Food Network Challenge
Food Network Challenge Episodes
Food Network brings you a Wedding Cake Competition in Beaver Creek, CO. 5 Teams will compete to create the most spectacular wedding cake. Watch the world's most creative decorators and pastry enthusiasts craft cakes beyond your wildest dreams.
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Find out who is competing and check out some of their sweet creations here.
Ready to be inspired by the World's most outrageous birthday cake? Food Network brings together six of the country's top cake designers for one amazing battle and a $10,000 first place prize. From a 360-degree rotating Ferris Wheel to a retro inspired sock monkey, these entirely edible creations will spark your own inner artist.(Episode: ACSP02)
Food Network invites six top pastry chefs from across the country to build a showpiece entirely of sugar that captures the excitement and energy of this vivacious city. Top prize is $10,000 and the title Food Network champion.
The Chocolate Challenge: six of the nation's top chocolate artists create towering sculptures with the theme of love.
Pizza Challenge: five teams meet at the Great Big Food Show in Cleveland to show off their tastiest pies and throw some dough.
Chef Mario Batali
Big Dave Ostrander
Team California: Chef Ted Rowe, Tony Gemignani
Team New York: Chef Francesco Ilardi (ILARDI), Joe Calucci
Team Chicago: Chef Marc Stolfe, Chris Green
Team Ohio: Chef Sean Brauser, Michael Shepherd
Team South: Chef Santo Bruno, Silar Chapman
Team South chef Santo Bruno works on his "Friday" pizza, which is topped with tuna, along with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.
Michael Shepherd, acrobat for Team Ohio, shows his award-winning moves to an enthusiastic hometown crowd.
The man to beat, Tony Gemignani from Team California, shows the form that won him five past world tossing championships.
The dough used for competitive tossing is real pizza dough, made with high gluten and high protein flour. Competitors sometimes practice with rubber dough forms.
New York pizza chef Francesco Ilardi presents his "humble" pie to the judges. He finishes his "Holiday" pizza with tri-color pasta.
Celebrity judges, including Mario Batali, rate the pizzas on three criteria: the bake, the presentation, and the taste.
Haunted houses, ghostly pumpkins and edible eyeballs make for a Halloween thriller, when five top cake teams gather for an intense cake and candy competition. Elaborate cakes, some weighing 80+ pounds, must impress a panel of tough judges with their delectable craftsmanship and creative use of candy decorations.
Owner, Montclair Baking
Executive Chef, Frosted Art Bakery & Studio
Owner, Charm City Cakes
Owner, The Sweet Life
Owner, Classic Cakes
West Hartford, Conn.
Forget the good cheer, these cake artists just want to win! Six of the nations top cake teams come to Sea Island Georgia to make the best holiday cakes they can create in just six hours. The icing is flying and the air is sparkling with glitter as the nations best create grand holiday masterpieces
Over 70 competitors descend on Tulsa, Oklahoma with every imaginable wedding cake idea to see how their creations stack up against some of the best designers in the country! Seven of the best competitors will take this challenge to another level, going head-to-head in the "One Tip Contest." They’ll have only one hour and one decorating tip to create a design that truly takes the cake
The US military has to be ready- Ready to work, and ready to eat! Take a look inside at Army grub and the chefs who make it. Travel to the US Army Culinary Arts Competition in Ft. Lee, VA where the best chefs in the Army compete. (Episode: AKSP01)
Join us as we try to find the best chef in the Navy. It's a "Steel Beach" R&R party happening with a rowdy audience anxious to get their meals. The chefs will BBQ a big party meal for their ship, while at the same time they are supervising a fancier "officers dinner" for 25.
It's the biggest BBQ event in the nation - And our own Al Roker - a BBQ expert and cookbook author -- has entered the contest! See how Al's ribs stack up against the real pros, and see what it takes to compete in one very tasty cook-off.
Go behind the scenes of the upcoming Bocuse d'Or 2001 competition as two young North American chefs try to break the stranglehold held by the European powerhouses of cuisine over the past decade. (Episode: BOSP02)
The Road to Bocuse d'Or ends here in Lyon, France, where Chris Mills of Canada and Tracy O'Grady of the USA compete to break into the top-ranked chefs of the world during a grueling 5-hour cooking session that leaves no room for error. (Episode: BOSP03)
The Bocuse d'Or is one of the most prestigious cooking competitions in the world. Chefs from all over spend years of their lives in pursuit of this prize. Follow Franck Putelat from France, Hartmut Handke from the US, and Bjornguin Myrdal from Iceland
There has never been a more dramatic pastry competition! Extremely large and very delicate sugar sculptures are brought to life by five of the top pastry artists in the country, but that's just the beginning.
