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Season 3, Episode 8

Crantastic Quesadillas!

The contestants are toast unless they can create succulent quesadillas from a tart surprise ingredient, cranberries. Then, judges Scott Conant and Daphne Oz can't waffle on their decision in round two, as pros and amateurs must use waffles on the way to winning the big cash prize.

Monday
Jan 23
1am | 12c
Season 1, Episode 5

Mac 'n' Cheese Meltdown

Judges Graham Elliot and Daphne Oz are out to spot the mac 'n' cheese that separates the pros from the home cooks in this latest battle. Who will claim victory? Can an amateur really out-cook a professional?

Wednesday
Jan 25
11pm | 10c
Season 2, Episode 1

Doughnut Derby

Heavyweight chefs battle it out with amateur cooks for a big cash prize as judges Scott Conant and Daphne Oz attempt to separate the cooks from the cons! The lasagna challenge is layered with twists, as contestants must incorporate the surprise ingredient: condiments. Then, round two keeps rolling as the surprise ingredient doughnuts has the remaining cooks colliding between sweet and savory.

Wednesday
Mar 22
4pm | 3c
Season 2, Episode 11

Pizza Pizzazz

Judges Anne Burrell and Alex Guarnaschelli try to avoid a carb overload as the cooks deconstruct pizza to accent their Parmesan-inspired dishes. Then, the pros try to separate themselves from the home cooks as they create masterpieces from deli food.

Wednesday
Apr 5
8pm | 7c
Season 3, Episode 11

Tailgate Takedown

Game day comes to the kitchen, as cooks kick off the competition by having to tackle sliders while incorporating tailgate snacks. In round two, the end zone is in sight, as judges Eddie Jackson and Daphne Oz decide who comes out on top when the pros and amateurs cook with pizza toppings.

Thursday
Apr 13
2am | 1c
Season 2, Episode 1

Doughnut Derby

Heavyweight chefs battle it out with amateur cooks for a big cash prize as judges Scott Conant and Daphne Oz attempt to separate the cooks from the cons! The lasagna challenge is layered with twists, as contestants must incorporate the surprise ingredient: condiments. Then, round two keeps rolling as the surprise ingredient doughnuts has the remaining cooks colliding between sweet and savory.

Wednesday
Apr 19
10pm | 9c
Season 4, Episode 6

Egg Fight

In the first round, Judges Aarti Sequeira and Justin Warner fish for the cooks and cons while observing the contestants hook up tuna casserole with milk. The remaining contestants try not to crack under pressure when incorporating eggs in their round two masterpieces.

Thursday
Apr 27
12am | 11c
Season 4, Episode 3

All About Alfredo

Contestants spice it up for judges Daphne Oz and Aarti Sequeria by using salsa to create fabulous Alfredo dishes. In round two, the cooks and cons must think outside the takeout box and transform Chinese takeout into a winning dish!

Thursday
Apr 27
1am | 12c
Season 4, Episode 4

Patty Meltdown

In round one, judges Daphne Oz and Russell Jackson pull up a stool for a juicy diner classic -- the patty melt! However, the jukebox gets bumped when the cooks and cons face incorporating cinnamon into the savory dish. Round two has its own record scratch as the cooks need to incorporate party dips into their dishes.

Wednesday
May 3
10pm | 9c
Season 3, Episode 9

Lunchbox Bonanza

Judges Daphne Oz and Scott Conant open Pandora's lunchbox, as the competitors must include kids' lunch snacks in a traditional steak and egg pairing. Then the pros and amateurs face a tangy twist in round two, as the surprise ingredient of mustard encourages some spicy outcomes.

Wednesday
Jun 21
11pm | 10c
Season 5, Episode 11

Biscuits and Gravy

In round one, the cooks and cons must incorporate berries into their biscuit and gravy dishes in order to impress host Geoffrey Zakarian and judges Aarti Sequeira and Curtis Stone. Then, in round two, the cooks and cons try to play "anice" in a battle of licorice.

Thursday
Jul 13
1am | 12c
Season 3, Episode 8

Crantastic Quesadillas!

The contestants are toast unless they can create succulent quesadillas from a tart surprise ingredient, cranberries. Then, judges Scott Conant and Daphne Oz can't waffle on their decision in round two, as pros and amateurs must use waffles on the way to winning the big cash prize.

Wednesday
Jul 19
3pm | 2c
Season 5, Episode 13

The Whole Enchilada

In round one, the cooks and cons must create their best enchilada dishes incorporating cereal to win over host Geoffrey Zakarian and judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Gail Simmons. In the second round, the judges continue to stalk out the contestants' true identities when choosing who made the best dish using celery.

Thursday
Aug 3
1am | 12c
Season 5, Episode 4

Open Sesame

The cooks and cons all vie to be the top seed in round one as host Geoffrey Zakarian and judges Beau MacMillan and Aarti Sequeira try and determine who best fused sesame into the New Orleans classic po' boy. In round two, the remaining contestants aren't too sad about cooking their best with blue cheese for a $10,000 prize.

