Last Cake Standing

Food Network May 2011 Highlights

Press Release from Food Network:

Food Network Crowns Cake Cavalier on ‘Last Cake Standing’ Season Finale and Names BBQ King in New Series ‘Best In Smoke’
Season Premieres: Paula’s Best Dishes, Guy’s Big Bite, Diners Drive-Ins and Dives, Chopped
On-Air and Online “In the Kitchen” Theme Weekend: Mother’s Day

NEW YORK – April 21, 2011 – This May, Food Network smokes out the Guy Fiericompetition with a series premiere, a season finale, four new seasons, a Mother’s Day theme weekend and countless new episodes of hit shows. Viewers get a tasty primetime package on Sunday, May 8th from 9-11pm with the Last Cake Standing season finale at 9pm and the Best In Smoke series premiere at 10pm – it’s a lineup not to be missed. New episodes of fan favorite daytime shows honor mothers around the world with the Mother’s Day theme weekend on Saturday, May 7th from 7am-2pm and Sunday May 8th from 7am-12pm with complementary ideas and recipes at www.foodnetwork.com/mom. Food Network fans will also enjoy four season premieres: Paula’s Best Dishes (April 30th), Guy’s Big Bite (May 1st), Chopped(May 3rd) and Diners, Drive Ins and Dives (May 9th). Join the Food Network conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
FEATURED FINALE
Last Cake Standing: Premieres Sunday, May 8th at 9pm –“$100,000 Cakes”
After five grueling weeks pitting talented pastry chefs against each other in intense cake battles with crazy twists, the final cake designers are ready to create an unforgettable wedding cake for an engaged couple. The cakes must be inspired by one of the themed wedding rooms at the world famous Little White Wedding Chapel. Just as the competitors think that they are have completed their final task, one more awaits: make a cake that tells the story of their one hundred thousand dollar dream. At the end of this marathon competition, one winning cake designer receives $100,000 and bragging rights because they have the Last Cake Standing.
SERIES PREMIERE
Best In Smoke: Premieres Sunday, May 8th at 10pm
Hailing from cities across the United States, six of the best barbecue masters meet in New York to face off for a $50,000 grand prize and the right to claim the title of Best In Smoke. Hosted by Bryan Caswell (season three contestant on The Next Iron Chef), this competition tests the competitors’ endurance and skill as they take on multiple challenges in a day with limited resources and cook for vastly different audiences. From barbecue desserts to single bite hors d’oeuvres, no food is off limits. Contestants show off their personal style and quick wit throughout the competition, but a final mad dash to three separate venues around Manhattan and Brooklyn will determine which competitor will be awarded the coveted title of Best In Smoke.

·         Premieres Sunday, May 8th at 10pm –“Best Bite in BBQ” (*Note special time)
Host Bryan Caswell kicks off the competition by challenging the six teams to create their best “single bite” for the judges. Once the clock starts, it’s an all-out scramble to the meat truck, and the competitor who cooks up the best “single bite” wins immunity from elimination and joins the judging panel for the next round. Then, the competitors devise the ideal BBQ hors d’oeuvre for an upscale art gallery opening. The fate of the finalists hangs on the opinions of the gallery guests who decide which competitor is safe from elimination.
·         Premieres Sunday, May 15th at 9pm – “Unorthodox BBQ and Birthday Party”
The competitors must create a BBQ-inspired salad and dessert from pre-determined ingredients, so only their skill will separate them from the pack. After two hours of cooking, the judges’ favorite gets a special advantage going into the next competition. For round two, the competitors have three hours to whip up an appetizing BBQ snack for a children’s birthday party, but the twist is no burgers or hot dogs allowed. At the party, each kid picks their favorite dish to decide who will be safe from elimination.
·         Premieres Sunday, May 22nd at 9pm –“Vendor Wars”
The four remaining competitors take it to the streets, operating vendor carts and serving up hot BBQ to tourists. For this challenge, their assistants are off the hook, so competitors pair up and work together in teams. At the park, the tourists purchase their choice BBQ dishes with tickets. The team with the most tickets wins and will participate in the final judging of the other team, while the competitor with the least tickets will say goodbye.
·         Premieres Sunday, May 29th at 9pm – “Season Finale”
The final challenge tests the limits of the remaining competitors’ culinary knowledge, as well as their stamina, by having them cater three different events in one day. Each location will showcase a different element of the New York lifestyle including ballparks, Broadway and bars. Each finalist must feature brisket in at least one of their meals, which can take up to twelve hours to cook. After catering three distinct events, the most well-rounded pit master is named “Best In Smoke.”
SEASON PREMIERES

