Great Chocolate Showdown

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  • 2020
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.2  (76)

Great Chocolate Showdown is a thrilling cooking competition that was aired on Food Network in 2020. The show is hosted by acclaimed chocolatier, Steven Hodge, who is known for his love for everything chocolate. Together with Anna Olson and Cynthia Stroud, two other seasoned chefs, the trio judges the contestants' creations and decides the winner of each episode.

The premise of the show is simple: 10 of Canada's best home bakers compete to win $50,000 while showcasing their talents in making chocolate desserts. The contestants are tasked with making a variety of chocolate-based dishes, ranging from cakes and pastry to candy and ice cream. The challenges are designed to test their creativity, plating skills, and chocolate expertise.

The contestants are also expected to work under tight time constraints, sometimes as short as 30 minutes. They must utilize their experience and come up with unique solutions, using unfamiliar ingredients, and often, appliances they have never seen before. Judges Hodge, Olson, and Stroud are there to evaluate each dish based on taste, texture, and overall presentation.

Throughout the competition, viewers get to see the contestants' diverse backgrounds and their passion for chocolate. Some contestants are self-taught, while others have formal culinary training. Some are scientists, artists, or entreprenuers who have pursued chocolate as their hobby or business. Some contestants bring their cultural roots to their desserts, while others experiment with new flavors and techniques.

Beyond the interesting contestants, the show's cinematography also deserves a special mention. The colorful shots of melting chocolate, swirling frosting, and plating techniques are captivating. The detailed shots of the bakers' faces focus on their expressions of anxiety, frustration, and even joy, as they work their way through the challenges.

One unique aspect of the show is its diversity of challenges. The contestants are required to, for instance, recreate classic chocolate desserts and add their twists to the original recipes. They also work in teams for some challenges, forcing them to collaborate with people with different backgrounds and styles. In other episodes, they are tasked with making massive chocolate sculptures or using chocolate to create art.

An interesting addition to the show is the "Great Chocolate Showdown Pantry," where the contestants have access to an array of ingredients to choose from. With over 300 chocolate types, including dark, white, milk, vegan, gluten-free, and more, the pantry ensures that contestants can create an endless variety of desserts.

The judges' feedback is honest and fair. They do not hesitate to point out the strengths and weaknesses of each dish. They also explain their decisions and provide suggestions for contestants who are eliminated, setting a tone for the show that is both competitive and collaborative.

With engaging contestants, creative challenges, and stunning visuals, Great Chocolate Showdown is a must-watch for fans of cooking competitions, desserts, and chocolate. The show demonstrates how passion, creativity, and a bit of technical expertise can result in delicious and visually appealing dishes. Viewers are sure to be inspired to experiment with chocolate-based desserts at home.

Great Chocolate Showdown is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (28 episodes). The series first aired on February 4, 2020.

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Best Fruit Forward
4. Best Fruit Forward
August 26, 2023
The home bakers delve into fruit jellies and bejewel a chocolate sculpture in pate de fruits.
Pie Society
3. Pie Society
August 19, 2023
Eight home bakers must become pastry Picassos as they make pies with a decorative crust.
Think Outside The Bar
2. Think Outside The Bar
August 12, 2023
The remaining nine bakers must think beyond the bar as they create a nougat-filled chocolate confection in a surprising shape as they vie for the coveted Golden Whisk.
Let The Games Begin!
1. Let The Games Begin!
August 5, 2023
Ten home bakers enter the kitchen and strive to up their dessert game as they create a chocolate Tic Tac Toe board.
Where to Watch Great Chocolate Showdown
Great Chocolate Showdown is available for streaming on the Food Network website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Great Chocolate Showdown on demand at Hulu, The CW and CW Seed.
  • Premiere Date
    February 4, 2020
  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (76)