Season 09, Eposode 22 – ”Finale”
In the Season 9 finale, the three remaining home cooks face their final challenge when they are each asked to prepare a three-course menu for the judges.
Season 09, Eposode 23 – ”Finale”
The home cook with the best overall menu will be crowned the winner.
Season 09, Eposode 20 – ”Battle of the Beef”
The Top Five home cooks face a series of pressure-filled skills tests using an incredibly common protein—beef. The judges will decide which contestant will claim a safe spot on the balcony and who will face another culinary test.
Season 09, Eposode 21 – ”The Semi Final”
Then, the final four are split into two teams, and will need to cook one incredible entrée for the judges’ mentors, chefs Daniel Boulud, Jonathan Waxman and Lidia Bastianich.
Season 09, Eposode 18 – ”Restaurant Takeover”
The Top Six face the Restaurant Takeover Challenge at Providence in Los Angeles. The home cooks split into two teams and must feed a dining room filled with 48 guests.
Season 09, Eposode 19 – ”Cooking With Heart”
Then, the remaining five receive a heart-warming mystery box challenge in which contestants will create a dish inspired by their loved-one.
Season 09, Eposode 16 – ”American Heroes”
The eight remaining home cooks divide into two teams and race against the clock to serve restaurant-quality dishes to 25 California firefighters.
Season 09, Eposode 17 – ”Waste Not Want Not”
Then, the seven remaining contestants face a Mystery Box challenge filled with waste—literally. The home cook who makes the best dish from food scraps will be safe in the elimination challenge, during which they’ll take on another Mystery Box Challenge—but, this time, with all the best and freshest ingredients.
Season 09, Eposode 14 – ”Sky’s the Limit ”
The remaining home cooks split into two teams and are tasked with serving 100 dishes to hungry airmen in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the March Air Reserve Base.
Season 09, Eposode 15 – ”Tag Team”
Then, the contestants are told they will be competing in the dreaded Tag Team Challenge.
Season 09, Eposode 13 – ”Just for the Halibut”
The Top 12 face their third skills test and replicate the proper way to break down a halibut. Those who fail to impress the judges are then tasked with creating a stunning original dish using their broken-down fish. Some contestants yield a bountiful filet, while others offer up a poor portion of protein.
Season 09, Eposode 12 – ”Frying Tonight”
The Top 13 contestants face a mystery box challenge with a stockpot and cooking oil and are tasked with making a dish that features a deep-fried element. An extra layer of pressure is put on the contestants as the judges cook alongside them. The winner of the challenge receives a major advantage in the elimination challenge—a citrus-centered dish.
Season 09, Eposode 11 – ”The Kids Are Alright ”
The Top 14 contestants are split into two teams to compete in a fine dining challenge and are to cook 39 dishes for a group of very discerning judges who have big expectations. Contestants are surprised when diners are revealed and forced to scramble and alter their dishes to accommodate the guests. Ultimately the winning team’s recipe will be printed in Family Circle Magazine. The losing team will compete in a cupcake pressure test with special guest and pastry chef Christina Tosi.
Season 09, Eposode 10 – ”Rise or Fall”
The remaining home cooks pair up for a skills test to create a restaurant-quality dish featuring five ingredients—only to leave one contestant without a pair. The contestant cooking solo gets a huge advantage in the challenge and gets the opportunity to cook alongside his-her mentor.The chefs who fail to impress the judges will face an elimination challenge and create the ever-challenging cheese soufflé in just 40 minutes.
Season 09, Eposode 09 – ”The Big Not Easy”
The contestants face a mystery box filled with fresh seafood and must create a dish using two items from it. The chefs who fail to impress the judges will face an elimination challenge and be asked to upgrade one of the most popular frozen dinner dishes, Salisbury Steak.