Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Tournament of Champions Winner Crowned Tonight

Tonight at 10pm ET of Food Network is the season 1 finale of Tournament of Champions which will be an hour and a half long. The four chefs remaining who are competing for bragging rights and a new truck are Antonia Lofaso, Amanda Freitag, Maneet Chauhan, and Brooke Williamson.  With the remaining chefs all being female, this guarantees a female chef will win Tournament of Champions.

Tonight's episode will first have the two semifinal battles which are Antonia Lofaso vs. Brooke Willamson and Amanda Freitag vs. Maneet Chauhan.  Then the two winners of those match-ups will face off in the finale.

From a previous post, here are the outcomes of the match-ups throughout this season:
  • Matchup 1 - Antonia Lofaso vs. Marcel Vigneron. WINNER - Antonia Lofaso 92-89
  • Matchup 2 - Eric Greenspan vs. Jet Tila. WINNER - Jet Tila 76-72
  • Matchup 3 - Alex Guarnaschelli vs. Darnell Ferguson. WINNER - Darnell Ferguson 72-71
  • Matchup 4 - Christian Petroni vs. Marc Murphy. WINNER - Christian Petroni 85-84
  • Matchup 5 - Elizabeth Falkner vs. Amanda Freitag. WINNER - Amanda Freitag 92-82
  • Matchup 6 - Richard Blais vs. Beau Macmillan. WINNER - Beau Macmillan 81-76
  • Matchup 7 - Michael Voltaggio vs. Brooke Williamson. WINNER - Brooke Williamson 96-90
  • Matchup 8 - Maneet Chauhan vs. Rocco DiSpirito. WINNER - Maneet Chauhan 91-81
  • Matchup 9 - Antonia Lofaso vs. Beau Macmillan. WINNER - Antonia Lofaso 96-85
  • Matchup 10 - Amanda Freitag vs. Darnell Ferguson. WINNER - Amanda Freitag 82-78
  • Matchup 11 - Christian Petroni vs. Maneet Chauhan. WINNER - Maneet Chauhan 93-89
  • Matchup 12 - Brooke Williamson vs. Jet Tila. WINNER - Brooke Williamson 94-83

I will update this post with the winner of the final three match-ups after the episode airs and you can discuss this season in the comments.

Continue reading to see who won the final matchups:


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Great Food Truck Race Season 12 Gold Coast

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The Great Food Truck Race season 12 airs on Food Network at 9pm ET/PT on Thursday nights. This season is along the Gold Coast and there are only seven food truck teams who are competing to win a $50,000 grand prize.  This year there are stops in Los Angeles,San Diego, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs and Las Vegas and the season is six episodes long.


The food trucks competing are:
  • Bachelor Kitchen (Austin, Texas)
  • Crystal’s Comfort Food (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • Eat My Crust (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Fat Kid (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
  • Lunch Ladies (Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts)
  • Mystikka Masala (Dallas, Texas)
  • Super Sope (Turlock, California)

More information about season 12 of The Great Food Truck Race and the teams competing can be found in the press release and on the Food Network site if you are interested.

Feel free to discuss this season in the comments.  I usually do a preview with spoilers for The Great Food Truck Race, but I didn't get around to it for this season.  I will do another post for the final episode.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Buddy vs. Duff Season 2 Discussion

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Season 2 of Buddy vs. Duff airs on Food Network at 9pm ET starting on March 15th, 2020.  This season will be eight episodes long with the finale being on Sunday, May 3rd. This season of Buddy vs. Duff will also feature their wives (Lisa Valastro/Johnna Goldman)  and Buddy Valastro and Duff Goldman will have helpers in each of the challenges.

Buddy and Duff will be making supersized cakes and will be "judged on a point system based on creativity, difficulty, adherence to the theme and the incorporation of a special challenging element, ranging from detail, special effects, interactivity, and more."

