Watch a Charlotte pastry chef try to win $10,000 on Food Network tonight


How do you turn the ingredients for ravioli into a dessert? We’ll see what Charlotte pastry chef Brittani Brooker comes up with when she appears on Food Network show “Dessert Games” tonight.

The show, which airs at 8 p.m. Monday, is a spin-off of Guy Fieri’s “Grocery Games” hosted by “dessert master” Duff Goldman. Four chefs compete by shopping, preparing and plating three desserts, with the winner taking home $10,000.

Brooker, 30, is the executive pastry chef at Ballantyne Country Club. This is her second appearance on Food Network after she won the Food Network Christmas Cookie Challenge last November. (Her last name was different then.)

Brooker (on Instagram as @lifeofapastrychef) started baking cupcakes at age 10 and got a degree in pastry and culinary arts at The Art Institute of Charlotte. Before joining Ballantyne Country Club in the spring, she was the executive pastry chef at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa.

“Even if you didn’t like desserts you would want to eat them for Brittani,” said Ballantyne Country Club General Manager Jill Philmon. “She is a ball of energy and so creative. We wanted her to join the team for her amazing talent but also for her wonderful enthusiasm over anything confectionary.”

Details about the episode are relatively scarce, but here’s what we know from the episode description:

– First, the chefs will have to use ravioli ingredients to make a “transformative dessert.”

– Then they’ll make an ice cream sundae with “bizarre ingredients.”

– Finally, a spin of the “Pie Chart” will determine what pie flavor the chefs have to capture in their final dessert.

Watch Brooker compete on “Dessert Games” Monday at 8 p.m. on Food Network. 

Photos: Courtesy of Tori Labenberg


  1. I would love to see a video or recipe on how you made the chocolate swirls on top of your St Honore cake. I hated to see you leave the show “Best Baker in America”. I hope all is well and maybe you will try again at best baker in America on the Food Network channel. I think you can win.


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