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.

Wednesday
Apr 26
10:30am | 9:30c
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 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 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 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 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
Nov 6
12:30pm | 11:30c
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
Nov 20
11am | 10c
Season 5, Episode 11

Sushi

As the former Director and Instructor at the California Sushi Academy, Phillip Yi spent 17 hours a day researching the traditions of this Japanese cuisine. Phillip is now owner of Sushi Central and is considered a foremost expert on sushi. An educator at heart, he thinks he is being featured on a Food Network series called "Raw Talent," a show about teaching the traditions of sushi preparation and sushi etiquette. What this competitor does not know is that Bobby is prepared to dive deep into the sea of sushi after a lesson with Chef Morimoto.

Monday
Dec 11
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 5, Episode 13

Buche De Noel

Francois Payard's made a name for himself as one of the world's best pastry chefs and has been dubbed "King of the Buche de Noel". His elegant version of the traditional yule log cake is so popular that come the holidays, customers have to line up in the street to pick up their orders from the back of a truck. But is Francois ready for Bobby Flay to line up and issue a Buche de Noel Throwdown? The holiday season might be a time for giving, but both these chefs are in it to win it!

Monday
Dec 11
1:30pm | 12:30c
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
Dec 18
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 9, Episode 3

Fried Chicken

Renaissance woman Gillian Clark is a woman of many interests, but it's her darn good Fried Chicken recipe that she serves out of her Silver Spring, Maryland restaurant The General Store and Post Office Tavern, that has guests heading in from all over for a taste of this home fried delicacy. The heat is on! Will Chef Bobby Flay finally win a Fried Chicken Throwdown or is defeat in the air?

Monday
Dec 18
1pm | 12c
Season 4, Episode 9

Asian Dumplings

Sohui Kim is the proud chef and co-owner of The Good Fork in the artsy neighborhood of Red Hook, New York. Her menu is filled with delicious eclectic fare, but it's her dumpling appetizer that has really captured raves from customers and food critics alike. Sohui learned the tradition of Asian Dumplings from her grandmother and her Aunts, and says that it's the most versatile easy dish that anyone can make. So, she is ready to share her secrets with the Food Network for what she thinks is a show all about appetizers. She has no idea that the show is just the start of a Throwdown! Watch the surprise unfold and the competition heat up in this dynamic Dumpling challenge!

Monday
Jan 22
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 6, Episode 2

Ravioli

Durso's Pasta & Ravioli Company has been THE neighborhood Italian food shop for over forty-years. Three generations of Durso men have worked side-by-side to make their renowned cheese ravioli. Zagat took notice of this Flushing favorite saying, "Manhattanites don't know what they're missing." Robert Sr. and Robert (Bobby) Jr. think Food Network is featuring them on "Like Father, Like Son," a series spotlighting father-son duos in the kitchen. The Durso will show off their family's cheese ravioli, and Robert Jr's new creation: Osso Bucco ravioli. What these competitors do not know is Bobby Flay is about to challenge them to a ravioli Throwdown x2 where two different raviolis must be prepared: a cheese ravioli and a meat or seafood ravioli. Does Bobby Flay have what it takes to Throwdown against a family rich in ravioli history? This will certainly be a battle of Italian proportions.

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

Lasagna

Bove's Café in Burlington, Vermont, transports you back fifty years when classic, down-home Italian-American restaurants were the talk of the town. Mark Bove and his family keep tradition alive by offering customers delicious food made from recipes that have been handed from one generation to another. The dish that gets customers lining out the door is Bove's Lasagna, piled high and smothered in their famous sauce. Mark thinks that he's going to teach his lasagna tricks to hungry students at the University of Vermont for a show called "Food For Thought." What Mark doesn't know is that Professor Flay is showing up to teach a little lesson called Throwdown! How will Mark's classic dish fare against Bobby's gourmet bounty? Tune and see who will become the head of the class!

Monday
Feb 26
12pm | 11c
Season 5, Episode 8

Deep Dish Pizza

No visit to the windy city is complete without a stop at the family run institution, Lou Malnati's Pizzeria. They opened their doors in 1971 with a motto of "pizza is the food of the world." Marc Malnati runs his father's namesake and their deep dish pizza is a favorite among Chi-towners and food critics alike. The secret to their sinfully delicious deep dish pizzas is a coveted 50-year old family recipe handed down from one Malnati to another and Marc is proudly carrying on this revered culinary tradition. Can our NY-style pizza guy throwdown with Chicago deep dish pie?

Monday
Feb 26
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 8, Episode 3

Quiche

They say real men do not eat quiche, but try telling that to tattooed rocker-turned-pie-guru Rodney Henry. Rodney's Dangerously Delicious Pie shop keeps his Baltimore neighborhood in pie heaven, and his meaty cheesy Cowboy Quiche is the shop's must-have slice. But, can Rodney's quiche cowboy up to the savory pie Bobby Flay brings along? Find out on the Quiche Throwdown!

