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The Best Thing I Ever Ate is a television program that utilizes rotating hosts to explore the best items in specific genre's that notable food experts have enjoyed. The show has produced six seasons thus far. Each episode has a specific theme and spotlights 6-8 different foods or dishes.

The roster of celebrity guest chefs has included a who's who among famous foodies. The group includes, Curtis Stone, Brian Boitano, Alton Brown, Paula Deen, Anne Burrell, Guy Fieri, Mario Batali, Ina Garten, Jamie Oliver, Wolfgang Puck, Andrew Zimmerman and Emeril Lagasse.

One of the show's earliest episodes singled out fried foods. In this episode Bobby Flay introduced his favorite French Fries that he discovered at Balthazar in New York City. In that same episode host Aaron Sanchez explained where he found the best fried brussel sprouts in a little eatery in Cleveland, Ohio.

The series produced many other tantalizing episodes with other themes such as Bar-B-Que, pizza, breakfasts, holiday favorites, chocolate, burgers, ice cream, finger foods, grilled items and best items for the sweet tooth.

If you want to find out where Rachael Ray found her favorite slice of pizza, you'll need to check out season three's eleventh episode. Duff Goldman reveals in season three's seventh episode that he found the best Chili that he ever ate at National Coney Island in Detroit, Michigan. If you are looking for fried chicken, check out season five's second episode. That show highlights the eight best places for fried chicken and takes you on a cross country tour from Arizona to Philadelphia. One of the best episodes of the series was titled Last Supper. In this edition Michael Symon, Cat Cora, Alex Guarnaschelli, Ted Allen and Rocco Dispirito all identify what foods they would choose if it was their last meal.

Not all of the shows in the series have celebrity hosts. A lot of the episodes of The Best Thing I Ever Ate were simply narrated. Each item that they highlight comes with some video footage and some background about the restaurant and the dish. They also use customer comments to support the honors.

Monday 10:00 PM et/pt on Food Network
7 Seasons, 96 Episodes
June 21, 2009
Cast: Duff Goldman, Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli, Tyler Florence
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The Best Thing I Ever Ate Full Episode Guide

  • Our favorite small plates are bursting with flavor. Chef Beau MacMillan dives into some scallops, while Roger Mooking takes you to Texas for succulent chicken. Don't miss out when food blogger Molly Yeh reveals the secret to her favorite fried pickles. And if you drink wine, save the cork as Monti Carlo unleashes the truth behind an old brining wives tale. Alex Guarnaschelli, Antonia Lofaso and Aarón Sánchez also share their go-to spots.

  • It's burger time, and your favorite food personalities are pointing you in the right direction. Carla Hall unveils an unbelievable burger masterpiece, while Tregaye Fraser will have you traveling to New York to grab the ultimate cheeseburger and fries. Ali Khan showcases a traditional burger, but Eddie Jackson's favorite is decidedly nontraditional. Also, Duff Goldman, Marcus Samuelsson and Jason Smith share their favorites.

  • Good food is the spice of life, and we're adding a little kick with our flavor-filled favorites! Jeff Mauro takes us to Chicago for 23 mole sauces, and Donal Skehan will have you sweating as he attacks the hottest taco in Los Angeles. Aarón Sánchez talks about his beloved barbecue with a surprise twist, while Duff Goldman's intricate 16-spice favorite is a can't-miss dish in New York. Also catch favorites from Justin Brunson, Alex Guarnaschelli and Ali Khan.

  • We're honoring the all-time favorite sandwiches in the Sandwich Hall of Fame because it's all about the bread and what's in between! If you've never had a BL"G"T, Eddie Jackson will tell you where to go. Fanny Slater hasn't missed a week without her "Friday Special," and Katie Lee heads to a small shop in New York to get the best Italian hoagie she's ever eaten.

  • Bobby Flay, Jeff Mauro, Jamika Pessoa and Geoffrey Zakarian are just a few of your favorite food personalities sharing their all-time favorite ways to indulge in some cheesy goodness. Whether it's a cheese curd-stuffed bratwurst or a fried cheese work of art, macaroni and cheese or the most incredible Queso Fundido, these cheese dishes are sure to blow your taste buds. Nguyen Tran, Justin Warner, Jonathon Sawyer and Geoffrey Zakarian also give their inside scoop.

  • We're tracking down the crunchiest, flakiest and noisiest favorite foods. In New York, Justin Warner shares a pizza completely enclosed in the ultimate crispy crust. Alex Guarnaschelli heads down south to New Orleans for her favorite bite at Turkey and the Wolf, and Fanny Slater travels all the way to Hawaii for her favorite Crispy Tuna Roll. Antonia Lofaso, Jamika Pessoa, Nguyen Tranand Geoffrey Zakarian also share their secrets.

  • We're checking out the best rich, hearty, home style cooking straight from the South. Roger Mooking can't pass up a simple yet magical Southern dish, while Food Network Star winner Jason Smith introduces the epitome of a Southern sandwich. If you've been looking for the best shrimp and grits, let Alton Brown tell you where to go. And Chef Beau MacMillan goes deep for a low-country boil you won't ever forget! Also, don't miss favorites from James Briscione, Justin Brunsonand Marcus Samuelsson

  • We're sharing seven of the most popular go-to dishes from restaurants across the country. Jason Smith takes us down south to an irresistible ice cream shop, while Bobby Flay reveals his secret neighborhood joint. Chef Beau MacMillan keeps it simple with his favorite salad, and Katie Lee admits that a nontraditional grilled pizza is her ultimate favorite.

