|Throwdown! with Bobby Flay|
|Genre||Reality TV, Cooking|
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of episodes||92|
|Running time||30 minutes (with commercials)|
|Original network||Food Network|
|Original release||July 13, 2006 –|
March 10, 2010
Throwdown! with Bobby Flay is a Food Network television program in which celebrity chef Bobby Flay challenges cooks renowned for a specific dish or type of cooking to a cook-off of their signature dish.
At the beginning of each show, Flay receives – via bicycle messenger – a package detailing the chef he is to compete against as well as the dish. Examples of opponents include a skilled chili maker or a famous wedding cake designer. After practicing and preparing the item in question, Flay shows up for a surprise competition (or "Throwdown"). During the competition, both chefs prepare their particular version of the dish, and both are then evaluated by local judges to determine a winner.
Each show includes a mini-biography about the chef who is to be challenged, shown before the challenge takes place. The content for the biography is actually collected as part of an elaborate ruse or setup, where the chef or cook is told that they are going to be featured on a fictitious Food Network show. As part of the show, the featured chef (and their associated restaurant, if any) hosts a small party, which is then unexpectedly "crashed" by Bobby Flay. Upon Flay's arrival, he reveals the true nature of the show, and the "Throwdown" is initiated.
In the Food Network's test kitchen, Flay and his two sous-chefs (Stephanie Banyas and Miriam Garron) experiment and prepare the particular dish, often opting for a variant of the dish.
When Flay makes his appearance at a rival's event, he is usually greeted with surprise and confusion, although there has been one occasion where the challenged chef figured out that Flay would be appearing for a throwdown and ended up challenging him. Flay's comment was that he "had been set up."However, the rival usually quickly gets over the initial shock and warms up to the challenge. After the dishes are prepared, the two chefs taste each other's creations and are usually quite complimentary towards one another. Finally, the dishes are evaluated by one or more connoisseurs or notable veterans in that field (via a blind taste test), with the winner then being announced.
Each episode ends with a challenge from Flay looking directly into the camera and saying, "All you chefs keep doing what you do, but ask yourself this..." Finished by the featured chef saying "are you ready for a Throwdown?"
The format of the show does not edit or disguise Flay's lack of knowledge of technique regarding cooking for the challenge. He often makes use of New York City-area experts to teach him basic techniques. In other instances, he acknowledges the traditional approach to the dish but then explains how he will make it more modern or more his own style of cooking with various added ingredients.
Flay's record is 32 wins, 1 tie, and 68 losses. Flay has had great success with cake challenges, winning throwdowns for cheesecake and cupcakes in season 2, coconut cake and red velvet cake in season 5, and German chocolate cake in season 6. Flay's only cake throwdown losses were a wedding cake in season 1, Bûche de Noël in season 5, and Carrot cake and Pineapple Upside-down cake in season 8.
During season 3 of the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly , a show called "Food Fight" on the fictional "Food TV" channel parodied "Throwdown!" with faux celebrity chef/host Ricky Flame (a play on Bobby Flay's name) challenging Carly, Sam, and Freddie to a cook-off over his spaghetti tacos. Following the format of "Throwdown!", Carly and her friends were led to believe they were being featured on a "Food TV" program when Ricky Flame surprised them with the throwdown.
During season 27 episode 2 of the Simpsons, Scotty Boom from the Chew Network challenges Homer to an "Eatdown."
