Denver pastry chef Zac Mercer has survived the to start with round of Meals Network’s “Halloween Baking Championship,” even though not with out some blood decline.
The very first episode of Season 8, which started airing on Monday, Sept. 12 on Foodstuff Community and streaming on Discovery+, identified Mercer making an attempt to impress judges Stephanie Boswell, Carla Corridor and Zac Youthful with “devilishly tasty desserts (to) gain the title of Halloween Baking Champion and an all-expenditure journey to the 10 most haunted inns in America.”
Mercer is also a drag performer from Colorado who works underneath the title Overlook Carrie. He bakes out of his dwelling beneath the title Miss Carrie’s Munchies, teaches drag residence-cooking courses, and in any other case “merges the worlds of entertaining drag reveals and cooking courses,” according to Food Network.
Luckily, Mercer squeezed by way of the first, “supersized” spherical with a delightful “blood spatter” cake that acquired kudos for its burnt-honey flavors — but was docked when it was “disemboweled” for judges, letting its strawberry marshmallow ooze out. It essential a bit a lot more get the job done on its texture, while its convincingly visceral visual appearance was 180 levels from its all round deliciousness, judges claimed.
Mercer responded that he’s labored in haunted houses considering that he was 15, and that he employs his specific-consequences practical experience each and every day in his position. (We’d appreciate to see a photorealistic heart cake, but we’ll choose what we can get!)
The display is hosted by John Henson, the former host of “Talk Soup” and co-host of “Wipeout” (no relation to well-known puppeteer Jim Henson), and correctly takes put in a Lodge Henson set. There, opponents are holed up for the show’s eight-week period, with new episodes scheduled for Monday, Sept. 19, Sept. 26, and outside of.
Unless, that is, their baked merchandise fail to woo the judges, in which they will have to “check out” and consider the elevator to the 13th flooring — from which they’ll in no way return, producers wrote. Future episodes consist of titles these as “Croquem-boots” and “Maze Insanity.”
Mercer, a Texas indigenous who enjoys baking at drag-motivated cooking events, has begun making a identify for himself domestically with his drag persona and delicious baked products (see instagram.com/zac_misscarrie for a lot more), but the present has thrust him into an even brighter spotlight.
The path was blazed in some methods by The Pie Queen, Chocolatina, Queen of the Dessert, a Denverite who has appeared on NBC, Food stuff Community, and other displays. Colorado’s spooky, boundary-pushing drag queens have also ruled Tv set in modern many years with Denver-based champs on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” such as “Queen of Halloween” Yvie Oddly (2019) and Willow Tablet (2022).
Look at out the spooky treats, and stream the demonstrate for free of charge (with advertisements), at foodnetwork.com/demonstrates/halloween-baking-championship.
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