Stephane Treand, Executive Pastry Chef at the St. Regis Resort Monarch Beach,
Dana Point, Calif.
Sadruddin Abdullah, Assistant Professor at Johnson and Wales Culinary Institute,
Scott Green, Assistant Pastry Chef, Four Seasons Resort Aviara,
San Diego, Calif.
Steven Weiss, Head Pastry Chef, Sams Town Casino,
Kaushik Chowdhurry, Head Pastry Chef, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa,
Robert Bleifer, Executive Chef, Food Network Kitchens
Ewald Notter, Notter School of Pastry Arts & Chocolate Studio
Susan Stockton, Vice President, Food Network Culinary Productions
It's a cake competition with a mystery twist. The best cake makers in the country came to Phoenix with no idea what they'd be asked to do. Just hours before the competition, the theme was announced: sports cakes! Watch as the pros squirm under the pressure, with just a few hours to plan, and 7 hours to build world-class cakes.
Colette Peters, Colette's Cakes - Owner,
New York, N.Y.
Mike McCarey, Mike's Amazing Cakes - Owner,
Chris Russom, Let Them Eat Cake - Owner,
Costa Mesa, Calif.
Charmaine Jones, CakeDiva - Owner,
Julie Durkee, Torina Baking Inc - Owner,
Duff Goldman, Charm City Cakes - Owner,
Robert Bleifer, Executive Chef, Food Network Kitchens, New York, NY
Margaret Braun, Author Cakewalk, New York, N.Y.
Four teams compete in a unique competition that combines ice sculpture and pastry art. Each team consists of two competitors. Our experts have to come up with a sculpture that combines two very different elements under the umbrella theme of Fire and Ice. There will be many forces at work against the teams .heat, the clock and for some, almost no time to practice.
Patricio Lavilla, Green Valley Ranch Resort,
Las Vegas, Nev.
Regis Courivaud, Le Monde,
New York, N.Y.
Stanton Ho, Chocolates a la Carte (previously at Las Vegas Hilton),
John Hui, Caesar’s Palace,
Las Vegas, Nev.
Dale Fox, Las Vegas Hilton,
Las Vegas, Nev.
Rob Bleifer, Executive Chef for the Food Network Kitchens, New York, N.Y.
Patrick Coston, Executive Pastry Chef at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nev.
Kevin Roscoe, Owner of Cascade Crystal Ice Sculptures, Inc., Seattle, Wash.
Six cake decorators or pastry chefs compete for 10-thousand dollars in a quest to create the most amazing birthday cake for Elvis. The competition lasts seven hours and the chefs will face three judges.
Mike McCarey (Winner), Mike's Amazing Cakes,
Flora Aghababyan, Bellagio Hotel,
Las Vegas, Nev.
Duff Goldman, Charm City Cakes (owner),
Elin Katz, Rosebud Cakes (owner),
Beverly Hills, Calif.
Cheri Elder, Classy Cakes,
Kansas City, Mo.
Beryl Ann Byrd, Just Fabulous Pastries, Walnutport, Penn.
Geraldine Kidwell, Artistry in Cake of Kentucky, Milton, Ky.
Kevin Kern, Media Coordinator – Elvis Enterprises, Memphis, Tenn.
Rob Bleifer, Executive Chef for the Food Network Kitchens, New York, N.Y.
Awesome amateur grillers from all over the country descend on Hico, Texas to put their steak recipes on the line. Best ribeye gets a gold medal and $2500 grand prize. (Episode: CC0709H)
Nearly 400 pies, and yet, no two fillings are alike at the National Pie Championships in Celebration, Florida! There are plenty of old favorites, as well as innovative new recipes
The best barbecue teams in the south gather in Memphis, Tennessee to compete for a $24,000 prize and the title of world champion. More than 200 teams come to this week-long party and pork-only contest, hoping their ribs, shoulder or whole hog will stand out above the rest.
