Season 1, Episode 3

Candied Genius

The chefs are aflutter with excitement when the fluttering inspiration for the first test is revealed: butterflies! On a wing and a prayer, the chefs try to create amazing frozen desserts with candied ginger and squid ink as mandatory ingredients. Then the remaining chefs' Desserts I.Q.'s are tested with a baked desserts competition, featuring a luminescent inspiration and a gelatinous ingredient. And during the final face-off, the two chefs left must create chocolate desserts inspired by a favorite childhood amusement and including a fowl ingredient. When they present their last desserts, will they feel like sitting ducks before Chef Ron Ben-Israel?

Wednesday
Oct 5
8pm | 7c
Season 1, Episode 3

Candied Genius

The chefs are aflutter with excitement when the fluttering inspiration for the first test is revealed: butterflies! On a wing and a prayer, the chefs try to create amazing frozen desserts with candied ginger and squid ink as mandatory ingredients. Then the remaining chefs' Desserts I.Q.'s are tested with a baked desserts competition, featuring a luminescent inspiration and a gelatinous ingredient. And during the final face-off, the two chefs left must create chocolate desserts inspired by a favorite childhood amusement and including a fowl ingredient. When they present their last desserts, will they feel like sitting ducks before Chef Ron Ben-Israel?

Wednesday
Oct 12
8pm | 7c
Season 1, Episode 5

Glistening Genius

Inspired by a jellyfish in a tank, the chefs dive into the first test. But can they make sweet and sour mandatory ingredients work swimmingly in their frozen desserts? Then in the second test, are diamonds a chef's best friend? The competitors are given that glistening inspiration as well as mandatory ingredients, duck fat and fusilli, as they attempt to make delicious baked desserts. And in a nail-biting final test, the chefs' fate is, literally, up in the air.

Friday
Mar 9
7pm | 6c
Season 2, Episode 7

Puzzled Genius

Flamingo-inspired chocolate desserts are the marching orders for the first test. In the candy round, will the childhood inspiration or the mandatory ingredients prove more puzzling? The last two chefs must use ingredients native to Southeast Asia to make a cake fit for a royal.

Saturday
Apr 21
3pm | 2c
Season 2, Episode 8

Relative Genius

Two families feel the heat in the chocolate test; will the mandatory ingredients ground them before they take flight? The second test has the related chefs scratching their heads to figure out how to make candy desserts with salty ingredients. With $10,000 on the line and an imported inspiration, which chef will make the most of their pastry pedigree in the final cake round?

Saturday
May 12
3pm | 2c
Season 2, Episode 3

Golden Genius

The chefs will either sink or swim trying to create chocolate desserts with a breakfast treat and a fall snack. The candy test won't be all fun and games for the chefs when they have to work with a dehydrated space food and a tropical melon. A circus performer takes center stage for the cake test, as the last two chefs try to make something amazing with a spicy drink mix and a strange-looking citrus fruit.

Thursday
Nov 29
9pm | 8c
Season 3, Episode 7

Heated Genius

The heat is on with an erupting volcano as the inspiration for the first test. Will the chefs' chocolate desserts made from pink beans and an exotic fruit explode with flavor? In the second test, as if combining an oversized treat with a green mash were not a tough enough challenge, the chefs must also keep in mind Chef Ron's wild inspiration. An enchanting figure inspires the chefs in the final test, but the real magic will be making a berry drink and matzoh into genius cakes.

Thursday
Feb 7
7pm | 6c
Season 3, Episode 3

Twinkling Genius

Will the competitors truly embrace the power of their Parisian inspiration as they make chocolate desserts from chicken stock and a Southern candy treat? The three remaining chefs endeavor to make candy creations from fennel and a juicy fruit, as they keep a meddling deity in mind. In the final cakes test, a heavenly, twinkling inspiration and two assertive ingredients make for an intriguing final match-up.

Thursday
Feb 21
7pm | 6c
Season 3, Episode 5

Dream Catching Genius

Where there's smoke, there's inspiration! The chefs must find a way to make a chewy fruit and meaty hors d'oeuvres work in their chocolate desserts. In the candy test, as they seek to combine a Middle Eastern dip with a desert delight, the chefs must be inspired by a Native American talisman. The final two chefs get biblical and try to stay afloat by making the best cake pairing their two mandatory ingredients.

Thursday
Feb 28
7pm | 6c
Season 3, Episode 13

Wedded Genius

The chefs cannot believe their first inspiration flying through the air, as they set out to make chocolate desserts that include ketchup. In the candy test, the chefs are spun in a new direction with a childhood inspiration and instant noodles and mild fruit as mandatory ingredients. A matrimonial-themed test has the chefs wondering what to do with two white mandatory ingredients. Will they marry well with the finalists' cakes? And who will earn the $10,000 prize money?

Thursday
Mar 28
7pm | 6c
Season 1, Episode 1

Disco Genius

Relax! A very Zen object of inspiration takes the spotlight in the first test. But can it calm the nerves of the four aspiring geniuses, who must make fabulous frozen desserts using jelly beans and hot sauce? Then when the second test gets underway, the competition gets stinky. The chefs try not to let a foul-smelling fruit distract them from their singular goal of creating desserts inspired by a fabled one-horned creature. Then for the final test, '70s fever takes over! With a disco ball as inspiration and carbonated candies as a mandatory ingredient, the final two chefs must rock out delicious desserts if they want to secure the Sweet Genius title and the $10,000 prize.

Thursday
Sep 19
11am | 10c
Season 2, Episode 6

Electrifying Genius

The chefs are struck by a bolt of inspiration as the first test begins, and they must find a way to make a pasta and spicy candy work in their chocolate desserts. Then, in the candy test, the chefs must figure out how the mystery ingredients can be folded into their origami-inspired desserts. For the final test, the chefs' cakes must honor Chef Ron Ben-Israel's very personal inspiration.

Tuesday
Sep 24
11am | 10c
Season 3, Episode 9

Turkey Genius

The inspiration for the first test comes straight from the Thanksgiving banquet, as does one of the mandatory ingredients. In the candy test, the chefs put on their game faces to tackle the next challenge using barbecue sauce and snack mix as mandatory ingredients. And with $10,000 and the title of Sweet Genius on the line, the two remaining chefs confront a fear-inducing inspiration and two unusual cake ingredients.

Wednesday
Nov 26
4am | 3c

About the Show

Master Pastry Chef Ron Ben-Israel returns to Food Network for another season of the sugar-packed competition series Sweet Genius. Back with more whimsy and wonder, each episode has four of America’s premier pastry chefs competing against one another through three rounds of challenges judged by Ben-Israel, along the way testing their creativity, ingenuity and imagination. The chefs are given surprise ingredients, an inspiration and a limited amount of time; with those three elements as a guide, they must create a delectable chocolate, candy and cake dessert. The winners from each round will advance for a final test, with Ben-Israel crowning the remaining chef Sweet Genius and awarding a $10,000 cash prize.

About the Host

Ron Ben-Israel

Ron Ben-Israel, the chef and owner of one of the country’s finest couture cake studios, is a judge on Cake Wars and Halloween Baking Championship.

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