Chef Bobby Flay is on a secret mission to challenge the best of the best. Award winning BBQers, bakers, pizza makers and more — they're the absolute masters in one kind of cooking with a roomful of trophies to show for it. In each episode, we set up one of these cooks to believe that Food Network is shooting a profile of him for a show. Well, that's partly right — but with cameras rolling for the "profile," Bobby shows up for a surprise visit — and challenges the expert to an unexpected cook-off of his specialty, right then and there! They're in their element; Bobby's out of his. But Flay throws down his tongs for an exciting, tension-filled competition against one of America's greatest amateur cooks.
Season 4, Episode 5

Chicken and Waffles

The chicken and waffle tradition began in 1938 in Harlem. Melba Wilson has upheld the tradition at her namesake restaurant using her 96-year-old grandmother's recipe. Bobby Flay will challenge her to a chicken and waffles throwdown.

Wednesday
Apr 26
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 9, Episode 8

Boston Cream Pie

Eunice Feller has a Boston Cream Pie that is out of this world, which is no small feat for this new mother who just opened her second Boston area bakery called Bread and Chocolate. If you think that is a mouthful, try getting your mouth around this amazing dessert that keeps her customers lined up out the door. Impressing a Boston crowd with a pie of their own will be one of Bobby Flay's biggest challenges yet. With so many battles fought in Boston, this Throwdown may be one for the record books!

Monday
Oct 23
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 6, Episode 2

Ravioli

Durso's Pasta & Ravioli Company has been THE neighborhood Italian food shop for over forty-years. Three generations of Durso men have worked side-by-side to make their renowned cheese ravioli. Zagat took notice of this Flushing favorite saying, "Manhattanites don't know what they're missing." Robert Sr. and Robert (Bobby) Jr. think Food Network is featuring them on "Like Father, Like Son," a series spotlighting father-son duos in the kitchen. The Durso will show off their family's cheese ravioli, and Robert Jr's new creation: Osso Bucco ravioli. What these competitors do not know is Bobby Flay is about to challenge them to a ravioli Throwdown x2 where two different raviolis must be prepared: a cheese ravioli and a meat or seafood ravioli. Does Bobby Flay have what it takes to Throwdown against a family rich in ravioli history? This will certainly be a battle of Italian proportions.

Monday
Nov 6
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 6, Episode 5

Chicken Matzo Ball Soup

Jeff Nathan owns Abigael's, New York's largest kosher restaurant which sets a new standard by reviving and reinventing Jewish cuisine for people tired of the same old brisket and noodle kugel. His creative approach to kosher cooking has been enthusiastically received, and resulted in features in The Boston Globe and the NY Jewish Herald. Jeff appeared 18 times on "Live with Regis and Kathy Lee," as well as "Late Night with Conan O'Brian." Jeff thinks Food Network is producing a show called "Kitchen Crusaders," where chefs who cook within certain traditional boundaries showcase recipes which energize old dishes. For this Throwdown, Jeff and Bobby go matzo ball for matzo ball to make even the most discerning Bubbe proud.

Monday
Nov 13
11am | 10c
Season 5, Episode 7

Brown Bag Apple Pie

The Elegant Farmer has taken the quintessential American dessert and added an award winning twist. Quickly becoming a new classic, their Brown Bag Apple Pie is so popular, they sell 10,000 during Thanksgiving week alone! The secret is in the cooking method. The brown bag allows the apples to steam instead of bake. And when they add their sugar cookie topping, their pie can't be beat. Or can it? Bobby Flay and the Throwdown team are hoping their fried pie creation is scrumptious enough to impress the judges.

Monday
Nov 13
12pm | 11c
Season 7, Episode 5

Pumpkin Pie

Michele Albano of Michele's pies in Norwalk, CT is taking the traditional Thanksgiving pumpkin pie to new heights with her newest creation, the decadent Maple Pumpkin with Pecan Streusel Pie. Michele has won many awards for her delicious pies, but she is never had to compete against an Iron Chef. Stay tuned to see whose pie will squash the competition!

Monday
Nov 20
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 5, Episode 6

Red Velvet Cake

Cake Man Raven has been baking since he was just 9 years old and sold his first cake when he was only 13. Since then, his confectionary creations have been the subject of praise in publications, award ceremonies and national TV programs -- including Food Network! But nothing has earned Cake Man more fame than his signature item, the Red Velvet Cake. In fact, his Red Velvet has become so popular that people line the block of Cake Man's Brooklyn confectionery to get a slice! Cake Man Raven thinks Food Network is working on a special called "Sweet Success," featuring great chefs who have made names for themselves in the pastry arts. But what he doesn't know is that Bobby Flay is working on a red hot cake of his own and hopes to take this Throwdown cake.