Monday
Feb 26
1pm | 12c
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
Feb 26
1:30pm | 12:30c
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
Mar 5
12pm | 11c
Season 5, Episode 6

Red Velvet Cake

Cake Man Raven has been baking since he was just 9 years old and sold his first cake when he was only 13. Since then, his confectionary creations have been the subject of praise in publications, award ceremonies and national TV programs -- including Food Network! But nothing has earned Cake Man more fame than his signature item, the Red Velvet Cake. In fact, his Red Velvet has become so popular that people line the block of Cake Man's Brooklyn confectionery to get a slice! Cake Man Raven thinks Food Network is working on a special called "Sweet Success," featuring great chefs who have made names for themselves in the pastry arts. But what he doesn't know is that Bobby Flay is working on a red hot cake of his own and hopes to take this Throwdown cake.

Monday
Mar 5
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 9, Episode 8

Boston Cream Pie

Eunice Feller has a Boston Cream Pie that is out of this world, which is no small feat for this new mother who just opened her second Boston area bakery called Bread and Chocolate. If you think that is a mouthful, try getting your mouth around this amazing dessert that keeps her customers lined up out the door. Impressing a Boston crowd with a pie of their own will be one of Bobby Flay's biggest challenges yet. With so many battles fought in Boston, this Throwdown may be one for the record books!

Monday
Mar 5
1pm | 12c
Season 8, Episode 7

Banana Cream Pie

Tired of the rat race, friends and co-workers, Matt Lewis & Renato Poliafito left the grind of jobs in advertising to follow their tasty dream of opening a bakery. This led to the creation of their Elvis inspired banana cream pie that has fans flocking from all over to their Brooklyn bakery to get a taste of this dessert that is fit for a king! Can Matt and Renato cream the competition with their heavenly dessert, or will Bobby's take on the classic pie reign supreme? The judges will likely scratch their heads until they declare a winner at this Banana Cream Pie Throwdown!

Monday
Mar 5
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 2, Episode 5

Fish and Chips

Mat Arnfield has been flipping fish and chopping potatoes since he was a kid in Northern England, today frying up his critically acclaimed Fish and Chips at A Salt And Battery in New York, where customers are utterly hooked on his special recipe. Mat thinks Food Network has asked him to show off his culinary skills for a hungry crowd, but just as the beers are poured and the fish get frying, Bobby Flay appears and challenges Mat to a surprise Fish and Chips Throwdown! Can Bobby's recipe compete against Mat's time-honored tradition?

Monday
Mar 12
12pm | 11c
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 6, Episode 11

Fish Tacos

Cesar Gonzalez is an expert in Mexican cuisine and his Fish Tacos are the most authentic that you'll find anywhere in the world. His tasty tacos have earned his restaurant, Mama Testa, numerous awards and top reviews from magazine, newspaper, internet and TV critics. Cesar opened his restaurant with the goal of bringing time honored, classic Mexican recipes to the people of San Diego and he's had unprecedented success. Cesar's pride in his Mexican heritage will be put to the test when his Mexican Independence Day celebration is interrupted by a Throwdown with Chef Flay. Cesar's Fish Tacos are technically perfect, but Iron Chef Flay is putting his own twist on the dish and flying all the way to the west coast to beat Cesar at his own game.

Monday
Mar 12
1pm | 12c
Season 6, Episode 9

Fried Fish Escovitch

Sheron Chin-Barnes has taken Jamaican cuisine to new heights with her Fried Fish Escovitch. The delicious fish is one of the signature dishes featured at Mo Bay, her swanky restaurant in Harlem, and one of the reasons she's developed a loyal clientele. Sheron is used to being a woman in charge, but what will she do when her Jamaican cuisine celebration turns into a Throwdown against Bobby Flay? Sheron's escovitch sauce is addictive enough to win a Throwdown, but Iron Chef Flay is heading uptown with an out-of-the-box approach and he's fishin' for a win.

Monday
Mar 12
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 1, Episode 4

Jerk Chicken

Angela Shelf Medearis, "The Kitchen Diva," is known for her zany sense of humor and her award winning children's books, but what makes her really special is her passion and skill for Jerk Chicken. She's in for a surprise when Bobby rolls up on her family picnic for a Jerk Chicken Throwdown. Will it be Bobby's spicy dry rub or Kitchen Diva's hot marinade that takes the top prize?

Monday
Mar 19
12pm | 11c

Wood Chick's Smoked Pork Butt

Jicama Slaw

Green Pork Chili

Hattie's Southern Fried Chicken

Mesa Grill's Southwestern Potato Salad

Delilah's 7 Cheese Mac and Cheese

Grilled Brie and Goat Cheese with Bacon and Green Tomato

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Shellfish and Chicken Paella with Saffron Rice Chorizo and Green Peas

Robiolo Pizza

Hot Wings with Blue Cheese-Yogurt Sauce

Red Velvet Cake

Chicken Fried Steak

Roasted Red Pepper-Tomato Pizza with Goat Cheese, Basil and Red Chili Oil

Sticky Buns

Throwdown Gingerbread Cookies

Lobster and Green Chile Chowder with Roasted Corn-Green Chile Relish

Cin Chili Con Queso

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Rum Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Grilled Pineapple Relish

Falafel

Beer Batter Fish and Spicy Chips with Lemon-Habanero Tartar Sauce and Serrano Vinegar

The Calvert (Stink's Favorite)

Award Winning Pizza

Steamed Wild Striped Bass with Yellow Pepper Romesco, Red Pepper-Black Olive Relish and Parsley-Garlic Oil

Bourbon Ball French Toast

Bolo's Black Beans and Rice

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