Contestants spice it up for judges Daphne Oz and Aarti Sequeria by using salsa to create fabulous Alfredo dishes. In round two, the cooks and cons must think outside the takeout box and transform Chinese takeout into a winning dish!
The pros and amateurs freshen things up when host Geoffrey Zakarian and judges Katie Lee and Aarti Sequeira task them with incorporating peppermint into a breakfast hash. Then, in round two, the remaining contestants must melt the judges' hearts with their best dish using nachos.
The British staple of fish and chips makes its way across the pond as the cooks fry up their interpretations for judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Katie Lee. Later, the competition gets reheated as Thanksgiving leftovers are used to create a winning dish.
The dumpling challenge is filled with surprises when the addition of peanuts creates nutty interpretations. In the next round, potato fries must be repurposed into the culinary creations. Judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Sunny Anderson savor the twice-fried masterpieces on the way to choosing a winner.
Contestants must be on "gourd" for the French toast battle, as surprise ingredient pumpkin gets carved up into the dishes. Then, in round two, judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Curtis Stone determine whose dish is tops, when ice cream toppings are used to accent savory staples.
In round one, the cooks and cons have to put the ice in spice when they are tasked with incorporating flavored ice pops into curry. Then, in round two, the remaining contestants hit the gas using beans in their dishes as host Geoffrey Zakarian and judges Amanda Freitag and Alex Guarnaschelli suss out the pros and amateurs.
Judges Graham Elliot and Daphne Oz are out to spot the mac 'n' cheese that separates the pros from the home cooks in this latest battle. Who will claim victory? Can an amateur really out-cook a professional?
It's Sloppy Joe day in the kitchen, and the pros and amateurs must use pies as the surprise ingredient. Some cooks get crusty, but for others, the path to the cash prize is as easy as pie! Judges Josh Capon and Daphne Oz share cooking ghost stories in the second round when the remaining cooks must utilize campfire treats in their dishes.
Ted Allen and Sunny Anderson try and spot the impastas while observing the cooks and cons incorporating noodles into their huevos rancheros dishes. Then, the remaining contestants are anything but sour about including yogurt in their round two masterpieces.
A taste of New Orleans comes to the kitchen as pro and amateur cooks take on the hearty task of concocting gumbo with the surprise ingredient of ginger. The cooks and cons are pumped for round two, as judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Justin Warner pick a winner after getting filled up on gas station snack-infused masterpieces.
In round one, the cooks and cons must prove that they're the cream of the crop to judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Alison Roman when they incorporate ranch into their pizza dishes. Then in round two, host Geoffrey Zakarian has the remaining contestants get ripe into it as they cook their best avocado-infused dish.
Judges Ted Allen and Daphne Oz ring in the holidays, as rack of lamb is infused with traditional holiday drinks. Forget naughty or nice -- who's a cook and who's a con? In round two, holiday treats are re-gifted as flavorful dishes.
The cooks and cons have host Geoffrey Zakarian and judges Jose Garces and Justin Warner raving about their chip-infused ravioli dishes in round one. In the second round, the contestants must make peace with the surprise ingredient and incorporate chickpeas into their dishes.
Geoffrey Zakarian hosts the next generation of cooking competition, a battle which asks the ultimate question: could a talented home cook beat a pro, or does a true professional have skills that no amateur could match? With a level playing field, and no one knowing which cook is which, only a blind taste test will prove who has the best dish. At the end of two rounds, the cook or con that is victorious will take home a $10,000 prize.