below: