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Hall-of-Fame master sugar artist Kerry Vincent shares expert advice with Food Network Challenge contestants each week.
Season 13, Episode 4

Halloween Ghost Story Cakes

It's the witching hour for four top cake artists. They must battle to create ghost story cakes that'll thrill and chill - all in the spirit of Halloween. But will they survive the tricks in store for them? One lucky soul will take home the treat of ten thousand dollars.

Oct 28
8pm | 7c
Season 13, Episode 5

Christmas Classics

In this holiday special, four cake designers take on classic Christmas tales and carols. During the competition, those who have been nice get an extra gift. But the competitors who have been naughty get an unwelcome surprise. The person who can infuse their cake with a little Christmas magic will get a ten thousand dollar check in their stocking.

Nov 26
7pm | 6c
Season 13, Episode 10

The Smurfs Movie Cakes

Four of the best cake designers in the country are charged with making cakes to celebrate the new adventures of Papa Smurf, Smurfette, and the gang in The Smurfs. The cake designer who best captures the little blue heroes in cake will take home $10,000.

Dec 30
7pm | 6c
Season 7, Episode 8

Challenge: Cereal Bridges

Four top pastry chefs compete to build four famous bridges with rice cereal treats. Can these pastry chefs replicate some of the world's greatest architectural feats? Or will their bridges collapse? The winner earns a gold medal and a $10,000 prize.

Jan 4
7pm | 6c
Season 13, Episode 1

Awesome 80's Cakes

Food Network Challenge is jammin' out to the totally tubular decade - the 1980's! Four cake designers will bust out awesome cakes that celebrate the fads, fashion and music of the decade of excess. And the competitors are in for a big surprise, as 80's pop superstar Tiffany will be on hand to judge! The grand prize of $10,000 and a trip to an Awesome 80's party is in store for the most radical cake.

Jan 13
7pm | 6c
Season 12, Episode 2

Monster Bugs

Four Cake Designers get in touch with their creepy, crawly side as they recreate yucky bugs using yummy cake. Each bug cake needs to be jumbo-sized - at least three feet tall - and they all have to have moving parts. These cakes will be so lifelike you might want to bring some bug spray. Just in case...

Jan 16
7pm | 6c
Season 9, Episode 11

The Simpsons Mystery Cakes

The Simpsons is now the longest running sitcom in television history. To celebrate the shows twenty years, four cake designers will make cakes based on the series' four main characters: Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa. What the competitors don't know, is that they will team up with a Simpsons' superfan to ensure they get every detail of the cake just right. And everyone is surprised when Yeardley Smith, the actress who voices Lisa Simpson, shows up to pick the winning cake. The winning competitor takes home ten thousand dollars and a gold medal.

Feb 20
7pm | 6c
Season 11, Episode 13

Flying Sugar

Four adventurous sugar artists have a near impossible assignment: create a fantasy flying machine out of sugar that moves through the air. Combining movement with sugar is a recipe for disaster, so the big question is whether any of these machines will survive their maiden voyage. The one that can is worth ten grand.

Mar 22
8pm | 7c
Season 10, Episode 9

Extreme Villain Cakes

Four cake designers tap into their dark side as they create original villains and tell their stories in cake. The cake designers also need to make their creations move or spin or shoot fire -- making for a truly extreme competition. The competitor who can wow the judges with both the story and the special effects will take home ten thousand dollars.

Jan 11
10am | 9c
Season 11, Episode 16

Disney Beauty and the Beast Cakes

This competition may be inspired by the Disney animated film, but this Challenge is no fairy tale. Four cake artists stretch their skills to the limit in order to do justice to the characters and scenes in the classic movie. Best cake of the day is worth $10,000.

Jan 17
10am | 9c
Season 10, Episode 5

Extreme Candy Coasters

It's the toughest chocolate Challenge yet. Four ace chocolatiers visit Hersheypark to find inspiration for their own original chocolate roller coasters. Not only do they have to make their roller coasters move, they find out during the competition that they have to incorporate Hershey's candies into their design. It's a whole lotta work to get done in eight hours. And the competitor that can rise to this Challenge will take home ten thousand dollars.

Jan 17
10am | 9c
Season 8, Episode 6

Disney Classics Cakes

Four of the country's best pastry chefs square off to make cakes based on four of the most popular Disney films of all time: Pinocchio, Mary Poppins, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White. The competitors' talent and skill will be put to the test, because if their work isn't perfect, everyone will know. The winning pastry chef wins ten thousand dollars and a gold medal.

Mar 14
10am | 9c
Season 9, Episode 6

Giant Gingerbread

Two teams of three pastry chefs face off to build six feet tall gingerbread houses. Not only do they have to make the houses stand tall in just eight hours, the teams have to decorate the houses in the holiday spirit. The winning team will take home ten thousand dollars and a gold medal.

Dec 18
10am | 9c

About the Host

Claire Robinson

On 5 Ingredient Fix, Claire Robinson whips up deliciously eclectic recipes made with five ingredients or fewer.

About the Show

Get out your fighting tongs; it's time for Food Network Challenge! From small-town cook-offs to the World Pastry Team Championship, we'll take you to the biggest and best food battles around the world. Bragging rights and major cash prizes are on the line for the tallest pastry, the sweetest pie, the spiciest chili and the most savory BBQ ribs.

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