Season 1, Episode 8

Fiery Genius

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.

Saturday
Nov 12
7pm | 6c
Season 1, Episode 7

Dark Genius

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.

Friday
Mar 16
8pm | 7c
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.

Thursday
Apr 19
11pm | 10c
Season 2, Episode 4

Baby Genius

There's no crying in Sweet Genius, where a baby-themed chocolate test is the chefs' first challenge. The chefs who advance to the candy test are given a kitschy keepsake as the inspiration and must balance tart and pungent mandatory ingredients. With one of the most iconic structures in the world as inspiration for the final pastry test, the chefs are surprised when Chef Ron Ben-Israel gives them three mandatory ingredients!

Friday
May 4
2am | 1c
Season 2, Episode 13

Plane Genius

In the first round, will the chefs be able to take flight with chocolate desserts made from an exotic fruit and a ballpark favorite? Then for the candy test, the chefs are stunned when they are given a seriously strong British staple as an ingredient with a silky weave as inspiration. It's a medieval duel for the ages in the final test, with the $10,000 prize going to the chef who turns the humble mandatory ingredients into a noble cake.

Friday
Jun 15
2am | 1c
Season 2, Episode 2

Speechless Genius

In the chocolate desserts test, the chefs must create dishes from marshmallows and water chestnuts that leave Chef Ron Ben-Israel speechless. In the candy test, the chefs must use rolled fruit snacks and shortbread cookies to honor their colorful, twisty inspiration. The last two chefs walk on eggshells trying to incorporate savory ingredients for their final cake test.

Thursday
Dec 6
9pm | 8c
Season 3, Episode 8

Holiday Genius

In the mood for mistletoe and merriment, Chef Ron has a host of holiday surprises for the competitors! In the first test: A little ambassador from the North Pole, a fabled pudding and a classic yuletide candy. The chefs get an icy inspiration for the second test, along with a starchy packaged food and a colorful refreshment. When the last two chefs compete in the final holiday hoorah, the cakes test, they must find a way to make chocolate treats work with beets and a magical inspiration.

Thursday
Dec 6
10pm | 9c
Season 3, Episode 11

Electric Genius

Chef Ron introduces the chefs to his rockin' first inspiration, and it's crunch time when the chefs get a fruity cereal as a mandatory ingredient. In the second test, the chefs learn that there is no place like Chef Ron's world of desserts while making candy confections made with a strawberry drink and a yellow pepper. And the finalists get a fiesta favorite as an inspiration, but will they be partying when they see the mandatory ingredients?

Thursday
Jan 3
10pm | 9c
Season 3, Episode 6

Sci-Fi Genius

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.

Thursday
Jan 10
10pm | 9c
Season 3, Episode 12

Samba Genius

With a bright light inspiration, the chefs attempt to make excellent chocolate desserts that include one blue mandatory ingredient and one yellow one. Then in the candy test, Chef Ron has another entertaining, inspiring surprise for the competitors as they concoct ways to incorporate a shockingly colorful tuber. Get ready for a trip back in time, as our final two chefs receive a spicy snack as a mandatory ingredient.

Thursday
Mar 21
7pm | 6c
Season 3, Episode 12

Samba Genius

With a bright light inspiration, the chefs attempt to make excellent chocolate desserts that include one blue mandatory ingredient and one yellow one. Then in the candy test, Chef Ron has another entertaining, inspiring surprise for the competitors as they concoct ways to incorporate a shockingly colorful tuber. Get ready for a trip back in time, as our final two chefs receive a spicy snack as a mandatory ingredient.

Tuesday
Sep 17
11am | 10c
Season 2, Episode 1

Dancing Genius

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.

Tuesday
Nov 12
11am | 10c
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 22
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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