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Premieres Monday, September 3 at 10 PM ET/PT on Food Network
When carb-loving comedian Tom Papa isn’t doing stand-up, he is probably eating, thinking about or making bread (his specialty is sourdough), and he takes his passion for baked goods to the next level in the new Food Network series Baked.
In his mission to find the country’s best breads and pastries, Tom hits cities from coast to coast to shine a light on how local bakeries make life a little sweeter. He kicks the series off in New York City, where he devours glazed donuts covered in everything bagel topping, takes a master class in old world baking and discovers the bready, eggy, cheesy dish khachapuri. Tom then heads to Detroit, Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New Orleans, New Jersey and Cleveland in subsequent episodes.
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"Baked" celebrating the best in breads, pastries and bakery bites premieres with the following double episodes:
"It's Always Yummy in Philadelphia"
Tom Papa takes a trip to Philadelphia, where traditional roots run deep at local bakeries. At Termini Brothers, he learns the secret of their creamy, crunchy cannoli, and at Sarcone's, fourth- and fifth-generation bakers show him how to make savory, Sicilian-style tomato pie in a giant brick oven. Tom stops by Reading Terminal Market for a juicy roast pork sandwich and ooey-gooey sticky buns. Finally, the folks at Federal Donuts take Tom to sweet and savory heaven with funky doughnuts paired with perfectly crispy fried chicken.
"New York: If You Can Bake It There"
Tom Papa heads to New York City to get a slice of the Big Apple's diverse food scene. At The Doughnut Project, he meets up with comedian Jim Gaffigan to make the ultimate New York mashup: a glazed doughnut covered in everything bagel toppings. Then Tom visits Gian Piero Bakery for an Italian-American classic, rainbow cookies, which consist of colorful layers of cake and jam covered in chocolate. At Oda House, Tom falls in love with khachapuri, a boatload of bread brimming with bubbling cheese, eggs and tons of butter. Finally, Bien Cuit's Chef Zachary Golper gives Tom a master class in baking Old World bread and cheesy croissants.