Sweet Genius

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  • 2011
  • 3 Seasons
  • 6.8  (167)

Sweet genius is a reality cooking competition show that's been running for three seasons, created by Amanda Hulsey for the Food Network. The competition pits four top pastry chefs against each other who must use their skills to create a dessert masterpiece from bizarre ingredients to earn ten thousand dollars in cash and the title of Sweet Genius. During the competition each contestant must display creativity and imagination in their dishes while working with the clock, and oftentimes the ingredients, against them. The show's host and judge is world renowned and award winning pastry chef Ron Ben-Israel, a self proclaimed Sweet Genius and owner of one of America's best couture cake bakeries. Ben Israel is jovial in his hosting duties and seems to derive real enjoyment from deploying the secret ingredients that make the competition more challenging. The competing chefs have three rounds of elimination challenges to create desserts made of chocolate, candy, and cake on a time limit. Contestants are given forty and fifty minutes to finish in the first two rounds and an hour to complete the final one. The chefs must create a dish based on whatever Ben-Israel has provided them for inspiration. Usually the inspiration is absurd or whimsical and contestants have done everything from taken the inspiration literally to making vague claims about how their dish connects to the theme Ben-Israel presented. Theme pieces have ranged anywhere from rubber duckies to sword swallowers to musicians. They must also use ingredients that would be difficult to incorporate in a dessert. Mandatory and surprise ingredients have included dehydrated space food, beets, and chicken stock. Many of the ingredients are savory, which aren't generally used in a sweet dish. Ben-Israel tries the dishes after each round and evaluates its strengths and weaknesses, offering constructive criticism. The competing chefs are given an opportunity to explain how they incorporated the inspiration theme and, sometimes, their mistakes. The final two contestants often tell Ben-Israel some personal anecdote about themselves as he eats their dishes. Whenever a contestant is eliminated Chef Ben-Israel informs them with a catchphrase using the title of the show. The winner receives congratulations from Ben-Israel as well as their prize money.

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Wedded Genius
13. Wedded Genius
January 24, 2013
A matrimonial-themed test has the chefs scratching their heads.
Samba Genius
12. Samba Genius
January 17, 2013
The chefs must incorporate one blue ingredient and one yellow ingredient into a chocolate dessert.
Sci-Fi Genius
11. Sci-Fi Genius
January 10, 2013
The chefs rocket into the competition, creating space-themed chocolate desserts from Italian olives and a retro candy.
Electric Genius
10. Electric Genius
January 3, 2013
Chef Ron introduces the chefs to his first inspiration, and later, the chefs must incorporate a fruity cereal.
Dream Catching Genius
9. Dream Catching Genius
December 20, 2012
The chefs incorporate chewy fruit and meaty hors d'oeuvres into their chocolate desserts. In the candy test, as they seek to combine a Middle Eastern dip with a desert delight, the chefs must be inspired by a Native American talisman. The final two chefs try to make cake using a pairing of two mandatory ingredients.
Twinkling Genius
8. Twinkling Genius
December 13, 2012
The competitors use Parisian inspiration as they make chocolate desserts from chicken stock and a Southern candy treat. The three remaining chefs endeavor to make candy creations from fennel and a juicy fruit. In the final cakes test, a heavenly, twinkling inspiration and two assertive ingredients make for an intriguing final match-up.
Holiday Genius
7. Holiday Genius
December 6, 2012
It's time for mistletoe and merriment as Chef Ron has a few holiday surprises for the competitors!
Squeaky Genius
6. Squeaky Genius
November 22, 2012
The chefs are inspired by a stuntman in the first round and some squeaky birds in the second round. With $10,000 at stake, the last two chefs are given a fair attraction as an inspiration, but can they be fairly certain that Chef Ron will enjoy their meal?
Turkey Genius
5. Turkey Genius
November 15, 2012
Four chefs compete in three rounds to be crowned sweet genius.
Wicked Genius
4. Wicked Genius
November 8, 2012
Four chefs compete in three rounds to be crowned sweet genius.
Heated Genius
3. Heated Genius
November 1, 2012
Four pastry chefs receive inspiration from an erupting volcano for the first round, combine an oversized treat with a green mash in the second round, and receive inspiration from an enchanting figure for the final test.
Halloween Genius
2. Halloween Genius
October 25, 2012
Sweet Genius celebrates Halloween and creates some devilish treats.
Cuckoo Genius
1. Cuckoo Genius
October 18, 2012
In the third season opener, the chefs receive inspiration for their breakfast food and bland bread chocolate desserts from a few canines. In the final round a charming, chiming object gets the chefs' imaginations ticking.
Description

Sweet genius is a reality cooking competition show that's been running for three seasons, created by Amanda Hulsey for the Food Network. The competition pits four top pastry chefs against each other who must use their skills to create a dessert masterpiece from bizarre ingredients to earn ten thousand dollars in cash and the title of Sweet Genius. During the competition each contestant must display creativity and imagination in their dishes while working with the clock, and oftentimes the ingredients, against them. The show's host and judge is world renowned and award winning pastry chef Ron Ben-Israel, a self proclaimed Sweet Genius and owner of one of America's best couture cake bakeries. Ben Israel is jovial in his hosting duties and seems to derive real enjoyment from deploying the secret ingredients that make the competition more challenging.

The competing chefs have three rounds of elimination challenges to create desserts made of chocolate, candy, and cake on a time limit. Contestants are given forty and fifty minutes to finish in the first two rounds and an hour to complete the final one. The chefs must create a dish based on whatever Ben-Israel has provided them for inspiration. Usually the inspiration is absurd or whimsical and contestants have done everything from taken the inspiration literally to making vague claims about how their dish connects to the theme Ben-Israel presented. Theme pieces have ranged anywhere from rubber duckies to sword swallowers to musicians. They must also use ingredients that would be difficult to incorporate in a dessert. Mandatory and surprise ingredients have included dehydrated space food, beets, and chicken stock. Many of the ingredients are savory, which aren't generally used in a sweet dish.

Ben-Israel tries the dishes after each round and evaluates its strengths and weaknesses, offering constructive criticism. The competing chefs are given an opportunity to explain how they incorporated the inspiration theme and, sometimes, their mistakes. The final two contestants often tell Ben-Israel some personal anecdote about themselves as he eats their dishes. Whenever a contestant is eliminated Chef Ben-Israel informs them with a catchphrase using the title of the show. The winner receives congratulations from Ben-Israel as well as their prize money.

Sweet Genius is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (34 episodes). The series first aired on September 22, 2011.

Where to Watch Sweet Genius

Sweet Genius is available for streaming on the Food Network website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Sweet Genius on demand at Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, Hulu, Food Network, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    September 22, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (167)