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!
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.
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.
At The Good Fork in Brooklyn, Sohui Kim's pork-and-chive-stuffed dumplings with her dark soy dipping sauce quickly became a local favorite. Bobby tried his best to create a better dumpling on Throwdown, but Sohui's reigned supreme.
On Food Network's Throwdown with Bobby Flay, Bobby tries his hand at Jamaican cuisine with Mobay Uptown Restaurant in Harlem, NY, where they are cooking up a delicate, Fried Fish Escovitch.
The arepas here are so flavorful that they beat Bobby's in a throw down. The corn cakes are stuffed with sweet and savory fillings like the De Pabellon, filled with beef, beans, plantains and cotija cheese. Want a kick in your bite? Try the La de Pernil with pork shoulder and spicy mango sauce.
Sun, surf and sugar in the Keys mean it's time for a slice of Florida's official dessert. The Key West Key Lime Pie Co. has perfected their hometown dessert, selling over 1,000 pies across the country every week. How could Throwdown not try to unseat the Sunshine State's fluffiest, creamiest pie?
When Bobby heard about A Salt & Battery's award-winning fish and chips, he immediately called for a throwdown. But chef Mat Arnfield had his British roots to guide him. Today they're using a sustainable Pollock with their classic light batter. Ultimately, these chips were the best catch of the day.
On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Beau McMillan called Flip Happy's Strawberry Nutella Crepes "pure ecstasy." With sweet and savory ingredients like Tarragon mushrooms, caramelized onions and toasted coconut, the crepes here have become an Austin landmark and a must-go for both tourists and locals.
Father-and-son-owned Durso's Pasta & Ravioli Company in Flushing, N.Y., has built a reputation for amazing ravioli for over 40 years. The one-two punch of the classic cheese ravioli and their new osso buco ravioli floored Bobby when he faced Robert Durso Sr. and his son Robert Jr. on Throwdown.
"The best moussaka since Achilles fought in Troy." How do you argue with that? Accomplished teacher, author and chef, Diane Kochilas uses NYC's Pylos to channel Greek village food in the East Village. When Bobby sought out her secret to moussaka greatness, she said, "never flinch on the garlic."
Auntie Em's Kitchen is a tiny Los Angeles bakery and cafe with an electric personality. Owner Terri Wahl's thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies have given Duff Goldman a sugar rush. Not stopping there, her signature cupcakes have landed Terri in the middle of a Throwdown and even Cupcake Wars.
Janet and Alice are the live-in "Pie Moms" of The Berry Manor Inn in Rockland, Maine. These hometown heroes make the self-declared "world's best pie." Bobby's Throwdown may have rolled over them, but it hasn't stopped the flocks of visitors who line up for a heavenly slice of their Mixed Berry Pie.
Pastry Chef Biagio Settepani's confections are so good he once made a birthday cake for Pope Benedict XVI. For the throwdown, Biagio made a cannoli filled with poor man’s custard ricotta and topped with candied oranges. Feeling hungry? The eatery serves brunch, lunch and dinner.
On Throwdown With Bobby Flay, mother-son duo Teresa and David Matias prove their love of authentic Mexican and defend the legendary status of their huevos rancheros made with handmade tortillas and fire-roasted green chilies. Don't miss Teresa's second claim to fame with the spicy chilaquiles.