Wednesday
Aug 16
10pm | 9c
Season 4, Episode 1

Gone Bananas

The pros and amateurs try not to slip up when given bananas to pair with pork chops in the first round. Then, in round two, Anne Burrell and Daphne Oz realize it's not day at the park when they must decide who did the best job of incorporating picnic salads into their dish.

Wednesday
Aug 16
11pm | 10c
Season 5, Episode 4

Open Sesame

The cooks and cons all vie to be the top seed in round one as host Geoffrey Zakarian and judges Beau MacMillan and Aarti Sequeira try and determine who best fused sesame into the New Orleans classic po' boy. In round two, the remaining contestants aren't too sad about cooking their best with blue cheese for a $10,000 prize.

Thursday
Aug 17
1am | 12c
Season 4, Episode 1

Gone Bananas

The pros and amateurs try not to slip up when given bananas to pair with pork chops in the first round. Then, in round two, Anne Burrell and Daphne Oz realize it's not day at the park when they must decide who did the best job of incorporating picnic salads into their dish.

Thursday
Aug 17
2am | 1c
Season 5, Episode 8

Iron Chef Shake-up

Iron Chefs Jose Garces and Alex Guarnaschelli judge round one as the cooks and cons make stuffed mushrooms that incorporate vanilla. In round two, host Geoffrey Zakarian and the Iron Chefs continue to figure out the pros and amateurs while watching the contestants make un-fig-ettable masterpieces with figs.

Wednesday
Aug 23
10pm | 9c
Season 2, Episode 4

Pancake Pandemonium

The playing field is flattened during the pancake challenge, as pros and amateurs alike must decide how to incorporate onions into their dishes. Judges Scott Conant and Alex Guarnaschelli are tasked with awarding the prize to the tastiest creation, despite the surprise ingredient of grapes that will leave one contestant feeling sweet and others sour.

Wednesday
Aug 23
11pm | 10c
Season 5, Episode 8

Iron Chef Shake-up

Iron Chefs Jose Garces and Alex Guarnaschelli judge round one as the cooks and cons make stuffed mushrooms that incorporate vanilla. In round two, host Geoffrey Zakarian and the Iron Chefs continue to figure out the pros and amateurs while watching the contestants make un-fig-ettable masterpieces with figs.

Thursday
Aug 24
1am | 12c
Season 2, Episode 4

Pancake Pandemonium

The playing field is flattened during the pancake challenge, as pros and amateurs alike must decide how to incorporate onions into their dishes. Judges Scott Conant and Alex Guarnaschelli are tasked with awarding the prize to the tastiest creation, despite the surprise ingredient of grapes that will leave one contestant feeling sweet and others sour.

Thursday
Aug 24
2am | 1c
Season 5, Episode 7

A Lotta Empanada

The pros and amateurs go nuts as they create empanadas with hazelnuts in round one. Then, in round two, host Geoffrey Zakarian and judges Josh Capon and Aarti Sequeira are in despair trying to separate the remaining contestants into cooks and cons while they prepare masterpieces with pears.

Wednesday
Aug 30
10pm | 9c
Season 2, Episode 11

Pizza Pizzazz

Judges Anne Burrell and Alex Guarnaschelli try to avoid a carb overload as the cooks deconstruct pizza to accent their Parmesan-inspired dishes. Then, the pros try to separate themselves from the home cooks as they create masterpieces from deli food.

Wednesday
Aug 30
11pm | 10c
Season 5, Episode 7

A Lotta Empanada

The pros and amateurs go nuts as they create empanadas with hazelnuts in round one. Then, in round two, host Geoffrey Zakarian and judges Josh Capon and Aarti Sequeira are in despair trying to separate the remaining contestants into cooks and cons while they prepare masterpieces with pears.

Thursday
Aug 31
1am | 12c
Season 2, Episode 11

Pizza Pizzazz

Judges Anne Burrell and Alex Guarnaschelli try to avoid a carb overload as the cooks deconstruct pizza to accent their Parmesan-inspired dishes. Then, the pros try to separate themselves from the home cooks as they create masterpieces from deli food.

Thursday
Aug 31
2am | 1c
Season 5, Episode 6

Spice and Ice

In round one, the cooks and cons have to put the ice in spice when they are tasked with incorporating flavored ice pops into curry. Then, in round two, the remaining contestants hit the gas using beans in their dishes as host Geoffrey Zakarian and judges Amanda Freitag and Alex Guarnaschelli suss out the pros and amateurs.

Wednesday
Sep 6
10pm | 9c

About the Show

Geoffrey Zakarian hosts the next generation of cooking competition, a battle which asks the ultimate question: could a talented home cook beat a pro, or does a true professional have skills that no amateur could match? With a level playing field, and no one knowing which cook is which, only a blind taste test will prove who has the best dish. At the end of two rounds, the cook or con that is victorious will take home a $10,000 prize.

About the Host

Geoffrey Zakarian

Geoffrey Zakarian, a master of modern American cuisine, has presided over some of the country’s top kitchens in the past 25 years. Currently, Geoffrey is chef/partner at The Lambs Club and The National in New York City as well as at The Water Club at Borgata in Atlantic City.

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