In this Holiday episode, Ted Allen challenges Marcela Valladolid, Sunny Anderson, Jeff Mauro and Katie Lee of The Kitchen to use mystery ingredients to create a three-course meal...inspired by the Season! The judges are Maneet Chauhan, Alex Guarnaschelli and Geoffrey Zakarian.moreless
The final two chefs compete at Tom Colicchio's Craftsteak Las Vegas to cater a dinner for respected chefs. The real challenge for the chefs, however, is inspiring the people who work for them, and the choice of employees may derail the entire competition.
Guest Judge: Lorraine Bracco.
Quickfire Challenge: There is none in this round.
Elimination Challenge: Create and Serve a Five Course Tasting Menu for Eight, Incorporating the Provided Wines.
The last three contestants arrive in Las Vegas, but a twist in the competition and a grueling challenge awaits them.
Guest Judge: Hubert Keller.
Quickfire Challenge: Prepare Orders for MGM Grand Room Service Customers.
Elimination Challenge: There is none in this round.
The four remaining contestants cook for some of Napa Valley's most respected chefs using dream ingredients, but not before they try to elevate common junk foods to uncommon gastric delights.
Guest Judge: See notes section
Quickfire Challenge: Reinvent a Junk Food Standby
Elimination Challenge: Create a Truffle Dish for Fine Wine
The five remaining contestants compete in interconnected challenges that concern a Commitment Ceremony reception.
Guest Judge: Marcy Blum
Quickfire Challenge: Design a Wedding Reception Menu, Sketch a Wedding Cake and Create a Sample Cold Prawn Canapé in 90 Minutes
Elimination Challenge: Cater a Wedding Reception in Less than 16 Hours
Competition for a spot on a restaurant menu transitions to competition between two faux restaurants created by the remaining six contestants, where the big prize is a chance to go to the Cannes Film Festival.
Guest Judge: Jeffrey Chodorow.
Quickfire Challenge: Craft an Original Sandwich in 30 Minutes.
Elimination Challenge: Create a New Restaurant Concept.
Ted Allen of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy helps to create the pressure - both time and budget - that is woven throughout this round's challenges, and a last-minute surprise throws everyone into disarray.
Guest Judge: Ted Allen.
QuickFire Challenge: Three Dollar Appetizer.
Elimination Challenge: Cater a Dinner Party for Ted Allen.
It's all about presentation in Round Two. The contestants' creativity is challenged in the Quickfire, and then the chefs must come up with some very interesting desserts in the Elimination Challenge that takes place at a sex shop.
Guest Judge: Elizabeth Falkner
Quickfire Challenge: Fruit Plate Presentation.
Elimination Challenge: Sexy Dessert Presentation.
The 12 contestants are introduced.
Guest Judge: Hubert Keller.
QuickFire Challenge: Survive 30 Minutes on the Line under the Critical Eye of Hubert Keller in His Restaurant Fleur de Lys.
Elimination Challenge: Cook Signature Dish.