Season 1 of Buddy vs. Duff was very popular and controversial with a lot of people talking about the behavior of Buddy Valastro on the show.  Buddy and Duff didn't really want to do another season after the show aired last year, but I guess they warmed up to it.

Feel free to discuss season 2 of Buddy vs. Duff in the comments and talk about the changes from season 1 to season 2.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Taverna Trela - Restaurant Impossible Update

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Tonight on the season finale of Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Delray Beach, Florida to makeover Taverna Trela. Taverna Trela is a Greek restaurant owned by Bobby Orfanos who has neglected the restaurant since the loss of his parents.  He is supposedly $400,000 in debt and owes money to a lot of vendors.  Robert Irvine will need to inspire Bobby to fix the restaurant in order to succeed.



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


Monday, March 9, 2020

Spring Baking Championship Season 6

Spring Baking Championship season 6 airs on Food Network on Monday nights starting March 9th, 2020 and will once again be hosted by Clinton Kelly.  The judges on the show will remain the same with Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, and Lorraine Pascale returning. 

There will be eleven bakers competing for a $25,000 prize over the nine-episode season (there were 10 bakers and 8 episodes last season) and the winner will be revealed on Monday, April 27th after a double-episode finale.

The eleven bakers competing are:
  • Val Criado - San Antonio, TX
  • Sandra Danso-Boadi - Mississauga, ON
  • Sohrob Esmaili - San Francisco, CA
  • Arin Hiebert - Calgary, AB
  • Franck Iglesias - Old Saybrook, CT
  • Molly Matthaei - Jackson Hole, WY
  • Aisha Momaney - New York, NY
  • Christine Nguyen - Sugar Land, TX
  • Anibal Rodriguez - Rio Grande, PR
  • Aris Rodriguez - Sedona, AZ
  • Tati Vernot - Miami, FL

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

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Worst Cooks in America Winner - Season 18

Tonight at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network is the season 18 finale of Worst Cooks in America where the winner will take home a $25,000 prize. The final two contestants are Shannon Akins representing Anne Burrell's team and Leo Lech representing Alton Brown's team.

The episode description states, "The final two recruits get private cooking lessons from Alton Brown and Anne Burrell and learn to make a dish of their choosing. Then Alton and Anne teach their recruits how to make a three-course, restaurant-quality meal. For the main dish challenge, the two finalists put all their new culinary skills to the test in order to impress judges Kelly Choi, Brian Mazza and Jet Tila, who do a blind taste test and determine 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.  A lot of talk this season has been about Alton Brown as a mentor and there has been a lot of discussion about his behavior on the show.

Continue reading to see the winner....

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Vegas Chef Prizefight on Food Network

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A new Food Network series called Vegas Chef Prizefight airs Thursday nights at 10pm ET on the channel and is hosted by Anne Burrell. Eight chefs are competing in a competition to be named Head Chef at the brand-new $10 million restaurant at the Flamingo Las Vegas. Each week, chefs will face challenges at a different restaurant within the Caesars Entertainment empire to prove they have what it takes to run a high-profile restaurant in Las Vegas.

The chefs competing on the show are:
  • Brittney Brown (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Jeffrey Compton (Auburn, Alabama)
  • Julia Helton (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Jeff Kraus (Tempe, Arizona)
  • Janey Lyu (New York, New York)
  • Lamar Moore (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Roshara Sanders (Bridgeport, Connecticut)
  • Juan Zepeda (Denver, Colorado)

The season will be six-episodes long with the finale airing on Thursday, April 9th. Feel free to discuss the season in the comments and I will do another post before the season finale. A press release about the show with more information is below.

Lil G's Kajun Restaurant - Restaurant Impossible Update

Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Belle Chasse, Louisiana to makeover Lil G's Kajun Restaurant. Lil G's is a Cajun restaurant owned by Therese Creppel who bought the restaurant 12 years ago.  She has managed to stay in business with the help of her daughter, but she has supposedly had consecutive years of losing more than $100,000.  Her daughter Brooke is only taking home $14,000 a year in pay from the restaurant and the restaurant is putting a strain on their relationship.


