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Home cooks are on the same level as professional chefs with years of industry experience -- at least in the judges' eyes -- in this culinary competition that conceals the contestants' identities until after a winner has been declared. Each episode features two rounds of challenges, which lead to a cash prize for the winner. The contestants are tasked with incorporating secret ingredients into classic meals, such as burgers and macaroni and cheese, with one contestant being eliminated following the first round. The three remaining cooks then face a new secret ingredient in the second round, which ultimately decides the winner. The judges assess the dishes based solely on presentation and taste, with the contestants' true occupations remaining unknown until after the final decision is made -- even host Geoffrey Zakarian doesn't know the true occupations of the contestants.

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Fusing sesame into the New Orleans classic po' boy; in round two, the remaining contestants aren't too sad about cooking their best with blue cheese for a $10,000 prize.
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In round one, the cooks and cons create chicken fried steak dishes with peas; in round two, host Geoffrey Zakarian and judges Beau MacMillan and Daphne Oz try to grind out the pros and cons after they are challenged with using pecans in their dishes.
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In round one, the cooks and cons must incorporate berries into their biscuit and gravy dishes; in round two, the cooks and cons try to play nice in a battle of licorice.
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In round one, the cooks and cons are tasked with fusing corn and hot dogs; after one contestant strikes out, the remaining contestants continue to round two in hopes of making their best dish, incorporating barbecue.
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The pros and amateurs must incorporate carrots into their baked clam dishes in the first round; in the second round, the contestants must fuse tea into their dishes for judges Jeff Mauro and Daphne Oz.
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The cooks and cons all vie to reel in the win while making fish tacos; judges Daphne Oz and Gail Simmons have a hard time sussing out the pros and amateurs in Round 2, and decide who made the best dish incorporating sausage.
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Ted Allen and Sunny Anderson try to spot the "impastas" while observing the cooks and cons incorporating noodles into their huevos rancheros dishes; the remaining contestants include yogurt in their Round 2 masterpieces.
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The cooks and cons must incorporate backyard beverages into their burgers to impress judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Carla Hall; round two forces contestants to include buffalo in their dishes.
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The cooks and cons bubble up their best chili cheese fries while incorporating apricots; the remaining contestants cook with garlic in round two, and judges Eddie Jackson and Justin Warner must choose the best dish to win.
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The cooks and cons churn out great dishes for judges Jordan Andino and Alex Guarnaschelli with butter-infused jambalayas; in Round 2, the judges watch them make their best dishes with honey.
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The cooks and cons become a bit sour when tasked with integrating lemon varietals into Round 1; things get a bit sweeter in the second round when they must use maple in their dishes; judges Aarti Sequeira and Jet Tila tap a winner.
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Aarti Sequeira and Justin Warner judge; the contestants must pair tuna casserole with milk; the remaining contestants incorporate eggs in their round two creations.
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The pros and amateurs must use pineapple in their fried chicken dishes for round one; the cooks and cons make potato dishes in round two; Alex Guarnaschelli and Simon Majumdar judge.
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Daphne Oz and Russell Jackson judge; the cooks and cons must incorporate cinnamon into their patty melts; the cooks must use party dips in their dishes.
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Contestants use salsa to create Alfredo dishes; the cooks and cons must think outside the takeout box and transform Chinese takeout into a winning dish; Daphne Oz and Aarti Sequeria judge.
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The pros and amateurs must pair bananas with pork chops in the first round; in round two, Anne Burrell and Daphne Oz must decide who did the best job of incorporating picnic salads into their dish.
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The cooks and cons must incorporate cabbage into their burritos; the contestants incorporate ham into their dishes; Sunny Anderson and Amanda Freitag judge.

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