Monday, November 2, 2020

Holiday Baking Championship Season 7

The seventh season of Holiday Baking Championship airs on Monday nights at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network.  This season is hosted by Jesse Palmer and the judges are Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, and Carla Hall.  The only difference is that Carla Hall replaced Lorraine Pascale as a judge this year.   This year there are twelve bakers competing for a $25,000 prize and a feature on the Food Network app over seven episodes.  Last year, there were ten bakers and eight episodes.


The bakers competing for the $25,000 prize on season seven are:
  • Jon Buatti (bakery owner) — Auburn, NH
  • Lorenzo Delgado (pastry chef) — Miami, FL
  • Kess Eshun (pastry chef) — Frisco, TX
  • Jeffrey Gray (home baker) — Atlanta, GA
  • Julianna Jung (home baker) — Champaign, IL
  • Jamaal Nettles (home baker) — Atlanta, GA
  • Jonathan Peregrino (home baker) — Detroit, MI
  • Eva Roberts (home baker) — Spokane, WA
  • Megan Rountree (bakery owner) — Keller, TX
  • Lashonda Sanford (bakery owner) — Newport News, VA
  • Aubrey Shaffner (pastry chef) — Baltimore, MD
  • Kristina Stephenson (pastry chef) — Spokane, WA

The Holiday Baking Championship season finale will air on Monday, December 21st and I will do another post about that episode before it airs.  Feel free to discuss season 7 of Holiday Baking Championship in the comments of this post. 


Monday, October 26, 2020

Halloween Baking Championship Winner Crowned Tonight

Tonight at 9pm ET on Food Network is the season six 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, Aaron Clouse, Sinai Vespie and Michelle Lee.


The episode description for tonight states, "The final four bakers reach the last leg of their haunted house journey in the mad doctor's surgical room, where they face off to make severed limb cakes. Then, host Carla Hall challenges the competitors to reach new heights with floating cakes to impress her and the other judges, Stephanie Boswell and Zac Young. The most successful baker wins $25,000 and is named 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 6 of Halloween Baking Championship...

Monday, September 21, 2020

Halloween Baking Championship Season 6

Halloween Baking Championship season 6 airs on Monday nights at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network and this season has eight bakers competing for a $25,000 prize and a feature in Food Network Magazine.  This season Carla Hall is both hosting and judging while Stephanie Boswell and Zac Young are the other judges.


This season there are 10 contestants (there were 8 last year) competing for the prize who are listed below:
  • Brian Bosch – Santa Ana, CA - Event Designer
  • Holly Braddock – Myrtle Beach, SC - Pastry Chef
  • Tamara Brown – Los Angeles, CA - competed on season 2 of Halloween Baking Championship
  • Aaron Clouse – Columbus, OH - Pastry Chef
  • Edward Cunningham – Chicago, IL - Railroad heavy equipment operator
  • Michael Gaddy – Dade City, FL - Pastry Chef
  • Nerwan Khalife – Bronx, NY - Pastry Chef
  • Renee Loranger – Mississippi Gulf Coast - Pastry Chef
  • Michelle Lee – Monterey, CA - Sous Chef
  • Sinai Vespie – Mishawaka, IN - Pastry Chef

Season 6 is seven episodes long with the winner being revealed on the finale Monday, October 26th.  I will do another post for the finale, but you can comment on this post to discuss the season.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Food Network Related News and Links

Sorry for not posting in a little bit.  Here are some of the more recent Food Network related news items:

  • Duff Goldman and his wife announced that they are pregnant with a baby that is expected in January 2021. (Link)
  • Duff Goldman is releasing a cookbook for kids titled Super Good Baking for Kids which releases on September 29th and is available for pre-order.
  • Katie Lee had her baby girl on September 2, 2020 and named her Iris Marion Biegel.  The picture on this post was her announcement on Instagram. (Link)
  • Carla Hall signed a contract with Food Network and it looks like she will be appearing on more shows such as, Halloween Baking Championship, Holiday Baking Championship and Worst Cooks in America. (Link)
  • Ayesha Curry had a dramatic weight loss and is now a spokesperson for Fitbit. (Link)
  • Food Network's Christmas Cookie Challenge was filming in August and had to be cut short due to a crew member testing positive for COVID-19.  Due to that, the season will be six episodes long instead of eight.  It should be interesting to see if there is a winner revealed and how the show is edited.  (Link)
  • Food Network's Nancy Fuller listed her property for sale for $5.95 million.  Here is the listing with pictures.
  • Rachael Ray had a fire at her house and she and her family were safe despite the damage. (Link)

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Worst Cooks in America Winner - Season 20

Tonight at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network is the season 20 finale of Worst Cooks in America where the winner will take home a $25,000 prize and bragging rights for their mentor. The final two contestants are Zach Ignoffo representing Anne Burrell's team and Ari Robinson representing Alex Guarnaschelli's team.


The episode description states, "In the last skill drill, the final two recruits are challenged by a couple of cooks who aren't kidding around -- Chopped Junior Champions! Then, Chef Anne Burrell and Chef Alex Guarnaschelli teach the recruits their finale menus. For the final main dish challenge, the recruits put their newly learned skills to the test by cooking a three-course restaurant quality meal for a panel of culinary experts. Judges Mary Giuliani, James Tahhan and Julian Rodarte blindly taste each course and determine the winner who will take home $25,000!"


