Thursday, April 8, 2021

Restaurant Impossible - Cosentino's Ristorante Update

Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Geneva, New York to makeover Cosentino's Ristorante. Cosentino's Ristorante is an Italian restaurant owned by Bill and Nancy Cosentino.  The restaurant is struggling, which is causing their marriage to go downhill.  Their son Dom is serving unappetizing food in the restaurant and Robert Irvine needs to make big changes for the restaurant to succeed.



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

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Restaurant Impossible - The Emporium

This week on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Hawk Springs, Wyoming to makeover The Emporium. The Emporium is located in a small town and the owner Dennis is having trouble attracting customers and leading his staff.  His daughter Dillon may walk away from the business if Robert cannot get Dennis to change his ways.


As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about The Emporium 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, March 25, 2021

Restaurant Impossible - Cafe No Fur Update

This week on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Las Vegas, Nevada to makeover Cafe No Fur. Cafe No Fur is a vegan restaurant owned by a model and a poker player.  The restaurant is in danger of closing after only two years and Robert needs to get them to change their stubborn ways if the restaurant is going to survive.


As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Cafe No Fur 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, March 17, 2021

Restaurant Impossible - Dunbar's Creole Cuisine Update

This week on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in New Orleans, Louisiana to makeover Dunbar's Creole Cuisine. Dunbar's Creole Cuisine is a restaurant full of history that needs a lot of help.  When Robert arrives, he finds there are no systems in place, no set roles, and the restaurant's matriarch refuses to change.  Robert will need to turn this restaurant around as the livelihood of two families depend on the restaurant's success.


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


Saturday, March 13, 2021

Great Food Truck Race: Alaska

The newest season of The Great Food Truck Race: Alaska airs on Food Network Sunday nights at 10pm ET/PT.  There are seven teams competing for a $50,000 prize and the season is six-episodes long.  The seven teams competing are:

  • BFD (Breakfast for Dinner) - Saint James, New York (Kate Wurtzel, Harry Poole, April Nothdurft)
  • Meatball Mamas - Danville, California (Aly Romero, Flora Londre, Jocelyn Denson)
  • Metro Chili - Staten Island, New York (Anthony Cucurullo, John Sullivan, David Consiglio)
  • Querencia Mia - Albuquerque, New Mexico (Marie Yniguez, Queneesha Meyers, Michael Neu)
  • Some Like It Tot - Tecumseh, Oklahoma (Nela Edwards, Drew Cowen, Kali Honey Cowen)
  • Tasty Balls - Houston, Texas (Misti Buard, D'Ambria Jacobs, Nadia Ahmed)
  • The Oink Mobile - Georgetown, Texas (Heather Clauser, Tyler Clauser, Emily Clauser)

The season finale will air on Sunday, April 11th and I will do another post for the finale.  Feel free to discuss this season in the comments.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Restaurant Impossible - Boutte's Bayou Restaurant Update

Restaurant: Impossible returns to Food Network this week after being exclusively on Discovery+.  This week, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Lafitte, Louisiana to makeover Boutte's Bayou Restaurant. The owner Nick is too proud to ask his staff for help and the staff is on the brink of mutiny. Robert needs to help Nick become a leader and trust his staff to help turn the restaurant around. 


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


Friday, March 5, 2021

Tournament of Champions - Season 2

Season 2 of Tournament of Champions hosted by Guy Fieri begins on Food Network March 7th at 9pm.  This season is a little bit different as there are 14 chefs already announced to compete, while eight different chefs will compete for the final two spots.  Therefore, the bracket will not be known until the final two chefs are revealed after the first two episodes.

The 7 chefs representing the East are: Madison Cowan, Maneet Chauhan, Darnell Ferguson, Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy, Christian Petroni, and Bryan Voltaggio.  All of these chefs also competed last year with the exception of Madison Cowen and Bryan Voltaggio.  The chefs who competed last year but not this year are Rocco DiSprito, Alex Guarnaschelli, and Elizabeth Falkner.