·         Paula’s Best Dishes: Saturday, April 30th at 11am ET/PT – “Fantastic Fiesta”
·         Guy’s Big Bite: Sunday, May 1st at 10:30am ET/PT – “Guy’s Lean Green Chili Machine”
·         Chopped: Tuesday, May 3rd at 10pm ET/PT – “The Icing On The Steak”
·         Diners, Drive Ins and Dives: Monday, May 9th at 9pm ET/PT – “Bar Food And Bon Bons”
FOOD NETWORK “IN THE KITCHEN” THEME WEEKEND

“Mother’s Day” (Saturday, May 7th from 7am-2pm and Sunday, May 8th from 7am-12pm)

Whether it’s a special breakfast in bed or a brunch with friends, Food Network chefs share their favorite family recipes for Mother’s Day. Food Network offers up premiere and encore episodes of daytime favorites designed to help moms stay out of the kitchen and let their loved ones treat her to a day of delicious dishes. Online at www.foodnetwork.com/mom, Food Network serves up recipes for crustless quiche and gives viewers a look at photos of fan-favorite chefs and their moms.
·         Big Daddy’s House: Premieres Saturday, May 7th at 9am – “It’s All About: Classics”
Big Daddy is bringing back the classics with a fit-for-a-king meal including a Shrimp Fra Diablo Appetizer, Chicken Francaise, Red Sangria and White Sangria.
·         Mexican Made Easy: PremieresSaturday, May 7th at 9:30am –“Mami’s Day Brunch Party”
Marcela serves up the perfect Mother’s Day menu with a Fruit Bowl with Mex-Granola, Chicken Enchiladas, Chorizo Hash Browns and Pecan and Caramel Candies.

·         5 Ingredient Fix: Premieres Saturday, May 7th at 10:30am – “Breakfast in Bed For Mama”
Claire makes a special brunch for her mom including Chocolate Hazelnut Stuffed French Toast, Turkey Fennel Sausage Patties, Mint Lemon Syrup, Granola Topping and Hot Vanilla Malted.

·         Paula’s Best Dishes: Premieres Saturday, May 7th at 11am – “Breakin’ For Breakfast”
Jamie and Bobby Deen are in the kitchen today cooking up a delicious breakfast feast for their mom including Easy Blueberry Skillet Cake, Cream Cheese and Strawberry Stuffed French Toast with Strawberry Syrup, Fruit Salad with Cream Cheese Pecan Topping and a Piña Colada Smoothie.
·         Down Home with the Neelys: Premieres Saturday, May 7th at 11:30am – “Let’s Hear It For The Moms!”
Pat and Gina cook up Quiche Tartlets, Sweet Potato Hash, Watermelon Salad and Flowers for Mom Cocktail for Gina’s mom and their dear friend Brenda.
·         Secrets of a Restaurant Chef: Premieres Saturday, May 7th at 12pm – “The Secret To Beef Bourguignonne”
Chef Anne Burrell breaks out French recipe tricks for her favorite Beef Bourguignon and Palmiers cookies.
·         Dessert First: Premieres Saturday, May 7th at 12:30pm – “Blue Ribbon Pies”
Anne Thornton’s mom, Maureen, joins her to make Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie; Mama Thornton’s Peach
Pie; and Almond, Pear and Cherry Pocket Pies.
·         Giada at Home: Premieres Saturday, May 7th at 1:30pm – “Celebrating Mom”
Giada De Laurentiis invites her mother Veronica and sister Eloisa over for an outdoor Mother’s Day luncheon with Crispy Chicken with Rosemary-Lemon Salt; Sun-dred Tomato, Olive and Lemon Pasta; and Espresso and Chocolate Jellies.

