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 9, Episode 11

Fried Green Tomato BLT

Nick Melvin is an Atlanta based chef with some New Orleans twists up his sleeve when it comes to cooking, and his fried green Tomato BLT is no exception. But do not be fooled by this dish's Southern charm, it packs a flavorful punch! As Nick likes to say, he "can make anything your mama made, but better" and that sounds like a challenge for sure! Will Bobby Flay's sandwich be built BLT-tough or will it end up a fried green flop?

Monday
Jul 23
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
Jul 30
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
Jul 30
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 7, Episode 1

Steak Fajitas

Father Leo Patalinghug believes that the key to a healthy family are healthy meals eaten together, and he's sending that message out through his web show, "Grace Before Meals." With 10,000 hits a day, Father Leo is able to share his wisdom and his family friendly recipes in order to feed his flock: body, mind and soul. With dishes like Fusion Steak Fajitas, Father Leo is winning over his audience with every bite. But, will a little divine intervention help this Father when the Grill Master Bobby Flay heads into town on this episode of Throwdown?

Monday
Jul 30
1pm | 12c
Season 8, Episode 6

Huevos Rancheros

David Matias and his mom Teresa have created the best Huevos Rancheros above the border. They have received accolades from the New York Times and their Huevos Rancheros are listed in the book "500 Things To Eat Before It's Too Late" as the prefect breakfast. Yet, will David and Teresa send Bobby's Huevos Rancheros up in flames, or will Bobby show them that this big city boy can turn out some classic eggs, southwest style? Well, only one-way to find out, a Huevos Rancheros Throwdown

Monday
Jul 30
1:30pm | 12:30c
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!

Monday
Aug 6
12pm | 11c
Season 7, Episode 11

Stuffed French Toast

Omar Giner, the chef and owner of La Isla Restaurant has been bringing a taste of Cuba to Hoboken, New Jersey since 1996. Omar, a professionally trained chef with a lifetime's experience of Cuban home cooking, has a loyal Sunday brunch following who cannot get enough of his Caribbean inspired Stuffed French Toast. Omar thinks he is part of a special called "Brunch: Over The Top" featuring some of the best brunch spots across the United States. What he does not know is Chef Flay is getting ready to cross the Hudson with his own extraordinary version French Toast and he is ready to stuff the competition!

Monday
Aug 6
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
Aug 6
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
Aug 6
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 4, Episode 4

Eggplant Parmesan

For Italian food in New York, look no further than the legendary Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. It is home to the acclaimed Mike's Deli, serving authentic Italian delicacies to everyone from real Italian grandmas to movie stars and politicians. Mike Greco began working here in 1951 and now his charismatic son Dave runs the place. Dave believes the reason for their success is the combination of his expert food knowledge, true Italian hospitality and his Eggplant Parmesan. Dave thinks he has been tapped to be the Food Network's guide to Arthur Avenue for a new show called "Culinary Streets." What he doesn't know is that Bobby Flay will be showing up for a personal tour and an Eggplant Parmesan Throwdown! Will Bobby be able to overcome years of tradition, or will Dave's Eggplant Parmesan continue to stand the test of time? It's up to our judges to make the ultimate decision in this Throwdown!

Monday
Aug 13
12pm | 11c
Season 2, Episode 2

Chicken Cacciatore

New York City firefighter Keith Young is a seasoned veteran with a culinary-school degree and a chicken cacciatore recipe with five-alarm flavor. The self-proclaimed "Firehouse Chef" is getting some face time on the Food Network, but he doesn't know that his star turn is really a Throwdown against Bobby Flay. And in this challenge, both competitors have to prepare their meals on a firehouse budget. In this Throwdown, cacciatore glory belongs to the man who can shop on the cheap but deliver gourmet.

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

Cioppino

Phil Di Giralamo, a Sicilian-American, grew up surrounded by the sea and a family who loves to cook. His famous Cioppino is packed with seven different types of fresh-caught seafood delivered daily from local fishing boats. Phil's Fish Market & Eatery has received critical acclaim, helping put this tiny fishing town near Monterey on the map. Phil thinks that he is being featured on a Food Network series called "Catch of the Day," a show about regional seafood favorites. Confident that his cioppino is the best in the west, Phil invites us into his kitchen to see how this hearty dish is based on the day's catch. What he does not know is that Bobby Flay is sailing into town for a Throwdown to see who will be crowned king of the sea.

Monday
Aug 13
1pm | 12c
Season 9, Episode 1

Cannoli

Biagio Settepani, Chef and Owner of Pasticceria Bruno, has Cannoli in his blood. Bringing his family's recipe with him from Italy to New York, he keeps tradition alive and the customers continuously coming in! With three busy shops and requests from the Vatican to make his confections, Biagio is a world renowned pastry chef -- but he's in for a surprise when Bobby Flay shows up to challenge him to a Cannoli Throwdown! Will Biagio uphold his legacy or will his Cannoli crumble?

Monday
Aug 13
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 1, Episode 5

Steak

Eric Dominijanni, a.k.a. Captain D., is a proud marine on a mission to grill his award-winning steaks as a morale booster to his men who have trained hard at the California Marine base in Twenty Nine Palms. What nobody knows is that Bobby Flay will roll up and challenge him to a Steak Throwdown! Will Bobby be able to stand the heat and come out victorious, or will Captain D and his Marines prove to have the ultimate command of the grill?