|1||BT0101||Chowder||Benjamin Sargent||Hurricane Hopeful Surf Bar||Brooklyn, New York||Bobby Flay|
|2||BT0102||Wedding cake||Michelle Doll||Michelle Doll Cakes||Brooklyn, New York||Michelle Doll|
|3||BT0103||Chili||Cindy Reed Wilkins||Cin Chili & Company||Houston, Texas||Tie|
|4||BT0104||Jerk chicken||Angela Shelf Medearis||Austin, Texas||Angela Shelf Medearis|
|5||BT0105||Steak||Eric Dominijanni||Twentynine Palms, California||Eric Dominijanni|
|6||BT0106||Breakfast||Lynn Winter||Lynn's Paradise Cafe||Louisville, Kentucky||Lynn Winter|
|7||BT0107||Burgers||Susan Mello||Queens, New York||Bobby Flay|
|8||BT0108||Jambalaya||Emile Stieffel||New Orleans, Louisiana||Emile Stieffel|
|9||BT0109||Cocktails||Tobin Ellis||Las Vegas, Nevada||Bobby Flay|
|10||BT0110||Doughnuts||Mark Israel||Doughnut Plant||New York City, New York||Mark Israel|
|11||BT0111||Cheesesteak||Tony Luke, Jr.||Tony Luke's||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Tony Luke|
|12||BT0112||Ice cream||Jeff Sommers||Izzy's Ice Cream||Saint Paul, Minnesota||Jeff Sommers|
|13||BT0113||Fried chicken||Jasper Alexander||Hattie's Restaurant||Saratoga Springs, New York||Jasper Alexander|
|14||BT0114||Barbecue||Butch Lupinetti||Mount Laurel, New Jersey||Butch Lupinetti|
|15||BT0115||Pizza||Giorgio Giove||Brother's Pizzeria||Staten Island, New York||Giorgio Giove|
|1||BT0201||Chocolate||Fritz Knipschildt||Chocopologie / Knipschildt Chocolatier||Norwalk, Connecticut||Fritz Knipschildt|
|2||BT0202||Bulos Flavored Ice Cream||Keith Young||New York City, New York||Keith Young|
|3||BT0203||Meatloaf||Jack and Rocco Collucci||Collucci Brother's Diner||Hyannis, Massachusetts||Jack and Rocco Collucci|
|4||BT0204||Macaroni and cheese||Delilah Winder||Delilah's||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Bobby Flay|
|5||BT0205||Fish and chips||Mat Arnfield||A Salt and Battery||New York City, New York||Mat Arnfield|
|6||BT0206||Cheesecake||Alan Rosen||Junior's||Brooklyn, New York||Bobby Flay|
|7||BT0207||Cuban roast pork||Roberto Guerra||Roberto Guerra|
|8||BT0208||Spare ribs||Buz Grossberg||Buz and Ned's||Richmond, Virginia||Buz Grossberg|
|9||BT0209||Cupcakes||Terri Wahl||Auntie Em's Kitchen||Eagle Rock, California||Bobby Flay|
|10||BT0210||Hot dogs||Richard, Gloria, and Beverly Pink||Pink's Hot Dogs||Hollywood, California||Bobby Flay|
|11||BT0211||Buffalo wings||Drew Cerza||The Anchor Bar||Buffalo, New York||Drew Cerza|
|12||BT0212||Sticky buns||Joanne Chang||Flour Bakery||Boston, Massachusetts||Joanne Chang|
|13||BT0213||Hot browns||Joe and John Castro||Brown Hotel||Louisville, Kentucky||Joe and John Castro|
|1||BT0301||Crepes||Nessa Higgins & Andrea Day Boykin||Flip Happy Crepes||Austin, Texas||Nessa Higgins & Andrea Day Boykin|
|2||BT0302||Puffy tacos||Diana Barrios-Trevino||La Hacienda/Los Barrios||San Antonio, Texas||Diana Barrios-Trevino|
|3||BT0303||Jerk ribeye||Nigel Spence||Ripe Kitchen and Bar||Mount Vernon, New York||Nigel Spence|
|4||BT0304||Chicken fried steak 1||Paula Deen||Uncle Bubba's Oyster House||Savannah, Georgia||Paula Deen|
|5||BT0305||Pie||Janet LaPosta & Ally Taylor||Pie Moms||Rockland, Maine||Bobby Flay|
|6||BT0306||Crab cake||Mitch Weiss||The Lobster Dock||Boothbay Harbor, Maine||Bobby Flay|
|7||BT0307||Muffuletta||Mike and Jack Serio2||Serio's Deli||New Orleans, Louisiana||Mike and Jack Serio|
|8||BT0308||Blondies||Tom Finney and Mark Ballard||Sugardaddy's Sumptuous Sweeties||Columbus, Ohio||Tom Finney and Mark Ballard|
|9||BT0309||Meatballs||Mike Maroni||Maroni Cuisine||Northport, New York||Mike Maroni|
|10||BT0310||Ice cream sundae||Julia Reynolds||Ice Cream Man||Greenwich, New York||Bobby Flay|
|11||BT0311||Lasagna||Mark Bove||Bove's Café||Burlington, Vermont||Bobby Flay|
|12||BT0312||Turkey and dressing||Renee Ferguson||Geneva, Illinois||Bobby Flay|
|13||BT0313||Gingerbread||Johanna Rosson||Macomb, Illinois||Johanna Rosson|
^Note 1 : Highlights aired on Paula's Party
^Note 2 : Jack Serio died soon after this episode aired. A remembrance graphic appeared at the end of the program.
