Food Network Challenge
Hosted by Claire Robinson
Thursdays & Fridays 10a|9c
Four professional culinary artists trim a holiday tree entirely in edible decorations. Over the course of several timed rounds, the competitors will make edible garland, ornaments and then cap off their trees with an edible topper. Each chef is allowed an assistant, but won't know who their assistant is until moments before the competition begins. The competitors will have to figure out how to stay focused and quickly communicate their vision if they want any hope of taking home the $10,000.
Florist, Silver Birches Event Design and Production
West Hollywood, Calif.
Michael's Assistant: Julie Grosner, mother
Owner, Cakes by Jay
Jason's Assistant: David Ellis, brother
Port Jefferson, N.Y.
Owner/Principal Artist, Sugart
Stevie's Assistant: Maria Pettus, mother
Staten Island, N.Y.
Co-Owner/Pastry Chef, Sweet Melissa Patisserie
Melissa's Assistant: Kathleen Fashempour, aunt
Director of Pastry and Baking Arts, French Culinary Institute
New York, N.Y.
Manager in Innovations and Research Development, Hallmark Cards
Kansas City, Mo.
Executive Pastry Chef, Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa