Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

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Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off
Genre Cooking
Competition
Starring Rachael Ray
Guy Fieri
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 18
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Food Network
Original run January 1, 2012  – present
External links
Website

Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off is an American cooking competition series that premiered on Food Network on January 1, 2012. The series pits Team Captains Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri against each other in determining who is the best cooking mentor toward their team of four celebrities. Each week, one celebrity will be eliminated, with the "last star standing" winning a $50,000.00 cash donation toward their charity.[1] The series premiere earned 3.524 million viewers, and a rating of 1.1; it ranked 3rd overall in the cable ratings that night. The second season premiered on January 6, 2013, the third season on January 13, 2014.

Season One[edit]

Participating celebrities[edit]

In the premiere episode, Guy & Rachael played "roshambo" to determine who would pick first for their teams. Guy won (paper beating rock) and chose first. Here are how the teams were chosen, and what charity each celebrity was supporting:[2]

Celebrity Occupation Team Charity Status
Carter, AaronAaron Carter Platinum Recording Artist Rachael Kids Beating Cancer Eliminated 1st
on January 1, 2012
Campanella, AlyssaAlyssa Campanella Miss USA 2011 Guy Susan G. Komen for the Cure Eliminated 2nd
on January 8, 2012
Marin, CheechCheech Marin Actor & Comedian Guy Hispanic Scholarship Fund Eliminated 3rd
on January 15, 2012
Sanders, SummerSummer Sanders Gold Medal Olympian Rachael Right To Play Eliminated 4th
on January 22, 2012
Dayne, TaylorTaylor Dayne Multi-Platinum Recording Artist Rachael Cambodian Children’s Fund Eliminated 5th
on January 29, 2012
Fatone, JoeyJoey Fatone Singer & Television Personality Guy Fatone Family Foundation Eliminated 6th
on January 29, 2012
Coolio Grammy Winning Rapper Guy Music Saves Lives Runner-Up
on January 29, 2012
Phillips, Lou DiamondLou Diamond Phillips Actor Rachael No Kid Hungry Winner
on January 29, 2012

Celebrity progress[edit]

Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6
Lou IN IN LOW IN WIN WINNER
Coolio WIN IN WIN WIN WIN RUNNER-UP
Joey WIN IN LOW WIN OUT
Taylor LOW IN WIN LOW OUT
Summer IN LOW WIN OUT
Cheech WIN IN OUT
Alyssa WIN OUT
Aaron OUT
     (WIN) The celebrity won the series.
     (RUNNER-UP) The celebrity was the runner-up of the series.
     (WIN) The celebrity won the task.
     (IN) The celebrity lost the task but was not in the bottom two.
     (LOW) The celebrity competed in and won the cook-off to advance to the next round.
     (OUT) The celebrity lost that week's cook-off and was eliminated from the competition.

Episodes[edit]

Episode One: Celebrity Food Festival[edit]

As described above, the teams are chosen and given their first task: supply food for the first ever Celebrity Cook-Off Food Festival, to be attended by 150 people. Each person is given a token to give to the celebrity who, in their opinion, made the best dish. The team with the most tokens wins the task and is safe from elimination. The two members of the losing team with the least tokens will have a 10-minute "secret ingredient" cook-off to determine who advances and who is eliminated (similar to the "Secret Ingredient Showdown" in the 2011 The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs competition).

Each team had a 90-minute brainstorming session with their coach to determine the overall theme for their dishes, then was given two hours to cook their dishes before serving them to the Festival-goers.

  • Team Rachael's food theme: "Hot In The City" (Spicy Foods)
  • Team Guy's food theme: Mexican Foods
  • Winning team: Team Guy
  • Bottom 2 Cook-Off Participants: Aaron Carter and Taylor Dayne
  • Elimination Cook-Off Secret Ingredient: Shrimp
  • Advanced: Taylor Dayne
  • Eliminated: Aaron Carter

Episode Two: Let Them Eat Cake[edit]

The contestants make desserts judged by 13 pastry students and instructors. Each of the 13-student panel would grade the contestants' dishes on four different scores.

  • Winning team: Tie (Each team received 26 points out of a maximum of 52)
  • Bottom 2 Cook-Off Participants: Alyssa Campanella and Summer Sanders (Due to the tie, the team captains were chosen for the cook-off.)
  • Elimination Cook-Off Assignment: Salad
  • Advanced: Summer Sanders
  • Eliminated: Alyssa Campanella

Episode Three: Chopping Block[edit]

The remaining six have one-on-one battles, to prepare favorite dishes of three judges from Chopped. (Note: winners' names appear in bold)

  • Winning team: Team Rachael (2 out of 3 rounds)
  • Bottom 3 Cook-Off Participants: Lou Diamond Philips, Cheech Marin, and Joey Fatone
  • Elimination Cook-Off Assignment: Grilled cheese sandwich
  • Advanced: Joey Fatone and Lou Diamond Philips
  • Eliminated: Cheech Marin

Episode Four: Food Lunch Trucks[edit]

The remaining five are asked to run food trucks

  • Winning team: Team Guy
  • Bottom 2 Cook-Off Participants: Taylor Dayne and Summer Sanders
  • Elimination Cook Off Assignment: Amuse-bouche
  • Advanced: Taylor Dayne
  • Eliminated: Summer Sanders

Episode Five: Friends and Family Favorites[edit]

The remaining four are asked to cater a three-course dinner for ten.