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


Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Food Network Tournament Of Champions Discussion

Tonight at 10pm ET on Food Network is the series premiere of Tournament of ChampionsTournament of Champions is a cooking tournament where 16 of the most celebrated chefs face off in a bracket style competition.  They will have head-to-head single elimination matchups until a winner is crowned.  A randomizer machine determines the protein, produce, equipment, cooking style, and time for each of the cook-offs

There are eight chefs from the east coast: Maneet Chauhan, Rocco DiSpirito, Alex Guarnaschelli, Elizabeth Falkner, Darnell Ferguson, Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy and Christian Petroni.

And eight chefs from the west coast: Richard Blais, Eric Greenspan, Antonia Lofaso, Beau Macmillan, Jet Tila, Marcel Vigneron, Michael Voltaggio, and Brooke Williamson.


The chefs have been seeded 1 to 8 and the bracket is below:



Tournament of Champions has been heavily promoted and the season will only be five-episodes long. Round 1 will last two episodes, then the final eight, final four and final two will each have an episode.  Guy Fieri is the host, Simon Majumdar and Justin Warner will be doing play-by-play analysis of the competition, and there will be a rotating panel of judges.  As far as I can tell, it looks like the only prize for the show is bragging rights for the winning chef. UPDATE - It looks like they will win a brand new truck as well.


What do you think of the seeding and who are you rooting for to win?  I will update this post with the winners of each match-up until the finale and you can discuss Tournament of Champions in the comments.


  • Matchup 1 - Antonia Lofaso vs. Marcel Vigneron.  WINNER - Antonia Lofaso 92-89
  • Matchup 2 - Eric Greenspan vs. Jet Tila. WINNER - Jet Tila 76-72
  • Matchup 3 - Alex Guarnaschelli vs. Darnell Ferguson. WINNER - Darnell Ferguson 72-71
  • Matchup 4 - Christian Petroni vs. Marc Murphy. WINNER - Christian Petroni 85-84
  • Matchup 5 - Elizabeth Falkner vs. Amanda Freitag. WINNER - Amanda Freitag 92-82
  • Matchup 6 - Richard Blais vs. Beau Macmillan. WINNER - Beau Macmillan 81-76
  • Matchup 7 - Michael Voltaggio vs. Brooke Williamson. WINNER - Brooke Williamson 96-90
  • Matchup 8 - Maneet Chauhan vs. Rocco DiSpirito. WINNER - Maneet Chauhan 91-81 
  • Matchup 9 - Antonia Lofaso vs. Beau Macmillan.  WINNER - Antonia Lofaso 96-85
  • Matchup 10 - Amanda Freitag vs. Darnell Ferguson.  WINNER - Amanda Freitag 82-78
  • Matchup 11 - Christian Petroni vs. Maneet Chauhan. WINNER - Maneet Chauhan 93-89
  • Matchup 12 - Brooke Williamson vs. Jet Tila.  WINNER - Brooke Williamson 94-83
To see who won Tournament of Champions and to discuss the finale, see this post

Monday, March 2, 2020

Kids Baking Championship Winner - Season 8

Tonight at 10pm ET on Food Network is the season 8 finale of Kids Baking Championship where the winning baker will take home the prize of $25,000 and a feature in Food Network Magazine.  The final episode was originally scheduled to air on March 9th, but it looks like Food Network moved it up a week and they will have back-to-back new episodes tonight.

The four remaining bakers going into tonight's episodes are Morgan Chaffin (Glen Burnie, MD; age 11),  Sam Occhiogrosso (West Hartford, CT; age 11), Graysen Pinder (Wilmington, NC; age 13), and Reggie Strom (Bend, OR; age 12).


The final episode description states, "Fruit is an important element of baking, so Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman challenge the final three bakers to make fruit cakes, but not the holiday kind. Instead, they have to make cakes that look like actual fruit! One baker will walk away with the title of Kids Baking Champion."

