The chefs get some gorgeous crustaceans and a fancy pasta in the first basket; making the most of an expensive mushroom in round two; one of the last two chefs runs into trouble, while trying to make an apple dessert.
Chefs must create appetizers in just 20 minutes from clams and a sweet dried fruit; squid ink and a strong-flavored candy in entrees; a pie made of beans and an alcoholic drink made with sorbet are mystery basket ...
The chefs are alarmed to see an ingredient in the appetizer basket staring back at them. Later, a dangerous situation arises while entrées are being prepared; and desserts are made using yellow rice and persimmons.
Part 1 of 5. An "All-Stars" tournament begins with personalities from the Food Network and the Cooking Channel going head-to-head for their charities, when they encounter something fishy during the entrée round. Later, desserts are made using marshmallows.
Part 4 of 5. An "All-Stars" tournament continues with celebrities Judy Gold, Joey Fatone, Laila Ali and Johnny Weir competing. First, they are given vanilla cupcakes to transform into appetizers; and later, make entrees with ingredients that are crispy and jiggly. The final desserts round involves curry powder and peanut shaped candy.
Conclusion. An "All-Stars" tournament ends with a chef winning $50,000 for their charity. But first, the appetizer round features a salty vegetable and fresh seafood. Also: entrees are prepared using cheddar-filled pretzels; and desserts are made with freeze-dried grapes and Marcona almonds. Judges: Aarón Sánchez, Geoffrey Zakarian and Marcus Samuelsson.
Hup, two, three - four chefs who have served in the Army or Navy compete. Included: the appetizer-course basket contains a freeze-dried surprise; and entrée ingredients consist of a large loaf, a chop of meat and a tough candy.
Four chefs with incredible weight-loss stories compete. They try to prepare healthy dishes for the judges, which proves challenging in the appetizer round, when they are faced with a fatty protein. Also: they must break down a fish.
The chefs are given pots of bubbling oil to create crispy, delish dishes. A deep-fried food must appear on each plate throughout the competition, beginning in the appetizer round when catfish is the main ingredient.
In the first round, the chefs discover various creative ways to combine peppers and pork. The judges wonder why one chef makes a strange, last-minute decision. Then in the entree round, they wrestle with a heart-stopping protein.