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Beat Bobby Flay

Beat Bobby Flay

  • Premiered: 
    March 6, 2014
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  • Network: Food Network
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Game Show & Contest
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Updated version of Throwdown! with Bobby Flay 
  • Subject Matter:
  • Tags: food, cooking

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Plot Synopsis

Two chefs travel to New York City to compete against each other in a culinary contest, earning the right to challenge Bobby Flay in a cook-off featuring their own signature dish. In THROWDOWN! WITH BOBBY FLAY, Flay traveled across America, surprising chefs on their own turf by challenging them to make the signature dish of his competitors. Now, in each 30-minute episode of BEAT BOBBY FLAY, the chefs come to NYC instead. Each program opens with two chefs facing off against each other, creating a spectacular dish with a secret ingredient of Bobby's choice. The judges -- Alex Guarnaschelli and Jeff Mauro in the pilot episode -- pick the chef they believe has the skills to take down Bobby in his own kitchen. The winner then surprises Bobby with the signature dish they both must cook, and they go head-to-head to find a culinary champion. Food Network first aired BEAT BOBBY FLAY on Saturday, August 24 2013 at 9pm ET/PT, but the network had no additional episodes scheduled at that time. More than five months later, Food Network broadcast a series sneak-peek episode on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 10pm ET/PT (with judges Jonathan Waxman & Sunny Anderson) and then showed the official series premiere three days later on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 10pm ET/PT (with judges Michael Symon & Simon Majumdar). BEAT BOBBY FLAY returned for its second season on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. In the Season 2 opener, "They Must Be Giants," CHOPPED judges Scott Conant and Geoffrey Zakarian decide whether Crab Claw King Andy Saintange or tattooed butcher Bruce Kalman take on Bobby. Subsequent episodes of Season 2 feature these guest judges: Sunny Anderson & Jet Tila; Anne Burrell & Chris Santos; Giada De Laurentiis & Michael Symon; Alton Brown & Daphne Oz; and more. BEAT BOBBY FLAY returned for its third season on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 10pm ET/PT. In the Season 3 opener, "An International Affair," CHOPPED'S Ted Allen and Amanda Freitag stop by the arena, as Italian-born chef Patrick D'Andrea takes on Canadian chef Rob Feenie for the chance to stare down the master. On Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT, Food Network broadcast the Season 4 premiere of BEAT BOBBY FLAY. In the season opener, "Foreign Relations," Giada De Laurentiis and Michael Symon team up once again to take down their "friend" Bobby Flay. Global chef David deCastro takes on Japanese-born chef Taichi Kitamura, for the honor to take on the champion in his house. Food Network premiered the fifth season of BEAT BOBBY FLAY on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT. In the season opener, "No Fear," the stars align when FOOD NETWORK STAR alum Damaris Phillips teams up with CHOPPED veteran Alex Guarnaschelli in this battle of culinary gladiators. New England bad boy Will Gilson brings his modern cuisine against the fusion fare of a Navy vet, Chef Lawrence Males. Season 6 of BEAT BOBBY FLAY premiered on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. In the season opener, "Unfinished Business," Scott Conant and Drew and Jonathan Scott welcome two contenders who have visited Bobby Flay's house, but left with a sour taste in their mouths. Texan Blythe Beck brings back her bold Southern cuisine, while New York's Angelo Sosa comes armed with his Dominican flair. Only one will get the chance to silence their BEAT BOBBY FLAY demons. Subsequent episodes in Season 6 feature these pairs of celebrity guest judges: Sunny Anderson & Jeff Mauro; Michael Symon & Debi Mazar; Geoffrey Zakarian & Daphne Oz; Simon Majumdar & Debi Mazar; Katie Lee & Alex Guarnaschelli; Michael Symon & Geoffrey Zakarian; and many more. On Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT, Food Network premiered the seventh season of BEAT BOBBY FLAY. In the season opener, "Poking and Prodding," comedian Judy Gold teams up with The Kitchen co-host Katie Lee for the chance to poke fun at their dear friend Bobby Flay. Las Vegas titan, Chef Alex Stratta, and Iranian chef Houman Gohary aren't here to play games as they compete with the hopes to take on Bobby, but who will have the last laugh? Food Network premiered the eighth season of BEAT BOBBY FLAY on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT. In the season opener, "Turning the Tables," three of Bobby's closest friends are playing by his rules just to take him down, as Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli and Michael Symon go head-to-head in the arena and Katie Lee leads the charge. Season 10 of BEAT BOBBY FLAY premiered on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. In the season opener, "Comforts of Home," TV food stylist Jackie Rothong takes on Italian-born Matteo Boffo, each hoping to send the other one packing early. Food Network's Scott Conant and reality star entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel must decide who actually gets a shot at Bobby Flay. On Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT, Food Network premiered the eleventh season. In the season opener, "All at Stake," nostalgia is in the air as Chopped judge Amanda Freitag and The Chew's Carla Hall aim to put an end to Bobby Flay's golden era. They've called in butcher Charles Bauer and top Miami chef Todd Erickson to get the job done. Who's got the old-school skills to become the new star of Bobby's arena? Season 12 of BEAT BOBBY FLAY premiered on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. In the season opener, "Iron Chef Redemption," Ted Allen and actress Debi Mazar welcome two contenders who competed on Iron Chef America, but lost by one point. Chef Todd Stein faced Bobby Flay in battle mussels, while chef Paul Virant took on Iron Chef Morimoto. Now they're here to settle the score once and for all! The thirteenth season of BEAT BOBBY FLAY premiered on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. In the season opener, "Sugar and Spice, but Not So Nice," Food Network vet Alton Brown and Travel Channel host Adam Richman know losing is never sweet. To ensure that doesn't happen, they've brought in pastry chefs Josh Johnson and Dana Cree, who both want the sweet rush of victory.
On Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT, Food Network premiered "We're All Family Here," the Season 13 finale of BEAT BOBBY FLAY. Sophie Flay loves to mess with her dad, so she enlists the help of Alton Brown to hand her father the biggest surprise yet. Mentors Jonathan Waxman and Dean Fearing enter the arena to face their protege Bobby Flay one last time.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Rock Shrimp Productions