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 1, Episode 7

Burgers

Susan Mello is an extraordinary opera singer who has been able to turn an all-American dish -- the hamburger -- into a multicultural eating experience and has the awards to prove it. Susan is hosting friends and family for a backyard birthday celebration, not knowing that there'll be one unexpected guest, Bobby Flay, who challenges her to Burger Throwdown. It'll be up to a secret judge to decide who's got the best burger in town.

Friday
Feb 17
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 1, Episode 13

Fried Chicken

For more than 60 years, Hattie's Restaurant in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., has been an icon of Southern cuisine, and is known in particular for its fresh, hot and crispy fried chicken. Hattie's own Jasper Alexander thinks Food Network is covering his huge picnic on the final weekend of the horse race season and Bobby is waiting "in the wings."

Friday
Feb 17
11am | 10c
Season 2, Episode 11

Buffalo Wings

Developed in Buffalo in 1964, the spicy chicken wing has become an American snack food staple. Buffalo is also home to the National Buffalo Wing Festival, created by Drew Cerza, who thinks the Food Network has tapped him to be the city's Wing Ambassador for a Food Network show, but little does he know that Bobby Flay will be firing up his burners to challenge him to a Chicken Wing Throwdown! Will Drew's hometown advantage and unique flavor combinations put him out on top, or will Bobby and his spicy sweet recipe help him steal the Wing King crown?

Friday
Feb 17
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 3, Episode 4

Country Fried Steak

She's a Food Network superstar, and loved by millions -- Paula Deen currently reigns as the Queen of Southern cuisine. For years Paula has been cooking delicious comfort food on "Paula's Home Cooking." On her new show, "Paula's Party," she invites a wide array of guests over to Uncle Bubba's Oyster House in Savannah Georgia for an unbelievable night of fabulous food, funny stories and fantastic surprises. For this year's Black and White Ball themed episode, Paula has invited Bobby to be her Guest of Honor! What Paula doesn't know is that Bobby will immediately return the favor with a surprise invitation to his own Country Fried Steak Throwdown! Can this Northern Grill Master beat this Southern Queen? It's Fry or Be Fried in this ultimate Throwdown challenge!

Friday
Feb 17
1pm | 12c
Season 2, Episode 8

BBQ Spare Ribs

The place to go in Virginia for authentic, old-fashioned barbecued spare ribs is Buz and Ned's Real Barbeque in Richmond. Buz thinks he has been picked to teach the tricks of the trade for a new Food Network special, but doesn't know that Chef Bobby Flay is showing up to teach a little lesson called Throwdown! Bobby's betting his Asian-inspired spare ribs score top marks over Buz's barbecued beauties and it's up to the judges to decide who gets to move to the head of the class.

Saturday
Apr 1
3:30pm | 2:30c
Season 4, Episode 10

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Barbeque competitions are often thought of as a man's world, but that hasn't scared off Lee Ann Whippen, an award winning Pitmaster from Chesapeake, Virginia. Her menu is filled with staples like St. Louis Ribs and Texas-Style Brisket, but it's her Pulled Pork that has garnered rave reviews from devoted customers and judges across the BBQ circuit. Following in the footsteps of her dad, who has many BBQ trophies under his own belt, she decided to quit her full time job and immerse herself in the smoky, spicy world of BBQ. Lee Ann has invited the Food Network to a barbeque blowout she is throwing to show her appreciation for her dedicated fans. She has no idea that one of her fans will be Iron Chef Bobby Flay! It's anyone's game when the Pitmaster takes on the King of the Grill, because where there's smoke, there's bound to be a Throwdown!

Saturday
Apr 1
4pm | 3c
Season 2, Episode 11

Buffalo Wings

Developed in Buffalo in 1964, the spicy chicken wing has become an American snack food staple. Buffalo is also home to the National Buffalo Wing Festival, created by Drew Cerza, who thinks the Food Network has tapped him to be the city's Wing Ambassador for a Food Network show, but little does he know that Bobby Flay will be firing up his burners to challenge him to a Chicken Wing Throwdown! Will Drew's hometown advantage and unique flavor combinations put him out on top, or will Bobby and his spicy sweet recipe help him steal the Wing King crown?

Saturday
Apr 1
4:30pm | 3:30c
Season 1, Episode 5

Steak

Eric Dominijanni, a.k.a. Captain D., is a proud marine on a mission to grill his award-winning steaks as a morale booster to his men who have trained hard at the California Marine base in Twenty Nine Palms. What nobody knows is that Bobby Flay will roll up and challenge him to a Steak Throwdown! Will Bobby be able to stand the heat and come out victorious, or will Captain D and his Marines prove to have the ultimate command of the grill?

Wednesday
Apr 26
10am | 9c
Season 1, Episode 7

Burgers

Susan Mello is an extraordinary opera singer who has been able to turn an all-American dish -- the hamburger -- into a multicultural eating experience and has the awards to prove it. Susan is hosting friends and family for a backyard birthday celebration, not knowing that there'll be one unexpected guest, Bobby Flay, who challenges her to Burger Throwdown. It'll be up to a secret judge to decide who's got the best burger in town.

