The chairman's challenge narrows the field by forcing the three remaining chefs to adapt when they get to choose two difficult ingredients for their competitors to create one unified dish. Then, the two remaining chefs head to Kitchen Stadium for their last secret ingredient showdown, and judges Cat Cora and Rocco DiSpirito decide who has the chops to enter the Gauntlet.
The five chefs must prove their versatility as they take on the Chairman's Challenge to create a dish that epitomizes the cuisine of one of five countries: Thailand, India, Spain, Greece or Japan. It's clear that no one is safe when a previous week's winner lands on the bottom. Then, the competition is neck and neck when two chefs face a particularly tough Secret Ingredient Showdown featuring a game meat, and judges Iron Chef Jose Garces and Anne Burrell send one chef home.
The six remaining chefs are breaking bread together, as they're tasked with crafting an innovative sandwich in the Chairman's Challenge; an underdog impresses the other chefs; the winner of the challenge hones their strategy by pitting two front-runners against each other in a secret ingredient showdown, featuring a colorful root vegetable; the dishes are presented to judges Marc Forgione and Judy Joo; and one chef is sent home.