In the new culinary competition America’s Best Cook, premiering Sunday, April 13 at 9|8c, 16 home cooks, mentored by Food Network chefs, will have the opportunity to win the best cook title and a $50,000 grand prize. Ted Allen hosts the new series, which divides the competitors into four teams, each led by a chef-mentor representing a region of the country. Alex Guarnaschelli represents the East. Cat Cora leads the South. Michael Symon represents the North. And Tyler Florence is the leader for the West.
In the first episode, the home cooks will be divided into teams of four members. A challenge will help the mentors determine which two home cooks to choose to represent them and hopefully lead them to victory. Each consecutive episode will begin with a Group Challenge in which the mentors counsel their cooks in creating dishes to impress a guest judge (Anne Burrell, Bobby Flay, Ron Ben-Israel, Marcel Vigneron or Geoffrey Zakarian). The bottom four home cooks will then face off in the Pressure Cooker round, which will determine who goes home and who remains for another week. The finale puts the four remaining home cooks through three grueling single-elimination rounds until one cook is left standing, alongside his or her chef-mentor, as America’s Best Cook.
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