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CHEFS STRIVE FOR ‘SWEET’ SUCCESS WITH RON BEN-ISRAEL IN NEW SEASON OF ‘SWEET GENIUS’

Season Premiere Thursday, March 15th at 10pm ET/PT

NEW YORK — February 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Master Pastry Chef Ron Ben-Israel returns to Food Network for the second season of the sugar-packed competition series Sweet Genius, premiering Thursday, March 15th at 10pm ET/PT. Back with more whimsy and wonder, each episode has four of America’s premier pastry chefs competing against one another through three rounds of challenges judged by Ben-Israel, along the way testing their creativity, ingenuity and imagination. The chefs are given surprise ingredients, an inspiration and a limited amount of time; with those three elements as a guide, they must create a delectable chocolate, candy and cake dessert. The winners from each round will advance for a final test, with Ben-Israel crowning the remaining chef Sweet Genius and receiving a $10,000 cash prize.

“Sweet Genius viewers will be on the edge of their seats as we continue to push the limits with inspirations and ingredients, while showcasing the talents of some of the best pastry chefs around,” said Ron Ben-Israel. “As a result, the desserts that the chefs create are truly outrageous.“

Over the thirteen-episode season, the chefs experience a myriad of new inspirations and ingredients, testing their pastry prowess. Whether it is making flamingo-inspired chocolate desserts with pink lemonade; creating candy desserts from rolled fruit snacks and shortbread cookies; or incorporating the inspiration of a music box to bake a cake using avocado and stinky cheese, each pastry chef will prove their imagination and skills worthy, but in the end, there can only be one Sweet Genius!

ABOUT RON BEN-ISRAEL
As Chef-Owner of Ron Ben-Israel Cakes, one of the country’s finest couture cake studios, Ron Ben-Israel’s cakes have been hand-delivered to destinations throughout the continental U.S and abroad. Ron started his confectionery adventures after a fifteen-year career as a professional modern dancer. Upon retiring from performing with companies spanning three continents, he utilized his art training, military background and ballet regime into the discipline of pastry arts. After arriving in New York City, Ron’s cakes were discovered by Martha Stewart while on display in the windows of Mikimoto on Fifth Avenue. In 1999 he established his flagship design studio and bakery in Manhattan’s fashionable SoHo neighborhood. He is a Visiting Master Pastry Instructor at the International Culinary Center in New York City, and has been awarded prestigious gold medals for his confectionery achievements.

Sweet Genius is produced by Jane Street Entertainment.

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Ron Ben-Israel, host of Food Network’s Sweet Genius
Ron Ben-Israel, host of Food Network’s Sweet Genius
A season two competitor prepares her dessert in a challenge on Sweet Genius
A season two competitor prepares her dessert in a challenge on Sweet Genius
Ron Ben-Israel, host of Food Network’s Sweet Genius
Ron Ben-Israel, host of Food Network’s Sweet Genius
Ron Ben-Israel, host of Food Network’s Sweet Genius
Ron Ben-Israel, host of Food Network’s Sweet Genius
A season two competitor prepares his dessert in a challenge on Sweet Genius
A season two competitor prepares his dessert in a challenge on Sweet Genius

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