Monday
Aug 20
12pm | 11c
Season 3, Episode 3

Jerk Ribeye

Nigel Spence grew up in Jamaica. When he moved to the US he brought with him his love of Jamaican cooking and his talent for creating amazing Jerk food, including a mouthwatering Jerk Ribeye Steak. Nigel interned briefly at the Food Network on shows like Bobby Flay's "Hot off the Grill" before opening the Ripe Restaurant & Bar in Mt. Vernon, New York, just north of the Big Apple. It wasn't long before Ripe was packed with hungry customers, and his Jerk Ribeye reigned supreme. Now Nigel thinks he's starring in a new Food Network show called "Melting Pot Masters." Little does he know that the chef he once worked for is going to crash his backyard barbeque and challenge him to a Jerk Ribeye Throwdown! Does the Iron Chef know how to work the Jerk, or will his former student become the master?

Monday
Aug 20
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 2, Episode 10

Hot Dogs

Pink's Hot Dogs has been a Hollywood legend since 1939. Now Pink's has become the Mecca of the all-American hot dog, with people lining up around the block waiting to get their hands on a Pink's masterpiece. Second generation owners Richard, Beverly and Gloria have been told that Food Network is filming a 4th of July special but have no idea that while they serve their juicy dogs to a hungry lunch crowd, Bobby Flay will pull up with his own Hot Dog cart to challenge them to a Throwdown. Will Bobby's Nacho Dog be able to steal the spotlight from Pink's signature Chili Cheese Dog?

Monday
Aug 20
1pm | 12c
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
Aug 20
1:30pm | 12:30c
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
Aug 27
12pm | 11c
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
Aug 27
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 9, Episode 10

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie gurus, Jim Brush and Alison Sloat, are a culinary rags to riches tale. From their humble beginnings selling their signature dish on the side of the road, to having their Key Lime Pie named the Nation's Best Pie by the American Pie Council -- the whirlwind ascent of Key West Key Lime Pie Company is nothing short of miraculous. Chef Bobby Flay better hope his Key Lime Pie won't be a lemon when he faces off against this dynamic duo.

Monday
Aug 27
1pm | 12c
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
Aug 27
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 6, Episode 1

Pad Thai

Nongkran Daks has traveled the world teaching the secrets of authentic Thai cooking. Her most popular dish is Pad Thai, a stir-fry dish comprised of rice noodles, tofu, bean sprouts and egg. With rave reviews from national publications, five cookbooks and sold out cooking classes, Nong is the "Thai Rachael Ray." Yet, is she ready to take on the real Bobby Flay?

Monday
Sep 10
12pm | 11c
Season 9, Episode 6

Moussaka

Greek Chef Diane Kochilas has a recipe for Moussaka that even the gods would envy. Her layered dish has Greek food lovers from Greece all the way to New York City screaming "Opa!" for her flavorful cooking. Watch as Bobby Flay travels to the heart of this Hellenic recipe and digs deep to find out the ancient mysteries of this mouth watering dish. Will Bobby's Moussaka be a match worthy of a Throwdown or will this turn into a Greek tragedy; only one way to find out -- tune in for another amazing Throwdown!

Monday
Sep 10
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 1, Episode 9

Mixology

Nobody loves bartending more than Tobin Ellis, a master Mixologist. Toby will be unveiling his new signature drink that he created just for the Food Network, but doesn't know that Bobby Flay will be visiting Toby's bar to wet his whistle and Throwdown the ultimate cocktail challenge.

Monday
Sep 10
1pm | 12c
Season 1, Episode 8

Jambalaya

Emile Steiffel, once a stiff competitor, with shelves of awards to prove it, he's settled into a sweet life as everyone's favorite caterer. When Bobby Flay shows up, looking for a jambalaya jam, the tables are turned and he's in for a big surprise.

Monday
Sep 10
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 8, Episode 8

Chicken Wings

When you're about to throwdown with Colette Burnett of Brooklyn, NY be forewarned, no "chickens" allowed! In this battle over wings Colette, owner of Super Wings NY, takes no prisoners. Colette, a native of Trinidad, says it is a pleasant surprise that you can find "wing nirvana" right here in Brooklyn and takes pride in creating the perfect chicken wing. The competition is fierce in this spicy, must see Throwdown duel!

Monday
Sep 17
12pm | 11c

Mike's Deli Famous Eggplant Parmigiana

Fulton Fish Market Cioppino with Sourdough Croutons

Keith Young's Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore

Grilled Corn Skewers with Chipotle- Cilantro Butter

Flour's Famous Sticky Buns

Sangria Ice Pops

Green Pork Chili

Scrambled Eggs Chiliquiles with Roasted Tomatillo Sauce

Watermelon Martinis

Fried Apple Pies

Strawberry Rhubarb Zinfandel Crepes

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Spicy Caramel Apple Sauce and Vanilla Bean Creme Anglaise

Mesa Grill Potato Salad

Throwdown Cuban Sandwich with Homemade Pickles

Spanish Tortilla Omelet

Throwdown's Sloppy Joes

Red Beef Chili

BBQ Duck and Sauteed Shiitake Mushroom filled Blue Corn Pancakes with Habanero Sauce

Banana Bucket

Trini Tamarind Wings

Butch's Baked Beans

Mesa Grill's Southwestern Potato Salad

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Cin Chili Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Turkey Recipe

Giblet Gravy

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