Ten home cooks from across the country are paired up with some of Food Network's biggest names, including Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Robert Irvine, Curtis Stone, Michael Symon and Andrew Zimmern. Each home cook, with the guidance and support from their Food Network mentor, compete over eight episodes in intense culinary challenges, putting each mentor's reputation on the line in hopes that their pupil will make it to the finish line. One-by-one, the home cooks are eliminated by special guest judges who determine which dishes are not up to par. One home cook will be left standing, winning bragging rights and a $50,000 grand prize.