5-episode competition series premieres Sunday, Jan. 2, on Food Network and discovery+
Alex Guarnaschelli is one of the most accomplished and revered chefs in the culinary arena, having won virtually every battle she has ever competed in. Now, over the course of five weeks, 15 brave chefs from across the U.S. take their best shot at beating her for the ultimate culinary triumph in the new competition series, “Alex vs America,” premiering Sunday, Jan. 2 (10 p.m. ET/PT), on Food Network.
Hosted by the acclaimed chef Eric Adjepong, each episode features three culinary superstars competing over two rounds against one another as well as against Guarnaschelli. These competitors might hail from different states, but they all share the same mastery of a specific ingredient or dish, one that they have spent endless hours in their own kitchens perfecting and which will now be tested in an effort to take down one of the country’s most formidable chefs.
At the start of each battle, Guarnaschelli and the competitors learn what the challenge will be, with the chefs having the ability to work together in selecting variables for their dishes as well as the amount of time they give themselves and Guarnaschelli to cook with. Each finished plate will undergo a blind tasting, with only the top three chefs advancing and the least successful from the challenge being immediately sent home, even if it is Guarnaschelli.
In the end, it all comes down to what’s on the plate. Will the final two chefs outcook and outshine Guarnaschelli, earning bragging rights over an award-winning Iron Chef? Or will her legendary winning streak continue, sending all the ambitious competitors home with nothing but their disappointment?
Fans can also stream “Alex vs America” on discovery+, with new episodes available weekly, starting with an early look at the premiere on Saturday, Dec. 25.
Guarnaschelli said, “Truth is, I have loved competitive cooking for as long as I can remember, first watching, then judging and competing myself. Now, I finally have the opportunity to invite other adrenaline-junkies to join me in doing what we love, cooking our butts off, and ‘Alex vs America’ is literally my dream come true. That said, what I have learned the hard way is, while I love winning, I hate losing more.”
Food Network President Courtney White said, “As a trusted culinary voice on ‘The Kitchen,’ to her no-holds-barred judging on ‘Chopped,’ or seamlessly shifting into hosting competitors on ‘Supermarket Stakeout,’ there truly isn’t anything that Alex Guarnaschelli cannot do. On ‘Alex vs America,’ she has a bullseye on her back, as these talented chefs set their gazes on defeating Alex. Sounds easy enough, but these competitors will quickly learn why Alex is one of the most respected chefs with an innate ability to conquer any obstacle in her way. Viewers are in for a fast-paced and action-packed competition.”
In the premiere episode, three shellfish experts challenge Guarnaschelli in two intense rounds of cooking. Hailing from Hawaii, Louisiana and Maine, these chefs are betting their skills with shellfish can give them a chance at beating Guarnaschelli. In round one, the chefs seal their fate by choosing the variables they will cook with. The chefs advance to the second round only if they can defeat Guarnaschelli.
In another episode, Guarnaschelli goes head-to-head against three chocolatiers to create sweet and decadent desserts. And it gets hot in the arena when Adjepong welcomes three spice experts to attempt to take on Guarnaschelli . Their strategy picking ingredients could help them succeed, but will it be enough to wow the judges with their unique take on spice and go home with the win?
Fans can get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at how Guarnaschelli prepared for the competition at FoodNetwork.com/AlexVsAmerica. Plus, follow along with the cooking battles on social media, check out exclusive content with the judges, and get a tour of the set using #AlexVsAmerica.