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[10/24/16 - 12:38 PM]
Food Network Gets Festive for the Holidays with the Return of "Cake Wars: Christmas"
Jonathan Bennett hosts the six hour-long episodes filled with the most over-the-top Christmas cake confections ever seen.

[via press release from Food Network]

FOOD NETWORK GETS FESTIVE FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH THE RETURN OF "CAKE WARS: CHRISTMAS"

New Season Premieres Monday, November 14th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network

New York - October 24, 2016 - The Cake Wars kitchen is getting a holiday makeover on the season premiere of Cake Wars: Christmas, beginning on Monday, November 14th at 9:00pm ET/PT on Food Network. Jonathan Bennett hosts the six hour-long episodes filled with the most over-the-top Christmas cake confections ever seen. On this holly jolly competition seven teams consisting of a cake artist, sugar sculptor and master food carver are put to the test in two rounds of challenges where they must showcase their skills, creativity, and imaginations. First, in the Stocking Stuffer Challenge, it is a race against the clock to create edible holiday-themed cake displays. One team will earn an advantage in Santa's Mega Challenge, where they must outdo each other with mind-blowing, masterful cake creations. Holiday crafter extraordinaire Charles Phoenix and renowned pastry chef Sherry Yard together with weekly guest judges will eliminate one team each week until one jingles all the way home with the $50,000 grand prize.

Fans can visit FoodNetwork.com/CakeWars for photos of the festive, eye-popping creations from the show and watch behind-the-scenes videos featuring Jonathan Bennett and the judges. They can also join the conversation using #CakeWars.

Episodes include:

Premiere Monday, November 14th at 9pm ET/PT

"Christmas: Santa's Makeover"

Cake Wars kicks off the first of six Christmas-themed battles, as seven teams composed of a cake artist, sugar sculptor and master food carver take to the kitchen. In the first round, they'll have to tackle the worst gift under the Christmas tree. Then, in round two, they'll give Santa Claus the first makeover he's seen in centuries. At the end of the battle, one team will be eliminated, and the rest will move on to compete for $50,000. Singer-songwriter Megan Nicole joins host Jonathan Bennett and judges Charles Phoenix and Sherry Yard.

Premiere Monday, November 21st at 9pm ET/PT

"Christmas: How the Grinch Stole Christmas"

The six remaining teams made up of a cake artist, sugar sculptor and master food carver return to battle to celebrate the 50th anniversary of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In the first round, they'll create a modern twist on the classic holiday tale. Then, in the second round, they'll have to lend the Grinch's lair some holiday spirit fit for Dr. Seuss. At the end of the battle, one team will be eliminated with help from guest judge Susan Brandt, President of Dr. Seuss Enterprises who joins host Jonathan Bennett and judges Charles Phoenix and Sherry Yard.

Premiere Monday, November 28th at 9pm ET/PT

"Christmas: The Nutcracker"

Five remaining teams made up of an expert cake artist, sugar sculptor and master food carver return to battle to create mind-blowing Christmas fantasy creations, and in the first round, they'll be challenged to show how Santa's elves get in shape. Then, the teams must give the Nutcracker a modern twist. Special guest judge Tamera Mowry-Housley, host of The Real and avid holiday crafter and baker, will help host Jonathan Bennett and judges Charles Phoenix and Sherry Yard determine which team is eliminated.

Premiere Monday, December 5th at 9pm ET/PT

"Christmas: Animals Celebrate Christmas Too"

Jonathan Bennett hosts as the four remaining teams composed of a master cake artist, sugar sculptor, and food carver return to battle to design mind-blowing Christmas creations. In the first round, they'll have to imagine Santa's disguise when he goes undercover. Then, in the second round, they'll be challenged to create a delicious world where animals of the forest celebrate Christmas. At the end of this battle, one more team will be eliminated in the quest for the $50,000 grand prize. Judges Charles Phoenix and Sherry Yard will be joined by special guest judge, cake artist Yolanda Gampp,to determine which team will be sent home.

Premiere Monday, December 12th at 9pm ET/PT

"Christmas: Santa's Workshop"

We're down to the final three teams of cake artists, sugar sculptors, and master food carvers who need to help out Santa with a very important gift - the one for Mrs. Claus, herself! Then, in the second round, the teams must create the ultimate Santa's Workshop. In the end, one team will be eliminated, and the rest will continue to face off for the $50,000 grand prize. Host Jonathan Bennett is joined by Jackie Sorkin of Hollywood Candy Girls, and judges Charles Phoenix and Sherry Yard to determine which team will take the cake in this challenge.

Premiere Monday, December 19th at 9pm ET/PT

"Christmas: Ultimate Christmas Front Yard"

Jonathan Bennett hosts this epic final battle! The two remaining teams made up of an expert cake artist, sugar sculptor, and master food carver go to battle one last time, to give us an amazing, edible Rudolph's Christmas card. Then, in the winner-take all final round, they'll face the monumental task of creating the ultimate Christmas front yard. When the gingerbread dust settles, one team will jingle all the way home with $50,000. Judges Charles Phoenix and Sherry Yard will be joined by guest judge Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi to determine the winner.

Cake Wars: Christmas is produced by Super Delicious Productions.

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FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers' best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to more than 100 million U.S. households and up to 35 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine's rate base has grown 13 times and is now the third largest monthly magazine on the newsstand, with over 12.4 million readers. Headquartered in New York, Food Network has a growing international presence with programming in more than 150 countries, including 24-hour networks in the United Kingdom, Asia, and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Scripps Networks Interactive (NASDAQ: SNI), which also owns and operates Cooking Channel (www.cookingchanneltv.com), HGTV (www.hgtv.com), DIY Network (www.diynetwork.com), Travel Channel (www.travelchannel.com) and Great American Country (www.gactv.com), is the manager and general partner.





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