Food Network Challenge

Sunday 8:00 PM on Food Network
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 13 : Ep 18

    Halloween Ghost Story Cakes

    Aired 10/23/11

  • S 13 : Ep 9

    Romance Novel Cakes

    Aired 6/12/11

  • S 13 : Ep 8

    Awesome 80's Cakes

    Aired 6/5/11

  • S 13 : Ep 7

    Wrestling Cakes (WWE)

    Aired 5/15/11

  • S 13 : Ep 6

    Last Cake Standing: $100,000 Cakes

    Aired 5/7/11

  • Cast & Crew
  • Keegan Gerhard


  • Gordon Elliott


  • Paula Deen


  • Marc Summers


  • Al Roker


  • show Description
  • Food Network Challenge is a series comprised of various challenges placed upon real chefs who are working in the culinary world, whether their specialities be pastry, sugar, ice, or otherwise. Who can make the best cupcakes? The best BBQ? Who's the fastest bartender in the country or even the world? Join the judges as they find the answers to those very questions on the Food Network Challenge.

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Scott Liebfried: You know how people won't admit they watch car racing in hopes that there's a crash? That's kind of the feeling you get from this kind of competition.

    • Kathi (contestant): If you're hungry after eating a half-pound burger, you're a sumo wrestler.

    • Daisy Martinez (Judge): I wouldn't trust anybody that doesn't like a know...I mean a burger is good food.

    • Bev: Sam is a big presence. I just have to know that I've done the best that I can do at what I'm doing. And, pray that he burns something.

    • Debbie: When you watch the show, you see the cakes being made and you think, "Ah, sure, I can do that." Yeah, in the real world I can do that. But, under lights and the clock ticking, a camera in front of your face, it's really tough.

    • April: OK, so not only do we have this sketchy roof that we have to put on this house, but we have to move this house onto this base. So, it's transporting two very sort of unstable pieces. I can do nothing but whimper at this point.

    • Doug: James is real good at talking about people, but, you know, watch what you say cause it's going to bite you.

    • James: Was Doug the first person to use a power tool? I didn't invent fruit carving, I'm just damn good at it.

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    Notes (28)

    • Also Featured: Ewell Smith – Event Organizer Stefani Marnon – Alaska Andy Niedenthal – Florida Michael Gagne – Maine Frank Lee – South Carolina Connie Swearingen – Texas Dwight Landreneau – LA Wildlife & Fisheries Rudy Speckamp – Maryland Brian Stapleton – North Carolina Matthew Meadows – Mississippi Dave Banks – Delaware

    • Also Featured: Jeffrey Star – Exec. Chef, Sutter Home James McNair – Contest Chairman (Head Judge)

    • This competition usually features two categories–beef and alternative burgers. However this year, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the burger's national debut in St. Louis, the burgers are all beef.

    • Bronwen Webber's assistant is extremely allergic to almonds (which are found in marzipan, one of Bronwen's main ingredients for furniture). Therefore, she could only touch the cake with gloves.

    • Duff Goldman asked past Challenge winner Mike McCarey to help him prepare for the challenge. Mike set up a practice schedule and gave him tips.

    • This episode was followed by a black screen with white lettering that read: In memory of Susan O'Boyle-Jacobson 1950-2006 Two days after competing, Susan suffered a massive heart attack and passed away.

    • This episode takes place in the Mall of America.

    • Besides being a heartbreaking moment for Kacie, her drop of her sculpture resulted in public outcry to change the rules of Challenge. Episodes filmed after this one allow challengers to request help when they move their showpieces.

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    Trivia (16)

    • Competitors: Chris Kirigin – All-American Zinburger – Blue Cheese and Zinfandel reduction Nikki Norman – Island-Style Key West Burger – Ciabatta Rolls and Mango-Ginger Chutney Jenny Flake – Feta Sun-Dried Tomato Stuffed Prosciutto Burger – Focaccia Rolls Jan Curry – Midway Hamburger Steak Sandwich – Cheese toast with Steak burgers, Pickles Clint Stephenson – Avocado B-L-T Burger with Caramelized Onions – Veronica Callaghan – All-American Hero Burger – Burger with Salami, Ham and Avocado-Tomato Dressing Tom Wickham – Southwest Chili Burger – Chili stuffed patty with Avocado and Lime Marinated Slaw Debbi Bracker – Peppercorn Burger with Goat Cheese Spread – Honey Greens Karen Tedesco – New-Fashioned American Drive-In Cheeseburger – Lemon, Tarragon Mayo-Mustard Spread with Diced Pickles Darlya Oehler – Mesquite-Grilled Centennial Burger – Swiss Cheese and Bacon Stuffing with Avocado Dressing

    • COMPETITORS: Susan O’Boyle-Jacobson Fridley, Minn. David Goldberg Art Institute of New York City New York, N.Y. Robert Sobkowski Sensational Chocolates Coral Springs, Fla. Jenifer Witte Wynn Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nev.

    • Judges: Mark Miller Alexandra Guarnaschelli Alan Wong

    • The Five Villains: Cruella de Ville from 101 Dalmatians Ursula from The Little Mermaid Captain Hook from Peter Pan Scar from The Lion King Jafar from Aladdin Disney allowed clips from each movie to be shown.

    • The Extreme Cakes: Hot Dog (Live Fish, Sparklers, Sun Panel) Revenge of the Sock Monkey (Fireworks, Dry Ice, 6 feet, Glowing Lights, Motor) Hanging Cake (Sugar work, Upside Down, Motor) Swiss Cooking Knife (Fireworks, Motors, Blow Torch)

    • The prize is $10,000 and a trip to the Hollywood premiere of The Simpsons Movie.

    • Disney chooses Alyssa Pietruszca as an honorary Princess to help choose the winning cake and provide a child's perspective on the cakes. Alyssa survived kidney cancer, and the winning cake will be served at a party in her honor.

    • The Cakes: Flora Aghababyan – Cinderella Norman Davis – Ariel – "Ariel's Garden" Elizabeth Hodes – Jasmine – "Flying High" Mary Maher – Snow White Kate Sullivan – Belle – "Belle's Enchanted Evening"

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    Allusions (1)

    • Duff: To be a cake decorator, you gotta be MacGyver. MacGyver was a television show that ran from 1985-1992. The main character was known for taking ordinary objects and turning them into complicated solutions for problems.

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • PVC pipes and adhesive

    By bttmZUP, Apr 03, 2014

  • What can go wrong with people competing by making fabulous food!

    By JohnnySpartan, Jul 16, 2008

  • great show...

    By Fwirrel, Sep 10, 2007

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