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Season 3, Episode 1

Pumpkin Thumpin'

Contestants must be on "gourd" for the French toast battle, as surprise ingredient pumpkin gets carved up into the dishes. Then, in round two, judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Curtis Stone determine whose dish is tops, when ice cream toppings are used to accent savory staples.

Thursday
Jan 5
3am | 2c
Season 3, Episode 6

Juicy Resolutions

Stuffed peppers come packed with flavor as cooks squeeze healthy juices into these pockets of yum. Then, a gooey duel rages, as cheese must be melted into a winning dish and judges Daphne Oz and Justin Warner must decide on a cheesy winner.

Monday
Jan 16
1am | 12c
Season 3, Episode 6

Juicy Resolutions

Stuffed peppers come packed with flavor as cooks squeeze healthy juices into these pockets of yum. Then, a gooey duel rages, as cheese must be melted into a winning dish and judges Daphne Oz and Justin Warner must decide on a cheesy winner.

Wednesday
Jan 25
5pm | 4c
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?

Thursday
Jan 26
2am | 1c
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.

Wednesday
Feb 1
9pm | 8c
Season 2, Episode 8

Chowder Chowdown

A hearty challenge is set for the pros and amateurs when chowder must be prepared with carnival treats. The waft of the fair grounds intoxicates some, but one cook falls into a deep-fried funk! Then, will judges Richard Blais and Monti Carlo undress the cons in the second round as they try to use the surprise ingredient of salad dressing?

Wednesday
Feb 15
7pm | 6c
Season 3, Episode 7

A Lotta Frittata

The frittata challenge isn't all it's cracked up to be, as contestants' creamy egg cakes must mingle with zesty surprise ingredient olives. Judges Daphne Oz and Justin Warner attempt to separate the pros from the home cooks in round two, when rice rears its starchy head.

Thursday
Feb 23
12am | 11c
Season 3, Episode 13

Gas Station Gourmet

A taste of New Orleans comes to the kitchen as pro and amateur cooks take on the hearty task of concocting gumbo with the surprise ingredient of ginger. The cooks and cons are pumped for round two, as judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Justin Warner pick a winner after getting filled up on gas station snack-infused masterpieces.

Thursday
Mar 2
12am | 11c
Season 2, Episode 9

Crab Cake Crazy

Judges Richard Blais and Marcus Samuelsson are put to the test determining whose crab cakes are the best between cooks and cons. When frozen vegetables must be used to create a winning dish, will it be a piece of cake for the working chefs or will the amateurs have the advantage? Then, it's a booze cruise to the finish, as the secret ingredient of cocktails keeps the judges drunk with power.

Wednesday
Mar 22
5pm | 4c
Season 4, Episode 2

Burrito Incognito

The cooks and cons try not to come unwrapped in round one when they're faced with incorporating cabbage into their burritos. Then, will judges Sunny Anderson and Amanda Freitag have their hunger cured when the contestants incorporate ham into their round two masterpieces?

Thursday
Apr 13
3am | 2c
Season 3, Episode 7

A Lotta Frittata

The frittata challenge isn't all it's cracked up to be, as contestants' creamy egg cakes must mingle with zesty surprise ingredient olives. Judges Daphne Oz and Justin Warner attempt to separate the pros from the home cooks in round two, when rice rears its starchy head.

Thursday
Apr 27
2am | 1c
Season 3, Episode 3

Apple Apocalypse

Pro and amateur cooks let their passions boil over during the pasta challenge, as Asian condiments must be used to achieve umami bliss. In round two, judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Jet Tila eat sinfully delicious savory apple dishes before choosing a winner.

Thursday
May 18
2am | 1c
Season 4, Episode 8

Grill Warfare

Judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Carla Hall grill the cooks and cons in round one, while the pros and amateurs try not to stumble incorporating backyard beverages into their burgers. Round two gets wild when the remaining contestants must include buffalo in their dishes.

