Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Clinton Kelly To Host Spring Baking Championship Season 5

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Spring Baking Championship season 5 will start on Food Network on Monday, March 18th and it will have a new host.  Clinton Kelly, who was recently a co-host on ABC's The Chew, will be the new host for the upcoming season.  Previous hosts on the show have been Bobby Deen, Jesse Palmer and Ali Khan.

The judges on the show will remain the same with Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, and Lorraine Pascale returning.  There will be ten bakers competing for a $25,000 prize over the eight episode season.

The press release from Discovery with more details is below:


Season Premieres Monday, March 18th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network

Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, and Lorraine Pascale Return to Judge, as Ten Bakers Compete for Cash Prize

Hit primetime culinary competition Spring Baking Championship returns for a new season on Monday, March 18th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. The series netted its highest-rated season-to-date last year, delivering a .9 P25-54 and 1.3 W25-54 L3 rating, and was seen by nearly 7.5 million viewers. This season, over eight one-hour episodes, host and lifestyle expert Clinton Kelly tests the resolve of 10 talented bakers to create extraordinary baked treats that must impress returning judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, and Lorraine Pascale, to earn the coveted title of Spring Baking Champion and walk away with the $25,000 grand prize! But to rise to the top, the bakers must survive two demanding rounds of spring-themed challenges in each episode that push their baking skills to the limit, with the judges determining which competitors go home and who will be victorious.

“Viewers love the seasonal baking competitions, and Spring Baking Championship saw series-high ratings last year. With challenges drawing on spring themes and celebrations, the artistry and craftsmanship of the competitors never fails to wow audiences year after year with their incredible takes on the thematic challenges, and this season will not disappoint,” said Courtney White, President, Food Network. “Add to that, Clinton Kelly’s charismatic personality and lifestyle expertise, and it is the perfect combination to showcase the bakers amazing and decadent seasonal delights.”

In the season premiere, the bakers are tasked to celebrate the beginning of spring by combining all things cute and delicious in a pre-heat challenge creating spring animal-themed donuts. In the main heat the bakers must get in touch with their inner artists as they design watercolor cakes featuring iconic spring fruits and vegetables, but only nine bakers will continue in the competition. Other episodes include baking up blue ribbon-worthy rhubarb pies, crafting an “ooey gooey” marshmallow dessert in honor of Easter, and the first Spring Baking Championship Spelling Bee – where the bakers must make colorful cream tart words that evoke all things spring. Don’t miss all the fun and excitement to see which baker earns the sweetest title of Spring Baking Champion!

Viewers can find even more baked bites, recipes, tips and mesmerizing video content at Meet the bakers, check out highlights throughout the season, and get behind-the-scenes photos on Food Network’s social platforms, using #SpringBakingChampionship. "

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Estrada's From Restaurant Impossible Has Closed

Estrada's Restaurant in Daly City, California, which was featured on season 7 of Restaurant Impossible has closed.  The restaurant closed after business on Sunday, February 3rd, 2019.

Estrada's posted this message to their Facebook page in January 2019,

"It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Estrada's restaurant will be closing after 102 years in business. Our closing date will be Sunday February 3rd. Reservations will be required in our final days.
Please call the restaurant to book your reservation at 650 755 1282.
It has been our pleasure to serve the community and continue the Estrada's Legacy to 102 years.
We thank you all for your support throughout the years!

Julio & Bernadette"
While the restaurant was open for 102 years, the current owners owned the restaurant for 12 years and were the owners featured on Restaurant Impossible.  They said they sold the restaurant and plan to retire.  A Mediterranean restaurant is supposed to open in the Estrada's location.

Estrada's has been updated to closed on the Restaurant Impossible Updates page.  Since Restaurant Impossible is returning again, I will start doing more posts on closures and I will of course have updates for the new restaurants that appear on the show.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals Returning To Food Network

This week it was announced that Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals will be returning to Food Network in April.  There will be 30 new episodes that will start on April 1st at 12pm ET/PT.  The 30 new episodes will air on 30 consecutive days, so I would expect all of them to air at noon.