Eight of the nations best backcountry cooks compete for the title of Americas best camp chef and a $3,000 vacation package. They each make the dish that won a recipe contest after meeting several other challenges, including the pancake breakfast, mystery basket lunch, and smore test.
Premier pastry chefs from twelve different countries travel to Las Vegas for a two-day competition thats known for setting new standards in the industry. Each team shows its artistic talent with a sugar showpiece and a chocolate showpiece, and its culinary prowess with pastries
Top Chefs from Americas coastal states, including Food Networks own Paula Deen, gather in New Orleans to compete in a seafood showdown that highlights the best fish and shellfish this country has to offer.
Get a glimpse of America's culinary future, as the nation's top teen chefs compete for a full scholarship at the 16th annual Johnson & Wales recipe contest. Competitors create either a healthy dinner or healthy dessert. One student in each category will take the top prize, worth nearly $80,000.
Travel to Birmingham, to witness 15 amateur cooks braise, bake, broil and battle for the top prize. Some of the recipes are new twists on southern classics, other recipes are creative new inventions. Its one of the most prestigious cooking contests in the country, hosted by one of the most popular lifestyle magazines. And one amateur chef will go home with all the glory and an impressive jackpot of $100,000.
Twenty-five barbecue teams are invited Reno, Nevada to compete for a $16,500 purse in one of the biggest rib cook-offs in the country.
For the first time in America, the top bread and pastry artists join forces to compete in a two-day competition that showcases both their unique talents and combined creativity.
Considered one of the top five cook-offs in the country, Build a Better Burger draws hundreds of recipe entries. But only ten finalists are chosen to compete for the top prize of $50,000 at the cook-off in Napa Valley, California
It's a bride's fantasy and a cake decorator's dream. Dozens of decorators travel to Tulsa to compete for a cut of the $10,000 purse. Art is the name of the game at this show, only these sculptures and paintings are done with sugar and icing. It is three days packed with taste, style and beauty, making for one grand reception with a sweet reward in the end.
Beautiful homes, amusement parks, rustic barns, and ornate churches all made of America?s favorite holiday treat: gingerbread! A record 300 gingerbread creations (decorated with gum drops, Necco wafers, and chow mein noodles!) were brought to this 12th annual championship in Asheville, North Carolina. Watch as participants spend months planning their structures and then cringe with every pothole as they drive their creations to the show.
Their moves are mesmerizing, and their speed and accuracy mind-boggling. They're the top bartenders in the country, and they're in Las Vegas to flair their way to fame at the World Bartending Championships. Bartenders go through three grueling rounds of speed, accuracy, and flair tests, cheered-on by a huge crowd. The eleven who make it to the finals get a chance at the title and the grand prize of $6,000.
Seventy-five of the best barbecue teams in the country gather in Shreveport, LA to test grills and skills. Competitors struggle through the night tending their fires through a 30-hour challenge to prepare four different meals for a panel of judges. (Episode: CCSP01)
Hollywood never tasted so good. Join 3 teams of 12 pastry chefs as they compete to see who will be named the best pastry team in the country. The teams' amazing sculptures are show-stoppers and everyone's in the running for 1st prize - $50K.
Join us in Reno, NV where the best chili chefs from around the globe gather to a spicy jackpot of $25,000. Salsas and other tangy treats are also a part of the event, but it's the chili that takes centerstage. Secret recipes of meats and spices (no beans in this chili!) come together over several fiery hours for more than one hundred teams. It's an extra hot day in a hot town! (Episode: CCSP03)
The top ten fire-fighting chefs in the country put their hot recipes to the test. In just 4 hours, 9 men and 1 woman will prepare their best firehouse dish to impress a panel of brave judges. (Episode: CCSP04)
Welcome to the most challenging hot food product competition in the US. Everything from jalapeno jelly to margarita mixes to BBQ sauce and candy that packs a pepper punch at this very spicy competition. (Episode: CCSP05)
Ever wonder what it takes to be the best of the best in the world of Food? Follow 14 top American chefs as they compete for the honor of representing the U.S. at the next International Culinary Olympiad. (Episode: CCSP06)
Las Vegas: It's a glamorous town, and home to one very outrageous pastry competition. See who can create the most extravagant creation in this sweet and exciting competition.
Drop and give me 20-burgers. BBQ fanatics visit one of the nation's top resorts for an intensive BBQ cooking class, affectionately known as BBQ Boot Camp with sargeant Steven Raichlen. A fantasy vacation for food-loving boys and grills.
