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Battle of the Decades

Battle of the Decades

  • Premiered: 
    August 16, 2023
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  • Network: Food Network
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Game Show & Contest
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: food, cooking

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Plot Synopsis

Hosted by Jonathan Bennett, each one-hour episode of BATTLE OF THE DECADES features three teams of two chefs that take on a series of culinary challenges for the chance to make it to the final round. In round one it is all about nostalgia as Jonathan reveals the contents of a time capsule which includes mandatory ingredients and a cooking gadget from a particular year that must be used in the first dish. Chefs will employ everything from an electric grill to a fondue pot to accomplish their missions. In round two, the remaining two teams put their own spin on viral food trends like smiley fries and spicy vodka pasta. Then, in round three, the final team standing must face off against each other to create their version of a timeless dish like Chicken Kiev and Beef Wellington, for the ultimate test of the decades. In the end, only one chef will walk away with $10,000. Over the course of the season, Jonathan is joined by a rotating panel of judges including Eddie Jackson and his father Eddie Jackson Sr., Antonia Lofaso and her daughter Xea Myers, Peter Fang and his daughter Kathy Fang, Julian Rodarte and his father Beto Rodarte, along with special celebrity guest judges including singer Taylor Dayne, actress Jennie Garth, actor Wayne Knight, Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis and actress Nia Vardalos. Episodes include:

"My Big Fat Greek Challenge" (Wednesday, August 16, 2023): When host Jonathan Bennet thinks of 2002, he remembers low-rise jeans and the iconic food movie MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING. In celebration of the film, the chefs use moussaka, bacon, Go-GURT and the Magic Bullet blender to create elevated dishes for Nia Vardalos herself! Then, the competitors turn the sushi waffle trend into equally viral-worthy dishes before judges Antonia Lofaso and Xea Myers decide which chef's macaroni and cheese earns them $10,000.

"Lean, Mean, Grilling '90s " (Wednesday, August 23, 2023): Host Jonathan Bennett takes a trip back to 1994 with some help from special guest judge Wayne Knight, aka Newman from SEINFELD. The chefs joke about their varying memories of the '90s as they use the iconic George Foreman Grill to create elevated dishes out of popular foods from the decade: muffin tops, chicken breasts, ranch dressing and Lucky Charms. Then, new school and old school chefs alike learn how difficult it is to recreate the viral "accordion potato" food trend, and judges Kathy Fang and Peter Fang use a classic beef Wellington to determine which chef prevails.

"That's Bologna!" (Wednesday, August 30, 2023): The '70s were synonymous with disco and bologna, so host Jonathan Bennett challenges the chefs to create dishes that incorporate a bologna sandwich, Hamburger Helper and canned pineapple. While all of the chefs have similar memories of the ingredients, being forced to use a fondue pot throws the new school chefs for a loop. Then, the viral Japanese souffle pancake video proves easier to "post" than cook, and the final round has the remaining chefs serve up their own interpretation of chicken Kiev to judges Eddie Jackson and Eddie Jackson Sr.

"Diner Days" (Wednesday, September 6, 2023): Jennie Garth, star of 1993's timeless tv show 90210, helps host Jonathan Bennett celebrate all things '90s, and the chefs share their love of Snapple as they incorporate it into their dishes with Dunkaroos and sloppy joes. Then, it's go small or go home as the competitors tackle the viral trend of tiny foods before two chefs mix things up with chicken and waffles for judges Julian and Beto Rodarte.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Beyond Productions