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 2, Episode 4

Mac-N-Cheese

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!

Friday
Feb 17
12pm | 11c
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 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 7, Episode 10

Omelets

Misty Young's Squeeze In eatery is the talk of the town in Truckee, CA. This popular breakfast spot has people crossing state lines for a taste of one of Misty's world-class omelets. Misty's four-egg omelets with quirky names like "The Racy Tracy," are packed with farm fresh ingredients and made to order. And the loyal customers who frequent the joint are just as diehard as the chef who owns it! When Misty decides to throw a Love-In party at her newly opened Squeeze In, in neighboring Reno, NV, she's in for a wild ride when Chef Flay crashes and is fired up to go head to head in a classic, all-American Omelet Throwdown!

Monday
Oct 9
12pm | 11c
Season 3, Episode 12

Thanksgiving

Nothing brings people together like a mouth-watering Thanksgiving turkey, and Renee Ferguson of Geneva, Illinois is the ultimate turkey expert. Author of "Talk Turkey to Me," Renee thinks she is making turkey and dressing for a Food Network Special called "Talkin' Turkey." What she doesn't know is that Bobby Flay is working on his own version of the perfect bird. Will beating the Iron Chef be gravy for this queen of turkey or will Bobby gobble up the competition? One thing is for sure, this will be a Thanksgiving Throwdown to remember.

Monday
Nov 13
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 9, Episode 13

Fondue

Didier Pawlicki has used his Parisian culinary pedigree to orchestrate a Fondue revival in America. His smash hit restaurant, Taureau, in New York City has taken the Big Apple by storm with its quaint atmosphere and his delicious cheesy creations. His meal may be soft and gooey, but this gritty Frenchman is a fierce competitor with nerves of steel. It's fondue or "fon-don't" time for Bobby Flay this Fondue Throwdown.

Monday
Nov 13
1pm | 12c
Season 5, Episode 2

Mussels and Fries

Teddy Folkman is acclaimed for his Belgian specialty, Mussels and Fries, or Moules Frites. At his bistro-style restaurant, Dr. Granville Moore's in Washington, DC, Chef Folkman whips up several different varieties of Moules Frites, each one garnering rave reviews. Teddy eats, lives and breathes this dish so he's excited to share his skill with the Food Network. He has no idea that the moment he gets his mussels ready for the broth and his potatoes ready for the fryer, Bobby Flay will roll in and issue him a Moules Frites Throwdown! Who will win over the crowd and the judges in this competition? Watch and find out.

Monday
Nov 27
1pm | 12c
Season 5, Episode 10

Chocolate Bread Pudding

Jerome Chang and Chris Chen have only been in business a year, but they have already gotten more press than many seasoned restaurateurs. What is all the buzz about? They serve five star desserts at one star prices - and they serve 'em out of a truck. These guys might be the hottest new thing to hit the streets of New York, but are they ready to go up against Bobby Flay's proven track record? One thing's for certain, in this Throwdown, the proof will be in the pudding!

Monday
Dec 11
12pm | 11c
Season 9, Episode 4

Salmon Chowder

Chester "Chet" Gerl and Dan Bugge know their fish and have all their customers hooked on their infamous Salmon Chowder! Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Dan, a previous fish monger and Chet, an executive chef, purchased Matt's in the Market and refined the menu to have a local, gourmet flair. Written up continuously in Seattle's "Best of" categories, these two are confident in the kitchen but what will happen when Chef Bobby Flay shows up to Throwdown his own version of Salmon Chowder?

Monday
Dec 18
1:30pm | 12:30c
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 3, Episode 6

Crab Cakes

Mitch and Dawn Weiss run The Lobster Dock in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Though they sell a lot of lobster, their crab cakes have been getting accolades from customers and critics alike. Mitch says it's the Maine waters that give his crab cakes their amazingly delicate texture and their sweet and super fresh flavor. The Weiss's are gearing up to throw the party of the season for what they think is a new Food Network series called "Summer Celebrations!" What they don't know is Bobby Flay will be crashing their party and challenging them to a Crab Cake Throwdown! Will it be the Weiss's traditional Crab Cakes or Bobby's spruced up Blue Corn Crab Cakes that win over the crowd? One thing's for sure: This Crab Cake Throwdown is sure to be the summer's Maine event!

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

Cheesesteak

When Tony Luke, Jr. opened Tony Luke's in 1992, everyone thought he had no chance to survive against the established kings of Philly cheesesteaks, but in 1994, his decadent sandwich was ranked "Best of Philly" by Philadelphia Magazine. In this episode, Tony Luke Jr.'s having a blowout bash for all of his customers, but he doesn't know that Bobby's rolling in to town, to Throwdown against the Cheesesteak King. Will it be Bobby's sliced sirloin or Tony's aged rib eye that will reign supreme?

Monday
Apr 2
1pm | 12c
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.

Monday
Apr 2
1:30pm | 12:30c
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
Apr 30
12pm | 11c
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.