The 7 chefs representing the West are: Cat Cora, Antonia Lofaso, Brian Malarkey, Aaron May, Jet Tila, and Michael Voltaggio. Antonia Lofaso, Jet Tila, Michael Voltaggio, and Brooke Williamson (who won) return from last year, while the other chefs are new.  The chefs who competed last year but not this year for the West are Richard Blais, Eric Greenspan,  Beau Macmillan, and Marcel Vigneron.

Simon Majumdar and Justin Warner will once again be providing the play-by-play analysis of the competition, but this year Hunter Fieri will be following the action backstage.  The rotating panel of judges include Giada De Laurentiis, Scott Conant, Traci Des Jardins, Rocco DiSprito, Marcus Samuelsson, Nancy Silverton, Ming Tsai, and Jonathan Waxman.  The prize is once again a brand-new SUV and this year every time a chef wins around, the show will donate $10,000 in their name to their favorite local restaurant in need.


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.  The picture I have above seems to have 6 of the matchups, so it appears Brooke Williamson and Amanda Freitag will go against the wild card winners. Feel free to discuss this season in the comments.


Continue reading to see the results of each episode...

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Restaurant Impossible Returns To Food Network March 11

New episodes of Restaurant: Impossible will once again air on Food Network starting March 11th at 9pm ET/PT.  This comes after Discovery started having new Restaurant: Impossible episodes only available on their paid platform Discovery+ in January.  This made a lot of people upset that they would put a long-running show behind a paywall and apparently Robert Irvine and Food Network took the feedback into consideration.  Robert Irvine tweeted:

Dinner: Impossible will also return to Food Network after a long hiatus and this will also be on the actual Food Network channel.  Both shows will also be available to stream on Discovery+.


This should make fans of the show happy that they no longer would have to pay to see new episodes.  This should also make the restaurants that have appeared on the show happy as their episodes will be seen by more viewers.  I am sure when they agreed to do the show, they had hopes of their episode being seen by a large audience which usually boosts sales in the short-term. 

 

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Spring Baking Championship - Season 7

Photo - Food Network

Spring Baking Championship season 7 airs on Food Network on Monday nights starting February 22, 2021 and this season is hosted by Ali Khan who replaces Clinton Kelly.  The judges on the show will are Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, and Kardea Brown who replaced Lorraine Pascal.  Spring Baking Championship is also streaming on Discovery+ and Discovery+ will have some additional features as well.


The eleven bakers competing for the $25,000 prize and a feature in Food Network Magazine are:
  • Chiantae Campbell — Miami, FL
  • Laurent Carratie — Mendham, NJ
  • Madiha Chughtai — Richmond, TX
  • Derek Corsino — Saint Helena, CA
  • Jahmal Dailey — Brooklyn, NY
  • Stephanie DeVoll — Norwalk, CA
  • Veruska Samanez — Cedar Grove, NJ
  • Dayron Santamaria — Takoma Park, MD
  • Natalie Soto — Capistrano Beach, CA
  • LeeAnn Tolentino — Los Angeles, CA
  • Keya Wingfield — Richmond, VA

The press release about the season from Discovery is below and feel free to discuss the season in the comments.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Worst Cooks in America Winner - Season 21

Sunday night at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network is the season 21 finale of Worst Cooks in America where the winner will take home a $25,000 prize and bragging rights for their mentor. Nobody was eliminated during the last episode, so there are actually four contestants remaining competing for the prize.  The final four contestants are JJ Hurt and Cameron Bartlett representing Anne Burrell's team and Amber Leverette and Chandali Gullick representing Carla Hall's team.



The episode description states, "To start off the final week in boot camp, the remaining recruits compete in a relay race that tests their speed, knowledge and skill in the kitchen. Then chefs Anne Burrell and Carla Hall teach their final two recruits how to make a three-course, restaurant-quality meal. For the last challenge, the two finalists put all their newly learned culinary skills to the test in order to impress a panel of culinary experts. Judges Adrienne Cheatham, JJ Johnson and George Mendes sample the recruits' dishes in a blind taste test and choose the winner of the $25,000 prize."


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

Continue reading to see who won season 21 of Worst Cooks in America.......