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"All-Star Academy" (TV show) is a reality competition series on the Food Network that features ten talented and successful home cooks from around the country competing in intense culinary challenges as they are mentored by some of Food Network's most popular chefs, while competing for a $50,000 grand prize .

Hosted by Ted Allen, each competitor, with the guidance of their mentor, must compete over eight episodes in challenges that would propose difficulties for even professional chefs, while elevating their culinary skills to make it to the finish line. With the support of superstar chefs Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Curtis Stone and Michael Symon, each home cook not only has to impress their world-class chef mentor but the special guest judges as well, who help determine who will make the cut in the dreaded elimination round. One-by-one, the challengers are eliminated, leaving one final contender standing with a $50,000 grand prize. Special guest judges include Donatella Arpaia, Elizabeth Falkner, Amanda Freitag, Robert Irvine, Chef John Li, Simon Majumdar, and Geoffrey Zakarian.

In the premiere, ten home cooks are about to embark on the greatest culinary adventure of their lives. But first, they will need to compete for a spot on a mentor's team. Four of the biggest, most skilled chefs — Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Curtis Stone and Michael Symon — will each select two cooks to guide through the competition. But only one mentor and competitor will emerge victorious in the end. Special guest judge Simon Majumdar helps decide who will have a chance to move on to fight another day. Don't miss all the culinary action throughout the season, including Food Network's Robert Irvine, as he challenges each cook to create a dish using only canned meats, with the mentors then conducting a blind taste test to determine which competitor goes home. And a first ever mentor showdown between Bobby Flay and Michael Symon! Each challenger must raise the bar in every facet of their cooking style to impress their mentors and judges to become an All-Star and have their lives changed forever!

Season 2

Returning mentors Alex Guarnaschelli and Curtis Stone are joined by newcomers Robert Irvine and Andrew Zimmern to guide these competitors through intense kitchen challenges and teach them to cook like pros. Dishes are judged by a rotating cast of expert "guest professors," including Richard Blais, Scott Conant, Haylie Duff, Duff Goldman, Carla Hall, Katie Lee, Jeff Mauro, Debi Mazar, Adam Richman, Aarón Sánchez and Geoffrey Zakarian. Each week a student is eliminated, leaving only the grand-prize winner standing with a $50,000 grand prize and bragging rights for their mentor.

The Season 2 contestants include Lee Abbott (Santa Barbara, California), Natasha Clement (La Place, Louisiana), Anna Cooper (Houston, Texas), Lynn Duffy (Cold Spring, New York), Monica Folken (Las Vegas, Nevada), Zoe Kelly (Miami, Florida), Dain Lee (New York, New York), Lisa Washington (Atlanta, Georgia) and Jermaine Wright (Queens, New York).

In the premiere episode, the first day of school kicks off with nine home cooks entering the Academy kitchen where they meet their mentors: Alex Guarnaschelli, Robert Irvine, Curtis Stone and Andrew Zimmern. For their first test, the competitors must prepare a dish using the contents of a lunchbox — ham slices, an apple, American cheese and milk. After the mentors judge the dishes, the cook ranking last is eliminated and the remaining eight get to choose their mentors based on their ranking. The mentors then face off to win a Save Card, which they can use in the future to save a member of their team from elimination and guest professor Carla Hall judges the cook-off using a new set of lunchbox ingredients. Upcoming episodes include an art-themed challenge creating structural desserts and a science-inspired test to incorporate the classical elements earth, air, fire and water into food. The "All-Star Academy" valedictorian will be awarded a $50,000 grand prize in the season finale.

"All-Star Academy" is produced by Relativity Lifestyle Television, a division of Relativity Television.


Network: Food Network
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: March 1, 2015
Seasons: 2
Production Company: Relativity Lifestyle Television

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