Episode List



5 May 2005
Memphis in May Barbecue
The best barbecue teams in the south gather in Memphis, Tennessee to compete for a $24,000 prize and the title of world champion. More than 200 teams come to this week-long party and pork-only contest, hoping their ribs, shoulder or whole hog will stand out above the rest.
20 Feb. 2005
Challenge: Seafood Cook-off
Top Chefs from America's coastal states, including Food Network's own Paula Deen, gather in New Orleans to compete in a seafood showdown that highlights the best fish and shellfish this country has to offer.
7 Aug. 2005
Challenge: Top Teen Chef
Get a glimpse of America's culinary future, as the nation's top teen chefs compete for a full scholarship at the 16th annual Johnson & Wales recipe contest. Competitors create either a healthy dinner or healthy dessert. One student in each category will take the top prize, worth nearly $80,000.
15 Apr. 2005
Challenge: Reno Rib Cook-off
Twenty-five barbecue teams are invited Reno, Nevada to compete for a $16,500 purse in one of the biggest rib cook-offs in the country.
30 May 2005
Challenge: America's Bread Battle
For the first time in America, the top bread and pastry artists join forces to compete in a two-day competition that showcases both their unique talents and combined creativity.
2 Apr. 2005
Challenge: Build a Better Burger
Considered one of the top five cook-offs in the country, Build a Better Burger draws hundreds of recipe entries. But only ten finalists are chosen to compete for the top prize of $50,000 at the cook-off in Napa Valley, California.
5 Apr. 2005
Challenge: Wedding Cake Classic
It's a bride's fantasy and a cake decorator's dream. Dozens of decorators travel to Tulsa to compete for a cut of the $10,000 purse. Art is the name of the game at this show, only these sculptures and paintings are done with sugar and icing. It is three days packed with taste, style and beauty, making for one grand reception with a sweet reward in the end.
15 Nov. 2005
Challenge: Gingerbread Championships
Beautiful homes, amusement parks, rustic barns, and ornate churches all made of America?s favorite holiday treat: gingerbread! A record 300 gingerbread creations (decorated with gum drops, wafers, and noodles!) were brought to this 12th annual championship in Asheville, North Carolina. Watch as participants spend months planning their structures and then cringe with every pothole as they drive their creations to the show.
12 Jun. 2005
Food Network's Wedding Cake Challenge
Food Network brings you a Wedding Cake Competition in Beaver Creek, CO. 5 Teams will compete to create the most spectacular wedding cake. Watch the world's most creative decorators and pastry enthusiasts craft cakes beyond your wildest dreams.
20 Feb. 2005
Food Network Birthday Cake Challenge
Ready to be inspired by the World's most outrageous birthday cake? Food Network brings together six of the country's top cake designers for one amazing battle and a $10,000 first place prize. From a 360-degree rotating Ferris Wheel to a retro inspired sock monkey, these entirely edible creations will spark your own inner artist.
9 Jan. 2005
Challenge: Vegas Pastry Battle
Food Network invites six top pastry chefs from across the country to build a showpiece entirely of sugar that captures the excitement and energy of this vivacious city. Top prize is $10,000 and the title Food Network champion.
13 Feb. 2005
Challenge: Chocolate Competition
The Chocolate Challenge: six of the nation's top chocolate artists create towering sculptures with the theme of love.
26 Feb. 2005
Southern Living Showdown
Travel to Birmingham, to witness 15 amateur cooks braise, bake, broil and battle for the top prize. Some of the recipes are new twists on southern classics, other recipes are creative new inventions. It's one of the most prestigious cooking contests in the country, hosted by one of the most popular lifestyle magazines. And one amateur chef will go home with all the glory and an impressive jackpot of $100,000.
6 Mar. 2005
National Pie Championship
Nearly 400 pies, and yet, no two fillings are alike at the National Pie Championships in Celebration, Florida! There are plenty of old favorites, as well as innovative new recipes.
17 Dec. 2005
Food Network Pastry Daredevils
Extremely large and very delicate sugar sculptures are brought to life by five of the top pastry artists in the country. There has never been a more dramatic pastry competition as these competitors must carry their delicate sugar art over an obstacle course if they want the top prize.
28 Dec. 2005
Challenge: Mystery Cake
It's a cake competition with a mystery twist. The best cake makers in the country came to Phoenix with no idea what they'd be asked to do. Just hours before the competition, the theme was announced: sports cakes! Watch as the pros squirm under the pressure, with just a few hours to plan, and 7 hours to build world-class cakes.
16 Oct. 2005
Challenge: Cupcake
The smallest cakes get the big-time treatment. Six top cake teams fight to create the tastiest cupcakes in America, and then decorate and stack the little treats into showpieces you have to see to believe. Chef Scott Liebfried hosts this unprecedented winner-take-all competition.
25 Jun. 2005
Challenge: Campfire Cook-off
Eight of the nation's best back-country cooks compete for the title of America's best camp chef and a $3,000 vacation package. They each make the dish that won a recipe contest after meeting several other challenges, including the pancake breakfast, mystery basket lunch, and s'more test.
17 Jul. 2005
Challenge: World Pastry Competition
Premier pastry chefs from twelve different countries travel to Las Vegas for a two-day competition that's known for setting new standards in the industry. Each team shows its artistic talent with a sugar showpiece and a chocolate showpiece, and its culinary prowess with pastries.
2 Oct. 2005
Challenge: Build a Better Burger 2
Ten of America's best grillers meet in Napa Valley to build the ultimate burger. Five competitors compete in the non-beef category for $10,000 and five competitors compete in the beef category for a whopping $50,000! Viewers will be treated to some of the most amazing burgers ever thrown on the grill...from salmon, to steak, to lamb and of course, good old ground beef. The recipes are mouth-watering and include flavors from around the globe, stretching from Morocco, to Hawaii, to Italy. After this Challenge, you'll never look at burgers the same way!
4 Dec. 2005
Challenge: Food Network Chocolate Fantasy
Five Pastry Chefs face off over Chocolate. Their challenge, create a work of art made out of chocolate. And the theme for this work of art was "Dreams". The winner of the competition goes home 10-thousand dollars richer.
11 Dec. 2005
Challenge: Disney Dream Desserts
Six teams of student pastry chefs face off in the Happiest Place on Earth. On the line, a 14-thousand dollar scholarship and an internship in the prestigious Disney kitchens. These students will be tested. In eight hours, they will not only have to create four different desserts, but at the end of the day, they must also create a three foot tall chocolate and sugar centerpiece.

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