The original 30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray aired on Food Network from 2001 through 2012, so it has been about 7 years since a new episode has been on Food Network. 

The press release from Discovery with more details is below and here is a video of Rachael Ray announcing the return on Instagram.


NEW YORK – January 25, 2019 – Rachael Ray and Food Network have struck a new multi-platform deal that includes new episodes of an all-new 30 Minute Meals series, along with plans for a new and exclusive digital companion series, confirmed today by Courtney White, President, Food Network. The reimagined 30 Minute Meals is slated to begin production later this month, and will premiere on Food Network on Monday, April 1st at 12pm ET/PT with a simulcast across linear, TVE and Facebook, and kick-off a roll out of 30 new episodes in 30 days on Food Network and its TVE platform. Across Food Network’s digital and social extensions, viewers will also be able to access a robust, 360-content offering including the new companion series hosted by Ray, enabling multiple, convenient touchpoints for fans to connect and enjoy new recipes, cooking tips and more.

“Rachael Ray is a culinary firebrand as evidenced by her success across her television shows, magazine, books, live events, philanthropy, and all of her businesses,” said White. “Her time-saving and creative ideas for whipping up delicious meals at home are perfect for the home cook of any level, while her infectious energy and enthusiasm make viewers feel like they are right there cooking along with her in the kitchen. We can’t wait to deliver more time with Rachael for her fans.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to bring 30 Minute Meals to a whole new generation of fans,” said Ray. “We are rolling deep this time around, proving to everyone that, yes, these are really meals you can cook in 30 minutes or less. And our show will now be part of Food Network’s on-demand offering, so our friends can actually binge-watch their meals. April is usually rainy here in New York City, but this Spring will shine for us with 30 brand-new 30 Minute Meals.”

With 30 Minutes Meals, Ray gives viewers real-time, step-by-step cooking instructions from ingredient prep through getting a meal on the table, with easy to follow time-saving tips that make the aspirational achievable. For home cooks looking for help serving hot, delicious meals to family and friends quickly, the series provides the perfect recipe for success.

Rachael Ray grew up in food and has parlayed that birthright into a successful career as a television star, an iconic Food Network personality, bestselling cookbook author, Founder and Editorial Director of her own lifestyle magazine, Rachael Ray Every Day, and Founder of the Yum-o! organization. Her daytime program, ‘Rachael Ray,’ launched in the fall of 2006 showcasing Rachael’s warmth, energy and boundless curiosity, inviting viewers to experience life the Rachael Ray way. She has also hosted Food Network’s Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off, Worst Cooks in America, Week In A Day and 30 Minute Meals, which earned Rachael a Daytime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Service Show” and a nomination for “Outstanding Service Show Host.” Rachael turned her 30 Minute Meals concept into a bestselling cookbook series, including Rachael Ray’s Book of Burger, My Year in Meals and Everyone is Italian on Sunday. She has also developed a line of super premium dog and cat food called Rachael Ray Nutrish® along with Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, and through The Rachael Ray Foundation™ has donated more than $32 million to animals in need. Her nonprofit organization, Yum-o!, empowers kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking.

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FOOD NETWORK ( is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to nearly 100 million U.S. households and draws over 46 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine’s rate base has grown 13 times and is the No. 2 best-selling monthly magazine on the newsstand, with 13.5 million readers. Food Network is owned by Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment spanning 220 countries and territories; the portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network."

