Denver pastry chef Zac Mercer has survived the first round of Meals Network’s “Halloween Baking Championship,” while not without some blood reduction.

The initially episode of Time 8, which began airing on Monday, Sept. 12 on Foods Network and streaming on Discovery+, located Mercer striving to impress judges Stephanie Boswell, Carla Corridor and Zac Youthful with “devilishly scrumptious desserts (to) earn the title of Halloween Baking Champion and an all-price journey to the 10 most haunted motels in The us.”

Mercer is also a drag performer from Colorado who performs beneath the title Pass up Carrie. He bakes out of his home underneath the title Overlook Carrie’s Munchies, teaches drag household-cooking courses, and otherwise “merges the worlds of entertaining drag displays and cooking lessons,” according to Food items Community.

The good news is, Mercer squeezed by the first, “supersized” spherical with a delightful “blood spatter” cake that received kudos for its burnt-honey flavors — but was docked when it was “disemboweled” for judges, letting its strawberry marshmallow ooze out. It necessary a little bit additional work on its texture, though its convincingly visceral appearance was 180 degrees from its overall deliciousness, judges claimed.

Mercer responded that he’s labored in haunted homes considering the fact that he was 15, and that he works by using his distinctive-results experience just about every day in his job. (We’d really like to see a photorealistic heart cake, but we’ll just take what we can get!)

Denver's Zac Mercer, far-right in the last row, is working hard to impress judges in Food Network's
Denver’s Zac Mercer, far correct in the last row, is doing the job hard to impress judges in Meals Network’s “Halloween Baking Championship,” which started airing on Monday, Sept. 12. The present is hosted by John Henson (heart, front). (Provided by Meals Community)

The exhibit is hosted by John Henson, the former host of “Talk Soup” and co-host of “Wipeout” (no relation to renowned puppeteer Jim Henson), and properly can take place in a Hotel Henson set. There, competition are holed up for the show’s 8-7 days duration, with new episodes scheduled for Monday, Sept. 19, Sept. 26, and over and above.

Denver-based contestant Zac Mercer poses for a promotional portrait on the set of
Denver-primarily based contestant Zac Mercer poses for a advertising portrait on the set of “Halloween Baking Championship,” Year 8. Mercer is a Denver-primarily based baker who also operates less than the drag queen moniker of Overlook Carrie. (Furnished by Foodstuff Network)