Posted Mar 18, 2012 @ 10:25 AM
Agree that replacing frozen with candy is a good move, but it's a category which also requires a bit more time. Those not-quite-set marshmallows - well, she recovered nicely by creating a robot caterpillar!
Posted Mar 23, 2012 @ 9:01 PM
Posted Mar 23, 2012 @ 9:12 PM
There are weeks, though, where nobody strikes me as being a sweet genius. Wouldn't it be great if they'd occasionally say something like "none of you belongs in my world of desserts, none of you is a sweet genius, then all the contestants would fall through a trap door.
Posted Mar 23, 2012 @ 11:09 PM
Posted Mar 24, 2012 @ 8:34 AM
The contestants were ridiculously overmatched by the French ringer they brought in. He must have needed an easy 10 grand, but it made for a slightly dull competition. His final competitor was a little delusional about his own skills, but man, how cute was he? Like Thomas Dolby back in the 80s, all geeky-hot!
Posted Mar 24, 2012 @ 8:40 PM
Posted Mar 30, 2012 @ 12:51 AM
Posted Mar 30, 2012 @ 2:49 PM
It's a nice break from the other FN shows where all the chefs are all "I don't like dessert." Or "I don't usually make desserts." What is that? I've heard Bobby Flay say it as well as Michael Symon. And I like both but there seems to be this mentality that doing anything all dessert or sweet is beneath them and I think Sweet Genius shows that the pastry world is just as competitive and complex as the culinary world.
Posted Mar 30, 2012 @ 9:07 PM
It's a nice break from the other FN shows where all the chefs are all "I don't like dessert." Or "I don't usually make desserts." What is that? I've heard Bobby Flay say it as well as Michael Symon.
Oh I know! On Chopped the judges seem to have some sort of contest to see who can like desserts the least. They are always saying that they don't like sweet desserts.
I thought the crepe tower was a little tall, but the illusion cake nailed it. Even if the other lady hadn't over cooked her cakes she wouldn't have had a chance.
Posted Apr 5, 2012 @ 1:42 PM
the major international competitor guy
He was fascinating to watch. I think someone should give him his own cooking show.
Sweet Genius is a very fun show. I love the Dr Evil Willy Wonka ness of it all. I wonder if they play that up. I didn't see it last season but I'm glad if they had a robot voice, that they got rid of that. I love Chef Israel's accent.
Love the conveyer belt and the wacky game show aspect mixed with serious pastry chef-ing. Winner, winner, chicken dinner! (In your pastry.)
Posted Apr 6, 2012 @ 12:50 AM
Posted Apr 6, 2012 @ 1:08 PM
I wish this show was more popular, it's fun and has great production values, unlike many Food Network shows.
Posted Apr 6, 2012 @ 4:58 PM
I wonder if FN has thought about a show during which Ron B-I teaches techniques to aspiring pastry chefs. I'd love to watch him work.
Posted Apr 6, 2012 @ 5:22 PM
Posted Apr 6, 2012 @ 10:38 PM
Posted Apr 7, 2012 @ 4:17 PM
Posted Apr 7, 2012 @ 5:54 PM
Love it when dipshits like that lose!
There is something a little satisfying about it. If only real life were that clean.
I love when Chef Ron cuts them and they don't even know it. After all her bragging, he waited, and then coolly asked, "How long have you been baking cakes?" "A year and a half." "Well...nice to make your acquaintance." Translation: "Noob!"
She didn't even notice. Too busy bragging, I guess.
He did something similar to Max Headcase, and he didn't notice either.
Posted Apr 11, 2012 @ 3:06 PM
When BenIsrael put himself as the inspiration - I didn't know if I should laugh or cry...
So much ego in one little man.
What a weird show.
Posted Apr 13, 2012 @ 1:12 AM
Posted Apr 13, 2012 @ 6:30 AM
I don't get the idea of milkshakes or sweet shots as "candy," which happens all the time. And the cakes are always underwhelming. I think because they barely have enough time to let the cakes cool, so they always wind up lopsided.
The chocolate isn't quite as impressive as I'd expect, either. I wonder if they could give the competitors a little more time. I know it's supposed to be like "Chopped," but so much of desserts depends on baking and cooling times that simply cannot be rushed.
Posted Apr 15, 2012 @ 11:33 PM
Posted Apr 17, 2012 @ 12:27 AM
Posted Apr 17, 2012 @ 8:56 AM
I just saw a commercial for this show, & it says NEW SEASON, NEW RULES. What new rules? It seems the same to me, am I missing something?
I'm not sure it qualifies as "rules," but instead of frozen, chocolate, and baked, they now have to do chocolate, candy, and cake. I'm not sure which three desserts I like best...frozen seemed a bit limiting, but "baked" was better than "cake," in that you could include pies or puff pastry or something.
Posted Apr 19, 2012 @ 8:45 AM
I was hoping when the Skittles were the required ingredient, the extra bonus ingredient would have been Starburst. I do like how they can't actually refer products by name on these shows.
Posted Apr 20, 2012 @ 2:12 AM
Edited by Ginandtonic, Apr 21, 2012 @ 12:09 AM.
Posted Apr 20, 2012 @ 6:32 AM
I thought the guy who won this round was adorable, but it was obvious from the get-go that he was going to win, as soon as they showed a clip of his wife almost, but not quite, winning a previous show.
Posted Apr 21, 2012 @ 6:26 PM
Edited by TWoP Howard, Apr 22, 2012 @ 1:34 AM.
Please don’t hide words behind asterisks
Posted Apr 21, 2012 @ 8:20 PM
I love the idea of watching people bake different things and no one knows what they will make ahead of time. It makes all other cooking shows look boring by comparison.
I thought Mr Disco Dust might win it, but I liked that the woman inspired by her grandma won too.
Sometimes I think the person who goes home first is probably the best baker in real life, but maybe not a visual artist, or used to time constraints, or doesn't have much experience outside their specialty (pies, cupcakes, whatever.)
They ought to ban ganache making. On this show, it always turns out looking like diarrhea on a plate.
Posted May 1, 2012 @ 4:28 PM
Posted May 4, 2012 @ 7:51 AM
Most of the chefs stumble over the candy challenge. Drinks, whipped mousse, and glaze reductions are NOT candy. I don't understand what the disconnect is for these people. They can't come up with an idea so they stupidly do a milkshake, etc. Making a basic nougat and coating it with chocolate or other coating should be easy for them. Brittles are good but most stumble over the execution. Next season they might want to rethink that category.
Personally, I'd like to see a cake decorating challenge. Ron's business is beautiful cakes and I'd like to see some expertise in that area. Instead of the challenges where they have to use cactus, pine nuts and be inspired by a hot air balloon.
In the "Baby Genius" episode, one of the ingredients was baby formula. It was a turn off to me. I don't care if one of those dishes was the best baby formula something ever made. I want to be WOW-ed by the chefs, not disgusted.
Edited by SunShine Gal, May 4, 2012 @ 9:39 PM.