Fritz Knipschildt is a master chocolatier who creates cocoa confections combining the very best of savory and sweet flavors, stimulating all the senses. He’s also got a knack for creating beautiful chocolate sculptures. Widely regarded as one of the top chocolatiers in the country, he has been asked by the Food Network to teach a chocolate class to culinary students at Long Island City High School. What he doesn't know is that Bobby Flay has been honing his own chocolate chops to throw down the ultimate chocolate challenge, bon bon against bon bon, sculpture against sculpture. It will be up to our chocolate aficionados to decide who has the best eye for design and the sweetest tooth!
New York City firefighter Keith Young is not some rookie in the firehouse kitchen. He’s a seasoned veteran with a culinary-school degree and a chicken cacciatore recipe with five-alarm flavor. Now the self-proclaimed "Firehouse Chef" is getting some face time on the Food Network. Of course, he doesn’t know that his star turn at New York’s Fire Museum is really a Throwdown against Bobby Flay. Plus, this challenge has a catch: both Keith and Bobby have to prepare their meals on a firehouse budget. In this Throwdown, cacciatore glory belongs to the man who can shop on the cheap but deliver gourmet.
When it comes to classic comfort food, no dish is more iconic than meatloaf. Fourth generation restaurateurs Jack and Rocco Collucci have been honing their comfort food skills at their Collucci Brother's Diner in Hyannis, Mass. They think the Food Network has tapped them and their renowned meatloaf to be featured in a special on American diners, and they’re getting ready to celebrate by throwing their culinary mentor, their father, a big birthday bash. But the real surprise is that Bobby Flay’s showing up to challenge them to a Meatloaf Throwdown! It's the hometown heroes versus the gourmet Goliath. Which meatloaf recipe will really satisfy?
With her boisterous personality, warm smile, and delicious soul food, Delilah Winder is a local legend in Philadelphia. And when her mac 'n' cheese was voted best in the nation on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Delilah was dubbed America’s Mac 'n' Cheese queen. That title has gone undisputed for years. Until now. Delilah thinks the Food Network is throwing her a cookbook release party. But she doesn’t know that Bobby Flay is a surprise VIP guest ready to challenge her to a Mac 'n' Cheese Throwdown. Will Bobby’s five-cheese mac 'n' cheese match up to Delilah’s whopping seven-cheese wonder? Of course, there’s only one Big Cheese in this game!
Mat Arnfield has been flipping fish and chopping potatoes since he was a kid in his father's chip shop in Northern England. Today he fries up his critically acclaimed Fish and Chips at A Salt and Battery in New York City, and customers are utterly hooked on his special recipe. Mat thinks Food Network has asked him to show off his culinary skills for a hungry crowd at Chelsea Brewing Company. But just as the beers are poured and the fish get frying, Bobby Flay appears and challenges Mat to a surprise Fish and Chips Throwdown! Can Bobby's recipe compete against Mat's time-honored tradition? It's sink or swim, as Yanks and Brits alike judge this ultimate battle for the batter, and a challenge for the chip.
In New York City, Junior's is a name synonymous with cheesecake. This famed Brooklyn restaurant, opened by Harry Rosen in 1950, is now in the hands of his grandson, Alan. Alan has stuck to his grandfather's original recipe while expanding the cheesecake menu with creative combinations and modern flavors. Alan thinks that his cheesecake chops have landed him on the Food Network, and he's really excited to show off his creativity and his new Junior's location in the heart of Times Square. Of course, he has no clue that Bobby Flay will be part of the festivities. Will Bobby be able to turn the tide on 57 years of cheesecake dominance, or will Alan show why he's the big cheese? It's a big-time bake-off with a sweet finish, on this Cheesecake Throwdown.
When Roberto Guerra moved to Miami from Cuba, he found a city passionate about all things Cuban, especially the food. He helped his father start a successful catering company and together they developed an ingenious roasting vessel called La Caja China. Roberto has invited Food Network to participate in a big outdoor Cuban BBQ, where he’ll use La Caja China to cook his renowned Cuban Roast Pork. It’s marinated in a tangy mojo, and cooked till crispy on the outside and succulent on the inside. But Roberto has no idea that an uninvited guest – Bobby Flay -- is rolling into town with his own Caja China and a challenge to a Roast Pork Throwdown! At this party, the warm flavors of Cuba are spiced with heated competition. Whose pork will pack the biggest punch?
Buz thinks he has been picked to teach the tricks of the trade for a new Food Network special called BBQ 101 . What Buz doesn t know is that Chef Bobby Flay is showing up to teach a little lesson called Throwdown! Bobby s betting his Asian-inspired spare ribs scores top marks over Buz s barbequed beauties and it s up to the judges to decide who gets to move to the head of the class.
When Terri Wahl was tired of life on the road as the guitarist for the all-girl, punk rock band called The Red Aunts, she turned back to her first love - food. Terri put down her guitar, picked up a whisk, and today is chef and owner of Auntie Em's Kitchen in Eagle Rock, California. Auntie Em's is famous for its super-sized, super-moist, and super delicious cupcakes. Terri thinks the Food Network is filming her at the hipster club Echo Lounge, as she caters a CD release party with her rockin' Red Velvet Cupcakes. Little does she know that Chef Bobby Flay has been sweetening his own cupcake recipe on the sly. When he rolls up to the Echo, the tune is changed at the sweetest of all Throwdowns - the Cupcake challenge!
Bobby goes Hollywood where he challenges the owners of renowned Pink's in Los Angeles to a hot dog throwdown.
Drew Cerza thinks Food Network has tapped him to be the city's Wing Ambassador for a Food Network Show called "Hall of Fame." Little does Drew know that Bobby Flay will be firing up his burners to challenge him to a Chicken Wing Throwdown!
Joanne Chang has been told she is starring in a special called "The Science of Sweets." What she doesn't know is that there is an unexpected X-Factor: Bobby Flay is showing up to challenge her to a sticky bun Throwdown. Will the Iron Chef get schooled by this bun-baking genius, or can Bobby’s sticky buns add up to number one?
Bobby competes against some Louisville Kentucky natives to make a Hot Brown: an open-faced turkey sandwich smothered in a rich cheese sauce and topped with crisp bacon strips.