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


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.

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."

Feb 17
11am | 10c
Season 1, Episode 14


Butch Lupinetti, an award-winning BBQ Pit Master who knows everything about pork, beef and BBQ chicken thinks he's being profiled by Food Network. Little does he know, Bobby Flay is about to challenge him. Will Butch maintain his title, or will Chef Flay come out the winner?

Feb 17
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 2, Episode 4


With her boisterous personality, warm smile and delicious Soul Food, Delilah Winder is a local legend in Philadelphia. And when her Mac-n-Cheese was voted best in the nation on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Delilah was dubbed America's Mac-n-Cheese queen. Delilah thinks the Food Network is throwing her a cookbook release party, but she doesn't know that Bobby Flay is a surprise VIP guest ready to challenge her to a Mac-n-Cheese Throwdown. Of course, there's only one Big Cheese in this game!

Feb 17
12pm | 11c
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?

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!

Feb 17
1pm | 12c
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.

Feb 17
1:30pm | 12:30c
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!

Feb 17
2pm | 1c
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!

Feb 17
2:30pm | 1:30c

Wood Chick's Smoked Pork Butt

Mesa Grill's Southwestern Potato Salad

Keith Young's Chicken Cacciatore

Soft Pretzels with Queso Poblano Sauce and Mustard Sauce

Shrimp and Grits

Red Beef Chili

Black Pepper Crusted Filet Mignon with Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper-Ancho Salsa

Mojo Marinated Pork

Roasted Vegetable Meatloaf with Balsamic Glaze

Grandma Maronis Meatballs 100 Year Old Recipe

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranates and Vanilla-Pecan Butter

Mike's Deli Famous Eggplant Parmigiana

Flour's Famous Sticky Buns

La Isla's Stuffed French Toast


Jicama Slaw


Philly Cheese Steak

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Throwdown's Toasted Coconut Cake with Coconut Filling and Coconut Buttercream

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Throwdown Cuban Sandwich with Homemade Pickles

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Adobo Seasoned Chicken and Rice

Mac and Cheese Carbonara

Chicken Tikka Masala

Throwdown's Fish Escovitch

About the Host

Bobby Flay

Learn more about Bobby Flay, host of BBQ with Bobby Flay, and about grilling, barbecue and summer cooking.