Grannies with top-notch cooking skills kick off Food Network’s holiday season with the six-episode primetime competition series Clash of the Grandmas, premiering Sunday, November 13th at 10pm (all times ET/PT). In each episode, host Cameron Mathison welcomes four grandma super-cooks to the kitchen – but only one emerges as the $10,000 winner. From Thanksgiving stuffing transformations and savory hand-held mac and cheese creations to decadent desserts, these grandmas are reinventing dishes with masterful home-cooking skills. A rotating panel of judges, including Monti Carlo, Nancy Fuller, Eddie Jackson, Brandi Milloy, Jamika Pessoa, Aarti Sequeira and Jake Smollett, determine the winner of each comfort food battle.
“Nothing says the holidays like grandma’s cooking, and these grannies are taking classic dishes to a new level,” said Didi O’Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. “In this competition, age is only a number!”
Clash of the Grandmas “Thanksgiving at Grandma’s” Premieres Sunday, November 13th at 10pm
In an epic Thanksgiving throwdown, four grandmas are out to prove they’ve got game. First, they must dress up traditional stuffing ingredients to make a side dish that is anything but stuffing. In their second clash, the grannies have to transform Thanksgiving leftovers into a tempting Italian dish. Finally, its grandmas gone trendy as the remaining two contestants vie for the $10,000 prize by making their best Thanksgiving pie — on a stick!
Competitors: Noemi Adbessian (Glendale, California), Janice “Boo” Macomber (Abbeville, Louisiana), Tanya Marshall (Indianapolis, Indiana), Sherri Williams (Crestview, Florida)
Judges: Monti Carlo, Nancy Fuller, Eddie Jackson
Clash of the Grandmas “Home Sweet Grandma” Premieres Sunday, November 20th at 10pm
First, the four grannies create handheld versions of mac and cheese to hold the family over until dinner. Next, they have only 30 minutes to make meatloaf for unexpected guests, with the help of unexpected sous chefs: the grandpas! Then, the final two grandmas try to freeze out the competition by producing an ice cream sandwich worthy of the $10,000 prize using liquid nitrogen.
Competitors: Robin Daumit (Annapolis, Maryland), Rebecka Evans (Danville, California), Cleo Johnson (Houston, Texas), Barbara Mayo (Collierville, Tennessee)
Judges: Eddie Jackson, Brandi Milloy, Jamika Pessoa
Clash of the Grandmas “Granny Family Food Fight” Premieres Sunday, November 27th at 10pm
Three generations join forces in a special family edition, beginning with four grandmas cooking up a pot pie that reflects their heritage with help from their son or daughter. Next, they must make a brilliant brunch featuring the colors selected by their grandchildren via video message. Then, the final two grandmas must turn peanut butter and jelly flavors into a family-pleasing dessert worthy of the $10,000 prize.
Competitors: Saba Abed (Richmond, Virginia), Aliyah “Mama Pain” Najm (Atlanta, Georgia), Sandy Sallin (Beverly Hills, California), Blanca Simpson (Memphis, Tennessee)
Judges: Sharone Hakman, Aarti Sequeira, Jake Smollett
Clash of the Grandmas “Christmas at Grandma’s” Premieres Sunday, December 4th at 10pm
These four grandmas are definitely not taking a holiday from the kitchen! First, Santa gives them his food hack favorite, a clothes iron, which they must use in the preparation of holiday appetizers. Next, the grannies must make a Christmas main course featuring at least one fresh, one frozen and one canned ingredient. Then, the final two grandmas have to turn old-fashioned fruitcake ingredients into a holiday dessert irresistible enough to earn one of them $10,000 and impress the judges.
Competitors: Lesa Nelms (Sarasota, Florida), Rachelle Nichols (Millbrae, California), Guenevere Reed (Powder Springs, Georgia), Maria Silva (Prospect, Connecticut)
Judges: Monti Carlo, Nancy Fuller, Eddie Jackson
Clash of the Grandmas “Glam-mas Showdown” Premieres Sunday, December 11th at 10pm
Four grandmas must master the latest slang, snacks and social media food trends if they want to win $10,000 and impress the judges. First, they must make an afterschool snack featuring their grandkids’ favorite ingredients. Next, the grannies have to prepare spicy fried chicken and grits using quick grits. Then, the final two grandmas battle by taking on social media’s newest trend, food imposters, and creating a savory dish that looks like dessert.
Competitors: Joan Channon (Hawi, Hawaii), Veronica Hendrix (Los Angeles, California), Dale Roland (Groveland, Florida), Neera Sharma (Columbus, Ohio)
Judges: Eddie Jackson, Brandi Millloy, Jamika Pessoa
Clash of the Grandmas “Grandma’s World Tour” Premieres Sunday, December 18th at 10pm
Four globe-trotting grandmas take off on a culinary world tour! First, they have to make pizza the Belgian way, using a waffle iron as their only baking source. Next, it’s “aloha-ole!” as the grannies make a mash-up of Hawaiian and Mexican cuisines. Then, the final two grandmas go tropical as they turn the ingredients from a frozen daiquiri into a dessert that will earn them $10,000.
Competitors: Karen Darensburg (Albuquerque, New Mexico), Claudine Marshall (Agoura Hills, California), Ally Phillips (Murrell Inlet, South Carolina), Genevieve Vang (Detroit, Michigan)
Judges: Sharone Hackman, Aarti Sequiera, Jake Smollett
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