  • We're talking about throwback dishes that are better now than ever before! Alton Brown takes a field trip to Richmond, Virginia, to get his favorite boxed lunch, while Tregaye Fraser pulls up to a memorable drive-in for a slice of cake. Jeff Mauro shares the oldest pedigree of Chicagoan cuisine, and Alex Guarnaschelli slips into a food coma over her pigs in a blanket. Duff Goldman, Simon Majumdar and Donal Skehan spill the beans on dishes they still dream about.

  • We're going after picture-perfect dishes that taste as good as they look. Carla Hall shows off beautiful beets from Michigan, and Molly Yeh reveals the surprise inside the ultimate breakfast muffin. Aarón Sanchez shares his warm cookies and milk, while Alton Brown talks about his favorite dish at Destroyer in Los Angeles. Monti Carlo, Eddie Jackson and Antonia Lofaso also share the inside scoop of their most favorite meals ever.

  • In Las Vegas, bet it all on finding some amazing food. From the double ribeye at SW Steakhouse, to the langoustine at L'Atelier Joel Robechon, Vegas doubles down on dining out. And what's better for a late-night snack than a bowl of drunken noodles from Wazuzu. Or go for broke with the Gambler's Special surf and turf for a song at Mr. Lucky's 24/7.

  • Alex Guarnaschelli names the dish that resulted in her being born; Fanny Slater explains why she wouldn't get married without catfish and grits; Jonathon Sawyer discusses how one dish changed the lives of over 200 inmates.

  • Who doesn't love a juicy hunk of meat? Our favorite carnivores are sharing the most mouth-watering meat dishes they've ever eaten. Justin Brunson shares where he gets his favorite meatballs, while Monti Carlo digs into her heritage and discovers the best chicharron in Los Angeles. Bobby Flay doesn't joke around when it comes to meat, so he reveals the steak he says is the best around.

  • In Philadelphia, there's impossibly delicious pasta at Vetri and perfect mashed potatoes at Parc. Then try the Cyprus Breakfast at Kanella. From the namesake Philly cheesesteak at Tony Luke's, to the down, dirty, and delicious Junkyard Special at Sarcone's Deli, Philly's got it all.

  • We are headed to Miami for a little fun in the sun and some truly epic eats. We're trying it all, from stone crabs at Joe's, to the lamb shank at Sardinia. The piping hot oven at Fratelli La Bufala is turning out pillowy calzones, while the folks at Ola are cooling off with a nice and icy pear granita. And don't let the fabulous physiques of Miami Beach fool you, this city loves their sweets. With a trifecta of treats at Michaels Genuine and the chocolate peanut butter s'more from Prime 112, Miami has some of the best desserts around.

  • We're in Dallas visiting some of the hottest spots in town. Barbecue is big in Texas, and the brisket at North Main BBQ bowls us over with its world-famous brisket. Fried chicken is one of our favorite foods so you bet we went to Babe's to satisfy our crunchy cravings. And for those of you with a sweet tooth, we find some of the best desserts in Dallas, from the Pecan Ball at Caf Pacific to the classic fruitcake at Collins bakery. It's time to dig in to Dallas!

  • Memphis is home to Elvis, the birthplace of rock and roll, and some of the best things we ever ate! From sweet deals on steak dinners at The Butchershop, to the guilty pleasure of indulgent surf and turf at Iris, Memphis will have you singing with joy. And what's a southern city without barbecue! We found some of the best at Rendezvous, where the pulled pork sandwich will make you feel like the king.

  • We're headed to Los Angeles, where the weather is warm and the food is fantastic. From the famous French dip at Phillipe's to local favorite Roscoe's for their chicken and waffles, you'll see why we love LA! And, in a city of cars, it's no surprise we found some of the best tacos in a truck, and a crave-worthy chili dog that came straight from a train. Los Angeles is the home to Hollywood, so of course, even the popcorn is perfect. We head to Arclight Cinema where the main attraction isn't always the movie!

  • Touring the Mid-Atlantic and sampling crab cakes in Baltimore; trying paella in Washington, D.C.; visiting Chap's Pit Beef; tasting a chocolate, marshmallow, peanut creation called the CMP at Woodberry Kitchen; enjoying Baltimore's own bomb pie.

  • We're in New England, the birthplace of the American Revolution, for some of our favorite food. From Bostonian classics like the Boston cream pie, to sticky buns that'll sway your loyalties, we're taking you on a tour of the best that New England has to offer. Whether it's for the Szechuan sliced fish in Chinatown or the ultimate roast chicken in Cambridge, when it comes to revolutionary food, you're going to want to put New England on your bucket list.

  • Exploring Atlanta's food, from barbecued rib tips and top-secret burgers to angry mussels; a guide to some of Atlanta's most popular places; Atlanta native Alton Brown takes viewers to some of his favorite spots and divulges locals-only secrets.

  • Gino's deep dish pizza, pork rinds at Publica, the Chicago dog at Weiner Circle. and white chocolate are featured.

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