Wednesday
Apr 26
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 1, Episode 3

Chili

The self proclaimed chili queen, Cindy Reed Wilkins, is the only competitor to win the coveted Terlingua International Chili championship two years in a row. Cindy often spends up to six months on the chili circuit: Will she be just as tough competing against an Iron Chef? When Bobby rolls up on her Mother's Appreciation Brunch, it will be time to figure out whose chili really reigns supreme and who will get the Throwdown crown.

Wednesday
Apr 26
11am | 10c
Season 2, Episode 6

Cheesecake

In New York City, Junior's is a name synonymous with cheesecake. This famed Brooklyn restaurant, opened by Harry Rosen in 1950, is now in the hands of his grandson, Alan. Alan has stuck to his grandfather's original recipe while expanding the cheesecake menu with creative combinations and modern flavors. Alan thinks that his cheesecake chops have landed him on the Food Network, and he's really excited to show off his creativity and his new Junior's location in the heart of Times Square. Of course, he has no clue that Bobby Flay will be part of the festivities. It's a big-time bake-off with a sweet finish, on this Cheesecake Throwdown.

Wednesday
Apr 26
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 4, Episode 1

Biscuits and Jam

Nothing says Southern comfort like a basket of homemade biscuits and jam, and nobody makes them better than Nashville's own Carol Fay Ellison. Carol Fay has earned nationwide fame as "the biscuit lady" at Nashville's famous Loveless Cafe and thinks she'll be making her amazing biscuits and jam for a new Food Network series called "Singin' in the Kitchen." What this sassy southerner doesn't know is that Bobby is gearing up to challenge her to a down-home biscuits and jam competition. With a special appearance by country-music star Luke Bryan this is sure to be a Throwdown full of surprises!

Wednesday
Apr 26
1pm | 12c
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.

Wednesday
Apr 26
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 6, Episode 4

Blueberry Pancakes

Clinton Street Baking Company owners, Neil Kleinberg and DeDe Lahman, are stars due to their award winning blueberry pancakes and maple butter. They are also winning the praises of loyal customers who eagerly wait on hour-long lines just to get a taste. Neil and DeDe's flapjacks may have some sweet street buzz, but will they stack up against Bobby's?

Monday
Sep 25
11am | 10c
Season 6, Episode 3

Chicken Pot Pie

Though the "Casserole Queens" of Austin, Texas, Sandy Pollock and Crystal Oakes, have only been open two years, the have garnered national media attention with their kitschy take on classic oven dishes. Not only have they updated casseroles from your childhood, but they deliver the meals dressed as 1950s homemakers -- talk about old school! Bobby and the Throwdown team will have to make a pot pie with a little bit of soul if they want to beat out the Queens' world famous casserole!

Monday
Sep 25
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 6, Episode 6

Shrimp and Grits

As a young boy growing up in Georgia, Joe Barnett always loved his mom's shrimp and grits. Today, with his own spin on this southern favorite, Joe is cleaning up at amateur cook-offs. At the Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival, he won best in show in 2006 and for the last three years, his dish has won the People's Choice Award. A custom drapery designer by day, Joe spends his free time in the kitchen, perfecting his award winning shrimp and grits. Joe thinks he is being featured on a Food Network series called "COOK-OFF KINGS": a show that spotlights America's blue ribbon winners in regional cooking competitions. For this Throwdown, Bobby will take his Bar Americain shrimp and grits dish and win the hearts of the small town of Washington, Georgia. That's 4,000 people rooted in good old fashioned shrimp and grits to one big city recipe.

Monday
Sep 25
12pm | 11c
Season 6, Episode 8

German Chocolate Cake

Born and raised in Harlem New York, Aliyyah Baylor knows what it means to keep history and tradition alive. She's been slicing up her family's German Chocolate Cake at Harlem's "Make My Cake" for over 20 years. Aliyyah prides herself on splitting time between her successful neighborhood bakeries, and passing on her family baking secrets to her children. Even with famous clients and media notoriety, Aliyyah is able to keep her business and her German Chocolate Cake true to her family beginnings. Bobby will really have to pull out all the sweet stops if he wants to best this baking buff on this episode of Throwdown.

Monday
Sep 25
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 6, Episode 12

Green Chile Cheeseburger

Bob Olguin knows his chiles. He should; New Mexican cuisine is in his blood -- he owns and operates the restaurant his father started in honor of his grandfather. So, it's no surprise his Green Chile Cheeseburger was ranked number 7 on GQ's National Top-20 Burger List. Bob's restaurant, Manny's Buckhorn Tavern, started by dishing up New Mexican favorites to locals but now caters to visitors from far and wide, and the praises keep on coming -- especially for his famed Green Chile Cheeseburger. So the question is: can Bob's burger beat the heat that Bobby brings down to New Mexico on this episode of Throwdown?

