Chefs Tyler florence and Anne Burrell choose 14 recruits to train at culinary boot camp; after the cooks make their signature dishes, Tyler and Anne pick their teams and attempt to teach them how to make a well-balanced dinner.
The Chefs test the recruits' knowledge of food in a game show-style battle, during which they go head-to-head to win the steps for an incomplete recipe.
First, the recruits learn about flavor combinations by tasting some unlikely pairings. Then the Skill Drill checks their creativity as they concoct unique ice cream sandwiches. And when the last round is over, two cooks go home.
The home cooks must prepare four eggs, each in a different style, at the same time. Anne and Tyler see who cracks under the pressure and who keeps calm. Then, the recruits make four different Asian street food dishes.
The remaining recruits must use exotic proteins to grind out some unforgettable burgers; after serving their sliders to chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence, the recruits learn they must each fillet a whole cod to make homemade fish and chips.
The final four recruits must replicate a dish with no help from their mentors; the recruits must cook a revamped version of their Day 1 signature dishes for their loved ones.
Anne and Tyler's final two recruits plan a refined three-course menu for a judges' panel of culinary experts. In the end, only the dishes can prove which recruit has gone from worst to best and will win the $25,000 prize.