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Season 3, Episode 9

Lunchbox Bonanza

Judges Daphne Oz and Scott Conant open Pandora's lunchbox, as the competitors must include kids' lunch snacks in a traditional steak and egg pairing. Then the pros and amateurs face a tangy twist in round two, as the surprise ingredient of mustard encourages some spicy outcomes.

Wednesday
Jan 25
8pm | 7c
Season 3, Episode 13

Gas Station Gourmet

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.

Wednesday
Mar 1
9pm | 8c
Season 3, Episode 8

Crantastic Quesadillas!

The contestants are toast unless they can create succulent quesadillas from a tart surprise ingredient, cranberries. Then, judges Scott Conant and Daphne Oz can't waffle on their decision in round two, as pros and amateurs must use waffles on the way to winning the big cash prize.

Thursday
Mar 9
12am | 11c
Season 2, Episode 6

Shrimp and Grits Gridiron

Judges Richard Blais and Daphne Oz know their shrimp and grits, but do they know how to tell a cook from a con? Working chefs and home cooks hide their identity as bacon makes a glorious appearance in the first round. In round two, the remaining contestants put their skills to the test in the battle of the cherries. The taste of defeat may be tart, but the winner gets a huge cash prize with a cherry on top!

Wednesday
Mar 22
6pm | 5c
Season 3, Episode 6

Juicy Resolutions

Stuffed peppers come packed with flavor as cooks squeeze healthy juices into these pockets of yum. Then, a gooey duel rages, as cheese must be melted into a winning dish and judges Daphne Oz and Justin Warner must decide on a cheesy winner.

Wednesday
Apr 5
7pm | 6c
Season 4, Episode 3

All About Alfredo

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!

Wednesday
Apr 5
9pm | 8c
Season 3, Episode 10

Salad Bar Blowout

Cooks peruse their options as salad bar toppings must be deftly sauteed into shrimp scampi variations. Then, judges Jeff Mauro and Daphne Oz need a pick-me-up in round two, and the surprise ingredient of coffee does the trick.

Wednesday
Apr 5
10pm | 9c
Season 3, Episode 1

Pumpkin Thumpin'

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.

Wednesday
Apr 5
11pm | 10c
Season 4, Episode 4

Patty Meltdown

In round one, judges Daphne Oz and Russell Jackson pull up a stool for a juicy diner classic -- the patty melt! However, the jukebox gets bumped when the cooks and cons face incorporating cinnamon into the savory dish. Round two has its own record scratch as the cooks need to incorporate party dips into their dishes.

Thursday
Apr 13
12am | 11c
Season 4, Episode 1

Gone Bananas

The pros and amateurs try not to slip up when given bananas to pair with pork chops in the first round. Then, in round two, Anne Burrell and Daphne Oz realize it's not day at the park when they must decide who did the best job of incorporating picnic salads into their dish.

Thursday
Apr 20
3am | 2c
Season 3, Episode 10

Salad Bar Blowout

Cooks peruse their options as salad bar toppings must be deftly sauteed into shrimp scampi variations. Then, judges Jeff Mauro and Daphne Oz need a pick-me-up in round two, and the surprise ingredient of coffee does the trick.

Wednesday
Jun 28
11pm | 10c
Season 3, Episode 13

Gas Station Gourmet

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.

Thursday
Jul 13
2am | 1c
Season 5, Episode 2

Pizza Party

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.

Wednesday
Sep 20
11pm | 10c
Season 4, Episode 4

Patty Meltdown

In round one, judges Daphne Oz and Russell Jackson pull up a stool for a juicy diner classic -- the patty melt! However, the jukebox gets bumped when the cooks and cons face incorporating cinnamon into the savory dish. Round two has its own record scratch as the cooks need to incorporate party dips into their dishes.

Wednesday
Feb 21
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 7

Pie Fight

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.

Wednesday
Feb 28
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 9

Crab Cake Crazy

Judges Richard Blais and Marcus Samuelsson are put to the test determining whose crab cakes are the best between cooks and cons. When frozen vegetables must be used to create a winning dish, will it be a piece of cake for the working chefs or will the amateurs have the advantage? Then, it's a booze cruise to the finish, as the secret ingredient of cocktails keeps the judges drunk with power.

Wednesday
Mar 7
4am | 3c
Season 3, Episode 13

Gas Station Gourmet

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.

Wednesday
Mar 14
4am | 3c
Season 5, Episode 8

Iron Chef Shake-up

Iron Chefs Jose Garces and Alex Guarnaschelli judge round one as the cooks and cons make stuffed mushrooms that incorporate vanilla. In round two, host Geoffrey Zakarian and the Iron Chefs continue to figure out the pros and amateurs while watching the contestants make un-fig-ettable masterpieces with figs.

Wednesday
Mar 21
4am | 3c
Season 4, Episode 5

Fry, Fry Again

The pros and amateurs sweeten up judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Simon Majumdar when utilizing pineapple in their fried chicken dishes in the first round. Then, the judges keep their eyes peeled for the cooks and cons in round two to decide who smashed the competition with their best potato dish.

Wednesday
Mar 28
4am | 3c

About the Show

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.

About the Host

Geoffrey Zakarian

Geoffrey Zakarian, a master of modern American cuisine, has presided over some of the country’s top kitchens in the past 25 years. Currently, Geoffrey is chef/partner at The Lambs Club and The National in New York City as well as at The Water Club at Borgata in Atlantic City.

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