Wednesday
May 24
10pm | 9c
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
Jun 28
10pm | 9c
Season 3, Episode 10

Salad Bar Blowout

Cooks peruse their options as salad bar toppings must be deftly sauteed into shrimp scampi variations. Then, judges Jeff Mauro and Daphne Oz need a pick-me-up in round two, and the surprise ingredient of coffee does the trick.

Wednesday
Jun 28
11pm | 10c
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.

Thursday
Jun 29
1am | 12c
Season 3, Episode 10

Salad Bar Blowout

Cooks peruse their options as salad bar toppings must be deftly sauteed into shrimp scampi variations. Then, judges Jeff Mauro and Daphne Oz need a pick-me-up in round two, and the surprise ingredient of coffee does the trick.

Thursday
Jun 29
2am | 1c
Season 5, Episode 10

Ballpark BBQ

Host Geoffrey Zakarian and judges Daphne Oz and Marcus Samuelsson throw the cooks and cons a curve ball in round one by tasking them with fusing corn and hot dogs. After one contestant strikes out, the remaining contestants continue to round two in hopes of making their best dish incorporating barbecue.

Wednesday
Jul 5
10pm | 9c
Season 3, Episode 4

Macho Nachos

Canny choices are made when the cooks chip away at their dishes, elevating nachos with the surprise ingredient of canned soups. In round two, judges Sunny Anderson and Daphne Oz decide which cook takes the cake as pros and amateurs work cake into their savory fare.

Wednesday
Jul 5
11pm | 10c
Season 5, Episode 10

Ballpark BBQ

Host Geoffrey Zakarian and judges Daphne Oz and Marcus Samuelsson throw the cooks and cons a curve ball in round one by tasking them with fusing corn and hot dogs. After one contestant strikes out, the remaining contestants continue to round two in hopes of making their best dish incorporating barbecue.

Thursday
Jul 6
1am | 12c
Season 3, Episode 4

Macho Nachos

Canny choices are made when the cooks chip away at their dishes, elevating nachos with the surprise ingredient of canned soups. In round two, judges Sunny Anderson and Daphne Oz decide which cook takes the cake as pros and amateurs work cake into their savory fare.

Thursday
Jul 6
2am | 1c
Season 1, Episode 2

Cookie Crumble

The cooks and cons try not to crumble during one of the most difficult challenges yet: incorporating cookies into a classic meat and potatoes dish! Then, it really gets nutty when the competitors show off what they can do in round two with the surprise ingredient of nuts. It's up to judges Josh Elkin and Graham Elliot to decide who they think is a pro cook and who's just a con!

Wednesday
Jul 12
2pm | 1c
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
Jul 12
3pm | 2c
Season 2, Episode 8

Chowder Chowdown

A hearty challenge is set for the pros and amateurs when chowder must be prepared with carnival treats. The waft of the fair grounds intoxicates some, but one cook falls into a deep-fried funk! Then, will judges Richard Blais and Monti Carlo undress the cons in the second round as they try to use the surprise ingredient of salad dressing?

Wednesday
Jul 12
4pm | 3c
Season 1, Episode 3

Taco Takedown

Two professional chefs compete against two home cooks for a cash prize, and in round one, the competitors create their best tacos using the surprise ingredient of soda. In round two, it all comes down to who can create the best dish with pickles. When a kitchen fire erupts, will the cooks and cons manage to keep their cool, or will judges Kardea Brown and Graham Elliot be able to tell who the real pros are?

Wednesday
Jul 12
5pm | 4c
Season 2, Episode 10

Ballpark Snack Attack

Professional cooks and amateurs play ball in a cheesesteak playoff, as ballpark snacks must be worked into a winning dish. Judges Katie Lee and Marcus Samuelsson call a fair game, but for one cook, it's a clear strikeout! Then, the remaining contestants embrace the Italian kitchen during a pasta sauce challenge.

Wednesday
Jul 12
6pm | 5c

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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