The competitors each take on a forgotten pantry ingredient and perform a live web stream, demonstrating how they used their ingredient; the finalists go head to head, traveling back in time to a past decade and working with the tools of that era.
The finalists host a party celebrating Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"; the finalists divide into three teams; each team draws inspiration from the Beast's castle to decorate a serving station and cook up a dish before presenting to party guests.
Ten finalists divide into two teams; each team creates a five-course menu for an experimental restaurant; diners will experience a different environment for each course; each finalist must make a video menu describing their dish to diners.
Finalists take on a typical shopping budget problem, while creating an Instagram Story about their shopping trip; finalists perform Sunny Anderson's favorite problem-solving segments from The Kitchen (2014), in front of a studio audience.
The finalists go head-to-head to determine who will take on Bobby Flay; anyone who can beat Bobby is safe from elimination, but those who are not up to the challenge may lose their spot in the completion; guest Anne Burrell.
The finalists must try their hand at something big: live cooking while streaming on social media; each finalist streams their take on a start-to-finish 15-minute weeknight meal, while viewers cook along.
Finalists report live on location by visiting popular food trucks; finalists partake in their own segment of a special called "Up Your Game (Day)", performing a demo of a special game-day dish, while also tackling surprises along the way.
The three remaining finalists are in for a shock, when they learn that a previously eliminated finalist is reentering the competition; the last four competitors must cook the dish of their lives for the privilege of making a pilot.