Monday, January 21, 2019

Kids Baking Championship Season 6

Food Network's Kids Baking Championship season 6 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 9-13) competing on this season are:
  • Jenna Alnatur (Clifton, NJ; age 9)
  • Gavin Crawford (Pearland, TX; age 11)
  • Paige Goehner (Blaine, MN; age 11)
  • Misha Jones (Annapolis, MD; age 12)
  • Brooklyn Kyzar (Silverhill, AL; age 12)
  • Kasey Moeggenborg (Rockford, MI; age 13)
  • Jaxon Remillard (Mansfield, TX; age 11)
  • Meadow Roberts (Minneapolis, MN; age 10)
  • Nyah Rosado (New Rochelle, NY; age 11)
  • Davis Sams (Vancouver, BC; age 13)
  • Madison Totaro (Austin, TX: age 11)
  • Karthik Vemparala (Somerset, NJ; age 11)

The winner will be revealed on Monday, March 11th 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.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Worst Cooks in America Season 15

Food Network's Worst Cooks in America season 15 airs on Sunday nights at 9pm ET and this season is once again Anne Burrell vs. Tyler Florence. 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.  This year the contestants that appear on the show include:
  • Brett Azar (Rahway, New Jersey)
  • Carmelle Bull (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Brittany Carel (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
  • Travele Judon (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Cody Medler (Los Angeles, California)
  • Chaz Oakley(Ninilchik, Alaska)
  • Sponjetta Parrish (Athens, Georgia)
  • Cameron Pennington (Grayson, Kentucky)
  • Alten Poblete(San Diego, California)
  • Kat Schuessler (Kent, Ohio)
  • Caitlin Stolzenthaler (Brick, New Jersey)
  • Mickey Wentz(Denver, Colorado)
  • Antoinette Wills (Washington, D.C.)
  • Allison Wolfe (Richmond, Texas) 
  • Terry Yu (Stockton, California)

The winner of Worst Cooks in America will receive $25,000 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.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Food Network's January 2019 Programming Highlights

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Happy New Year!  Here are some of the highlights of the Food Network programming scheduled to air on the channel in January:

  • Guy’s Grocery Games: DDD Family Tournament starting Wednesday, January 2nd at 9pm. 
  • The season 15 premiere of Worst Cooks in America with Anne Burrell vs. Tyler Florence on Sunday, January 6th at 9pm. 
  • The season 6 premiere of Kids Baking Championship with Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman on Monday, January 7th at 9pm. 
  • The new series Winner Cake All with host Giada De Laurentiis on Monday January 7th at 10pm. 
  • New primetime episodes of Beat Bobby Flay, Chopped, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy’s Grocery Games and Triple D Nation
  • New daytime episodes of Giada Entertains, Girl Meets Farm, Guy’s Ranch Kitchen, The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman and Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.

A press release with episode descriptions and air dates is below:

Monday, December 17, 2018

Holiday Baking Championship Winner Crowned Tonight

Tonight at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network is the season 5 finale of Holiday Baking Championship where the winning baker will take home $25,000.  The three remaining bakers competing for the prize are: Douglas Phillips, Sarah Lucia Tafur, and Lerome Campbell.

The episode description for tonight's episode states, "Three bakers remain in the competition, and in the pre-heat, they have to create a beautiful edible holiday ornament display. For the final main heat, the bakers channel holiday gift shopping by creating a cake that is decorated like a gift on the outside and reveals a surprise inside when sliced. For one talented baker, the ultimate gift will be $25,000 and the title of Holiday Baking Champion!"

Holiday Baking Championship has been getting great ratings for Food Network and has been one of the highest rated shows on Food Network this year.  I will update this post with the season 5 winner of Holiday Baking Championship after the episode airs.

Continue reading to see the winner....

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Restaurant: Impossible Returning To Food Network With New Episodes

Robert Irvine revealed that Restaurant: Impossible is returning to Food Network with new episodes in 2019.  The show is currently casting and the show is expected to film in January-March of 2019 according to the application to get on the show.  With that timeline for filming, I would expect the new episodes to start airing on Food Network in mid-to-late 2019.

Food Network decided not to renew Restaurant: Impossible back in 2016 and Robert Irvine went on to star in his own talk show, which was canceled earlier this year.

