VOTE: Introducing the Star vs. Chopped Summer Showdown

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Frozen Drinks from Jeff Mauro and Alex Guarnaschelli

To have a little summer fun with some of our favorite Food Network chefs, we challenged two prestigious groups — Chopped judges and Food Network Star winners — to a recipe showdown. All summer long, we’ll present head-to-head matchups of mouthwatering summer recipes from each team — from refreshing cocktails to fresh farmers’-market salads to the juiciest backyard burgers. By voting each week here on FN Dish, you’ll determine the winning recipes.

At the end of the summer, the team that tallies up the most wins will celebrate with an all-star Labor Day party menu. Who will prevail as Summer Showdown champion — Star or Chopped?

We’re kicking off the heated competition with three summer all-stars: frozen drinks, grilled steak and corn on the cob. Who made it best? Cast your votes below!

Frozen Drinks: Jeff Mauro's Spiked French Vanilla Milkshake vs. Alex Guarnaschelli's Blackberry and Gin Slushie

Jeff’s decadent milkshake offers nostalgic flavors with a grown-up twist. It's made with French vanilla ice cream, malted milk powder and a raspberry coulis spiked with raspberry liqueur.

Alex blitzes macerated blackberries, gin, club soda, lime juice and ice in the blender for a cool adults-only summer treat.

Whose chilled, blended drink are you craving?

Guy Fieri and Geoffrey Zakarian's Steak Recipes

Grilled Steak: Geoffrey Zakarian's Rib Eye Steak With Romaine Marmalade vs. Guy Fieri's Tequila-Lime Flank Steak

Geoffrey’s grilled steak is amped up with a bright sauce made with romaine, watercress and cilantro. He crowns each juicy rib eye with a pat of butter for an Iron Chef-worthy summer dish.

To take his grilled flank steaks to Flavortown, Guy makes a tequila-spiked marinade, reserving the extra for a tasty sauce. He serves the sliced steak with warm tortillas so everyone can wrap it up, fajita style.

Who wins this steak-off?

Melissa d'Arabian and Aaron Sanchez Corn Recipes

Grilled Corn on the Cob: Melissa d’Arabian's Spicy Grilled Corn vs. Aarón Sánchez's Corn With Chile-Lime Butter

Melissa gives her corn a kick by coating it with butter mixed with smoked paprika and red pepper flakes before grilling it in foil.

Aarón takes this summer staple to the next level by slathering the corncobs with a chile- and lime-spiked butter and charring them on the grill.

Who makes the better side?

For more favorite summer recipes, check out Food Network's Grilling Central. Head back here to FN Dish next week for a new Summer Showdown matchup! 

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