·         Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day: Premieres Sunday, May 8th at 9am – “Make A Double Batch”
Rachael cooks up Double-Batch Classic Bolognese; Beer-Braised Chicken Thighs; Lamb And Rice Stuffed Peppers; Sausage, Kale And Lentil Soup; and Roasted Tomato and Roasted Garlic Puttanesca.

·         Hungry Girl: Premieres Sunday, May 8th at 10am – “Comfortably Yum”
Lisa whips up a HG version of a fan’s macaroni & cheese recipe as well as ‘Cue the Pulled Pork and PB n’ Chocolate Bread Pudding Bonanza.
·         Guy’s Big Bite: Sunday, May 8th at 10:30am – “Mama Fieri’s Sunday Roast”
Guy Fieri gets the stamp of approval from special guest, Mom Fieri, with his Family Style Pot Roast, Acme Buttered and Figs in a Blanket.
·         Cooking for Real: Sunday, May 8th at 11am – “Fish And Grits”
Sunny Anderson cooks up traditional southern fare including Catfish Nuggets, Creamy Cheesy Grits, and Simple Blueberry Apple Pie.

FEATURED NIGHTS AND MARATHONS
“Grilling Week” Kickoff(Sunday May 29th from 8-11pm)
Food Network’s grilling season officially kicks off with the Best In Smoke finale at 9pm followed by Iron Chef America “Battle Hot Dog” featuring Iron Chef Michael Symon vs. Cooking Channel’s host of Everyday Exotic, Roger Mooking at 10pm.
Bobby Flay’s Memorial Day Marathon (Monday, May 30th from 10am-4pm)
Food Network serves up a day full of outdoor fun and tasty recipes with back-to-back episodes of Grill It! with Bobby Flay and Throwdown with Bobby Flay. From specialty hot dogs and award-winning hamburgers to spicy competitions and fiery rematches, Bobby takes on all facets of grilling to get viewers ready to “throw down” at their own Memorial Day celebrations.
FOOD NETWORK NEW EPISODES
Food Network premieres all-new episodes of Iron Chef America, Food Network Challenge, and 17 additional primetime and daytime shows.

Daytime: 5 Ingredient Fix, 30 Minute Meals, Barefoot Contessa, Big Daddy’s House, Dessert First, Down Home with the Neelys, Mexican Made Easy, Secrets of a Restaurant Chef, Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee
Primetime: 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, Chopped, Good Eats, Kid in a Candy Store, Meat and Potatoes, Outrageous Food, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Unwrapped

BH Chef Sasha’s Tahitian Vanilla Cake

Tahitian Vanilla CakeSo the Private Chefs of Beverly Hills is blowing up.  People are eating it up (pun intended).  Gal-pal Sasha Perl-Raver is the leading search item in conjunction with the show and in episode three she unveiled a cake that is all the buzz.  Sasha recently published the recipe for her much talked about Tahitian Vanilla Cake.

After having suffered hundreds of hours of boring Food Network Cake Challenges I have finally seen a cake that I would actually like to try.  Why does this cake sound better to me than those lame Disney cakes or even the masterpieces churned out by the talented gang at Charmed City Cakes?  No F’ing fondant!  Sure it makes the cake prettier but fondant is devoid of flavor and has an uncomfortable texture.  It’s like eating glue and the last time I checked we are not supposed to eat glue.  Anyway, here is Sasha’s recipe for Tahitian Vanilla Cake.

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ICA: Goldman vs Symon

An alternative title for this post might have been Ace of Cakes vs Iron Chef as Cheflebrity Duff Goldman takes on fellow FN colleague Michael Symon.  This makes the second week in a row that Food Network employees have squared off against each other in Kitchen Stadium.

Many fans may not know that Duff is not just an Ace of Cakes, but a chef as well having studied at the Culinary Institute of America’s Napa Valley campus.  He even did a little time working the line at The French Laundry owned by the man many consider the best chef in the world, Thomas Keller.

However, Chef Duff’s tenure in Yountville was hardly a cakewalk.  Goldman famously abandoned his station in the middle of a rush only to return later begging for forgiveness.  Duff has also worked for Todd English at his DC restaurant Olives before returning home to Baltimore to open Charm City Cakes.

