EXPERTS OF ALL KINDS TEAM UP TO CREATE INCREDIBLE WORKS OF FOOD ART IN NEW SERIES "SUGAR DOME" ON FOOD NETWORK
Series Premiere Sunday, November 25th at 8pm ET/PT
NEW YORK - October 18, 2012 - Remarkable artists of all types team up for a one-of-a-kind competition to create the most jaw-dropping displays on earth in the new series Sugar Dome premiering Sunday, November 25th at 8pm ET/PT. Each week, three teams comprised of artists from completely different disciplines enter the Sugar Dome to battle it out and create never-before-seen, food art masterpieces. Cake designers and sugar artists team up with professional fruit carvers, graffiti artists, sand sculptors and more for a delicious rollercoaster ride to compete for the champion title and a $15,000 prize. Hosted by award-winning TV host David Bull, the contest is judged by distinguished pastry chef and cake designer Paulette Goto (Unique Sweets, Jacques Torres Chocolates) and acclaimed pastry chef Pichet Ong (Sugar & Plumm) as well as a rotating guest judge including actress Monica Potter, Motocross champion Nate Adams and costume designer Randall Christensen.
"We wanted Sugar Dome to take cake and sweet artistry to levels of creativity and innovation never seen before," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network., "Viewers will be in awe of the spectacles created by these unconventional teams of food artists."
In one episode over the course of the series, animatronics experts join forces with cake and sugar artists in a grueling challenge to create a work of art that captures the magic and danger of the legendary fire-breathing dragon. In another episode, teams of sweet artists and professional illustrators combine their talents to bring the iconic world of Dr. Seuss to life. The competition continues as Hollywood costume designers, cake and sugar artists work together in a whimsical battle to create edible displays inspired by The Wizard of Oz.
ABOUT DAVID BULL:
David Bull is the host of Food Network's Sugar Dome. David is an award-winning TV host and over the last 15 years has hosted over thirty five shows on British and US network television, for major TV channels including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, Living, Sky and Food Network. David has had a unique career path, beginning his career as a medical doctor, working in London in the fields of General Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He started his broadcasting career as an on-screen doctor for Sky TV giving advice to those travelling abroad. Later, he joined Newsround on BBC1, the longest running children's news show in the world, where he became the first person to broadcast exclusively to kids about health issues. Since then his shows have encompassed all genres including talk, entertainment, consumer, health and wellness, science and technology and teenage and young people's issues. David crossed the Atlantic in 2009 starting his US career on The Rachael Ray Show
and Web MD. Sugar Dome is his first US show as host.
ABOUT PAULETTE GOTO:
Paulette Goto is a pastry chef and cake designer and has worked in some of New York's most famous restaurants. Paulette worked alongside master pastry chef Jacques Torres at Le Cirque in Manhattan before opening Jacques Torres Chocolates with her now husband, Ken Goto. Paulette graduated from the pastry arts program at the French Culinary Institute, where she won the Andre Soltner award of excellence. She has had her cakes published in Bride Magazine. Paulette is a contributor on Cooking Channel's Unique Sweets.
ABOUT PICHET ONG:
Pichet Ong is a self-taught, award winning pastry chef for Sugar and Plumm, a bistro, bakery and chocolate maker on Manhattan's Upper West Side. He has worked with culinary luminaries including Jean Georges Vongerichten and Max Brenner. Pichet was was selected as a "Pastry Provocateur" by Food & Wine and named one of the Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America by Pastry Arts & Design and Chocolatier. In 2002, he was named Starchefs.com's "Rising Star". His desserts, including those from Spice Market, Rick Moonen's RM, Jean Georges, and P*ONG and batch, have garnered numerous "Best of" awards. He is a multiple nominee for the James Beard Award in several national categories. Pichet's cookbook, The Sweet Spot, was nominated for the World Gourmand book award and was named one of the 10 best cookbooks of 2008 by Gourmet.
Sugar Dome is produced by Super Delicious.
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