As a former director at the California Sushi Academy, it's no surprise that Phillip Yi is a talented sushi chef. At his restaurant Sushi Central in Los Angeles, Phillip makes all kinds of sushi including nigiri, sashimi and maki; Bobby’s sushi on Throwdown just couldn’t compare.
Norma and Irma Paz are helping Nashville chill out. Their Mexican paletas (think of them as the Popsicle's bigger, better brother) rotate daily with flavors from apple to zucchini. Adam Gertler swooned for Rose Pops, and not even a throwdown could cool off the Pineapple-Lime-Chili-Salt Pops.
Southern baker and etiquette coach Vera Stewart set her manners aside during the throwdown with Bobby. The competition was fierce, but the coconut, pineapple and pecans in Vera’s cake gave her an edge over Bobby. Not in the area? VeryVera delivers cakes and casseroles anywhere in the U.S.
The Big Easy doesn't do anything small. New Orleans sandwich shrine Serio's Po-Boys & Deli is no exception. Brothers Jack and Mike Serio stack up a serious muffaletta (or is it muffuletta?). Their perfectly blended vinegar and oil dressing slipped a Throwdown victory right out from Bobby's hands.
Cioppino — a hearty seafood stew — is the star of the show at Phil's Fish Market in Moss Landing, Calif. Owner Phil DiGirolamo uses fresh shellfish all caught locally, which ultimately gave him the edge over Bobby in a hard-fought Throwdown.
The secret to Fish Tales Manhattan Fish Chowder is that Chef John Addis hand selects his fish at the market daily. For the throwdown with Bobby, John used halibut because it looked the freshest that morning. This Brooklyn eatery is also a great place to find fresh fish to cook at home.
Chef Nick Vazquez won a James Beard award for having the most authentic Cuban restaurant on the East Coast. This proved to be no joke when he won the throwdown against Bobby with his Cuban sandwich stuffed with ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese and dill pickles. The ropa vieja is another fan favorite.
World-famous pastry chef Francois Payard makes the holiday yule log cake, Buche de Noel, so well he inspired Bobby to challenge him to a throw down. The classic but casual French patisserie also excels in simple sandwiches, salads and irresistible pastries.
In September and October, Michele Albano and her staff transform a truckload of Connecticut-grown pumpkins into 4,000 pounds of pumpkin puree. The pumpkin becomes fodder for the countless iterations of pumpkin pies at Michele’s Pies. Though the shop has at least a dozen different types of award-winning fruit, nut and cream pies, perhaps none are as famous as her Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, as seen on an episode of Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
For a date night dessert that's out of this world, try Chef Eunice Feller's Boston Cream Pie. It's the bakery’s specialty, but you'll find plenty of European and American specialties to share with your sweetie.
After starting a string of successful restaurants in Puerto Rico, conga-playing Chef Frank Maldonado has come to the U.S. and started Sazon. Frank made his savory and sweet Beef Empanadas with guava and rum sauce for the throwdown with Bobby. Be sure to also try the Piononos and Mofongo al Pilon.
Nigel Spence loves to jerk around. He's so good at it, in fact, that his Caribbean-inspired Ripe Kitchen & Bar in Mount Vernon, N.Y., earned national acclaim and a Throwdown win. This former Food Network intern's island-spiced jerk rib-eye steak is such a monster, he dares you to try and finish it!
Italian-American nostalgia is on Mark Bove's stove at Bove's Cafe in Burlington, Vt. Despite a Throwdown loss, locals love his meatball lasagna. Melissa D'Arabian even kisses and tells that for "garlic-times-infinity" cravings, Bove's Roasted Garlic tomato sauce is the best thing she ever ate.
Michelle Doll's background as a graphic artist inspires the unique designs of the wedding and special event cakes she serves from her NYC cakery. Not one to be all sugar with no spice, her classic and whimsical cake and icing combinations stacked up to a win in her Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
The "King of Clubs" lobster club sandwich at The Brass Compass Cafe reigned supreme when Bobby challenged owner Lynn Archer to a throwdown. Lynn only uses locally sourced Maine lobster, and her tasty club is just one of her specialties, as she offers everything from crab cakes to onion strips.