Friday, January 21, 2022

Tournament of Champions - Season 3

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Season 3 of Tournament of Champions hosted by Guy Fieri begins on Food Network Sunday, February 27th at 8pm.  They changed the format again for this season with there now being 32 chefs competing to win the prize and bragging rights.  They also upped the ante by making the prize $100,000.  With the extra competitors there will be extra episodes (eight) and each episode will be two-hours long with four matchups in each.

The 16 chefs representing the East are:

Eric Adjepong, Einat Admony, Karen Akunowicz, Kelsey Barnard Clark, Maneet Chauhan (season 2 winner), Madison Cowan, Tobias Dorzon, Tiffani Faison, Darnell Ferguson, Amanda Freitag, Richard Hales, Christian Petroni, Michael Psilakis, Aarthi Sampath, Justin Sutherland and Bryan Voltaggio.

Madison Cowan, Maneet Chauhan, Darnell Ferguson, Amanda Freitag, Christian Petroni, and Bryan Voltaggio all have competed in past years, while the other chefs are competing for the first time.

The 16 chefs representing the West are: 

Carlos Anthony, Shirley Chung, Chris Cosentino, Tiffany Derry, Elizabeth Falkner, Phillip Frankland Lee, Timothy Hollingsworth, Antonia Lofaso, Crista Luedtke, Brian Malarkey, Aaron May, Joe Sasto, Jet Tila, Marcel Vigneron, Michael Voltaggio and Season 1 winner Brooke Williamson (season 1 winner)

Elizabeth Falkner, Antonia Lofaso, Brian Malarkey, Aaron May, Jet Tila, Marcel Vigneron, Michael Voltaggio and Brooke Williamson have competed in the past, while the other chefs are new to the competition.  Elizabeth Falkner was competing on the East in season 1, but now is in the West.

You will also notice a lot of the competitors have appeared on Bravo's Top Chef in the past.

Simon Majumdar and Justin Warner will once again be providing the play-by-play analysis of the competition, and Hunter Fieri will again be following the action backstage.  The rotating panel of judges include Scott Conant, Cat Cora, Dominique Crenn, Giada De Laurentiis, Traci Des Jardins, Rocco DiSpirito, Lorena Garcia, Alex Guarnaschelli, Mashaharu Morimoto, Eric Ripert, Nancy Silverton, Ming Tsai, and Jonathan Waxman.  Alex Guarnaschelli competed in season 1, but is now a judge in this season.

I will update this post with the bracket once it is known and update this post each week with the winners like I did last year.  Feel free to discuss season three of Tournament of Champions in the comments.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Casa Real - Restaurant Impossible Update

This week on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Loveland, Colorado to makeover Casa Real. Casa Real is a family-run Mexican restaurant that has been open for six years.  Despite being open for six years, owners Ritchie and his mother Alma have not earned any profits.  Ritchie has been running virtual kitchens to try to salvage things, but even those are failing.  Robert needs to turn the restaurant around in hopes it doesn't end up closing.




As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Casa Real 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, January 12, 2022

KC's BBQ - Restaurant Impossible Update

On this week's episode of Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Berkeley, California to makeover KC's BBQ. KC's BBQ has been around for over 50 years and Patrick is trying to continue his father's legacy.  The restaurant is in danger of closing and this has caused Patrick to go into a deep depression.  Robert will need to get Patrick to regain his self-confidence and improve his relationships in hopes of saving the family business.




As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about KC'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, January 6, 2022

Jalisco Cafe - Restaurant Impossible Update

Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in San Diego, California to makeover Jalisco Cafe. Jalisco Cafe's owner Maria has no idea how to run a restaurant and faces endless obstacles such as bad food, complacent staff and a filthy kitchen.  It is one of the filthiest restaurants Robert Irvine has ever seen.  Robert will need to clean the place up and give Maria the tools to succeed in hopes of turning Jalisco Cafe into a success.




As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Jalisco 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, January 5, 2022

Worst Cooks in America Season 24

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Food Network's Worst Cooks in America season 24 airs on Wednesday nights at 9pm ET/PT starting tonight, January 5th, 2022. This season brings a new mentor competing against Anne Burrell which will be Cliff Crooks.  Cliff Crooks has been on multiple Food Network shows such as Chef Boot Camp and also appeared on Bravo's Top Chef with a little controversy. Worst Cooks in America usually airs on Sunday nights, but this year the episodes will air on Wednesday nights.  The ratings for Worst Cooks in America are usually good, so it will be interesting to see how the move from Sunday to Wednesday impacts the ratings.  This year, there are twelve contestants competing and some are complete strangers, while others are pairs that know each other. The twelve contestants that will compete on the show are:


  • Married couple Eddie and Kara Anderson (Leitchfield, Kentucky); 
  • Married couple Bianca Bencosme and Hector Peralta (York, Pennsylvania)
  • Drag artists and best friends Marti Cummings and Peachez Iman-Cummings (New York City)
  • Best friends Hilda Ike (Kissimmee, Florida) and Deneise White (Poinciana, Florida)
  • Al Kingswriter (Tony, Wisconsin)
  • Melody Moore (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • "Long-lost cousins" Angie Padilla (San Jose, California) and Cheyenne Loomis (London, Kentucky)

The winner of Worst Cooks in America season 24 will receive $25,000 and I will do another post about the show before the season finale. This season is 8-episodes long with the finale being on Wednesday, February 23rd. Feel free to discuss this season in the comments section as people like to discuss the season and the contestants as the show progresses. 

