Friday, January 21, 2022

Tournament of Champions - Season 3

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Season 3 of Tournament of Champions hosted by Guy Fieri begins on Food Network Sunday, February 27th at 8pm.  They changed the format again for this season with there now being 32 chefs competing to win the prize and bragging rights.  They also upped the ante by making the prize $100,000.  With the extra competitors there will be extra episodes (eight) and each episode will be two-hours long with four matchups in each.

The 16 chefs representing the East are:

Eric Adjepong, Einat Admony, Karen Akunowicz, Kelsey Barnard Clark, Maneet Chauhan (season 2 winner), Madison Cowan, Tobias Dorzon, Tiffani Faison, Darnell Ferguson, Amanda Freitag, Richard Hales, Christian Petroni, Michael Psilakis, Aarthi Sampath, Justin Sutherland and Bryan Voltaggio.

Madison Cowan, Maneet Chauhan, Darnell Ferguson, Amanda Freitag, Christian Petroni, and Bryan Voltaggio all have competed in past years, while the other chefs are competing for the first time.

The 16 chefs representing the West are: 

Carlos Anthony, Shirley Chung, Chris Cosentino, Tiffany Derry, Elizabeth Falkner, Phillip Frankland Lee, Timothy Hollingsworth, Antonia Lofaso, Crista Luedtke, Brian Malarkey, Aaron May, Joe Sasto, Jet Tila, Marcel Vigneron, Michael Voltaggio and Season 1 winner Brooke Williamson (season 1 winner)

Elizabeth Falkner, Antonia Lofaso, Brian Malarkey, Aaron May, Jet Tila, Marcel Vigneron, Michael Voltaggio and Brooke Williamson have competed in the past, while the other chefs are new to the competition.  Elizabeth Falkner was competing on the East in season 1, but now is in the West.

You will also notice a lot of the competitors have appeared on Bravo's Top Chef in the past.

Simon Majumdar and Justin Warner will once again be providing the play-by-play analysis of the competition, and Hunter Fieri will again be following the action backstage.  The rotating panel of judges include Scott Conant, Cat Cora, Dominique Crenn, Giada De Laurentiis, Traci Des Jardins, Rocco DiSpirito, Lorena Garcia, Alex Guarnaschelli, Mashaharu Morimoto, Eric Ripert, Nancy Silverton, Ming Tsai, and Jonathan Waxman.  Alex Guarnaschelli competed in season 1, but is now a judge in this season.

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.  Feel free to discuss season three of Tournament of Champions in the comments.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Casa Real - Restaurant Impossible Update

This week on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Loveland, Colorado to makeover Casa Real. Casa Real is a family-run Mexican restaurant that has been open for six years.  Despite being open for six years, owners Ritchie and his mother Alma have not earned any profits.  Ritchie has been running virtual kitchens to try to salvage things, but even those are failing.  Robert needs to turn the restaurant around in hopes it doesn't end up closing.




As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Casa Real 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, January 12, 2022

KC's BBQ - Restaurant Impossible Update

On this week's episode of Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Berkeley, California to makeover KC's BBQ. KC's BBQ has been around for over 50 years and Patrick is trying to continue his father's legacy.  The restaurant is in danger of closing and this has caused Patrick to go into a deep depression.  Robert will need to get Patrick to regain his self-confidence and improve his relationships in hopes of saving the family business.




As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about KC's BBQ 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 6, 2022

Jalisco Cafe - Restaurant Impossible Update

Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in San Diego, California to makeover Jalisco Cafe. Jalisco Cafe's owner Maria has no idea how to run a restaurant and faces endless obstacles such as bad food, complacent staff and a filthy kitchen.  It is one of the filthiest restaurants Robert Irvine has ever seen.  Robert will need to clean the place up and give Maria the tools to succeed in hopes of turning Jalisco Cafe into a success.




As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Jalisco 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, January 5, 2022

Worst Cooks in America Season 24

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Food Network's Worst Cooks in America season 24 airs on Wednesday nights at 9pm ET/PT starting tonight, January 5th, 2022. This season brings a new mentor competing against Anne Burrell which will be Cliff Crooks.  Cliff Crooks has been on multiple Food Network shows such as Chef Boot Camp and also appeared on Bravo's Top Chef with a little controversy. Worst Cooks in America usually airs on Sunday nights, but this year the episodes will air on Wednesday nights.  The ratings for Worst Cooks in America are usually good, so it will be interesting to see how the move from Sunday to Wednesday impacts the ratings.  This year, there are twelve contestants competing and some are complete strangers, while others are pairs that know each other. The twelve contestants that will compete on the show are:


  • Married couple Eddie and Kara Anderson (Leitchfield, Kentucky); 
  • Married couple Bianca Bencosme and Hector Peralta (York, Pennsylvania)
  • Drag artists and best friends Marti Cummings and Peachez Iman-Cummings (New York City)
  • Best friends Hilda Ike (Kissimmee, Florida) and Deneise White (Poinciana, Florida)
  • Al Kingswriter (Tony, Wisconsin)
  • Melody Moore (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • "Long-lost cousins" Angie Padilla (San Jose, California) and Cheyenne Loomis (London, Kentucky)

The winner of Worst Cooks in America season 24 will receive $25,000 and I will do another post about the show before the season finale. This season is 8-episodes long with the finale being on Wednesday, February 23rd. Feel free to discuss this season in the comments section as people like to discuss the season and the contestants as the show progresses.