Dumplings are the theme for this competition, as the chefs are instructed to make stuffed morsels of dough inspired by any part of the world. A flavorful pork product and a Japanese condiment are part of the first mystery basket—and nerves and timing take a toll. Meat-and-potato dumpling entrées are in order for Round 2. And the two chefs left to cook dessert dumplings must marry some spicy chips with a tropical fruit.moreless
Pickles must be included in every dish, including dessert. In the appetizer basket, the chefs work with brine and Brussels sprouts. Then, they create half-sour flank steak entrées. Finally, peanut butter is a mandatory dessert ingredient.
Four modern diner chefs compete to transform the baskets into blue plate specials worthy of $10,000. In the appetizer round, a classic three-ingredient sandwich must be used. Then, the chefs get creative with a deep-fried snack in the entrée round. Finally, some diner staples are reinvented.
Chocolaty surprises await the chefs. First, the appetizers must combine white chocolate and soft-shell crab. Then, entrées have to incorporate an adult beverage and a showpiece dessert. Finally, apricots are included in the dessert baskets.
Basket ingredients have a football theme for the challenge of creating elevated game day food. In the appetizer round, the chefs reinterpret mac and cheese. Then, artichokes prove difficult to work with for some when cooking entrées. Finally, a stadium starch is used to make winning desserts.
Noodle or pasta dishes must be served each round. First, the basket ingredients point the chefs in an Asian direction. Then, they crank out fresh pasta. Finally, they use their noodles to come up with clever desserts that fit the theme.
Four former military service members who are pursuing culinary careers compete. Challenges include combining a favorite American comfort food with a sweet drink; making an entrée with a patriotic pasta and a savory pie; and creating desserts out of pudding and cheese.
The chefs do healthy dishes, taking into account nutrition and calories. For Round 1, some legumes legitimately confound the contestants. Then, entrées are made with a fancy fish and fermented drink. Finally, the challenge is to turn fruit and grain into tasty desserts.
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