A singing rabbi from Alberta, a lawyer from Idaho and a college grad from Nashville are given trail mix for their mystery ingredient; the last two standing compete in a showdown with a Mardi Gras theme.
An Italian feast inspires the donutmakers, who include an ex-law enforcement officer from New Haven, Conn., a pastry chef from Toronto, and a nose-to-tail food stand owner from Ithaca, N.Y. Also: The competition begins with marshmallow as the mystery ingredient.
The great outdoors is the showdown theme. But first, an organic farmer, a small-town Ontario boy, and a self-professed "nerd" compete in an elimination round featuring chilies as the mystery ingredient.
The competitors include an ex-private investigator from Tampa, a brioche specialist from Chicago and a farm-born pastry chef from Toronto. Their first challenge is to use bourbon; and later, the last two standing face off in a picnic-theme showdown.
A DJ from Florida, a vegan baker from Ontario and a vocalist from Massachusetts take part in a speedy elimination round with grape-flavor drink powder as the mystery ingredient. After that, the two remaining competitors are given the challenge of creating donuts that hearken back to Ancient Greece.
Pink peppercorns are unveiled as the mystery ingredient when a culinary arts teacher, a former daycare owner and a third-generation donutmaker from Cincinnati compete in the elimination round. Later, a circus theme determines the winner of the $10,000 prize.