Four chefs prepare for summertime dinners in America using a variety of sunny ingredients including patriotic deviled eggs and star-spangled spaghetti; the bounty of the second basket includes a cowboy's dream ingredient and some colorful kebobs.
When the ovens and fryers are turned off, four chefs have no choice but to get their grill on; a rare meat hits the heat and a frozen food favorite might not thrill the chefs; The final two must contend with double-smoked bacon in the dessert basket.
The chefs gear up for an epic hot dog battle in a nonstop celebration of the phenomenal frankfurter and they discover a hot dog creation; a state fair treat with a twist awaits; an intriguing dessert basket contains the mysterious wieners in a quilt.
There's something peculiar about the huge, elaborate cake in the appetizer basket: it's made of beef; In the second round, a strange twist on a classic Italian dish tests the competitors' creativity.
The chefs battle it out to see who can build the most epic burger masterpieces; an old-school lunchbox favorite adds a bite of yummy, kitschy fun to the entree round, and a sweet challenge is in store for the two remaining chefs.
If the tri-tip in the first basket doesn't trip them up, the edible bird's nest just might; Stinging nettles threaten to hurt the competitors' chances for success in round two, and the two finalists must make good use of a dairy delicacy.
Will sumac plus a super salty curve ball in the second basket leave the chefs wondering what to make; And eggs, fruit and sugar in the dessert basket should be relatively easy to work with.
Four college students with a passion for cooking take over the kitchen to prove who can make the grade; a humble pizza and common protein keep the appetizer basket relatable but present a challenging culinary puzzle.