Tom Papa heads home to New Jersey to bake flatbread in a 400-square-foot, coal-fired oven at Frank Sinatra's favorite bakery. Crumb cake gets a massive makeover when its piled high with the s'mores trifecta: chocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker. Tom goes international with new New Jersey classics like paper-thin Turkish dough layered with butter and cheese and Portuguese puff pastries filled with cinnamon-spiked custard. Also: Italian rum cake.
Tom Papa heads to Cleveland to bake up some comfort food, like Old World-style rye bread for the city's favorite mile-high corned beef sandwich and, of course, cheesy potato pierogis. In Little Italy, he makes a cloud-like cassata cake with mountains of whipped cream and strawberries. Chef Jonathon Sawyer shows Tom how to make the pot pie of his dreams with half a bone-in chicken in buttery blitz dough. He caps off his trip with a classic Hungarian dessert.
Tom Papa takes a trip to Detroit to visit chefs and bakers helping to revitalize Motor City and its food scene. At Kuzzo's Chicken and Waffles, a former NFL player serves up decadent, cake-like, red velvet waffles with spicy fried chicken. Sister Pie, a sweet corner bakery, whips up roasted banana chess pie topped with mountains of meringue and crumbled cinnamon cookies. Tom heads to Dearborn, Mich., to make Middle Eastern food like fresh-baked pitas filled with roasted lamb.
Tom Papa heads to New York City to get a slice of the Big Apple's diverse food scene. At The Doughnut Project, he meets up with comedian Jim Gaffigan to make the ultimate New York mashup: a glazed donut covered in everything bagel toppings. Then Tom visits Gian Piero Bakery for an Italian-American classic, rainbow cookies, which consist of colorful layers of cake and jam covered in chocolate. Finally, chef Zachary Golper gives Tom a master class in baking Old World bread and cheesy croissants.