Follow the former US BBQ Champions, Lee and Bobbie McWright as they defend their title through one of the toughest BBQ Competition circuits in the US! See if these reigning champs can successfully defend their title, or lose to a new US BBQ Champion!
America is passionate about its love affair with chocolate. Chocolate Festival Fantasies highlights 3 North American chocolate festivals-each with its own sweet surprises.
This annual event inspires the cowboy in us all, as we witness the amazing culinary creations these cowboys make on their Chuck wagons. Contests can enter in any of the categories from meat, potatoes, dessert, wagon authenticity, and wagon travel.
In the BBQ world, this is the Superbowl: the Jack Daniels Invitational BBQ Cook-off. More than 50 masters of the grill meet in Lynchburg, TN to test their chops against the best. Whose brisket is best? What sauce will take top honors?
It's a contest where EVERYTHING tastes like chicken. One representative from each state is chosen to come to Baltimore and make their best chicken dish, and the dinner the judges pick as most delicious wins $25,000.
Who has the best "chowda" in New England, or dare we say, the world? More than 20 teams bring their secret chowder recipes, and their pride, to The Great Chowder Cook-off in Newport, RI.
12 teams of 3 pastry chefs create delicate masterpieces in sugar and chocolate, all representing the theme of "Broadway Musicals." The stakes at the National Pastry Team Championship in Las Vegas are among the highest in the competitive food world.
Eight seasoned chefs come to Gilroy, CA for one of the nation's best-loved cook-offs. Selected from hundreds of entrants, cooks will have two hours to prepare spicy specialties for the $1000 first prize. The delicious dishes all promise to be treasures.
Fort Worth, TX - the heart of beef country. Twenty competitors were picked to come and cook up their tasty dishes and a chance to win $50,000. Will the granger beef and noodle bowls wow the judges? Or will it be the Beef Tikka with Coconut Raita?
See the many varieties, spices, and heat that each contestant puts in their chili at the annual International Chili Society World Championship in hopes of becoming the World Champion!
The nation's best bakers gather in Celebration, FL to enter their pies in the "grandmother" of all cooking contests. It's a cook-off to determine who has the best crust, and who is just flaky. Don't want to miss out on a visit to the Endless Pie Buffet.
This cook-off makes "Home Ec" look like history. The best high school cooking teams in the country gather in Denver, CO for a high-intensity food test. Thousands of dollars in scholarships are at stake but it may be the beginning to a promising career.
Celebrating its 25th year, the Annual Spam Cookoff takes place in Austin TX. Delve into the world of spam creations from spam sculptures to spushi, spam sushi. And don't forget the spam cram eating contest, the spam call and the spam toss.
It's a high-flying, dough-tossing extravaganza as Italy throws the world's biggest pizza party and six American chefs are invited. Does Team USA have what it takes to beat the Italians in their own backyard? The World Pizza Championship awaits!
The top wild game chefs in the country gather in Springville, Alabama for an afternoon of "grills gone wild"-you'll be amazed how fancy a caribou dish can be. We'll visit a wild game fine dining restaurant, and the market if you want to find yak filets!
Ten of the nation's best chefs under the age of 27 come to Miami, FL to compete in a high-end "mystery basket" cook-off for the American title, and the chance to represent the U.S. in the International Young Chefs compeition in South Africa.
Six American chefs come to Chicago to take on ten of the world's top cooking teams. Team USA overcomes sleepless nights and long hot days in the kitchen to try to prove they are the world's Culinary Champions.
The Sugar Arts Championship is a bride's dream-as some of the nation's top professional bakers and cake enthusiasts gather in Tulsa for the ultimate cake-crazy cook-off.
Secret marinades, heavenly fires, specially-designed grills and great cuts of beef-the grilling teams in Magnolia Arkansas pull out all their tricks because they know what's at "steak" at the World Championship Steak Cook-off.
The American Royal is commonly refered to as the World Series of BBQ: two days, state and regional winners from across North America, and over $60,000 in prize money! Join us in Kansas City, MO for the one of the biggest BBQ competitions in the world. (Episode: CCSP29)
The Fiery Foods Challenge is a huge gathering of hot foods, vendors and aficionados. Watch as people sweat while they test the hot foods. Also, spend time with some of the Fiery Food vendors and see what new fiery flavors are in store for us.
