Food Network Star Hosts the Christmas Cookie Challenge

Since winning Season 11 of Food Network Star Chef Eddie Jackson has been busy with all things food. His latest endeavor comes with the premiere of Food Network’s Christmas Cookie Challenge.

“In each episode, five daring cookie makers must prove their holiday skills through two rounds, as lead judge Ree Drummond, joined by a rotating panel of guest judges, including Kimberly Bailey, James Briscione, Damiano Carrara, Dan Langan, Jamika Pessoa, Jordan Pilarski, Aarti Sequeira and Joy Wilson, determine which baker will have the best Christmas ever, walking away with a $10,000 prize.”

We spoke briefly with Chef Jackson about his new opportunity; he let us know that he welcomes all opportunities to entertain the fans of the Food Network, and feels right a home with this show. Additionally, while his taste preference is more on the savory side, his favorite cookie is Oatmeal Raisin. Also, he stated that he’s gotten so many ideas from the contestants who represent different regions of the United States.

In addition to being a Food Network Star, Chef Jackson is also a former NFL player, a food truck owner, personal trainer and private chef. Furthermore, according to his bio, Chef Jackson is passionate about making “healthy food absolutely delicious.”

The show airs every Monday night at 9 p.m. Central time, each show has a theme beginning with Episode 1, called “Christmas Family Fun” and ends with Episode 7, on December 18th with “Crafty Christmas.” If you missed the show from the beginning, catch up online by going to

Finally, to learn more about Eddie Jackson check out his profile on the Food Network website. So far my favorite videos are from his series, Eddie’s Playbook. In these short videos, the viewers are treated to some of Jackson’s expertise on healthy eating, fitness, and meal preparation for game day while he shares his own recipes.

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