Thursday, November 25, 2021

Bobby Flay Reaches Deal With Food Network

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Last month, it was reported that Bobby Flay would be leaving Food Network after he couldn't reach a deal for a new contract.  I did a post saying he was "supposedly" leaving as the report could have been used as a negotiating tactic and it seems like my hunch was correct.  According to Variety, Bobby Flay has reached a new three-year deal with Food Network although the financial terms were not announced.

Food Network's President Courtney White said this about the deal, "We are thrilled to continue Bobby Flay’s long-standing relationship with Food Network. He captivates our audience with his incredible culinary skill, fierce competitive spirit and his trademark ability to share a deep passion for food. Bobby generously invites viewers into his culinary world, sharing his #WeCook philosophy and inspiring everyone in the kitchen. Continuing this creative relationship with such an extraordinary talent is the perfect way to usher in the holidays."

Bobby Flay has been with Food Network since 1994, so this deal will take him into his 30th year on the channel. 

In other Food Network deal news, it was also recently announced that Anne Burrell has reached a multi-year deal with Food Network that includes at least two more cycles of Worst Cooks in America.  The next season of Worst Cooks in America begins in January and will have Anne Burrell going up against a new mentor in Cliff Crooks.


Saturday, November 6, 2021

Holiday Baking Championship Season 8

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The eighth season of Holiday Baking Championship airs on Monday nights at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network.  This season is once again hosted by Jesse Palmer and the judges are Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, and Carla Hall.  This year there are twelve bakers competing for a $25,000 prize and a feature in Food Network Magazine. Season eight of Holiday Baking Championship is eight episodes long. 

The bakers competing for the $25,000 prize on season eight are:
  • Richard Akers-Barrows (pastry chef) - Dorchester, MA
  • Sabrina Coombs (executive pastry chef) - Atlanta, GA
  • Philippe Costa (home baker) - Seaside, CA
  • Shayla Daniels (pastry chef) - Odessa, FL
  • Neomie Eliezer (pastry chef) - Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Jennifer Hood (dietician/home baker) - Winston-Salem, NC
  • Grace Lapsys (pastry chef) - Albuquerque, NM
  • Jose Marchan - Cleveland, OH
  • Adam Monette (culinary arts instructor) - Saint Albans, VT
  • Naomi Mwangi (bakery owner) - McKinney, TX
  • Jody O’Sullivan (pastry chef/instructor) - Quincy, MA
  • Marilyn Santos McNabb (pastry chef) - Chicago, IL

The Holiday Baking Championship season finale will air on Monday, December 20th and I will do another post about that episode before it airs.  Feel free to discuss season 8 of Holiday Baking Championship in the comments of this post.