Monday
Dec 4
12pm | 11c
Season 7, Episode 4

Feast of Seven Fishes

It is sink or swim in this very special Feast of Seven Fishes Holiday Throwdown! Feast of Seven Fishes is an Italian holiday tradition where families gather and share a delicious multi-course meal of fish. Although, this year 'tis the season for the tables to be turned, when the Pellegrino family of Rao's Restaurant, in New York City, challenge chef Bobby Flay to a holiday Throwdown! Bobby must to turn up the heat and fire up his team in order to compete against a notorious family with 100 years of Italian tradition on its side. Three mouth-watering fish dishes is the menu du jour. As an excited audience gathers to cheer and bask in the festive charm, our chefs get down to business hoping to toast to the holiday with a victory. It is a countdown to show time at Rao's Restaurant in Las Vegas!

Monday
Dec 4
1pm | 12c
Season 7, Episode 4

Feast of Seven Fishes

It is sink or swim in this very special Feast of Seven Fishes Holiday Throwdown! Feast of Seven Fishes is an Italian holiday tradition where families gather and share a delicious multi-course meal of fish. Although, this year 'tis the season for the tables to be turned, when the Pellegrino family of Rao's Restaurant, in New York City, challenge chef Bobby Flay to a holiday Throwdown! Bobby must to turn up the heat and fire up his team in order to compete against a notorious family with 100 years of Italian tradition on its side. Three mouth-watering fish dishes is the menu du jour. As an excited audience gathers to cheer and bask in the festive charm, our chefs get down to business hoping to toast to the holiday with a victory. It is a countdown to show time at Rao's Restaurant in Las Vegas!

Monday
Dec 18
11am | 10c
Season 7, Episode 8

Brownies

Shawna Lidsky and Katherine Hayward started the Vermont Brownie Company on New Year's Day 2008 after deciding they wanted to start their own business. Shawna and Katherine believe Food Network is bringing back the show "Recipe for Success" and they have been selected to feature their signature Dark Chocolate Chevre Brownie. Little do they know that as they prepare to do a demo for their loyal supporters, Bobby Flay will be showing up with his own brownie recipe. Stay tuned to see whose chocolate brownie melts the competition!

Monday
Dec 25
11am | 10c
Season 4, Episode 2

Ice Pops

Sisters Norma and Irma Paz never thought watching the Nashville marathon would inspire them to go into business together making gourmet ice pops-a refreshing, healthy and flavor-packed treat that's sure to cool down anybody! Ice Pops, or Paletas, weren't a novelty to the Paz sisters who grew up eating them every day in their hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico, but they saw the opportunity to introduce this cooling, gourmet delight to Nashville by opening their own store, Las Paletas. Now six years later their Paletas are the coolest treats in town and the inspiration for what they think is a new Food Network special called "Pop-Culture". What they don't know is that Nashville is about to heat up with a visit from Chef Bobby Flay! Will the Iron Chef keep his cool or suffer the ultimate brain freeze for this Ice Pop Throwdown?!

Monday
Jan 8
12pm | 11c
Season 4, Episode 3

Chocolate Chip Cookies

The chocolate chip cookie is the most popular cookie in America, and Pam Weekes and Connie McDonald of New York City's Levain Bakery have concocted the ultimate version of this classic treat. Pam and Connie think their take on this crowd favorite has earned them a spot on a show called "Creative Classics." They have no idea that Bobby Flay will show up to challenge them to a chocolate chip cookie Throwdown. These two tri-athletes have completed the famed Ironman Challenge, but will they be able to outpace the Iron Chef? Tune in to see whose cookies will melt the competition.

Monday
Jan 8
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 4, Episode 7

Arroz con Pollo

La Fonda Boricua is New York City's best known Puerto Rican restaurant, and it's head cook, Jorge Ayala, keeps customers coming back with his Arroz con Pollo - chicken and rice. Jorge thinks he's been tapped by Food Network to show off his Arroz con Pollo in a show about Latin culture and cuisine. He has no clue that he and his dish have been targeted by Bobby Flay for a Throwdown. Will Jorge salsa his way to victory, or will Bobby show off a few of his own moves? It's a Throwdown in Spanish Harlem.