This is not Goldman’s first competition on the Food Network.  He has appeared on Food Network Challenge multiple times both as a contestant and a judge for various cake challenges.  Goldman vs Symon premieres Feb 06, 2010 at 10:00 PM ET/PT.  Rumor has it one of Duff’s signature power tools makes an appearance.

UPDATE: Iron Chef Symon smoked Duff winning 56 – 48 proving that savory is not a part time job.

If you haven’t yet, check out my exclusive interview with Iron Chef Michael Symon HERE.

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Food Network Challenge: Last Cake Standing

I don’t know why but this was the most popular post I had in 2009 and pretty much ever.  I don’t get watching people decorate cake after cake that everyone knows do not taste good, but to each his own.  I’m satisfied with one episode of Aces of Cakes each week.

The special four-week stunt “Food Network Challenge: Last Cake Standing” premieres April 5th at 8pm ET/PT.

NEW YORK – March 5, 2009 – Since 2005, Food Network Challenge has captivated viewers with exciting food battles from around the country. Now in it’s first-ever elimination-style competition, Food Network Challenge: Last Cake Standing, six Challenge all-stars vie for the title of “Best Cake Artist in America.” Premiering Sunday, April 5th at 8pm ET/PT, the series throws the pastry chefs into a grueling four-round cake competition. The Challenge alumni will be thrown a number of difficult tasks, from creating one-of-a-kind wedding creations to undergoing a 24-hour cake-making marathon. Each week the judges eliminate one cake artist, and the winner takes home the biggest prize in Challenge history: $50,000! Challenge emcee Keegan Gerhard serves as host and notable pastry chef Patrick Coston and famed cake designer Kerry Vincent lead the judging panel.

“Last Cake Standing super- charges our popular Food Network Challenge series to make it the toughest, longest, most extreme cake competition ever,” said Bob Tuschman, Senior Vice President, Programming and Production. “Viewers will be amazed, not just at the brilliant creations, but at the fierceness of the competition. Who knew cake decorating was an extreme sport?”

The six Challenge all-stars are: Michelle Bommarito (Ferndale, MI), Courtney Clark (Ann Arbor, MI), Mary Maher (Chicago, IL), James Rosselle (Los Angeles, CA), Elisa Strauss (New York, NY), and Bronwen Weber (Dallas, TX). Food Network Challenge: Last Cake Standing was shot in Denver, CO.

Episodes include:

Episode 1 – Premiering Sunday, April 5th at 8pm ET/PT

In the premiere of Food Network Challenge: Last Cake Standing, six enthusiastic Challenge all-stars receive their first task: illustrate one aspect of their lives through cake! The action-packed competition begins with surprise instructions to move into their kitchens and immediately start creating their signature cakes. At the elimination ceremony, a curveball shocks the competitors when they, instead of the judges, are told to eliminate the first cake artist.

Episode 2 – Premiering Sunday, April 12th at 8pm ET/PT

The five remaining competitors take a field trip to Denver’s City Hall where they embark upon an exciting, but complicated challenge: create a top-notch wedding cake in only eight hours. The competitors serve as wedding ceremony witnesses and consult with the newlyweds before completing impromptu cake sketches. The judges reveal the next elimination and the winning cake is served at the reception that very night.

Episode 3 – Premiering Sunday, April 19th at 8pm ET/PT

The competition heats up when the four remaining competitors design over-the-top cakes based on an original superhero, decked out with extreme elements like moveable parts and fireworks. Hours before the competition, they are divided into teams and required to combine their cake designs. The winning team advances to the finale, and the losing duo faces off in an intense, 30-minute “cake-off” to determine who will move on and who will go up in smoke!

Episode 4 – Premiering Sunday, April 26th at 8pm ET/PT

The final three competitors endure a 24-hour cake-making marathon – the longest competition in Challenge history! The finalists create a unique five-foot birthday cake for a set of sextuplets. Upon completion, they must transport their cakes 20 miles to the birthday party. Strategy, endurance and skills are tested and one talented cake artist is finally crowned the winner!

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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