Monday
Apr 30
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 3, Episode 7

Muffaletta

New Orleans, Louisiana is the home of Muffaletta - a sandwich made with Italian meats, cheeses, and a special olive salad - and no place delivers the Muffaletta better than Serio's Deli. Owners Jack and Mike Serio are now ready to present their three-generations-old recipe to Food Network, for what they think is a TV special on deli sandwiches called "Order Up!" Little do they know that a Throwdown is on the menu, and Bobby Flay is working on a Muffaletta of his own. Will the Serio brothers distinguish themselves as Muffaletta Masters, or will the Iron Chef give them a hard time in the Big Easy? It's a Mardi-Gras atmosphere for the ultimate sandwich showdown!

Monday
Apr 30
1pm | 12c
Season 6, Episode 13

Sloppy Joes

Jonathan and Andrew Schnipper are masters of the Manhattan food scene and their Sloppy Joe is hands down the tastiest ever made. The two brothers' conquest of New Yorker's palates started back in 1995 when they opened the first Hale and Hearty Soups in Chelsea Market. Today they have over 20 locations in the New York area. Expanding on the massive success that they've already had, the Schnipper brothers opened their new restaurant, Schnipper's Quality Kitchen 10 weeks ago in the heart of midtown. They boast that they serve "good old-fashioned American food" and it will be the perfect fit when they throw us a party that the whole family can enjoy. Kids and adults will love chowing down on their delicious Sloppy Joe sandwiches, but how will the Schnippers handle it when Iron Chef Flay interrupts the party with his Sloppy Joe Throwdown challenge?

Monday
Apr 30
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 1, Episode 6

Breakfast

Lynn Winter opened Lynn's Paradise Cafe in the early 1990s it became known for having the best breakfast in Louisville and she has no idea that Bobby is showing up to her "Customer Appreciation Day" for a Breakfast Throwdown! Bobby's betting his Tex-Mex flair can trump Lynn's country style, but it's anyone's game until an expert judge does a blind taste test to determine who's the short-order champ.

Monday
May 7
12pm | 11c
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!

Monday
May 7
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 2, Episode 12

Sticky Buns

Joanne Chang has a degree in applied mathematics from Harvard and is the brain behind the famous "Sticky Sticky Buns" of Flour Bakery in Boston. Because of unique background, she's been told she's starring in a special, but what she doesn't know is that Bobby Flay is showing up to challenge her to a sticky-bun Throwdown. Will the Iron Chef get schooled by this bun-baking genius, or can Bobby's sticky buns add up to number one?

Monday
May 7
1pm | 12c
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
May 7
1:30pm | 12:30c
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!

Monday
May 14
12pm | 11c
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.

Monday
May 14
12:30pm | 11:30c
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
May 14
1pm | 12c
Season 5, Episode 3

Gumbo

With her motto "Eat It to Save it," Native New Orleanean Poppy Tooker is committed to preserving and promoting the foods and flavors of her hometown. She has received critical acclaim for her in-depth cooking classes. Her winning specialty is her Seafood Gumbo. She thinks the Food Network is in town to highlight her twists on this New Orleans favorite. Little does she know that just as she starts preparing her roux, Bobby Flay is going to stir up trouble by issuing Poppy a Seafood Gumbo Throwdown! Watch as Bobby and Poppy go roux to roux!

Monday
May 14
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 3, Episode 1

Crepes

Nessa Higgins and Andrea Day Boykin share a passion for great food and delicious crepes. Just a year ago, these two friends decided to make and sell their crepes out of a vintage Avion trailer in a parking lot in Austin, Texas. Their quirky restaurant, called "Flip Happy Crepes" is now a true culinary destination. Critics say their crepes are the best in America! To celebrate, Nessa and Andrea are hosting a party for their friends and family, cooking up their best-selling sweet and savory crepes. Little do they know that Bobby Flay is going to pull up in his own trailer, and challenge the ladies to the Ultimate Crepe Throwdown. Will Bobby master the skill of flipping and filling and folding, or will the Flip Happy duo have the home-court advantage? One thing's for sure: only one team will walk away flippin' happy!

Monday
May 21
12pm | 11c

Wood Chick's Smoked Pork Butt

Watermelon Martinis

Shrimp and Grits

Green Pork Chili

Hattie's Southern Fried Chicken

Blondies

Mojo Marinated Pork

Eggplant and Manchego Filled Chile Relleno with Red Pepper-Balsamic Sauce

Strawberry Rhubarb Zinfandel Crepes

Bourbon Ball French Toast

Crunchy 3-Cabbage Slaw

Maroni Sauce

Grilled Shrimp and Cilantro Pesto Pizza

Roasted Vegetable Meatloaf with Balsamic Glaze

Chicken Fried Steak with White Gravy

Liege Waffles

Stuffed Pork Shoulder "a lo caja china"

Pumpkin French Toast Stuffed with Blackberry-Caramel Mascarpone

Beef Brisket

Green Chile Pork Burritos with Green, Green, Green...

Jerk Wings with Rum-Brown Sugar Glaze

Mike's Deli Famous Eggplant Parmigiana

Muffaletta

Fried Chicken and Wild Rice Waffles with Pink Peppercorn Butter and Maple-Horseradish Syrup

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

Steamed Mussels with Coconut-Green Chile Broth and Black Pepper French Fries with Smoked Red Pepper Aioli

La Isla's Stuffed French Toast

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