Welcome To Los Angeles! Twelve hopefuls arrive in Los Angeles and begin vying for their own cooking show. The first on-camera test has each competitor preparing a meal that best represents who they are. Later, they're tasked with creating a power lunch for celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.
Sweet To Savory Carnival Duff Goldman has the hopefuls cater a party he's throwing on the Santa Monica Pier. They're challenged to transform classic carnival sweets into savory party bites for Duff and 100 of his closest friends.
Grammy Award Celebration The contestants must create dishes inspired by classic film genres. Then, they are paired up in teams of two to cater a Grammy Awards after-party for Grammy-winning songstress Colbie Caillat.
Spicy Competition Bobby Flay assigns each hopeful a different kind of pepper to cook with. The winning dish will be added to the menu of his restaurant, Mesa Grill. Later, three culinary standouts challenge the contestants to reinvent the best thing they ever ate.
Lunch Trucks With Paula The remaining eight finalists have to create their own food product that represents their culinary point of view. The twist: instead of presenting the product to camera, they must do a live demo in front of a crowd at The Grove. Then, special guest Paula Deen divides the finalists into teams of two and challenges them to create and operate lunch trucks at Venice Beach. They must win over the customers and Selection Committee to reign supreme as the best of the bunch.
Retro Palm Springs The seven remaining finalists must prove that they have an essential Food Network star trait: the ability to entertain. Each finalist receives a food basket along with an assigned celebration theme and scrambles to create the perfect party bite along with delivering a related entertaining tip to camera. Next, special guest Ted Allen tells the finalists they will cater a dinner party at a swanky Palm Springs estate. After creating an updated version of a classic retro dish, the finalists serve Ted and special guests Maile Carpenter (Editor in Chief, Food Network Magazine) and Cal Fussman (Food Writer, Esquire).
Secret Supper Club The remaining six finalists are thrilled to meet last year's winner Melissa d'Arabian who challenges the finalists to use cereals to create a dinner using the popular breakfast items. Next, the finalists band together to create a stand-out meal for an underground Los Angeles supper club. With culinary guests including Chef Ben Ford, Chef Michael Cimarusti and Chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, the competition heats up and the finalists fight to make it to the next challenge.
Cooking For Eva Longoria The five remaining hopefuls get to prepare their signature dishes, but they must also incorporate their least favorite ingredient. Then, each will prepare a dish inspired by a different emotion and serve it to Eva Longoria Parker and chef Todd English at their L.A. restaurant, Beso.
Iron Chef Battle The final four head to New York City to compete in an "Iron Chef America" battle. Iron Chefs Michael Symon, Cat Cora and Masaharu Morimoto will judge their performances.
Rachael Ray Directs The three remaining hopefuls film pilots for their dream cooking shows, with help from Rachael Ray. Later, the pilots are shown to a focus group of Food Network fans, and the winner is chosen.