Donut Showdown takes the donut to epicurean heights. Donuts are the new cupcakes - the latest trendy treat. Each episode sees three of the best donut makers from across North America test their creativity in our diner kitchen.

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Season 2, Episode 1

Vegas

A pastry chef from Tucson, a PhD from Toronto and a donut savant from St. Louis compete in a speedy elimination round with jelly beans as the mystery ingredient. The last two standing compete for $10,000 in a Vegas-themed Donut Showdown.

Friday
Sep 21
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 0, Episode 2

Wake Up Call Donuts

Three bakers compete in an elimination round using coffee as the mystery ingredient. The last two standing compete for $10,000 in a wake up call-themed donut showdown.

Friday
Sep 21
11am | 10c
Season 2, Episode 18

Luau

A newly-minted shop owner from Columbus, Ohio, an historical guide from Edmonton, Alberta, and a culinary donut-maker from Key West, Fla., compete in a speedy elimination round with root beer as the mystery ingredient. The last two standing compete for $10,000 in a Luau-themed Donut Showdown.

Friday
Sep 21
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 2, Episode 7

Underwater

An ex-flight attendant from Los Angeles, a 21-year-old wunderkind from San Luis Obispo, Calif., and a foodie from Waterloo, Ontario, compete in a speedy elimination round with strawberry milk syrup as the mystery ingredient. The last two standing compete for $10,000 in an Underwater-themed Donut Showdown.

Friday
Sep 28
10am | 9c
Season 2, Episode 10

Shipwrecked

An artisanal foodie from Toronto, a donut-maker's mom from Charleston, S.C., and the owner of a cop-themed shop from Clare, Mich., compete in a speedy elimination round with candy apples as the mystery ingredient. The last two standing compete for $10,000 in a Shipwreck-themed Donut Showdown.

Friday
Sep 28
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 2, Episode 12

Jungle

An ex-lawyer running the family donut business from Nashville, a hipster from Decatur, Ga., and the "pop" in a "mom and pop" shop from Redding, Calif., compete in a speedy elimination round with fried chicken as the mystery ingredient. The last two standing compete for $10,000 in a Jungle-themed Donut Showdown.

Friday
Sep 28
11am | 10c
Season 2, Episode 6

Outer Space

A donut-obsessed entrepreneur from Port Angeles, Wash., the owner of a 50-year-old donut institution from Rochester, N.Y., and a pastry chef from Vancouver, British Columbia, compete in a speedy elimination round with salt and vinegar chips as the mystery ingredient. The last two standing compete for $10,000 in an Outer Space-themed Donut Showdown.

Friday
Sep 28
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 2, Episode 21

Football

A motorcycle mama from Englewood, Colo., an ex-PR gal from Toronto and a deli owner from Waterloo, Ontario, compete in a speedy elimination round with fruit leather as the mystery ingredient. The last two standing compete for $10,000 in a Football-themed Donut Showdown.

Friday
Oct 19
7am | 6c
Season 2, Episode 4

New York City

An amateur comedian from Denver, a corporate-defector from Dallas and an ex-fashion designer from Minneapolis compete in a speedy elimination round with pizza toppings as the mystery ingredient. The last two standing compete for $10,000 in a New York City-themed Donut Showdown.

Friday
Oct 19
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 2, Episode 9

Royalty

An executive pastry chef from Atlanta, a punk princess from Albuquerque and an experimental restaurant owner from Cayuga, Ontario, compete in a speedy elimination round with peppermint patties as the mystery ingredient. The last two standing compete for $10,000 in a Royalty-themed Donut Showdown.

Friday
Oct 19
8am | 7c
Season 2, Episode 26

Dynamic Duos

An Italian food expert from Farmingdale, N.J., an outside-the-box executive chef from Atlanta and a Cordon Bleu chef from San Francisco compete in a speedy elimination round with canned ham as the mystery ingredient. The last two standing compete for $10,000 in a Dynamic Duos-themed Donut Showdown.

Friday
Oct 19
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 2, Episode 15

Masquerade Ball

A vegan rebel from Toronto, an executive pastry chef from Sunrise, Fla., and a beer aficionado from Cleveland, compete in a speedy elimination round with wasabi as the mystery ingredient. The last two standing compete for $10,000 in a Masquerade Ball-themed Donut Showdown.

Friday
Oct 19
9am | 8c
Season 2, Episode 2

Zombies

A diner gal from Connecticut, an executive chef from Toronto and a vintage vixen from Minneapolis compete in a speedy elimination round with tomato juice as the mystery ingredient. The last two standing compete for $10,000 in a Zombie-themed Donut Showdown.

