What's Cookin' Today on CRN


July 13, 201652 min
LARRY LIPSON – AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT For fifty years Larry Lipson was the food critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and now reports from Florida weekly with his thoughts and favorite picks for Food & Wine.  His lovely Wife Lillian is also on hand at the Lipson Institute for advanced wine studies. ACTOR AND TELEVISION HOST JONATHAN BENNETT - CAKE WARS & CUPCAKE WARS RETURN WITH FRESHLY BAKED NEW EPISODES ON FOOD NETWORK  GET A SNEAK PEEK AT WHAT IS COMING UP ON THE NEW EPISODES WITH ACTOR AND HOST, JONATHAN BENNETT  It’s a sugar lover’s fantasy, Monday nights on Food Network this summer. Cake Wars and Cupcake Wars return with freshly baked new episodes of these sweet competitions – a sugar rush for fans everywhere! The stars shine as CUPCAKE WARS returns with all-new celebrity filled episodes. It’s an all star cupcake showdown as celebrity contestants prove their baking skills on special new episodes of Cupcake Wars, beginning July 11th and airing Mondays at 8 pm ET / PT on Food Network. In each episode four famous faces will compete in three rounds of elimination challenges for the chance to debut their creation at a major event and to win a donation to their favorite charity. The celebrity contestants competing for cupcake glory include Adrienne Bailon, Drake Bell, Julissa Bermudez, Yvette Nicole Brown, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Charlie & Max Carver, Coolio, Ron Funches, Lori Greiner, Bob Harper, Hannah Hart, Perez Hilton, Grace Helbig, Shawn Johnson, Carson Kressley, NeNe Leakes, Vanessa Marano, Katherine McNamara, Heather Morris, Lamorne Morris, Audrina Patridge, Antonio Sabato Jr., Molly Sims, Lea Thompson, Emeraude Toubia, Nick Young, and Johnny Weir.  Each will be challenged to design cupcakes that match a unique theme including everything from cheerleaders to the iconic Hello Kitty and Josie and the Pussycats, from Medieval Times to the classic game Twister, and to the popular children's character Matilda. CAKE WARS follows with all new episodes Mondays at 9pm ET / PT featuring four bakers vying for the opportunity to display their extraordinary cake creations at a big event, and for the grand prize of $10,000! The talents and imagination of the contestants are tested in two rounds of specially-themed challenges, where they must race against time to design mind-blowing cakes that will impress with their taste and presentation. ABOUT JONATHAN BENNETT: Jonathan Bennett, best known for his role in the smash hit Mean Girls (with Tina Fey, Linsey Lohan and Rachael McAdams), is the host of Food Network’s Cake Wars, Cupcake Wars, Cake Wars: Christmas, and Christmas Cookie Challenge . Bennett starred in the romantic comedy Lovewrecked and starred as Bo Duke in Warner Bros.' prequel to The Dukes of Hazzard; the comedy   Party Vegas; in Fox’s sequel to the hit comedy Cheaper by the Dozen, as Steve Martin’s antagonistic son-in-law; and in the title role of National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Freshman Year. He became a fan favorite on Dancing with the Stars and demonstrated his hosting skills on MTV’s competition series Copycat. Most recently, Bennett executive-produced and starred in the film Authors Anonymous opposite Kaley Cuoco. Fans can relive top moments when the stars and sweets align, and can check out the celebrity cupcake creations and the winners' displays at FoodNetwork.com/CupcakeWars, and can join the conversation using #CupcakeWars. For even more sweet fun, fans cancheck out the images and recipes of the winning cakes, hilarious behind-the-scenes videos of Jonathan Bennett with the judges on set and more at FoodNetwork.com/CakeWars. They can also weigh in on their favorite designs on Twitter using #CakeWars. WWW.FOODNETWORK.COM


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