Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Restaurant Impossible - Don Luis Restaurant Update

Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Billings, Montana to makeover Don Luis Restaurant.  Don Luis Restaurant is a Mexican restaurant owned by Carmen Salazar that is in trouble.  She is widowed and Robert needs to convince her to move past her grief and embrace the future to save the business and preserve her husband's legacy.  The restaurant is buried in debt and is supposedly two months away from closing.

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

New Restaurant: Impossible Episodes To Air on Discovery+

This week, new episodes of Restaurant: Impossible will begin with a new episode on Food Network Thursday night at 9pm ET. It appears that only the first episode of this new season will air on Food Network and Discovery has decided to release the other new episodes on their premium platform Discovery+.

In the advertisements for the episode this week on social media, Food Network states, " Catch a special two-hour premiere of #RestaurantImpossible tomorrow starting at 9|8c, then stream new episodes every week only on discovery+."  The episode title for this episode on the Food Network site also says, "discovery+ 1st Look: Changing with the Times"

So it appears that Discovery's push for people to sign up for the premium streaming service Discovery+ ($4.99/mo. with ads, $6.99/mo. ad-free) includes releasing new episodes of popular shows such as Restaurant: Impossible exclusively on the platform.  

A lot of the time, channels release new shows on their premium platforms (which Discovery+ has also done), but usually shows that have been on air for years don't release new episodes exclusively on a premium platform.  Fans of the show have expressed their disappointment on moving Restaurant: Impossible to Discovery+ to Robert Irvine on Twitter, but he said he doesn't have any say on what the network decides.

What are your thoughts on Restaurant: Impossible only being available on Discovery+ after this week?  We will see if they end up showing them eventually on Food Network, but there are currently no other new episodes on the schedule.

Monday, January 4, 2021

Kids Baking Championship Season 9

Food Network's Kids Baking Championship season 9 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.  One new element this year is that the bakers' parents are there reacting to the competition.  The twelve kid bakers (ages 10-13) competing on this season are:

  • Haylin Adams (Glasgow, KY; age 11)
  • Jonah Anderson (Harrisburg, PA ; age 12)
  • Keaton Ashton (Sugar City, ID; age 13)
  • Cydney Cain (Prospect Park, PA; age 10)
  • Andrew Clark (Madison, MS; age 10)
  • Trey Gordon (Davenport, IA; age 12)
  • Bella Luu (San Jose, CA; age 12)
  • D’Von Mills (Lithonia, GA; age 12)
  • Namiah Phillips (Long Beach, CA; age 12)
  • Miabella Ramirez (Katy, TX; age 11)
  • McKenzly Sandefer (Conway, AR: age 11)
  • Nemo Tsai (Ann Arbor, MI; age 10)

This season is ten episodes long with the winner being revealed on Monday, February 15th during a double episode. 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.

Food Network's Kerry Vincent Dead at 75

Kerry Vincent, who was a judge on Food Network Challenge and had her own series Save My Bakery on Food Network has passed away at the age of 75.  The Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show, which was a non-profit that Kerry Vincent co-founded, made the announcement on Facebook and said that Kerry was battling an illness.  The statement made on Saturday evening said:

"It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of Kerry Vincent earlier this evening. Being a very private person when it came to all things not cake, she did not want to put her illness out there to the public. Unfortunately her fight has come to an end but she will no longer have any pain.  She will be sorely missed by all who she has touched through the Sugar Arts as will as personally. There will be no services per her request. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers."

Kerry is survived by her husband Doug Vincent. 

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Worst Cooks in America Season 21

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Food Network's Worst Cooks in America season 21 airs on Sunday nights at 9pm ET starting January 3rd, 2020. This season brings a new mentor competing against Anne Burrell which will be Carla Hall.  Carla was a mentor on a Halloween Worst Cooks in America special episode, but this is her first time being a mentor for a whole season. 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 are:

  • Watik Aleem (Aurora, Colorado)
  • Cameron Bartlett (Norma, Oklahoma)
  • Tiffany Billingsly (Greenwood, Idaho)
  • Joy Blessing (Jacksonville, Florida)
  • McKayla Carter (Blackshear, Georgia)
  • Ayesha Dwyer (Wadsworth, Illinois)
  • Chandali Gullick (Wichita, Kansas)
  • Jonathan Hanna (New York, New York)
  • JJ Hurt (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Stephanie James (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Joey Kinsley (Rocky River, Ohio)
  • Amber Leverette (Banner Elk, North Carolina)
  • Laura Moore (Los Angeles, California)
  • Mo Nooreldin (Kirkland, Washington)

The winner of Worst Cooks in America season 21 will receive $25,000 and I will do another post about the show before the season finale. This season is 9-episodes long with the finale being on Sunday, February 28th. Feel free to discuss this season in the comments section as people like to discuss the season as it progresses. 

Monday, December 21, 2020

Holiday Baking Championship Winner Crowned Tonight

Tonight at 9pm ET on Food Network is the two-hour season seven finale of Holiday Baking Championship where the winning baker will take home $25,000.  The four remaining contestants competing for the prize are Lorenzo Delgado, Julianna Jung, Eva Roberts and Megan Rountree.  

The episode description for tonight states, "Dressed as a Christmas tree, host Jesse Palmer kicks things off by asking the final four competitors to honor the holiday tree in the form of a beautifully decorated macaron tower. In the Christmas past, present and future main heat, the bakers must feature an assigned icing style in a stunning cake that evokes their assigned time period -- marzipan from the past, buttercream from the present or mirror glaze from the future. In the end, judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Carla Hall will decide the one baker who will be crowned Holiday Baking Champion and walk away $25,000 richer!"

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 Holiday Baking Championship......

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Food Network Related News and Links

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Here are some recent Food Network related news items:

  • Discovery+ is a streaming service launching in the United States in January that will feature all of Discovery's brands including Food Network.  There is a large library of shows and they will also have new, original content.  The new content listed for Food Network includes: Bobby and Giada in Italy, Cakealikes, Duff's Happy Fun Bake Time, Foodways with Carla Hall (working title), Luda Can't Cook, Mary McCartney Serves it Up, What's Eating Sebastian Maniscalo(working title), and Amy Schumer Learns to Cook: Uncensored. (Link with show descriptions).
  • Guy Fieri is the executive producer of a documentary called Restaurant Hustle 2020: All On The Line. It follows chefs Maneet Chauhan, Antonia Lofaso, Christian Petroni, and Marcus Samuelsson as they document the challenges their restaurants faced during 2020.  It will premiere on Food Network Sunday, December 27th at 9pm ET/PT. (Link)
  • Ree Drummond introduced her foster son to the world and he has been living with her family for a year and a half. (Link)
  • Buddy Valastro had his hand impaled during an accident at his home bowling alley.  He has undergone multiple surgeries and continues to recover with hopes of being able to bake the way he used to. (Link)
  • Carla Hall will be the mentor competing against Anne Burrell in the upcoming season of Worst Cooks in America scheduled to begin January 3rd at 9pm on Food Network. (Link)
  • Here are some recent Food Network books that have released in the past month:

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. 

To see who won season 7 of Holiday Baking Championship, see 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.