Bak­ing aisle ex­pan­sion

Guy Fieri’s su­per­mar­ket gets a sweet makeover

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COOKING THIS WEEK - By An­drew War­ren TV Me­dia

Love him or hate him, it can’t be de­nied that Guy Fieri loves to share. Why, he’s even handed off the keys to his beloved Fla­vor­town Mar­ket to some­one else. The “Guy’s Gro­cery Games” host has set Duff Goldman loose in the su­per­mar­ket where his cook­ing com­pe­ti­tion is filmed, and has even given the pas­try chef per­mis­sion to re­model.

The re­sult is “Dessert Games,” a de­cid­edly sweeter take on the “Guy’s Gro­cery Games” for­mula. The new se­ries pre­mieres Mon­day, July 10, on Food Net­work. At its core, the foun­da­tion is the same as it is in “Triple-G.” Each episode brings four pasty chefs into the gro­cery store (ac­tu­ally a TV set, but just as stocked as a real su­per­mar­ket) with their eyes on the sweet, sweet $10,000 prize. Goldman then is­sues them a se­ries of dessert chal­lenges, with the con­tes­tants need­ing to run up and down the gro­cery store aisles to shop for their ingredients.

What sorts of chal­lenges? Well, maybe the host will block off cer­tain aisles so that the im­por­tant ingredients there can’t be used. Maybe he’ll put up a dis­play of pre-made con­fec­tions that he’ll force the bak­ers to re­pur­pose. As “Guy’s Gro­cery Games” has proven, there are count­less ways to trip up shop­pers, forc­ing the culi­nary hope­fuls to rely not only on their culi­nary skills but also their quick wits and smarts.

Af­ter three rounds of hav­ing their sweet cre­ations judged by a ro­tat­ing panel of judges, the win­ner gets to take home some­thing even sweeter than all the sugar found in the bak­ing aisle: a $10,000 prize.

Like any cook­ing com­pe­ti­tion, though, it’s the host that truly makes it or breaks it. Food Net­work would have been hard-pressed to find a bet­ter host for a bak­ing com­pe­ti­tion than Duff Goldman. The pas­try chef be­came a star when his cus­tom cake shop, Charm City Cakes, was fea­tured in the se­ries “Ace of Cakes,” which lasted for five sea­sons. Since then, he’s hosted “Cake Masters” and “Duff Till Dawn,” mak­ing his mark as one of the na­tion’s premier and best-known pas­try chefs.

Guy Fieri has handed over the keys and Duff Goldman is step­ping up. “Dessert Games” pre­mieres Mon­day, July 10, on Food Net­work.

Duff Goldman as seen in “Dessert Games”

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