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Ten talented and successful home cooks from around the country compete in intense culinary challenges as they are mentored by some of Food Network's most popular chefs, while competing for a $50,000 grand prize in All-Star Academy, premiering Sunday, March 1st at 9 pm ET/PT. Hosted by Ted Allen, each competitor, with the guidance of their mentor, must compete over eight episodes in challenges that would propose difficulties for even professional chefs, while elevating their culinary skills to make it to the finish line. With the support of superstar chefs Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Curtis Stone and Michael Symon, each home cook not only has to impress their world-class chef mentor but the special guest judges as well, who help determine who will make the cut in the dreaded elimination round. One-by-one, the challengers are eliminated, leaving one final contender standing with a $50,000 grand prize.
The home cooks compete in a tag-team challenge, making dishes that combine the styles of their geographical backgrounds. Later, the elimination test features ingredients from the popular cuisines of Thailand, Italy and Mexico.
Duff Goldman serves as guest professor for a set of art-inspired challenges; the mentors face off in two battles featuring desserts in different colors.
Scott Conant and Geoffrey Zakarian serve as guest professors; the mentors cook a gourmet dish featuring a popular snack food; the cooks try to avoid elimination as they create a gourmet dish using pretzels.
Guest professor Adam Richman tests the cooks on science; the chefs must dissect iconic dishes and use those ingredients in a new way; the mentors switch teams to test how well they can train students; dishes featuring the four elements.
Professor Richard Blais and Professor Haylie Duff test the cooks in the subject of literature; dishes inspired by a genre of literature; dishes with assigned nouns, adjectives and verbs.
In the first round, the mentors must make an updated version of meatloaf; the home cooks revisit their first challenge cooking with lunch box ingredients.
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