Pastry stars Alain Roby, Susan Notter, Janet Allen, Martin Howard and Andrew Shotts are attempting their biggest pastry project ever: life-size sculptures, edible outfits and mind-boggling treats big enough to feed hundreds.
A taste of the old west, literally. More than 20 of the nation's top cowboy cooking teams have a culinary showdown in Ruidoso, NM. Meals and dessert are carefully prepared over open fires. We'll also ride home to see how they cook back at the ranch.
Over 100 teams from all over the country load their wagon trains and grills and head south to Vienna, Georgia to compete for over $12,000 in prize money at the Annual Big Pig Jig, Georgia's oldest and largest pig cooking contest.
Only in Las Vegas could two heavyweights this hot duke it out with such delicious results. Eighty-eight champion barbecue teams and more than a hundred top chili teams gather at the Mandalay Bay Resort for a weekend of spicy competition.
At the Accubake Unique Cake Contest, ten contestants are flown to Atlanta to cook their unusual family cake recipes, and the favorite cake baker will take home $5,000 and a new oven.
Join us in San Antonio, where Competitive Sports meet Competitive Cooking: the Slam Dunk Skillet Showdown. NCAA Coaches and Local Star Chefs join forces for a day of high flying hoops and sizzling skillets. (Episode: CCSP36)
Get ready to shake, shake, shake. Food Network takes you to the Bartender Championships in Las Vegas! Witness feats of technical skill as 75 of the world's most talented bartenders convene to compete for the coveted title of Legends Champion.
More than 100,000 garlic fans stroll through the festival grounds, trying everything from garlic bread to garlic ice cream. There's even a Mr. Garlic. But the highlight of the festival is the cook-off. At this competition, the stinking rose is a sweet smell people just can't get enough of.
The Grove Park Inn Annual Gingerbread Competition in Asheville, NC is home to 250 of the nation's most inspired gingerbread artists who sketch, build and painstakingly decorate these stunning examples of holiday ingenuity. From royal residences to towns.
Jim White of Casa Vieja in Corralis, NM, and Paula Deen of the Lady and Sons Restaurant in Savannah Georgia joins Gordon as he invades the fraternity and sorority-rich Union Street at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. (Episode: GOSP03)
Keep On Shucking follows a diverse group of professional shuckers as they travel and compete in oyster shucking championships during the 1999 season. Explore the niche personalities of this little-known, messy, and sometimes dangerous sport. (Episode: KOSP01)
Enter the secret kitchens of the Culinary Institute of America to witness the most challenging exam a chef will ever have to face to be a "Master Chef".The heat rises in the kitchen as top chefs are defeated, who will survive to the 10th day....tune in
Hosted by Marc Summers, twelve teams and 36 chefs compete with hundreds of pounds of sugar, butter and chocolate to take home the gold--and cash--from one of the most prestigious culinary contests around--The National Pastry Competition. (Episode: NPSP01)
For recipes and more information, go to www.kidsbakeoff.com (Episode: PYSP01)
Join Food Network as we travel to the mother of all cooking competitions. The contest draws aspiring cooks ready to slice, stir and bake their way to national fame! It's a celebration of American cooking and the institution that inspired a country. (Episode: PYSP02)
It's the annual recipe contest, pitting five of America's best home cooks in one delicious showdown, all with a southern flare. Come along and see what's cooked, who comes, and which winning recipe earns the grand prize, awarded by our own Al Roker!
Fire up the grills, we're bringing together three teams from across the country in 4 categories to the Superdome. These teams will be cooking up a storm, decked out in their own team gear! Joe Cahn, the "Commissioner of Tailgating" will be picking the ultimate winner!
Once every 3 years, the best bakers in the world compete in Paris. In 1999 the US won the gold. This year they are confident they will win again, but the French are determined to wrestle the title back. With 11 countries competing, tune in to see who wins.
Go behind the scenes of the exclusive World Pastry Cup, an 11 hour marathon in which 45 International teams of Pastry chefs compete for the title of Wold Pastry Chef. Follow the Canadian and American team as they work there way to this Championship. (Episode: WCSP01)
Will the US Team be the one to beat this year? Will they be able to defend their title against the competitive Japanese team? What about the French? In a contest where pastry chefs strive to be the best in the world, who will win this year's world cup?