MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Thanks to their spooky “Monster Support Group” creation, Blue Ridge Community & Technical College Chef Steven Weiss and fellow members of Team Mummies Rejects find themselves one episode away from reaching the finale of Halloween Wars on Food Network.
No stranger to television food competitions, Weiss created a ghost comprised entirely of blown sugar as part of his team’s winning “Spine Chiller Challenge” entry to advance to Episode 4 of the show, which will be broadcast on Sunday.
Halloween Wars premiered at 9 p.m. Sept. 13, and six teams, each made up of an expert pumpkin carver, cake artist, and master sugar artist, have been challenged to create fun and intricate edible displays that are spooky and tasty, according to Food Network.
The season finale is Oct. 11
Weiss, who has competed in multiple food competition shows dating to the late 1990s, said he hopes to get they get a chance to win the $50,000 prize.
In Episode 3, teammates Hemu Basu, a cake artist, and Daniel Miller worked individually to create a werewolf and a sea creature, and positioned them with Weiss’ ghost around a campfire with brains roasting on a spit to complete the ghoulish scene.
“It’s a very creative atmosphere,” Weiss said.
Regardless of the outcome, Weiss said he has gained knowledge and developed relationships from the competitions over the years and anticipates being able to share the knowledge with his students at Blue Ridge CTC, where he is the associate dean of culinary arts and hospitality.
The events provide an opportunity to be judged by peers in the industry, Weiss said.
Halloween Wars marks Weiss’ return to television food competitions after a five-year break. In 2015, he was part of Food Network’s Cake Wars: Christmas.