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Thanksgiving Headquarters

Season 1, Episode 1

They're Called 'Classics' for a Reason

Five of the country's most creative chefs put their spin on every food lover's favorite holiday. In the first round, they take one classic Thanksgiving side and re-invent it. The winner gets an advantage in the final round, where they are asked to make an entire Turkey dinner in just one hour and incorporate an ingredient from the very first Thanksgiving. One chef will be eliminated, while the rest move on for a chance to win $25,000.

Thursday
Nov 12
8am | 7c
Season 1, Episode 2

Pies, Sides and a Leftovers Surprise

The four remaining chefs take Thanksgiving classics to new heights. In round one, the chefs turn Thanksgiving sweet pies into a holiday side. The winner receives a huge advantage in round two, where the chefs take on everyone's favorite part of the holidays...leftovers! One chef will be eliminated and the final three will head to the finale for a chance to win $25,000.

Thursday
Nov 12
9am | 8c
Season 1, Episode 3

A Feast to Remember

In the finale, the remaining three chefs are pushed to the limits of their creativity. In the first round, one chef will be eliminated as the competitors are faced with crucial kitchen equipment being off-limits. Then, in the final head-to-head round, the last two chefs must make a full Thanksgiving meal in just three hours. Only one chef will walk away with the $25,000 prize.

Thursday
Nov 12
10am | 9c
Season 2, Episode 1

Bang for Your Buck

Six of America's best chefs begin their journey to being crowned the Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge Champion. Host Giada De Laurentiis sets up their first challenge: transforming a low-cost item into an extraordinary Thanksgiving appetizer. The winner gets an advantage in the dinner round, when the chefs must feature an inexpensive turkey item in their turkey dinner. Expert judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Carla Hall and Christian Petroni decide which chef is sent home, and the remaining competitors continue toward the $25,000 grand prize.

Thursday
Nov 19
12pm | 11c
Season 2, Episode 2

Untraditional Thanksgiving

Giada De Laurentiis asks the five competing chefs to put a Thanksgiving spin on a classic dish. The winner gets an advantage in the dinner round, when the chefs have to create a Thanksgiving dinner infusing the flavors of a randomly assigned country. Judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Carla Hall and Christian Petroni send one chef home, and the others continue on for a chance at winning the $25,000 prize.

Thursday
Nov 19
1pm | 12c
Season 2, Episode 3

Thanksgiving Week

Giada De Laurentiis challenges the four remaining chefs to embrace not just Thanksgiving Day but the whole week by creating their version of Friendsgiving dinner. The chefs are also paired up to compete as a team using an nontraditional Thanksgiving protein. In the dinner round, the chefs compete solo, making a dinner that incorporates a protein, veggie, starch and sweet from Giada's Black Friday table. Judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Carla Hall and Christian Petroni decide which chef heads home while the others move on to the finale.

Thursday
Nov 19
2pm | 1c
Season 2, Episode 4

$25,000 Thanksgiving

Giada De Laurentiis challenges the three final chefs to make a dish that represents the person they're most thankful for, and they each have to incorporate a different type of squash. The chef who most impresses judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Carla Hall and Christian Petroni wins a critical advantage for the dinner round, when the chefs have to make the ultimate Thanksgiving feast. The final three chefs battle through hours of cooking until the best walks away with $25,000 and the title of Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge Champion.

Thursday
Nov 19
3pm | 2c

About the Host

Giada De Laurentiis

Born in Rome, Giada grew up in a large Italian family where the culture of food was a staple in and of itself. She has an impressive background of culinary training and a unique, personable charm, and she is a globally revered celebrity chef who continues to prove her skill and accessibility with her expanding presence.