17 Episodes 2013 - 2014
Season 11 of the reality show is set in New Orleans, with the final episodes set in Maui. Padma Lakshmi is once again hosting, while Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Emeril Lagasse, and Hugh Acheson are back as judges. The season also includes two additional Web series: "Last Chance Kitchen," which gives eliminated contestants the opportunity to rejoin the show, and "Padma's Picks," which features 10 local chefs competing against each other for a spot among the official contestants.
Soiree in the Swamp
Wed, Oct 2, 2013 60 mins
Season 11 opens with chefs battling for culinary honors in New Orleans. Here, the foodies must cook with either alligator, frog or turtle.
Rebuilding New Orleans
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 60 mins
The chefs prepare gumbo and try to please the palate of New Orleans chef Leah Chase. Later, they create and operate food trucks to serve Habitat for Humanity volunteers working in New Orleans.
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 60 mins
The chefs reinvent items on a worst food-trends list. Later, they must replicate dishes from a notable New Orleans restaurant. Guest judges: Paul Prudhomme and Tory McPhail.
Wed, Oct 23, 2013 60 mins
The chefs learn about Vietnamese cuisine, culture and customs, then serve up a multicourse Vietnamese meal. Guest judge: Eddie Huang.
Lea Michele's Halloween Bash
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 60 mins
There are culinary tricks and treats when the chefs must cater a Halloween party for actress Lea Michele.
Campfires, Cream Cheese and Countryside
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 60 mins
The foodies create dishes from the creole tomato. They must then impress cooks at chef John Besh's restaurants in a farm-to-table challenge.
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 60 mins
The chefs participate in a culinary version of musical chairs. Later, they prepare dishes for musicians at a potluck event hosted by New Orleans jazz performer Kermit Ruffins.
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 60 mins
The chefs must whip up hot sauce for musician Dr. John. The focus is then pork when they cook up a 300-pound hog.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 60 mins
The "Restaurant Wars" challenge tasks the chefs to create pop-up eateries. The judges' panel includes David Chang.
Like Mama Made
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 60 mins
The foodies create dishes that remind them of home. Appearing: actor Anthony Mackie and chef Leah Chase.
Giving It the College Try
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 60 mins
Musician Questlove samples various poultry drumsticks. Later, the chefs serve up food fare to incoming students at Louisiana State University.
Mississippi Mud Bags
Wed, Jan 1, 2014 60 mins
The chefs serve up étouffée, then honor local cuisine by preparing two types of seafood. Chef John Besh is the guest judge.
Oui Si a Challenge
Wed, Jan 8, 2014 60 mins
Culinary figure Jacques Pepin arrives to test the chefs' techniques based on one of his favorite dishes. Later, the chefs create meals that represent both France and Spain.
Po' Boy Smackdown
Wed, Jan 15, 2014 60 mins
The chefs create po' boys, then are tasked to prepare their personal culinary visions on a plate. Appearing: Jon Favreau and Roy Choi.
Leaving New Orleans
Wed, Jan 22, 2014 60 mins
The chefs battle for a new car in tests presented by Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons. Later, the foodies demonstrate how New Orleans has inspired their dishes. Appearing: Douglas Keane, Grant Achatz and Andrew Carmellini.
Wed, Jan 29, 2014 60 mins
The remaining chefs land in Hawaii, where they prepare food fare featuring Spam. Also: a double elimination.
Wed, Feb 5, 2014 60 mins
In the Season 11 finale, the remaining two chefs open pop-up restaurants, after which the winner is crowned.