Monday
Jan 22
12pm | 11c
Season 4, Episode 11

Arepas

Maribel and Aristides Barrios are NYC restaurateurs that have come a long way - over 2000 miles to be exact. Hailing from Venezuela, they came to New York City seven years ago and made a huge splash with their cozy, South American inspired East Village restaurant, Caracas Arepas Bar. Serving over 17 varieties of mouth-watering arepas, they've won over the hearts and minds of tough New Yorkers with their traditional delicious grilled cornmeal patties filled with sweet and savory treats, and a whole lot of love. They think they'll be showcasing their popular "De Pabellon" arepa on a Food Network show called "Stuffed!" They have no idea that Bobby Flay will roll up on the scene with his flavorful twist on their signature dish ready to Throwdown!

Monday
Jan 29
12pm | 11c
Season 3, Episode 2

Puffy Tacos

Diana Barrios TreviHo is a celebrity in San Antonio. A chef, restaurateur and cookbook author, Diana is a Tex Mex master whose culinary claim to fame is her shredded chicken puffy taco. Diana thinks she has been chosen to star in an episode of a new Food Network show about Southwestern food called "North of the Border". What she doesn't know is that Bobby Flay is going to crash her taco fiesta with a throwdown challenge that will decide who is the true titan of Tex Mex. Will Bobby's unusual flavors win over the judges or will Diana's shredded chicken take the taco trophy?

Monday
Jan 29
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 4, Episode 12

Rematch on the Grill

Bobby Flay has lots of Throwdown experience, but can anything really prepare him to take on three former Throwdown competitors in an all-against-one rematch? In this special one-hour installment of the Throwdown series, all-stars Butch Lupinetti (BBQ), Delilah Winder (Mac-n-Cheese), and Nigel Spence (Jerk Ribeye) join forces in sun splashed Miami to take on the Iron Chef one more time. The focus is on grilling, as each side must master a menu of Pork Tenderloin, Whole Fish, and Vegetable Skewers in front of a live audience. This show is full of surprises - including a mystery guest - that will keep everyone on their toes and under pressure.

Monday
Jan 29
1pm | 12c
Season 4, Episode 4

Eggplant Parmesan

For Italian food in New York, look no further than the legendary Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. It is home to the acclaimed Mike's Deli, serving authentic Italian delicacies to everyone from real Italian grandmas to movie stars and politicians. Mike Greco began working here in 1951 and now his charismatic son Dave runs the place. Dave believes the reason for their success is the combination of his expert food knowledge, true Italian hospitality and his Eggplant Parmesan. Dave thinks he has been tapped to be the Food Network's guide to Arthur Avenue for a new show called "Culinary Streets." What he doesn't know is that Bobby Flay will be showing up for a personal tour and an Eggplant Parmesan Throwdown! Will Bobby be able to overcome years of tradition, or will Dave's Eggplant Parmesan continue to stand the test of time? It's up to our judges to make the ultimate decision in this Throwdown!

Monday
Feb 5
12pm | 11c
Season 3, Episode 9

Meatballs

Every good Italian claims their grandmother made the best meatballs and Mike Maroni, owner of Maroni Cuisine in Northport, New York, is no exception. For the last six years Mike has been serving up the 100-year old recipe to please modern palates, blending family secrets and cutting edge twists to create the perfect meatball. Mike thinks he has been selected to host a dinner for the Food Network's new show called, "The Family Table." What he doesn't know is that an extra plate is being set for Bobby Flay! Will Bobby's Meatballs have what it takes to bring down a century of tradition, or will Mike's Meatballs continue to stand the test of time? It's up to our judges to decide in this Throwdown.

Monday
Feb 5
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 5, Episode 12

Cioppino

Phil Di Giralamo, a Sicilian-American, grew up surrounded by the sea and a family who loves to cook. His famous Cioppino is packed with seven different types of fresh-caught seafood delivered daily from local fishing boats. Phil's Fish Market & Eatery has received critical acclaim, helping put this tiny fishing town near Monterey on the map. Phil thinks that he is being featured on a Food Network series called "Catch of the Day," a show about regional seafood favorites. Confident that his cioppino is the best in the west, Phil invites us into his kitchen to see how this hearty dish is based on the day's catch. What he does not know is that Bobby Flay is sailing into town for a Throwdown to see who will be crowned king of the sea.

Monday
Feb 5
1pm | 12c
Season 6, Episode 2

Ravioli

Durso's Pasta & Ravioli Company has been THE neighborhood Italian food shop for over forty-years. Three generations of Durso men have worked side-by-side to make their renowned cheese ravioli. Zagat took notice of this Flushing favorite saying, "Manhattanites don't know what they're missing." Robert Sr. and Robert (Bobby) Jr. think Food Network is featuring them on "Like Father, Like Son," a series spotlighting father-son duos in the kitchen. The Durso will show off their family's cheese ravioli, and Robert Jr's new creation: Osso Bucco ravioli. What these competitors do not know is Bobby Flay is about to challenge them to a ravioli Throwdown x2 where two different raviolis must be prepared: a cheese ravioli and a meat or seafood ravioli. Does Bobby Flay have what it takes to Throwdown against a family rich in ravioli history? This will certainly be a battle of Italian proportions.

