In the competition show hosted by Joey Fatone, chefs "use their talents to recreate and innovate America's most beloved snacks," according to the show's website. During the first round, the chefs are asked to recreate the original food item from scratch, and then they're tasked with using that snack food in an original dish.
Past snacks featured on the show include Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies, Chef Boyardee beef ravioli, candy corn and Lay's potato chips. On Saturday, Fuentes and competitors must recreate Swiss Miss Triple Chocolate Dream Pudding, according to an episode description.
The episode taped in August, as Fuentes was preparing to help open Jojoto, according to a press release - which made for late nights and early call times in New York.
Fuentes is no stranger to the small screen. He got his start as the "Singing Chef" on WTNH's "Connecticut Style" lifestyle program, and that exposure later led to more national opportunities. After competing on the Food Network's "Chopped," he later went on to host episodes of "Hot Spots" on the Food Channel, spotlighting New Haven's Rubamba, Cromwell's Chicago Sams and Redding Roadhouse in Redding.
As a brand ambassador for Sabra, working with Food Network chefs Maneet Chauhan and Chris Cheung, he starred in several "webisodes" where he cooked recipes using assorted Sabra hummus flavors and salsas.
The Food Network has seen plenty of Connecticut representation this year, with chefs Tyler Anderson of Millwright's and Rob Maffucci of Vito's each appearing on the "Beat Bobby Flay" competition show for a chance to battle the Iron Chef.