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 20 of Worst Cooks in America...


Thursday, June 25, 2020

Uncle Andy's Diner From Restaurant Impossible Has Closed

Uncle Andy's Diner in South Portland, Maine which appeared on season 9 of Restaurant: Impossible has closed.  In the beginning of May 2020, the restaurant posted the following message on Facebook, "To our uncle Andy's family. With heavy hearts we will be closing our doors May 31st. As much as we would love to stay open for all our loyal customers, there is no other way. As our last option was the PPP Loan which we did not get, So under these circumstances we are unable to stay open past May 31st. For the last 18 years we have enjoyed serving your family and watching them grow. We will miss you all. Dont forget you have until May 31st to get your Hash, your shaped Pancakes, and dont for get the jokes"

A local article also said that Uncle Andy's being closed for sit-down diners due to government regulations devastated the business.  Owner Dennis Fogg said being on Restaurant Impossible did help the restaurant, but he decided to close to try to avoid major debt.

At the end of May, when the restaurant closed, they posted, "That's all folks! THANK YOU to all of our supporters, friends, family, and customers over the years. We love and appreciate each and every one of you.❤❤❤ We invite you all to follow Dennis Fogg Comedy and come see Dennis in his natural habitat, making a fool of himself in front of strangers."


Uncle Andy's Diner appeared on Restaurant Impossible in 2014 and the restaurant was being leased by Dennis.  The restaurant had been open for 66 years, so the closing brought a lot of emotions for the community.  Uncle Andy's Diner has been marked as 'Closed' on the Restaurant Impossible Updates Page

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Worst Cooks in America - Season 20

Food Network's Worst Cooks in America season 20 begins tonight and airs weekly on Sunday nights at 9pm ET. This season brings a new mentor competing against Anne Burrell which will be Alex Guarnaschelli.  Both Anne and Alex are recently engaged - Anne in April and Alex a few days ago.  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 fourteen contestants that will compete on the show include:
  • Dolores Aguilar-Fernandez (Cypress, Texas)
  • Evan Baker (Bismarck, North Dakota)
  • Darian Barnes (Rahway, New Jersey)
  • Holly Brooks (Lancaster, Pennsylvania)
  • Zack Ignoffo (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Domaine Javier (San Gabriel, California)
  • Jewels McIlroy (Syracuse, New York)
  • Johannes “Yo” Phelps (Davenport, Iowa)
  • Ari Robinson (Simpsonville, South Carolina)
  • Denise Schroder (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
  • Louisa Sharamatyan (Glendale, California)
  • Eric Smart (Los Angeles, California)
  • Erin Sullivan (Mayfield, Kentucky)
  • Brianna Weidenbach (Martin, Tennessee)

The winner of Worst Cooks in America season 20 will receive $25,000 and I will do another post about the show before the season finale. This season is only seven episodes long (season 18 was ten episodes) with the finale being on Sunday, August 2nd.  Alton Brown was a new mentor on season 18 with mixed results, so we will see if people like Alex Guarnaschelli on this season.  Feel free to discuss this season in the comments section as people like to discuss the season as it progresses.  

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Alex Guarnaschelli Is Engaged

Photo - Instagram
Food Network chef Alex Guarnaschelli announced on social media that she is now engaged. Alex posted a picture of her engagement ring (pictured right) with the caption "Ok @chefmike808 , you’re on! 💍"

Alex Guarnaschelli has been dating Michael Castellon who is also a chef, and he asked her to marry him on her 48th birthday.  Michael also posted a picture of the engagement ring with the caption, "#she #said #yes engaged #boom #luckiest #guy #ever #happy #happy And #happy #bday @guarnaschelli"

Mike has appeared on Food Network before on Chopped, Guy's Grocery Games and as a sous chef for Alex on Iron Chef America, so you may recognize him (link to photo).

Many of her fellow Food Network co-workers/chefs are congratulating her in the comments of her Instagram post such as Giada De Laurentiis, Katie Lee, Scott Conant, Jeff Mauro, Anne Burrell (who also got engaged recently) and Andrew Zimmern.

Congratulations to Alex and Mike!

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition Winner Crowned Tonight

Tonight at 9pm ET on Food Network is the season finale of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition where the winner will take home $25,000 for a charity of their choice.  The final two celebrities competing are Wells Adams representing Anne Burrell and Johnny Bananas representing Tyler Florence.


The episode description states:
The two final celebrity recruits are greeted by former celebrity recruit and referee for their final skill drill challenge, Carson Kressley! The recruits team up with their chefs in a recipe relay race where they work together to make steak fajitas. Then chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence break off to teach their recruits their menus for the three-course, restaurant-quality final challenge meal. Judges Dan Churchill, Jeff Mauro and Grace Mitchell blindly taste each course and pick the winner of $25,000 for their chosen charity.

I will update this post with the winner of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition after the episode airs and you can discuss the season and episode in the comments.


Continue reading to see who won Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition....

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Ginger Monkey - Restaurant Impossible Update

Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Chandler, Arizona to makeover Ginger Monkey. Ginger Monkey is a gastropub co-owned by Jackson Armstrong who is also the chef and has a lot of restaurant experience.  He can't keep up with the demands of his high-volume restaurant and should be able to run a successful restaurant, but that is not happening.



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