Monday
Feb 5
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 5, Episode 4

Paella

Gerard Nebesky is the Paella Man of Northern California whose unique catering business delivers Spain's national dish to wineries, beach parties, and celebrity bashes from Sonoma Valley to San Francisco. But what will he do when one of his normal Paella classes turns into a Throwdown against Bobby Flay? Gerard uses the classic "one-pan" method of paella making, and he's got the pedigree to win a Throwdown. But BF is bringing his "multi-pan" technique to Gerard's class, and he's hungry for a win.

Monday
Feb 12
12pm | 11c
Season 7, Episode 3

Lobster Club Sandwich

Lynn Archer has become the queen of Rockland, Maine with her famous "King of Clubs" lobster club sandwich. This neighborhood hit has spawned fans from the local park bench to Park Avenue, and now folks from around the country flock to Lynn's restaurant, The Brass Compass Cafe, to sample not only her lobster club, but other New England favorites. Lynn is used to being the Maine attraction, but what will happen when Bobby Flay rolls up on her live demo in Buoy Park to challenge her to a Lobster Club Sandwich Throwdown? Lynn will be surrounded by friends and family and her traditional favorite will be tough to beat, but Bobby is no fish out of water when it comes to cooking lobster. Stay tuned 'cause this Throwdown is bound to make a big splash!

Monday
Feb 12
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 7, Episode 6

Manhattan Fish Chowder

John Addis, owner and chef of Fish Tales, is a self-proclaimed fish fanatic. He thinks his Manhattan Fish Chowder has earned him a spot on a Food Network special called "Hooked on Chowder." What he does not know is Iron Chef Flay will be showing up to serve him with a Throwdown challenge. Stay tuned to see who sinks or swims on this tasty chowder battle.

Monday
Feb 12
1pm | 12c
Season 8, Episode 12

Lobster Mac & Cheese

Bobby Flay visits Maine and challenges a local Lobster expert to a mac & cheese seafood throwdown.

Monday
Feb 12
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 3, Episode 11

Lasagna

Bove's Café in Burlington, Vermont, transports you back fifty years when classic, down-home Italian-American restaurants were the talk of the town. Mark Bove and his family keep tradition alive by offering customers delicious food made from recipes that have been handed from one generation to another. The dish that gets customers lining out the door is Bove's Lasagna, piled high and smothered in their famous sauce. Mark thinks that he's going to teach his lasagna tricks to hungry students at the University of Vermont for a show called "Food For Thought." What Mark doesn't know is that Professor Flay is showing up to teach a little lesson called Throwdown! How will Mark's classic dish fare against Bobby's gourmet bounty? Tune and see who will become the head of the class!

Monday
Feb 26
12pm | 11c
Season 5, Episode 8

Deep Dish Pizza

No visit to the windy city is complete without a stop at the family run institution, Lou Malnati's Pizzeria. They opened their doors in 1971 with a motto of "pizza is the food of the world." Marc Malnati runs his father's namesake and their deep dish pizza is a favorite among Chi-towners and food critics alike. The secret to their sinfully delicious deep dish pizzas is a coveted 50-year old family recipe handed down from one Malnati to another and Marc is proudly carrying on this revered culinary tradition. Can our NY-style pizza guy throwdown with Chicago deep dish pie?

Monday
Feb 26
12:30pm | 11:30c

Wood Chick's Smoked Pork Butt

Hattie's Southern Fried Chicken

Green Pork Chili

Shrimp and Grits

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Garlic Butter, Fresh Lime and Cotija Cheese

Mesa Grill's Southwestern Potato Salad

Basmati Rice Pilaf with Peas

Delilah's 7 Cheese Mac and Cheese

Grandma Maronis Meatballs 100 Year Old Recipe

Red Beef Chili

Soft Pretzels with Queso Poblano Sauce and Mustard Sauce

Beef and Black Bean Chili with Toasted Cumin Crema and Avocado Relish

Lasagna

Lobster Sauce for Pasta

Jicama Slaw

Chicken Tikka Masala

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Cajun Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

Cin Chili Con Queso

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Rum Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Grilled Pineapple Relish

Falafel

Beer Batter Fish and Spicy Chips with Lemon-Habanero Tartar Sauce and Serrano Vinegar

Red Velvet Cake

Chicken Fried Steak

Roasted Red Pepper-Tomato Pizza with Goat Cheese, Basil and Red Chili Oil

Sticky Buns

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