PORTLAND — Cranberry Island Kitchen’s whoopie pie throwdown with Food Network star Bobby Flay will air at 9 p.m. Dec. 8, according to Carol Ford, one of the owners of the popular Portland bakery.

If you miss it the first time, the whoopie pie episode of “Throwdown! with Bobby Flay” will be repeated on Dec. 10 at midnight and Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.

Ford and her business partner, Karen Haase, went head to head with Flay in a throwdown filmed a few weeks ago at Grace Restaurant on Chestnut Street.

Flay typically surprises the people he wants to challenge on the set. Ford said she and Haase suspected that the Food Network crew might actually be from Flay’s show, but didn’t know for sure until Flay walked onto the set carrying a painting.

“It turned out to be really fun and exciting,” Ford said.

Judges for the throwdown were Cristin Walsh, the pastry chef at Grace, and Kathleen Fleury, the food editor of Downeast magazine.

The grapevine says that Cranberry Island Kitchen won the throwdown, but Ford would neither confirm or deny that rumor.


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