|1||BT0401||Biscuits and jam||Carol Fay||Loveless Cafe||Nashville, Tennessee||Bobby Flay|
|2||BT0402||Ice pops||Irma and Norma Paz||Las Paletas||Nashville, Tennessee||Irma and Norma Paz|
|3||BT0403||Chocolate chip cookies||Pam Weekes and Connie McDonald||Levain Bakery||New York||Pam Weekes and Connie McDonald|
|4||BT0404||Eggplant parmesan||David Greco||Mike's Deli||Bronx, New York||David Greco|
|5||BT0405||Chicken and waffles||Melba Wilson||Melba's||Harlem, New York||Melba Wilson|
|6||BT0406||Pretzels||The Pretzel Boys||The Pretzel Boys||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Bobby Flay|
|7||BT0407||Arroz con pollo||Jorge Ayala||La Fonda Boricua||New York||Jorge Ayala|
|8||BT0408||Grilled cheese sandwich||The Pop Shop||The Pop Shop||Collingswood, New Jersey||Bobby Flay|
|9||BT0409||Dumplings||Sohui Kim||The Good Fork||Red Hook, New York||Sohui Kim|
|10||BT0410||Pulled pork||Lee Ann Whippen||Wood Chicks BBQ||Chesapeake, Virginia||Lee Ann Whippen|
|11||BT0411||Arepas||Maribel and Aristides Barrios||Caracas Arepas Bar||Manhattan, New York||Maribel and Aristides Barrios|
|12||BT04121||Grilled pork tenderloin|
grilled whole fish
|Miami, Florida||Bobby Flay|
^Note 1 : A special "Rematch on the Grill" episode featuring 3 former Throwdown contestants. Ellis showed up at the Throwdown itself to challenge Flay separately.
|1||BT0501||Coconut cake||Robert Carter||Peninsula Grill||Charleston, South Carolina||Bobby Flay|
|2||BT0502||Moules frites||Teddy Folkman||Granville Moore||Washington, D.C.||Teddy Folkman|
|3||BT0503||Seafood gumbo||Poppy Tooker||New Orleans, Louisiana||Poppy Tooker|
|4||BT0504||Paella||Gerard Nebesky||Gerard's Paella||Occidental, California||Gerard Nebesky|
|5||BT0505||Chile relleno||Ramiro Arvizu and Jaime Martin del Campo||La Casita Mexicana||Los Angeles, California||Ramiro Arvizu and Jaime Martin del Campo|
|6||BT0507||Brown bag apple pie||Dan Scheel and John Bauer||The Elegant Farmer||Mukwonago, Wisconsin||Dan Scheel and John Bauer|
|7||BT0506||Red velvet cake||Raven Dennis||Cakeman Raven Confectionery||Brooklyn, New York||Bobby Flay|
|8||BT0513||Bûche de Noël||François Payard||Payard||New York||François Payard|
|9||BT0508H||Deep-dish pizza||Marc Malnati||Lou Malnati's Pizzeria||Chicago, Illinois||Marc Malnati|
|10||BT0509H||Falafel||Einat Admony||Taim Falafel and Smoothie||New York||Bobby Flay|
|11||BT0510H||Chocolate bread pudding||Jerome Chang and Chris Chen||Dessert Truck||New York||Jerome Chang and Chris Chen|
|12||BT0512H||Cioppino||Phil DiGirolamo||Phil's Fish Market||Moss Landing, California||Phil DiGirolamo|
|13||BT0511H||Sushi||Philip Yi||Sushi Central||Los Angeles, California||Philip Yi|
|1||BT0601H||Pad Thai||Nongkran Daks||Thai Basil||Chantilly, Virginia||Nongkran Daks|
|2||BT0602H||Ravioli||Robert Durso Sr. & Robert Durso II||Durso's Pasta & Ravioli Company||Flushing, New York||Bobby Flay|
|3||BT0603H||Chicken pot pie||Sandy Pollock & Crystal Cook||Casserole Queens||Austin, Texas||Bobby Flay|
|4||BT0604H||Blueberry pancakes||Neil Kleinberg and DeDe Lahman||Clinton St. Baking Company & Restaurant||New York||Bobby Flay|
|5||BT0605H||Chicken matzoh ball soup||Jeff Nathan||Abigael's||New York||Jeff Nathan|
|6||BT0606H||Shrimp and grits||Joe Barnett||Washington, Georgia||Joe Barnett|