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

Continue reading to see who won Kids Baking Championship season 8....

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Blue Orleans - Restaurant Impossible Update

Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Chattanooga, Tennessee to makeover Blue Orleans. Blue Orleans is a family-owned restaurant owned by Mike and Cherita Adams who started the restaurant after losing everything in Hurricane Katrina.  Mike and Cherita are going through a divorce, which is impacting their kids Dallen and Jolie as well as the restaurant.  Robert Irvine will try to bring peace back to the family and make the restaurant a success.  This episode of Restaurant Impossible will be 90-minutes instead of the usual 60-minute episodes.


As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Blue Orleans 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, February 20, 2020

The Balcony - Restaurant Impossible Update

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Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Larose, Louisiana to makeover The Balcony.  The Balcony is a Cajun seafood restaurant that is one of the oldest in the bayou.  The owner Neely Cheramie has worked there for 28 years and her friendly relationships with all of her employees is causing them to lose respect for her.  Robert Irvine needs to change the way she is running the restaurant in hopes that it can survive.



As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about The Balcony 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, February 13, 2020

Restaurant Impossible - Drake's Place Update

Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Ferguson, Missouri to makeover Drake's Place. Drake's Place opened in 2014 and is owned by Sonny and Bridget Lewis who are out of money and options.  They are hoping their son can step up more in the restaurant to help turn it around.


As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Drake's Place 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, February 6, 2020

Restaurant Impossible - Garrett's Mill & Brewing Company Update

Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Garrettsville, Ohio to makeover Garrett's Mill & Brewing Company. Garrett's Mill & Brewing Company is a restaurant located inside a 200-year-old mill.  The owner Shelli is having trouble keeping the restaurant afloat after her husband Brian had to return to his trucking job to earn money to help support the business.  Garrett's Mill & Brewing Company has a $500,000 payment due soon and if they are unable to make it, they will have to close the restaurant.



As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Garrett's Mill & Brewing Company 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 30, 2020

Restaurant Impossible - Chianti Cow Update

Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Port Jervis, New York to Carmine's Chianti Cow. Carmine's Chianti Cow is an Italian restaurant owned by Keith O'Connor and his restaurant has an identity crisis.  He is still serving the same food as the previous owners and Robert needs to reignite Keith's passion before it has to close.


During the makeover the restaurant ditched the Carmine's in the name and now goes by the name Chianti Cow.  As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Chianti Cow 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):


Sunday, January 26, 2020

Alton Brown on Worst Cooks in America - Love It or Hate It?

Alton Brown is the mentor going against Anne Burrell on Food Network's Worst Cooks in America season 18.  When the season started, many people were saying Alton Brown was perfect for the show and that they were enjoying watching him.  After the third episode, it seems that many people have changed their mind and think Alton Brown is being rude to the contestants.

If you follow Alton Brown on Twitter, you will see that he didn't really want to be a mentor on this season and it may have been forced by Food Network.  It may have been done so he could secure more Good Eats episodes, which he is currently filming another season (Link). Alton also said he nearly lost his mind while filming the season and jokes about not watching the episodes and not wanting others to watch them.  Check out his Twitter to see his commentary on the Worst Cooks in America episodes and he is currently lobbying to be replaced on the show.


What are your thoughts on Alton Brown during season 18 of Worst Cooks in America?  Are you loving it or hating it?  Are you enjoying watching him "lose his mind?"  Discuss in the comments.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Restaurant Impossible - Foxfire Grill Update

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Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Alexandria, Virginia to makeover Foxfire Grill.  Foxfire Grill is owned by Terri Fox and Jacki Coppage who cannot figure out why they are not making money.  The restaurant is in a good location, they're smart and work hard, but that still isn't enough.  Robert Irvine will have to figure out how to turn the restaurant around.