Friday
Oct 19
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 2, Episode 23

Great Outdoors

An organic farmer from Windsor, Ontario, a self-professed nerd from Seattle and a small town boy from Orillia, Ontario, compete in a speedy elimination round with chilies as the mystery ingredient. The last two standing compete for $10,000 in a Great Outdoors-themed Donut Showdown.

Friday
Nov 16
7am | 6c
Season 2, Episode 6

Outer Space

A donut-obsessed entrepreneur from Port Angeles, Wash., the owner of a 50-year-old donut institution from Rochester, N.Y., and a pastry chef from Vancouver, British Columbia, compete in a speedy elimination round with salt and vinegar chips as the mystery ingredient. The last two standing compete for $10,000 in an Outer Space-themed Donut Showdown.

Friday
Nov 16
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 2, Episode 11

Mardi Gras

A singing rabbi from Edmonton, Alberta, a lawyer from Moscow, Idaho, and a college grad from Nashville compete in a speedy elimination round with trail mix as the mystery ingredient. The last two standing compete for $10,000 in a Mardi Gras-themed Donut Showdown.

Friday
Nov 16
8am | 7c
Season 2, Episode 16

Paris

The "donut king" of Hawaii, a best-friend duo from Hamilton, Ontario, and a member of a donut legacy from Kalamazoo, Mich., compete in a speedy elimination round with peanut butter as the mystery ingredient. The last two standing compete for $10,000 in a Paris-themed Donut Showdown.

Friday
Nov 16
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 2, Episode 5

1950s

A second-generation donut maker from Stanford, Fla., a cafe owner from New Orleans and an executive chef from San Diego compete in a speedy elimination round with strawberry gelatin as the mystery ingredient. The last two standing compete for $10,000 in a 1950s-themed Donut Showdown.

Friday
Nov 16
9am | 8c
Season 2, Episode 8

Hollywood

A fun-loving pastry chef from Montreal, a U.S. Army Officer from Atlanta and a pastry scion from Oakland compete in a speedy elimination round with cheese puffs as the mystery ingredient. The last two standing compete for $10,000 in a Hollywood-themed Donut Showdown.

Friday
Nov 16
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 2, Episode 3

Chinatown

A film noir nerd from Grand Rapids, Michigan, a diner maven from Windsor, Ontario, and a local food evangelist from Nyack, N.Y., compete in a speedy elimination round with barbecue ribs as the mystery ingredient. The last two standing compete for $10,000 in a Chinatown-themed Donut Showdown.

Friday
Dec 7
7am | 6c
Season 2, Episode 19

Ancient Greece

A DJ from Pembroke Pines, Fla., a vegan baker from Ottawa, Ontario, and a vocalist from Somerville, Mass., compete in a speedy elimination round with grape drink powder as the mystery ingredient. The last two standing compete for $10,000 in an Ancient Greece-themed Donut Showdown.

Friday
Dec 7
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 2, Episode 20

Picnic

An ex-private investigator from Tampa, a brioche specialist from Chicago and a farm-born pastry chef from Toronto compete in a speedy elimination round with bourbon as the mystery ingredient. The last two standing compete for $10,000 in a Picnic-themed Donut Showdown.

Friday
Dec 7
8am | 7c
Season 2, Episode 18

Luau

A newly-minted shop owner from Columbus, Ohio, an historical guide from Edmonton, Alberta, and a culinary donut-maker from Key West, Fla., compete in a speedy elimination round with root beer as the mystery ingredient. The last two standing compete for $10,000 in a Luau-themed Donut Showdown.

Friday
Dec 7
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 2, Episode 14

Fiesta

An ex-architect from Sherman, Texas, a bread and dough expert from Montclair, N.J., and a molecular gastronomist from Ottawa, Ontario, compete in a speedy elimination round with licorice as the mystery ingredient. The last two standing compete for $10,000 in a Fiesta-themed Donut Showdown.

Friday
Dec 7
9am | 8c
Season 2, Episode 25

Italian Feast

An ex-law enforcement officer from New Haven, Conn., a pastry chef from Toronto and a nose-to-tail food stand owner from Ithaca, N.Y., compete in a speedy elimination round with marshmallow as the mystery ingredient. The last two standing compete for $10,000 in an Italian Feast-themed Donut Showdown.

Friday
Dec 7
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 2, Episode 10

Shipwrecked

An artisanal foodie from Toronto, a donut-maker's mom from Charleston, S.C., and the owner of a cop-themed shop from Clare, Mich., compete in a speedy elimination round with candy apples as the mystery ingredient. The last two standing compete for $10,000 in a Shipwreck-themed Donut Showdown.

Friday
Dec 14
7am | 6c

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