Who Deserves To Be Here After the 12 aspiring cooks are introduced, they must survive 30 minutes under master chef Hubert Keller in the hectic kitchen of a San Francisco eatery. Then, the contestants' signature dishes are judged on their ingredients, preparation, presentation and, most importantly, taste.
Food Of Love The remaining chef wannabes are challenged to whip up sweet dishes with erotic overtones. San Francisco pastry chef Elizabeth Falkner serves as a guest judge.
Nasty Delights Things get a bit fishy when the aspiring chefs must create a tempting seafood plate from octopus. Then, they must prepare a menu for a group of children who prove to be quite demanding. San Francisco chef Laurent Manrique serves as guest judge.
Food On The Fly The remaining chefs are challenged to create tempting dishes using items available in a gas-station convenience store. Later, they are asked to cook for a group of working mothers. Chef Jefferson Hill serves as guest judge.
Blind Confusion The chef wannabes are fed ethnic fare and challenged to identify the ingredients - while blindfolded. Then it's off to the streets of San Francisco, where they serve fusion cuisine from a handcart. Chef Mike Yakura serves as guest judge.
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner? Culinary guru Ted Allen challenges the remaining chef aspirants to whip up an inexpensive appetizer. Also: the group is tasked to cater a dinner party.
Restaurant Wars The remaining chefs are challenged to create a gourmet sandwich. Then, drama boils over when the group must devise and execute an innovative restaurant concept.
Wedding Bell Blues The remaining chefs are challenged to pitch a wedding-catering concept to a gay couple intending to tie the knot.
Napa's Finest The remaining three aspiring chefs are challenged to craft a tasty recipe from junk food. Afterward, they must create a meal that features a shaving of pricey, highly valued white truffle, which they then present to a group of Napa Valley chefs, including Philippe Jeanty, Keith Luce, Greg Cole, James McDevitt, Cindy Pawlcyn, Victor J. Scargle, Douglas Keane, Todd Humphries and John Ash.
Finale, Part 1 The tension boils over when the three remaining chefs journey to Las Vegas to compete in a room-service challenge. Chef Hubert Keller serves as a guest judge.
Finale, Part 2 The winning cook is crowned. Lorraine Bracco serves as a guest judge. Prizes include $100,000 to help launch a culinary career.
Reunion The 12 aspiring chefs gather for a reunion episode, which features previously unseen footage and new interviews with the contestants and judges. The chefs also discuss how the series has impacted their personal and professional lives.