Cake Designer Ron Ben-Israel to Judge a New Food Network Show

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Photos: Courtesy of Sweet Genius (top) and Ron Ben-Israel Cakes (bottom)

Famed cake designer Ron Ben-Israel has landed a sweet side gig—he'll star as a judge on Sweet Genius, a new pastry chef competition debuting on the Food Network on Thursday, September 22nd at 10pm ET/PT. The eight-episode series pits four premier pastry chefs against each other as they vie for a $10,000 prize, with Ben-Israel serving as judge on the elimination challenges. Some (crazy-sounding!) challenges viewers can look forward to: 1) incorporating cheese puffs in a frozen dessert inspired by fire, 2) creating a dessert with carbonated candies from the inspiration of a disco ball, and 3) utilizing the inspiration of diamonds to prepare a frozen treat with the ingredients of duck fat and fusilli. HUH?! I'm not really sure what any of that means and cannot picture what the desserts will look like, but one thing's for sure—I'm definitely tuning in. —Heather Lee

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