|7||BT0607H||North Carolina ribs and baked beans||Ed Mitchell||The Pit||Raleigh, North Carolina||Ed Mitchell|
|8||BT0608||German chocolate cake||Aliyyah Smith||Make My Cake||Harlem, New York||Bobby Flay|
|9||BT0609H||Fried fish escovitch||Sheron Barnes||Mo Bay Restaurant||Harlem, New York||Sheron Barnes|
|10||BT0610H||Country Captain||Lee Bros||Charleston, South Carolina||Lee Brothers|
|11||BT0611H||Fish tacos||Cesar Gonzales||Mama Testa Taqueria||San Diego, California||Cesar Gonzales|
|12||BT0612H||Green chile burger||Bobby Olguin||Manny's Buckhorn Tavern||San Antonio, New Mexico||Bobby Olguin|
|13||BT0613H||Sloppy Joes||Andrew and John Schnipper||Schnipper's Quality Kitchen||New York||Bobby Flay|
|1||BT0701H||Fajita||Father Leo Patalinghug||Emmitsburg, Maryland||Father Leo Patalinghug|
|2||BT0702H||Barbecue chicken||Brad Turner||Fort Lee, Virginia||Bobby Flay|
|3||BT0703H||Lobster club sandwich||Lynn Archer||The Brass Compass Cafe||Rockland, Maine||Lynn Archer|
|4||BT0705H||Pumpkin pie||Michele Albano||Michele's Pies||Norwalk, Connecticut||Bobby Flay|
|5||BT0704H||Feast of the Seven Fishes||The Pellegrino Family||Rao's||Las Vegas, Nevada||The Pellegrino Family|
|6||BT0706H||Manhattan fish chowder||John Addis||Fish Tales||Brooklyn, New York||Bobby Flay|
|7||BT0707H||Liege Belgian waffles||Thomas DeGeest||Wafels & Dinges Truck||New York||Thomas DeGeest|
|8||BT0708H||Brownies||Shawna Lidsky & Katherine Hayward||Vermont Brownie Company||South Hero, Vermont||Shawna Lidsky & Katherine Hayward|
|9||BT0709H||Burritos||Victor & Miguel Escobedo||Papalote Mexican Grill||San Francisco, California||Victor & Miguel Escobedo|
|10||BT0710H||Omelets||Misty Young||Squeeze In||Truckee, California||Bobby Flay|
|11||BT0711H||Stuffed French toast||Omar Giner||La Isla Restaurant||Hoboken, New Jersey||Omar Giner|
|12||BT0712H||Cuban Sandwich||Nick Vazquez||Azucar Cuban Cuisine||Jersey City, New Jersey||Nick Vazquez|
|1||BT0801H||Hot dogs||Nick Suarez||Brooklyn's Cheesiest Dog||Brooklyn, New York||Nick Suarez|
|2||BT0802H||Quiche||Rodney Henry||Dangerously Delicious Pies||Baltimore, Maryland||Bobby Flay|
|3||BT0803H||Chicken Tikka Masala||Chef Marianna||Saffron||Hudson, New York||Bobby Flay|
|4||BT0804H||Pineapple upside-down cake||Marilyn and Sheila Brass||Cookbook authors||Cambridge, Massachusetts||Brass Sisters|
|5||BT0805H||Carrot cake||Vera Stewart||Very Vera||Augusta, Georgia||Vera Stewart|
|6||BT0806H||Huevos rancheros||Teresa and David Matias||Mosaic Cafe||Tucson, Arizona||Bobby Flay|
|7||BT0807H||Banana cream pie||Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito||Baked Bakery||Brooklyn, New York||Bobby Flay|
|8||BT0808H||Chicken wings||Colette Burnett||Super Wings NY||Brooklyn, New York||Colette Burnett|
|9||BT0809H||Chicken-fried steak||Kent Rollins||Red River Ranch Chuckwagon Catering||Texas||Kent Rolins|
|10||BT0810H||Whoopie pies||Carol Ford and Karen Haase||Cranberry Island Kitchen||Portland, Maine||Carol Ford and Karen Haase|
|11||BTO811H||Moussaka||Diane Kochilas||New York||Bobby Flay|
|12||BT0812H||Lobster Mac and Cheese||Cal Hancock||Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company||Cundy's Harbor, Maine||Cal Hancock|
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