Last June, I published a post — “Casting Call for Grandma Thanksgiving Cook-off” and the post took off like wildfire. The Food Network was on the hunt for a few grandmothers to battle it out in a fun new Thanksgiving throwdown.
The Food Network found their finalists and they competed on “Clash of the Grandmas” for a $10,000 prize. The show aired on November 18, 19 and 22 and the grandma competition was fierce and hilarious.
Five grandmas entered, but only one emerged as champion in Clash of the Grandmas! Whatever grandma says or does is culinary law, and in this one-hour competition hosted by Ryan Scott, five grandma super-cooks proved they have what it takes to put together the most delicious Thanksgiving meal imaginable. Judges Nancy Fuller, Aarti Sequeira and Food Network Star winner Eddie Jackson judged the four rounds of cooking and awarded Anne Leonard the $10,000 prize.
Leonard is an instructor at the New Orleans School of Cooking. She went through four rounds on the show, competing against four other grandmothers in making the best Thanksgiving meal. Her winning dish was Apple Pie Bread Pudding.
A portion of her winnings will be donated to a girls’ home in Haiti, Shelby’s House, established in 2013 in memory of her granddaughter Shelby, who died from lymphoma at age 15.