Sweet Genius

Watch Sweet Genius

  • 2011
  • 3 Seasons
  • 6.7  (185)

Sweet Genius is a reality TV show that originally aired on Food Network in 2011. The show is hosted by Ron Ben-Israel, who is known for his incredible cake-making skills. The other judges on the show are Chad Durkin and Katie Rosenhouse, both of whom are renowned pastry chefs. Together, the judges evaluate the contestants' pastry-making abilities and decide who will be crowned the "Sweet Genius."

The contestants on Sweet Genius are challenged to create unique and delicious desserts, each with their own special theme. Some of the challenges the contestants face include creating a dessert inspired by a museum exhibit, making treats out of unexpected ingredients, and designing desserts that look like works of art. In each challenge, the contestants have to create their desserts in a limited amount of time and with a restricted set of ingredients.

One of the most unique aspects of Sweet Genius is the way the show is filmed. Each episode is shot in a surreal and dreamlike style, with bright colors, fanciful music, and elaborate sets. When the contestants receive their instructions for the next challenge, they are usually given a clue that is both cryptic and poetic. For example, Ron Ben-Israel might say something like "Your next challenge is inspired by the moon, so reach for the stars!"

Once the contestants receive their instructions, they rush into the kitchen to start working on their desserts. In the kitchen, they have access to a fully-stocked pantry that includes a wide range of ingredients, from sugar and flour to fruits, spices, and even vegetables. Throughout the competition, the judges closely monitor the contestants' progress, offering advice and guidance when needed.

Each episode of Sweet Genius ends with one contestant being eliminated and the winner being crowned the Sweet Genius. The winner receives a cash prize and a trophy, as well as the admiration of the judges and the viewers at home.

Overall, Sweet Genius is a fun and entertaining show that is perfect for anyone who loves desserts, cooking, or just watching talented individuals compete under pressure. The judges are knowledgeable and personable, and the contestants are always up for a challenge. Whether you're a professional chef or a home cook, you're sure to learn something new and inspiring from watching Sweet Genius.

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

Sweet Genius
Filter by Source

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.
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 Discovery+, Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, Food Network, Sling, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 22, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    6.7  (185)