Sunday, April 11, 2021

The Great Food Truck Race Alaska Winner

Tonight at 10pm ET on Food Network is the season 14 finale of The Great Food Truck Race Alaska where the winning team will take home $50,000.  The two remaining teams competing for the prize are Breakfast for Dinner (Harry Poole, Kate Wurtzel and April Northdurft) and Tasty Balls (Nadia Ahmed, Misti Buard and D'Ambria Jacobs).


The final episode is in Fairbanks, Alaska and the episode description states:
"The final two teams meet up with Tyler Florence and go head-to-head in rugged Fairbanks, Alaska, where intense challenges and tough sell days test both food trucks like never before. With unparalleled grit and determination, one team will be named the champion and win the grand prize of $50,000, and one team will leave Alaska with only dashed food truck dreams."

I will update this post with The Great Food Truck Race Alaska season 14 winner after the episode airs.

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

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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.......

Monday, February 15, 2021

Kids Baking Championship Winner - Season 9

Tonight at 9pm ET on Food Network is the season 9 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 two episodes will be played back-to-back and the winner will be revealed after the 10pm episode.


The four remaining bakers going into tonight's episodes are: Haylin Adams (Glasgow, KY; age 11), Jonah Anderson (Harrisburg, PA ; age 12), Keaton Ashton (Sugar City, ID; age 13), and Bella Luu (San Jose, CA; age 12).


The first episode description states, "Why have one kind of pie when you can have two? Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman task the four young bakers with creating a two-flavor sheet pan pie. Successfully making two different delicious pie fillings and a tasty crust plus great decorations will land three bakers in the finale."


The final episode description states, "For the finale, Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman focus on biomes -- large regions of Earth with specific climates that are home to certain types of living things. The three final bakers must make cakes based on a specific biome: rainforest, desert or coral reef. The young baker with the best biome cake earns $25,000 and the title of Kids Baking Champion!"

I will update this post with the season 9 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 9....

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.

UPDATE - To see who won Kids Baking Championship Season 9, visit this post

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.