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!
Sisters Norma and Irma Paz never thought watching the Nashville marathon would inspire them to go into business together making gourmet ice pops -- a refreshing, healthy and flavor-packed treat that's sure to cool down anybody! Ice Pops, or Paletas, weren't a novelty to the Paz sisters who grew up eating them every day in their hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico, but they saw the opportunity to introduce this cooling, gourmet delight to Nashville by opening their own store, Las Paletas. Now six years later their Paletas are the coolest treats in town and the inspiration for what they think is a new Food Network special called "Pop-Culture." What they don't know is that Nashville is about to heat up with a visit from Chef Bobby Flay! Will the Iron Chef keep his cool or suffer the ultimate brain freeze for this Ice Pop Throwdown?
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.
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!
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.
The Pretzel Boys are famous for the best Philadelphia-style soft pretzels. They sell thousands of fresh, hot, hand-twisted pretzels every day in locations across Philadelphia and Delaware. The energetic and passionate baker, John
La Fonda Boricua is New York City's best known Puerto Rican restaurant, and it's head cook, Jorge Ayala, keeps customers coming back with his Arroz con Pollo - chicken and rice. Jorge thinks he's been tapped by Food Network to show off his Arroz con Pollo in a show about Latin culture and cuisine. He has no clue that he and his dish have been targeted by Bobby Flay for a Throwdown. Will Jorge salsa his way to victory, or will Bobby show off a few of his own moves? It's a Throwdown in Spanish Harlem.
Connie and Bill Fisher are on a mission to spread their love of grilled cheese sandwiches throughout the world. They own The Pop Shop in Collingswood, New Jersey, and they have 31 grilled cheese sandwich varieties on their menu. They think they've been asked to star in a show called "All Grown Up," highlighting their amazing gourmet takes on this Kids' Menu favorite. The surprise is that Bobby Flay is going to turn their show into something completely different - the Ultimate Grilled Cheese Throwdown! Watch to see who will be named The Big Cheese in this challenge.
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!
Barbeque competitions are often thought of as a man's world, but that hasn't scared off Lee Ann Whippen, an award winning Pitmaster from Chesapeake, Va. Her menu is filled with staples like St. Louis Ribs and Texas-Style Brisket, but it's her Pulled Pork that has garnered rave reviews from devoted customers and judges across the BBQ circuit. Following in the footsteps of her dad, who has many BBQ trophies under his own belt, she decided to quit her full time job and immerse herself in the smoky, spicy world of BBQ. Lee Ann has invited the Food Network to a barbeque blowout she is throwing to show her appreciation for her dedicated fans. She has no idea that one of her fans will be Iron Chef Bobby Flay! It's anyone's game when the Pitmaster takes on the King of the Grill, because where there's smoke, there's bound to be a Throwdown!
Maribel and Aristides Barrios are NYC restaurateurs that have come a long way -- over 2000 miles to be exact. Hailing from Venezuela, they came to New York City seven years ago and made a huge splash with their cozy, South American inspired East Village restaurant, Caracas Arepas Bar. Serving over 17 varieties of mouth-watering arepas, they've won over the hearts and minds of tough New Yorkers with their traditional delicious grilled cornmeal patties filled with sweet and savory treats, and a whole lot of love. They think they'll be showcasing their popular "De Pabellon" arepa on a Food Network show called "Stuffed!" They have no idea that Bobby Flay will roll up on the scene with his flavorful twist on their signature dish ready to Throwdown!
Bobby Flay has lots of Throwdown experience, but can anything really prepare him to take on three former Throwdown competitors in an all-against-one rematch? In this special one-hour installment of the Throwdown series, all-stars Butch Lupinetti (BBQ), Delilah Winder (Mac-n-Cheese), and Nigel Spence (Jerk Ribeye) join forces in sun splashed Miami to take on the Iron Chef one more time. The focus is on grilling, as each side must master a menu of Pork Tenderloin, Whole Fish, and Vegetable Skewers in front of a live audience. This show is full of surprises - including a mystery guest - that will keep everyone on their toes and under pressure.