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Tournament of Champions

Tournament of Champions

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  • Premiered: 
    March 4, 2020
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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 Guy Fieri, TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS is a five-part tournament during which 16 of the nation's most celebrated chefs go head-to-head in a single elimination bracket-style culinary competition. These elite chefs enter the blind competition not knowing who their opponents will be nor what cooking challenges they will face, because a randomizer machine determines the protein, produce, equipment, cooking style, and time for each of the cook-offs. Broken down into a tournament of East Coast vs. West Coast, the Season 1 chefs are: East Coast (Maneet Chauhan, Rocco DiSpirito, Elizabeth Falkner, Darnell Ferguson, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy and Christian Petroni); and West Coast (Richard Blais, Eric Greenspan, Antonia Lofaso, Beau Macmillan, Jet Tila, Marcel Vigneron, Michael Voltaggio, and Brooke Williamson). Simon Majumdar and Justin Warner deliver real time play-by-play as all the action unfolds in front of a live audience and continues backstage while the competitors mull over their work while listening in on the judges' deliberation. Deciding who advances in each round is a rotating panel of expert judges including, Michelle Bernstein, Traci Des Jardin, Marcus Samuelsson, Nancy Silverton, Curtis Stone, Ming Tsai, and Jonathan Waxman.
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The sophomore season of TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS premiered on Sunday, March 7, 2021 from 8-10pm ET/PT on Food Network. Guy Fieri is back with the toughest bracket-style culinary competition where 16 of the best chefs from the East and West coasts go head-to-head in sudden-death cooking battles on Tournament of Champions II. The chefs' skills will be pushed to the limit in each round, as they face new ingredients, tougher cooking styles and more interesting equipment options on the randomizer machine that determines the parameters for each cook-off, including the protein, produce, equipment, cooking style, and time. The pressure is intense, and emotions are high as the elite chefs enter this blind competition not knowing who their opponents will be, or what cooking challenges they will face, and will have their dishes judged blindly by a panel of distinguished experts. Hunter Fieri follows all the action backstage during the deliberation, capturing the reactions of the chefs as their dishes are judged, getting the raw emotions of elation and frustration as bracket victors move on while others face elimination. The chefs will only go as far as their dishes take them - win and advance or lose and go home. Fans can also stream extended episodes of the tournament and after show on discovery+ featuring even more nail-biting action and behind-the-scenes conversations with Guy and the competitors.

The chefs representing the East Coast are: Madison Cowan, Maneet Chauhan, Darnell Ferguson, Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy, Christian Petroni and Bryan Voltaggio. The chefs showing off their chops from the West Coast are: Cat Cora, Antonia Lofaso, Brian Malarkey, Aaron May, Jet Tila, Michael Voltaggio, and defending champion and last season's winner Brooke Williamson. For the last bracket slots on the East and West Coast, Guy has invited eight chefs to prove their worthiness in the arena and battle in a wild card tournament to earn the coveted 8th seeds.

Simon Majumdar and Justin Warner deliver real-time play-by-play as all the action unfolds in front of a live audience. Deciding who advances in each round is a rotating panel of expert judges including, Scott Conant, Giada De Laurentiis, Traci Des Jardins, Rocco DiSpirito, Marcus Samuelsson, Nancy Silverton, Ming Tsai, and Jonathan Waxman. Unexpected challenges, major upsets and surprises fill this tournament, which concludes in a supersized two-hour episode on Sunday, April 18th at 8pm. Only one chef will emerge as the champion and will drive off with an all-new SUV! Throughout the competition, join Guy as he sits down with Justin and Simon in the after-show as they break down what went wrong and what went right for each chef, and share never before seen footage from the battles.

In the two-hour season opener, "West Wild Card Play-In," there were so many chefs clamoring to get into the bracket that Guy Fieri expanded the tournament to include two wild card play-in rounds. Four incredible chefs from the West compete in exciting sudden death culinary matches, and the last chef standing wins the coveted 8th seed in the West bracket. Then Guy, Simon Majumdar and Justin Warner recap the battles and look ahead to the next round.

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