The chefs get the Southern classic grits in the first basket and race to make appetizers that deliver on flavor, but one of the competitors has major difficulties in the final seconds of the round. An ingredient that is surprisingly similar to grits is discovered in the second basket, so the chefs must think fast and keep the creativity level high. Then, something blue and something boiled are in the dessert basket.
Alton’s Challenge, Grand Finale
Expect the ultimate in brainy, zany baskets from Alton Brown, as four Challenge champions return to battle it out for $50,000! Ingredients harken back to the themes of preliminary battles: molecular gastronomy, smoke, dehydration, and fermentation. In the appetizer basket, a small fish and a strange condiment puzzle the champs. A stunningly-presented protein and a jar of something stinky are in the entrée basket, and Alton makes a grand entrance in the dessert round to demonstrate the science of one of the ingredients, before an unprecedented turn of events unfolds.
Alton’s Challenge, Part 4
Modern magic! Four new chefs explore the wonders of molecular gastronomy in Alton’s Challenge battle. Making a powder from a fat and clearing up the problem with transparent ravioli are some of the struggles in the appetizer basket. In the entrée round, the chefs get lamb cooked via a modernist method and some new age noodles. And a “cake” that looks like a drop of water — and tastes like one too — gives the last pair of chefs a perplexing puzzle to solve for dessert.
Alton’s Challenge, Part 3
Dried and true! In this third Alton’s Challenge battle, there’s a dehydration theme for the baskets and Alton demonstrates a home hack that makes removing moisture from food a breeze. The first basket has the chefs making quick use of instant mashed potatoes. Then, an Alton specialty is one of the mandatory ingredients for the entrée round. In the dessert basket, diabolical ingredients have the chefs scrambling to make dehydrated eggs work in their final plates.
Alton’s Challenge, Part 2
On a quest for $50,000, four new, bold chefs take on the Alton’s Challenge baskets. The first four chefs bravely take on his challenge, where Alton demonstrates the science behind smoking foods, and the chefs are encouraged to infuse every dish with smoky flavor. Tiny radishes and a strange savory cookie are in the mix for the appetizer basket. Alton then whips up a signature smoked item for the second basket, and an exotic drink is the smoky component in the dessert basket.
The Beets Go On
In the appetizer round, the chefs bake premade dough and try to figure out the best plan for including a Persian hot dog stew in their dishes. The entree plates must include a prized seafood and a floral component, then the competitors discover beets and a classic French dessert in the final basket.
The chefs carry the comfort food theme in round one, utilizing something starchy and something greasy; a homey protein and some beautiful tomatoes are used in the entree round; a nostalgic cookie meets a dairy delight in the dessert basket.
Waffles for the Win
First, the chefs bring some heat to their waffle appetizers by seasoning them with chiles de arbol; a thick Belgian waffle dough hits the irons in round two; waffles take the form of cookies in the dessert round.
Food Truck Luck
Chefs attempt to make outstanding appetizers with two proteins; in the entree basket, the chefs find a New England sandwich and a Mexican pepper; the final two food truck chefs left in the fight receive dessert nachos in the last basket.