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Momma Pearl's Cajun Kitchen - Restaurant Impossible Update

This week on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Colorado Springs, Colorado to makeover Momma Pearl's Cajun Kitchen. Momma Pearl's Cajun Kitchen is owned by Robert Brunet, who is also the chef.  He is on the verge of losing his business and his wife if he cannot shed his arrogant alter ego.  His over-the-top attitude has impacted his relationships with his family and staff and also makes Robert Irvine have second thoughts about helping him.  Robert needs to fix Robert's attitude in hopes of saving his restaurant and marriage.




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

Kids Baking Championship Season 10

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Food Network's Kids Baking Championship season 10 airs on Monday nights at 8pm 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 twelve kid bakers competing are ages 8-11 (last year was 10-13) and are the youngest to ever compete on Kids Baking Championship.  They are listed below with their age and where they are from:

  • Nadya Alborz (Knoxville, TN; age 10)
  • Joseph Bostick (San Diego, CA; age 10)
  • Lucia Calonge (Cincinnati, OH; age 10)
  • Santiago Corso (Huntington Beach, CA; age 11)
  • Caroline Gross (York, PA; age 10)
  • Summer Haque (Yorba Linda, CA; age 10)
  • Ellora Martinez (Yorba Linda, CA; age 9)
  • Sarah Patel (Knoxville, TN; age 10)
  • Riya Shah (Fort Meyers, FL; age 11)
  • Finley Sheers (McLean, VA; age 10)
  • Benjamin Steinhauser (Hillsborough, NJ; age 8)
  • Ava-Leigh Wright (Atlanta, GA; age 10).

Season 10 of Kids Baking Championship will be ten episodes long with the winner being revealed on a double episode on Monday, February 21st.  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.

Monday, December 20, 2021

Holiday Baking Championship Winner Season 8

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Tonight at 8pm ET on Food Network is the two-hour season eight finale of Holiday Baking Championship where the winning baker will take home $25,000.  The four remaining contestants competing for the prize are Jose Marchan, Sabrina Coombs, Adam Monette, and Jody O'Sullivan.  One of the contestants will be eliminated during the first hour of the episode and the final three will compete during the second hour for the $25,000.


The episode description for tonight states, "Host Jesse Palmer kicks things off with a swanky Christmas open house for judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Carla Hall and asks the bakers to create dessert charcuterie boards. Then, the bottom two bakers face off in a sudden elimination challenge of dueling holiday pinata desserts. In the final main heat, the competitors take on holiday party theme cakes and incorporate lights into their designs. The most successful cake maker becomes the Holiday Baking Champion and walks away with $25,000!"


I will update this post with the winner of Holiday Baking Championship season 8 after the episode airs and feel free to discuss this season in the comments.


Continue reading to see who won season 8 of Holiday Baking Championship....

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Holiday Wars Season 3 Winner

Tonight at 9:30pm ET/PT is the season 3 finale of Holiday Wars where one team will take home the $25,000 prize. The final two teams remaining and competing for the prize are Bakers in Toyland (Vanessa Greeley, Justin McCarty and Jillian Hopke) and Dough Angels (Asia Coffee, Ramon Camacho and Jen Barney).

The episode description for the final episode states, "It's almost Christmas, and Santa's getting ready to deliver gifts all around the world, but he can't do it without a brand-new sleigh! With $25,000 at stake, the last two teams of cake and sugar artists must showcase the wildest, most-powerful modernization imaginable for Santa's new ride. At the end of the fast-paced bake-off judged by Maneet Chauhan, Shinmin Li and Aarti Sequeira, one team will be crowned Holiday Wars Champion and win the grand prize!"


I will update this post with the season three Holiday Wars winner after the episode airs and feel free to discuss this season/final episode in the comments.


Continue reading to see who won Holiday Wars season 3........

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Buddy vs. Duff Holiday Winner

Sunday night at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network is the season finale of Buddy vs. Duff: Holiday.  This was a four episode season and Duff Goldman is currently leading Buddy Valastro by a score of 105 to 104.  They are competing for charity with Buddy Valastro competing for Toys for Tots and Duff Goldman competing for Off Their Plate.

The episode description for the finale states, "For their final battle, Buddy Valastro and Duff Goldman create their own magical winter wonderlands. The teams construct artic creatures and their habitats in displays of massive proportions, and the King of Holiday Cakes is crowned."

Buddy vs. Duff: Holiday has judges on site with each competing team - Gesine Prado and Elizabeth Falkner are with Buddy's team, and Stephanie Boswell and Valerie Gordon are with Duff's team.  With the score so close and the teams competing for charity, we will see if it ends up in a tie and both charities get some money.  

Buddy Valastro has won two seasons of Buddy vs. Duff and Duff Goldman has won one.  I will update this post with the winner of Buddy vs. Duff: Holiday after the episode airs.


Continue reading to see who won Buddy vs. Duff: Holiday.......