Four chefs layer flavors in trendy bowls under the watchful eye of new judge Martha Stewart; Martha brings a special surprise from her garden for the first basket; the last two chefs make dessert bowls from an Italian syrup and a candied treat.
From kitschy classics to artisanal designer doughnuts, the chefs celebrate delicious rings of joy in every round and feel the pressure of performing well for a demanding doughnut connoisseur, judge Martha Stewart.
The chefs work with a small plates theme; the first basket features a surprise from one judge's restaurant; the round two basket contains a German sandwich that sounds unappealing to the uninitiated.
Judge Martha Stewart tastes a corn dog for the very first time; the competitors work with lamb and pie; in the final round, an unusual coffee drink and a special citrus ingredient prompt the chefs to bring some distinct flavors to the plate.
The chefs get swept up in mushroom mania; the competitors try to make a great first impression on judge Martha Stewart with an unusual cocktail and an intensely-flavored protein; the chefs discover a creative use for bacon.
Firefighter cooks prove that they are cool under pressure and thrive when the heat is on; in the entree round, the firefighters must make a strange sweet treat work with beef, and the dessert basket reveals a flaming surprise for the two finalists.
The competing chefs prepare a meal of magnificent beach bites for the judges; a variety of seafood and a flotilla of edible boats kick things off in the appetizer basket; more than one of the competitors cut it close and try to beat the clock.