As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Foxfire Grill 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 16, 2020

Restaurant Impossible - Perella's Ristorante Update

Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Warren, Rhode Island to makeover Perella's Ristorante. Perella's Ristorante is an Italian restaurant owned by Louie Perella and it has been around for 25 years.  Robert finds that not much has changed in 25 years as far as the menu, decor, or Louie's opinions and this is holding back the restaurant.  Robert will need to convince him to change his ways if the restaurant wants to be successful.


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


Sunday, January 12, 2020

Kids Baking Championship Season 8

Food Network's Kids Baking Championship season 8 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 10-13) competing on this season are:
  • Liam Bizjack (El Dorado Hills, CA; age 12)
  • Morgan Chaffin (Glen Burnie, MD; age 11)
  • Anthony Fontanez (Belmar, NJ; age 12)
  • Sahana Gade (Sugar Land, TX; age 10)
  • Phoebe Gore (New York, NY; age 11)
  • Sam Occhiogrosso (West Hartford, CT; age 11)
  • Graysen Pinder (Wilmington, NC; age 13)
  • Elise Sammis (Chapin, SC; age 11)
  • Saleem Sandhu (Yuba City, CA; age 12)
  • Avner Schwartz (Haverford, PA; age 12)
  • Reggie Strom (Bend, OR; age 12)
  • Naima Winston (Baltimore, MD; age 11)

The winner will be revealed on Monday, March 9th 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.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Restaurant Impossible - Edgar's Restaurant Update

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Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Akron, Ohio to makeover Edgar's Restaurant. Edgar's Restaurant is a fine dining restaurant located on a golf course owned by Glenn Gillespie who is also the chef.  While Robert Irvine is there, he finds that Glenn is not being completely honest with him which causes some problems during the transformation.


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


Sunday, January 5, 2020

Worst Cooks in America Season 18

Food Network's Worst Cooks in America season 18 airs on Sunday nights at 9pm ET starting January 5th, 2020.  This season brings a new mentor competing against Anne Burrell which will be Alton Brown.  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 sixteen contestants that will compete on the show include:

  • Shannon Akins (Tempe, Arizona) - Team Anne
  • Dr. Lulu Boykin (Pittsboro, North Carolina) - Team Anne
  • Monica Colwell (Hazard, Kentucky) - Team Alton
  • Joe Deese (Fulton, Alabama) - Team Alton
  • Jefferson Goldie (Chicago, Illinois) - Team Alton
  • Ryan Grovey (Seattle, Washington) - Team Anne
  • Michael Jones-Better (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) - Team Alton
  • Dakota Klaes (New York, New York) - Team Anne
  • Leo Lech (Washington, West Virginia) - Team Alton
  • Curtis Long (Seneca, South Carolina) - Team Anne
  • Kelly Ngoc Mac (Pasadena, California) - Team Alton
  • Bridget Praytor (Colorado Springs, Colorado) - Team Anne
  • Leslie Rivera-Silva (Washington D.C.) - Team Anne
  • Jolynn Singh (Allen, Texas) - Team Alton
  • Kevin So (Brooklyn, New York) - Team Alton
  • Alexandra Tiso (Eastchester, New York) - Team Anne


The winner of Worst Cooks in America season 18 will receive $25,000 and I will do another post about the show before the season finale.  This season is 10-episodes long (season 17 was eight episodes) with the finale being on Sunday, March 8th.  Feel free to discuss this season in the comments section as people like to discuss the season as it progresses.  The first episode is available on demand at several cable companies if you would like to watch it before it airs.

A lot of people are talking about Alton Brown's appearance on the show.  Here is another post where people discuss that.

UPDATE - Here is the post discussing the final episode and winner.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Restaurant Impossible - Rossini's Cucina Italiana Update

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Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Ridgeland, Mississippi to makeover Rossini's Cucina Italiana.  Rossini's Cucina Italiana is an Italian restaurant owned by Lori and Tony Spreafico.  Robert Irvine finds a filthy kitchen and feels that the owners have given up on the restaurant.  The restaurant has also put the owners in debt and has put a strain on their relationship.


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