Original air date: 12/22/2016 Runtime: 43:02 min. Padma and Nilou Motamed ring in the holiday season by having the chefs create dishes using a bizarre collection of ingredients and tools inside gift boxes. For the elimination challenge, culinary legend Mike Lata has the chefs tackle a challenge based on the Feast of the Seven Fishes. The catch is that they must use "trash fish." The chefs will serve a table of special guests.
Original air date: 12/29/2016 Runtime: 54:02 min. The cheftestants are baffled to enter the kitchen to find it completely dark and empty. Their anxiety grows as the clock begins and the pantry doors open to reveal baking ingredients. With all signs pointing to a biscuit challenge, the chefs make a mad dash to create dishes. Chef John Currence arrives to choose the best biscuit. For the elimination challenge, barbecue master Rodney Scott tasks the chefs to work through the night to prepare a whole hog and three side dishes for 150 local BBQ lovers.
Original air date: 01/05/2017 Runtime: 43:02 min. US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, challenges the remaining chefs to make healthy vegetarian versions of traditional comfort foods. To make sure they get some physical activity in, they are only allowed to grab ingredients and tools from the pantry one at a time.