Monday
Sep 25
1pm | 12c
Season 6, Episode 7

North Carolina Ribs and BBQ Baked Beans

Raleigh's Ed Mitchell prides himself on using authentic North Carolina flavors at his restaurant, "The Pit." Ed is a BBQ purist with the ribs to prove it. Whether its East or West, he knows his ribs are the best. Ed strives to keep North Carolina's culinary traditions alive, and even with all the media buzz, he still makes sure to keep his food down home and locally grown. But can he take the heat and grill up a winning plate when the Pitmaster is challenged by the Grillmaster on this episode of Throwdown?

Monday
Sep 25
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 7, Episode 1

Steak Fajitas

Father Leo Patalinghug believes that the key to a healthy family are healthy meals eaten together, and he's sending that message out through his web show, "Grace Before Meals." With 10,000 hits a day, Father Leo is able to share his wisdom and his family friendly recipes in order to feed his flock: body, mind and soul. With dishes like Fusion Steak Fajitas, Father Leo is winning over his audience with every bite. But, will a little divine intervention help this Father when the Grill Master Bobby Flay heads into town on this episode of Throwdown?

Monday
Oct 2
11am | 10c
Season 7, Episode 2

BBQ Chicken

New Orleans native Brad Turner is a singing, soulful, Army sensation with 19 years as a chef/sergeant in the U.S. Army to prove his culinary chops. He earned the nickname The Grill Sergeant, and rose up the ranks to become the Executive Chef at the Army Executive Dining Facility at The Pentagon. His BBQ Chicken and Potato Salad dish has satisfied soldiers, sergeants, and top execs alike, and is soon to make its debut in a Bobby Flay Throwdown! Bobby will have to put a new spin on his BBQ Sauce and hope his chicken is dressed to impress if he's going to take on the fierce competition of the Grill Sergeant. Not to mention the 150 hungry soldiers who will be in the audience. Stand at attention because this Throwdown may just be worthy of a 21 gun salute!

Monday
Oct 2
11:30am | 10:30c
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
Oct 2
12pm | 11c
Season 7, Episode 7

Belgian Waffles

Belgium native Thomas DeGeest is known as "the waffles guy" to most New Yorkers. This IBM consultant turned waffle connoisseur traded in his briefcase for a waffle iron, and has been selling Belgian waffles like hot cakes ever since. He operates his biz from his now famous canary yellow Wafels and Dinges truck, which he's been driving around NYC streets for the past two years. On Mondays he parks by Columbia University's campus, to feed the throngs of hungry college students. But on this particular Monday Thomas doesn't see what's coming when celebrity chef Bobby Flay sneaks up on the truck and crashes the student scene. Stay tuned for a heated Belgian Waffles Throwdown that you can smell cooking from a mile away!

Monday
Oct 2
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 9, Episode 1

Cannoli

Biagio Settepani, Chef and Owner of Pasticceria Bruno, has Cannoli in his blood. Bringing his family's recipe with him from Italy to New York, he keeps tradition alive and the customers continuously coming in! With three busy shops and requests from the Vatican to make his confections, Biagio is a world renowned pastry chef -- but he's in for a surprise when Bobby Flay shows up to challenge him to a Cannoli Throwdown! Will Biagio uphold his legacy or will his Cannoli crumble?

Monday
Oct 2
1pm | 12c
Season 9, Episode 2

Beef Empanadas

Bringing all the spirit of Puerto Rico to New York, chef Frank Maldonado has an unparalleled love for food and music and his Beef Empanadas are no exception! Packed with rich flavor and the perfect spice, his Empanadas are a staple at his New York city restaurant Sazon. Frank has the audience dancing to his drumming and hungry for his food but when Bobby Flay shows up, will he be able to keep up with the beat or will he get beat in this flavorful competition? Only way to find out -- an Empanada Throwdown!

Monday
Oct 2
1:30pm | 12:30c
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
Oct 9
11am | 10c

Cornbread Dressing with Pancetta, Apples, and Mushrooms

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Maple Spice Ice Cream

Buche de Noel

Brooklyn's Cheesiest Dog

Cornbread Dressing with Pancetta, Apples, and Mushrooms

Mojo Marinated Pork

Throwdown's Matzo Ball Soup

Wild Rice and Goat Cheese Dressing

Watermelon Martinis

Kentucky Hot Browns

Kentucky Farmhouse Scramble

White Rice (Arroz Blanco)

Cin Chili Puffs

Pie Crust

Red Chile Rubbed Sweet Potatoes with Green Onion Vinaigrette

Tangerine-Serrano Frozen Treats

Fulton Fish Market Cioppino with Sourdough Croutons

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Bobby's Signature Mojito

Throwdown's Green Chile Cheeseburgers

Regina Margherita

Throwdown's Country Captain Chicken

Philly Cheese Steak

Shrimp and Salt Cod Ravioli with Yellow Pepper Romesco Sauce

Chicken Cacciatore

Throwdown's Green Chile Cheeseburgers

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