In the first test of genius, the chefs must balance their live, lovely inspiration with a prophetic cookie and a strong cheese into their chocolate dessert. Then, in the candy test, can the chefs do great things with a diminutive vegetable and an unusual citrus fruit? In the pastry challenge, the competitor who can make the best cake with a brightly colored beverage and a salty snack will walk away with $10,000.
In the chocolate desserts test, the chefs must create dishes from marshmallows and water chestnuts that leave Chef Ron Ben-Israel speechless. In the candy test, the chefs must use rolled fruit snacks and shortbread cookies to honor their colorful, twisty inspiration. The last two chefs walk on eggshells trying to incorporate savory ingredients for their final cake test.
The chefs will either sink or swim trying to create chocolate desserts with a breakfast treat and a fall snack. The candy test won't be all fun and games for the chefs when they have to work with a dehydrated space food and a tropical melon. A circus performer takes center stage for the cake test, as the last two chefs try to make something amazing with a spicy drink mix and a strange-looking citrus fruit.
There's no crying in Sweet Genius, where a baby-themed chocolate test is the chefs' first challenge. The chefs who advance to the candy test are given a kitschy keepsake as the inspiration and must balance tart and pungent mandatory ingredients. With one of the most iconic structures in the world as inspiration for the final pastry test, the chefs are surprised when Chef Ron Ben-Israel gives them three mandatory ingredients!
A master musician inspires creative choices in the first test, as the chefs churn out chocolate desserts with cheese and chili ingredients. A breakfast food ingredient in the second test leaves the chefs wondering if their candy desserts will be glowing successes or dim failures. It will take more than tricks to turn some uncommon dessert ingredients into a cake worthy of the $10,000 prize.
The chefs are struck by a bolt of inspiration as the first test begins, and they must find a way to make a pasta and spicy candy work in their chocolate desserts. Then, in the candy test, the chefs must figure out how the mystery ingredients can be folded into their origami-inspired desserts. For the final test, the chefs' cakes must honor Chef Ron Ben-Israel's very personal inspiration.
Flamingo-inspired chocolate desserts are the marching orders for the first test. In the candy round, will the childhood inspiration or the mandatory ingredients prove more puzzling? The last two chefs must use ingredients native to Southeast Asia to make a cake fit for a royal.
Two families feel the heat in the chocolate test; will the mandatory ingredients ground them before they take flight? The second test has the related chefs scratching their heads to figure out how to make candy desserts with salty ingredients. With $10,000 on the line and an imported inspiration, which chef will make the most of their pastry pedigree in the final cake round?
The inspiration for the chocolate desserts test is sure to get the chefs' minds spinning with genius ideas about how to make best use of the mandatory ingredients. The candy test combines magic inspiration with a chewy mandatory ingredient. Then, two chefs fight it out in the final test, but just one chef will manage to make a successful cake worthy of $10,000.
The slithering inspiration gives the chefs a fright in the dessert round. In the candy test, the chefs are called upon to make a common vegetable into a playfully delicious dessert. Playtime is over when an inspirational retro music box may have the final two chefs singing a different tune. The one chef who is able to bake a genius cake with a stinky cheese is rewarded with $10,000.
The chefs must find how to use a soup and Italian side dish in their flickering chocolate desserts. In the second test, the chefs are presented with a cuddly inspiration and a sticky surprise which Chef Ron Ben-Israel hopes they can use to create lovable candy desserts. The two chefs who advance to the final test must come up with a fluid plan for creating water-inspired cakes from a strange Japanese candy and grape leaves.
With an armored animal as inspiration and a breakfast cereal as mandatory ingredient, the chefs must find a way to make delectable chocolate desserts. Just three chefs make it to the candy test, where Chef Ron Ben-Israel challenges them to reflect on an awe-inspiring art. A retro hairstyle and savory ingredients are a lofty challenge in the final cake test.
In the first round, will the chefs be able to take flight with chocolate desserts made from an exotic fruit and a ballpark favorite? Then for the candy test, the chefs are stunned when they are given a seriously strong British staple as an ingredient with a silky weave as inspiration. It's a medieval duel for the ages in the final test, with the $10,000 prize going to the chef who turns the humble mandatory ingredients into a noble cake.