Ben Sargeant has been making chowder since the age of seven, and has surfed the waves all over the world. Based in Brooklyn, he serves his acclaimed soups at the Hurricane Hopeful Surf Bar, dreaming of getting his chowder recipes on every super market shelf in America. When Ben gathers his friends together in a Brooklyn Park to celebrate his Food Network debut, he has no idea that Bobby Flay will be arriving fashionably late to challenge him to a Throwdown. In this contest, it's sink or swim.
When it comes to hot wedding cake designers, Brooklyn's Michelle Doll is the best. Michelle creates elegant and beautiful cakes for New York's hippest brides and she's preparing to show off her skills to wedding planners and engaged couples at New York's Tavern on The Green. Little does she know that Bobby is the uninvited guest who will go tier to tier against her in a wedding cake Throwdown. Will Bobby's first attempt at wedding cake design impress a panel of wedding cake experts enough to beat a pro?
The self proclaimed chili queen, Cindy Reed Wilkins, is the only competitor to win the coveted Terlingua International Chili championship two years in a row. Cindy often spends up to six months on the chili circuit: Will she be just as tough competing against an Iron Chef? When Bobby rolls up on her Mother's Appreciation Brunch, it will be time to figure out whose chili really reigns supreme and who will get the Throwdown crown.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Everyone loves doughnuts, but no one knows them like Mark Isreal, the genius behind The Doughnut Plant. Started in his tiny apartment kitchen, with a fryer made of coat hangers, Mark knows doughnuts inside and out. With stores in New York,
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?
Nothing's better than ice cream on a hot summer day and Jeff Sommers of Izzy's Ice Cream has cornered the market on everyone's favorite frozen treat. With a shop completely run on solar power, Izzy's experiments with great flavors, from their top-rated vanilla, to the more outrageous Red Zinfandel. Bobby Flay loves ice cream and is looking forward to showing off his frozen creations to Jeff's loyal customers, in hopes of tasting sweet victory.
For more than 60 years, Hattie's Restaurant in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., has been an icon of Southern cuisine, and is known in particular for its fresh, hot and crispy fried chicken. Hattie's own Jasper Alexander thinks Food Network is covering his huge picnic on the final weekend of the horse race season and Bobby is waiting "in the wings."
Butch Lupinetti, an award-winning BBQ Pit Master who knows everything about pork, beef and BBQ chicken thinks he's being profiled by Food Network. Little does he know, Bobby Flay is about to challenge him. Will Butch maintain his title, or will Chef Flay come out the winner?
Giorgio Giove is the pizza king at Brother's Pizzeria in Staten Island, N.Y. To celebrate his award-winning pies and his return from Italy, Giorgio is throwing a big family reunion. He doesn't realize that Bobby's been secretly brushing up on his pizza-making skills in order to crash Giorgio's party and challenge him to a Throwdown.