Season 09, Eposode 13 – ”Just for the Halibut”
The Top 12 face their third skills test and replicate the proper way to break down a halibut. Those who fail to impress the judges are then tasked with creating a stunning original dish using their broken-down fish. Some contestants yield a bountiful filet, while others offer up a poor portion of protein.
Season 09, Eposode 12 – ”Frying Tonight”
The Top 13 contestants face a mystery box challenge with a stockpot and cooking oil and are tasked with making a dish that features a deep-fried element. An extra layer of pressure is put on the contestants as the judges cook alongside them. The winner of the challenge receives a major advantage in the elimination challenge—a citrus-centered dish.
Season 09, Eposode 11 – ”The Kids Are Alright ”
The Top 14 contestants are split into two teams to compete in a fine dining challenge and are to cook 39 dishes for a group of very discerning judges who have big expectations. Contestants are surprised when diners are revealed and forced to scramble and alter their dishes to accommodate the guests. Ultimately the winning team’s recipe will be printed in Family Circle Magazine. The losing team will compete in a cupcake pressure test with special guest and pastry chef Christina Tosi.
Season 09, Eposode 10 – ”Rise or Fall”
The remaining home cooks pair up for a skills test to create a restaurant-quality dish featuring five ingredients—only to leave one contestant without a pair. The contestant cooking solo gets a huge advantage in the challenge and gets the opportunity to cook alongside his-her mentor.The chefs who fail to impress the judges will face an elimination challenge and create the ever-challenging cheese soufflé in just 40 minutes.
Season 09, Eposode 09 – ”The Big Not Easy”
The contestants face a mystery box filled with fresh seafood and must create a dish using two items from it. The chefs who fail to impress the judges will face an elimination challenge and be asked to upgrade one of the most popular frozen dinner dishes, Salisbury Steak.
Season 09, Eposode 07 – ”World Cup Dishes”
The contestants face a mystery box challenge where they must create a dish using one common ingredient—walnuts. The winner will receive three huge advantages. Later, the kitchen welcomes American soccer legend and Fox Sports soccer analyst Alexi Lalas, who will introduce a street food-themed elimination challenge that involves popular food among soccer fans in various countries.
Season 09, Eposode 06 – ”Trouble Brewing”
The Top 20 venture out of the kitchen and head to the historic Anheuser Busch brewery in Los Angeles for their first team challenge of the season. The two teams must cook a beer-infused lunch for more than 100 employees at the brewery who will each place a vote on his or her favorite dish. The team that receives the least amount of votes will head back to the kitchen for a banana cream pie pressure test that will determine who will be eliminated.
Season 09, Eposode 05 – ”Gordon Ramsay Masterclass ”
In the first skills test of the season, Gordon Ramsay teaches the home cooks how to properly break down a crab, before the contestants must replicate his work. The contestants whose skills don’t cut it, face an elimination challenge during which Ramsay will show them how to make his signature Crab Benedict dish.
Season 09, Eposode 03-04 – ”The Judges Do Battle, Pt. 3-4”
Forty-three of America’s finest home cooks compete in the Battle of the Apron challenge, during which they will face off against each other to earn a spot in the Top 24.In the first mystery box challenge of the season, the Top 24 must prep, cook and plate one dish featuring an ingredient unique to each of their home states.
Season 09, Episode 02 – “The Judges Do Battle (2)”
The three judges each choose eight home cooks to mentor throughout the competition.