Master Pastry Chef Ron Ben-Israel on Sweet Genius

Sweet Genius

Master Pastry Chef Ron Ben-Israel challenges four chefs to create sweets with surprise ingredients. At stake: a $10,000 prize.

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  • The chefs are startled by a jaw-dropping stuntman, the inspiration for their first test: But can the chefs make show-stopping chocolate dishes with an unusual squash and an old-fashioned candy? In the second test, some squeaky birds get the chefs thinking up festive candy creations made from a curdled dairy product and a versatile veggie. With $10,000 at stake, the last two chefs are given a fair attraction as an inspiration, but can they be fairly certain that Chef Ron will enjoy their

  • 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.

  • Fire! The chefs are burning to jump to it when they see the inspiration for the first test. And a Sweet Genius should know just how to make cheese puffs work perfectly in a frozen dessert. Then in the second test multi-colored treats are a mandatory ingredient and multiple techniques are utilized by a creative crew of chefs. And in an intense final test, the chefs are inspired by a Chinese Dragonhead and required to use an unusual Mexican delicacy.

  • The inspiration for the chocolate desserts test is sure to get the chefs' minds spinning with genius ideas about how to make best use of the mandatory ingredients. The candy test combines magic inspiration with a chewy mandatory ingredient. Then, two chefs fight it out in the final test, but just one chef will manage to make a successful cake worthy of $10,000.

  • The chefs rocket into the competition, creating space-themed chocolate desserts from Italian olives and a retro candy. The three competitors who move on must get amped up over amphibians in the second test and figure out how to make genius candy with a green super food and an orange delicacy. In the final test, the chefs ponder the meaning of a leaning tower and how to effectively use two savory ingredients in their cakes.

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  • The chefs are startled by a jaw-dropping stuntman, the inspiration for their first test: But can the chefs make show-stopping chocolate dishes with an unusual squash and an old-fashioned candy? In the second test, some squeaky birds get the chefs thinking up festive candy creations made from a curdled dairy product and a versatile veggie. With $10,000 at stake, the last two chefs are given a fair attraction as an inspiration, but can they be fairly certain that Chef Ron will enjoy their

  • The heat is on when the lights go off! Darkness is the inspiration for the first test. And the chefs are challenged to use a spicy hot candy and a rare fruit in their frozen desserts. In the second test, a bejeweled egg and a bottle of bubbly set the stage for some sophisticated baked desserts. And when the final test of genius involves a bone-chilling ingredient and a gritty inspiration, it is a fight to the finish to see which of the remaining two chefs will take home the $10,000.

About the Host

Ron Ben-Israel is the host of the sugar-packed competition series Sweet Genius.

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.

More About Sweet Genius

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.

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