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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  • Don't crack under pressure! In the first test of genius, the chefs must cook frozen desserts that include hard-boiled eggs. But they discover that success will be hard-fought when they set eyes on the challenging object of inspiration: a splendid treasure from the sea. None of the mandatory ingredients in the second test are usually used in desserts. But as they struggle to make it work, the chefs' imaginations are sparked. And when the final two chefs are given gummy candies for the last test, can they make purr-fectly yummy desserts inspired by a cat?

  • In the first test of genius, the chefs must balance their live, lovely inspiration with a prophetic cookie and a strong cheese into their chocolate dessert. Then, in the candy test, can the chefs do great things with a diminutive vegetable and an unusual citrus fruit? In the pastry challenge, the competitor who can make the best cake with a brightly colored beverage and a salty snack will walk away with $10,000.

  • High hopes! Walking tall into the first test, the chefs are given heels as inspiration for their frozen desserts. But does the shoe fit with salt & vinegar potato chips? And Chef Ron watches to see whether experience will help or hinder the chefs' creativity. A reptilian inspiration and a childhood treat make for a terrifically challenging second test! Then Chef Ron Ben-Israel will decide once and for all who has hidden genius within, through a final test, featuring masquerade masks and candy apples. And things get very interesting when one chef appears to have forgotten something important in the oven!

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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