Bake and Destroy

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Launched in 2006, Bake and Destroy is the brainchild of Chicagoan Natalie Slater. Heavily influenced by her love of pro-wrestling, punk rock and heavy metal, the site features original recipes, interviews with chefs, indie designers and other interesting folks, and also serves as the home for mini-blogs SugarSlam and Food Puncher.

Natalie has appeared on Food Network, The Cooking Channel, and WTTW Chicago Tonight as well as on the pages of Time Out Chicago and Bust Magazine.

Get the details on Bake and Destroy the book & read more about Bake and Destroy in the Press Mentions below.



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The most delicious competition in sports entertainment, SugarSlam is an annual online baking competition hosted by Bake and Destroy. Featuring celebrity judges like CM Punk, Beth Phoenix and Amy “Lita” Dumas, the competition is open to wrestling-and-dessert fans worldwide.Each competition features loads of prizes from creative companies like Circa Ceramics, SEIBEI and Twinkie Chan – plus, a real championship belt from, past winners and prizes can be found by clicking the SugarSlam tab above!


Food Puncher

Hey parents, do you ever find yourself chuckling at “kid-friendly” recipes? So did Bake and Destroy founder Natalie Slater, which is why she asked her six-year-old son Teno if he’d like to start reviewing those recipes in his own video column.

Already notorious for his video reviews of Pringles, Teno quickly agreed and named his column Food Puncher. In each post, Teno gives his honest review of healthy recipes for kids. Don’t fret, junk food fans – Teno’s snack reviews also appear on The Snackpot. Got a healthy recipe or interesting snack you want Teno to try? Use the form here.


Bake and Destroy is not PR-friendly

I am not interested in your weird Olympic-inspired cocktail recipes, high-res images of your gluten-free pancake mix, an interview with some chef  or a coupon for some bullshit – and neither are my readers.


Press Mentions


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theKitchn reviews Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans 

Cooking Channel: Vegan Banana Bread French Toast Cupcakes

WTTW Chicago Tonight (video)

WGN TV: Vegan Mac n’ Cheese (video)

You & Me This Morning: National Cupcake Day (video)

Dynasty Podcasts with Jaime Black 

Calista Jones: On Motherhood and Feminism 

Social Media Secrets From Chicago’s Social Superstars (video)

The Deep End podcast

Wrestling With Depression podcast

Interview with Global Looking Glass Magazine

Notes & Bolts podcast

Bust Magazine: Dishing It Out [PDF]

Interview with A Chicago Thing (video)

Wannabe TV Chef: Seven Questions with Natalie Slater

Time Out Chicago: Thanksgiving 2.0

Gapers Block: Windy City Blogger – Bake and Destroy 10 Favorite Cupcake Blogs

Chicagoist: Made in Chicago


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