Watch Man Vs. Child: Chef Showdown

Man Vs. Child: Chef Showdown is all about five young chefs taking on a professional chef and seeing who is the better chef. The contest is organized into three cooking contests with the last being a winner-takes-all event. The beginning two contests are usually pretty simple and result in the winner gaining an advantage for the next round. The first is usually some sort of appetizer followed by an entree on the second. A different young chef is chosen each round by the current young chef, and that chef must either decide what the specific advantage is or suffer from it, depending who won the previous round. The first two challenges are judged by the usual panel of judges while the third is judged by a celebrity chef.

The five young chefs each have a different specialty and way of attacking the challenge, making each challenge unique. The advantages and disadvantages make for some interesting wrinkles in each round, ensuring that the chefs are continually challenged. Combined with the chosen ingredients and the challenges from the advantages, each show allows the chefs, both the child chefs and the challenger, to demonstrate their mastery of cooking, ensuring that each show is entertaining as well as educational.

Thursdays 9:00 PM et/pt on fyi
2 Seasons, 31 Episodes
July 23, 2015
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Man Vs. Child: Chef Showdown Full Episode Guide

  • Executive chef Eli Kirshstein competes against the child prodigies in a battle of home cooking, featuring canned foods, TV dinners and a deep South trio. Master chef Art Smith judges.

  • Cooking competition veteran and Hollywood's rising star Executive Chef Mette Williams is here to battle the team of child cooking prodigies.

  • School's in session! Executive Chef Larry Keck battles the team of child cooking prodigies in three rounds of back to school themed challenges.

  • Executive Chef Susie Jimenez spices up the Man vs. Child kitchen with her competitive edge and sassy attitude.

  • The country's finest kid chefs take on Executive Chef Crystal "Pink" Delongpre in a rigorous battle of butchery, mother sauces and the elusive umami flavor. Chef Bruce Bromberg determines who will reign as champion in the final round.

  • Things go south in the Man vs. Child kitchen, as the child cooking prodigies take on New York's Kelvin Fernandez in three delicious southern comfort themed challenges.

  • The cooking prodigies compete with Austin's up and coming Executive Chef, Roman Murphy in three rounds of competition as they tackle prickly pears and burritos.

  • Chef Melvin "Boots" Johnson takes on the child prodigies with American pride. In the first two rounds, they tackle classics such as hot dogs and pie.

  • The prodigies take battle Cali cool Executive Chef, Chris "Malibu" Crary in three rounds of competition.

  • Executive Chef Jason Febres is ready to take down the prodigies. Tonight's theme is all about Asian cuisine.

  • Armed with his steam punk goggles, Executive Chef Richie Farina offers his creative flair to the Man Vs. Child kitchen.

  • Chicago's Bib Gourmand darling, Executive Chef Jill Barron, takes on the child cooking prodigies in three rounds of Indian food inspired challenges.

  • The child cooking prodigies take on Executive Chef Dustin Trani in three rounds of competition, loaded with Spanish flair.

  • Executive Chef Johnny "Danger" Zone enters the Man vs. Child kitchen to compete with our mini-masters. "Comfort Food" may be the theme, but this culinary showdown will be anything but!

  • It's Executive Chef Zoe Schor's turn to shore up the competition against the prodigies; theme of Guilty pleasures.

  • The prodigies will have to sink or swim when they face off against Drew Tsang, an executive chef who takes them to task in three rounds that revolve around seafood.

  • It's executive chef Justin Haefler's chance to put his years of training and decades of experience on the line for a chance to beat the team of child cooking prodigies in the kitchen!

  • Chef Hop Fan crashes into the kitchen with his eclectic mix of "Ed Grimley" meets "Kramer" antics - is he a creative genius or a madman? Can the team of child cooking prodigies stay focused and take this chef down?

  • Chef Augie Saucido wants to see what all the fuss is about as he competes against the team of child cooking prodigies. And, from the moment he steps in, it gets raw! Raw food preparation is on the menu in round one. From there it gets truly "offal" as the mini-masters get a "gut" check - turning "toss away" parts into fine dining dishes. Michelin-rated Master Chef, Sang Yoon, joins to blind taste and judge the winner takes all final round.

  • Chef Larry Monaco may be the toughest match yet for the team of child cooking prodigies. From an "amuse" challenge in round one, out to a "tough cuts only" entr e in round two and finally a "funghi" trio, this episode couldn't be any more foodie! Two-time Michelin star-rated Master Chef, Josia Citrin, joins to blind taste and judge the winner takes all final round.

  • Executive chef, Chris Tzorin, wants a piece of the action and competes against the team of child cooking prodigies. A culinary mash-up appetizer will test everyone's culinary creativity. Then it's going to be a knife fight, testing both sides in butchery skills - from making fresh sausage, to handling oversized cuts of game meat. Master Chef Karen Hatsfield joins to blind taste and judge the winner takes all final round.

  • Chef Diana Stavaridis tests the team of child cooking prodigies in a Mexican standoff! From Ceviche to taco-trios, if you can't take the heat, you'll get thrown out of the kitchen! The round three special guest judge is known for single-handedly revitalizing Tijuana's food scene, master chef Javier Plascencia.

  • Culinary and literal giant, chef Keith Breedlove muscles his way into the kitchen to see what all the fuss is about. But when he squares off against 7 year-old chef Estie in the "Poulet-Trois" will he crow like the rooster? Or run away chicken? Legendary Master Chef, Ludo Lefebvre, joins to blind taste and judge the winner takes all final round.

  • Executive chef Joel Miller is in the hot seat, placing his years of training and decades of experience on the line against the team of child cooking prodigies. Will he "rice" to the occasion in the "price is rice" round? Or get lost in the woods during the "Forage-Trio"? Master Chef CJ joins to blind taste and judge the winner takes all final round.

  • Chef Katherine Humphus takes on the team of child cooking prodigies; world-famous celebrity chef, Hubert Keller, joins to blind taste and judge the winner-takes-all final round.

  • A chef discovers that small can be mighty aftee he takes on the team of child cooking prodigies.

  • Frankie "The Bull" Terzoli does his best to stomp out the team of child cooking prodigies winning streak. When chef Emmalee is stymied by the perils of the menu board in the winner-takes all third round, will she "get the horns" or fight her way out? Founder of the "fo-nut" and celebrity pastry chef, Waylyn Lucas, joins to blind taste and judge the winner takes all final round.

  • Executive Chef Frank Otte tests his mettle against a team of five child cooking prodigies; from "finger foods" to a "technique trio," can this acclaimed executive chef hold his own against 7-year old child chef Estie? Master Chef Suzanne Tracht joins to blind taste and judge the winner takes all final round.

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