Restaurant: Impossible usually had good ratings, so it isn't much of a shock that it is returning to Food Network with new episodes (note - reruns currently air on Wednesdays at 4am).  We will have to wait until the new episodes air to see if the format will be of the original Restaurant: Impossible, the ambush version or something different.

As always, I will do updates on the restaurants that appear on the show and they will be updated on the Restaurant: Impossible Updates Page.  Are you looking forward to the return of Restaurant: Impossible?

Robert Irvine's tweet about the show returning is below:

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Holiday Baking Championship - Five Bakers Remain

I have received a few requests to do a post on Food Network's Holiday Baking Championship so people can discuss it in the comments, so here it is.

The five bakers remaining in season 5 of Holiday Baking Championship are: Douglas Phillips, Dan Raymond, Sarah Lucia Tafur, Lerome Campbell, and Chantal Thomas.  Three episodes remain and the winning baker will be crowned on Monday, December 17th.  The winner will receive a $25,000 prize and I will do another post for the finale where you can discuss the season and the winner.

Holiday Baking Championship has been getting really good ratings for a Monday night with about 1.6 million total viewers per episode.  This makes Holiday Baking Championship one of Food Network's top rated shows.

What do you think of the season so far and who are you rooting for to win?

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Giada De Laurentiis To Host New Show 'Winner Cake All'

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Giada De Laurentiis will be the host of a new Food Network show called Winner Cake All which will premiere on Monday, January 7th at 10pm ET.  The series will be 13 episodes long, and each episode will have four bakers challenged to make a cake for a $10,000 prize.  There will be two challenges per episode, with the first being a decoration challenge and the second being a cake challenge.  The contestants will be challenged to make themed cakes similar to what was done on Cupcake Wars.

Giada recently hosted Ultimate Thanksgiving Showdown and has been a host/judge on Food Network Star for years.  People always seem to comment on Giada's outfits and her behavior no matter what show she is on, so it will be interesting to see how involved she is as the host on Winner Cake All.  The judges on the show will be a rotating panel with judges such as: Dan Langan, Kimberly Bailey, Damiano Carrara and Yolanda Gampp. (Link)

The press release about the show from Food Network is below:

"Culinary icon Giada De Laurentiis kicks off the New Year with the competition series Winner Cake All, premiering Monday, January 7th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. Each episode features four of the best cake-baking tandems from around the country, as Giada challenges them to create epic cakes for their clientele's unforgettable celebrations, ranging from a cake honoring a member of the armed services coming home to a cake for the ultimate family party featuring America's favorite quintuplets, the Busbys, from TLC's OutDaughtered. Through 13 episodes the teams are put to the test over two rounds of baking, with a rotating panel of guest judges helping the clients determine which team captures their dream look and taste to prevail with the $10,000 grand prize!

"As a culinary superstar, restaurateur and Food Network host, there isn't anything that Giada cannot do," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "Whether it is making a cake for a baby shower or bringing a celebrity client's vision to life, these bakers must navigate pressure-filled challenges, while wowing Giada and the judges for the right to walk away with $10,000."

Each episode features the baking teams competing in two rounds, including a Decoration Challenge where each team must create a unique cake topper based on the client's theme. The panel of judges then decide which team is the first to be eliminated. In the second round, the three remaining teams take part in the Cake Challenge, where Giada introduces the client's request for a sculpted cake for their celebration. Thematic episodes during the season include the creation of a game day party cake for former NFL player Rashad Jennings, Guy Fieri tasking the bakers with making a Guy's Grocery Games-themed cake, and Iron Chef Michael Symon challenging the bakers to make a cake for the opening of his new restaurant in Las Vegas. The STAKES are high but only one team will be victorious and celebrate with $10,000.

Visit for exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and insider videos with Giada and the celebrity clients. On Food Network's Instagram we are challenging Giada and the judges to a series of "Beat the Heat" games. Find out who can crack the most eggs in 30 seconds and who can stack and frost a cake the fastest! Join in on the conversation using #WinnerCakeAll."