  • Advanced: Coolio, Lou Diamond Philips
  • Bottom 2 Cook-Off Participants: Joey Fatone, Taylor Dayne
  • Elimination Cook Off Assignment: Use anything in the pantry
  • Third Place: Joey Fatone (Fried rice)
  • Fourth Place: Taylor Dayne (Matzah ball soup)

Episode Six: Restaurant Battle[edit]

The final two are asked to run their own restaurants, to be judged by Tim and Nina Zagat, based on comments of 40 diners.

  • Winning team: Team Rachael
  • Winner: Lou Diamond Philips (28/30)
  • Runner-Up: Coolio (23/30)

Season Two[edit]

Participating celebrities[edit]

Celebrity Occupation Team Charity Status
Gottfried, GilbertGilbert Gottfried Actor & Comedian Rachael The Gift of Laughter: The Friars Eliminated 1st
on January 6, 2013
Guest, CorneliaCornelia Guest Fashion designer, Author and Philanthropist Guy Humane Society of New York Eliminated 2nd
on January 13, 2013
Chilli R&B Artist Guy Chilli’s Crew Eliminated 3rd
on January 20, 2013
Weir, JohnnyJohnny Weir Figure Skater Guy Human Rights Campaign Foundation Eliminated 4th
on January 27, 2013
Najimy, KathyKathy Najimy Actress Rachael PETA Eliminated 5th
on February 3, 2013
Ward, HinesHines Ward Former NFL Player & Super Bowl MVP Rachael Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation Eliminated 5th
on February 3, 2013
Wilson, CarnieCarnie Wilson Singer & Television Personality Rachael Autism Research Institute Runner-Up
on February 10, 2013
McDermott, DeanDean McDermott Reality Television Star & Actor Guy Miracle Babies Winner
on February 10, 2013

Celebrity progress[edit]

Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6
Dean WIN LOW LOW WIN WIN WINNER
Carnie IN WIN WIN LOW LOW RUNNER-UP
Hines IN WIN WIN WIN OUT
Kathy LOW WIN WIN IN OUT
Johnny WIN IN IN OUT
Chilli WIN IN OUT
Cornelia WIN OUT
Gilbert OUT
     (WINNER) The celebrity won the series.
     (RUNNER-UP) The celebrity was the runner-up of the series.
     (WIN) The celebrity won the task.
     (IN) The celebrity lost the task but was not in the bottom two.
     (LOW) The celebrity competed in and won the cook-off to advance to the next round.
     (OUT) The celebrity lost that week's cook-off and was eliminated from the competition.

Episodes[edit]

Episode One: The Show Must Go On[edit]

Teams are chosen, and the teams' first challenge is to prepare a tasting menu. Each team must produce four individual dishes plus one team dessert, and put on a skit.

  • Team Rachael Captain: Kathy Najimy
  • Team Guy Captain: Dean McDermott
  • Winning team: Team Guy
  • Bottom 2 Cook-Off Participants: Kathy Najimy and Gilbert Gottfried
  • Elimination Cook-Off Assignment: Ideal midnight snack
  • Advanced: Kathy Najimy
  • Eliminated: Gilbert Gottfried

Episode Two: Hollywood Walk of Farm[edit]

The two teams visit a farm to learn about fresh cooking. For their challenge, each team member must create a dish with a specific meat product, such as salmon or lamb chops, along with a side dish that includes vegetables that they must pick on their own as a team.

  • Team Rachael Captain: Carnie Wilson
  • Team Guy Captain: Cornelia Guest
  • Winning team: Team Rachael
  • Bottom 2 Cook-Off Participants: Cornelia Guest and Dean McDermott
  • Elimination Cook-Off Assignment: Corn
  • Advanced: Dean McDermott
  • Eliminated: Cornelia Guest

Episode Three: Bright Lights, Big Classics[edit]

The teams run their own diners with the help of wait staff. Each team member is responsible for one of three diner classics: the tuna melt, the cheeseburger, or the club sandwich. One member must also entertain the crowd.

  • Team Rachael Captain: Hines Ward
  • Team Guy Captain: Johnny Weir
  • Winning team: Team Rachael
  • Bottom 2 Cook-Off Participants: Chilli and Dean McDermott
  • Elimination Cook-Off Assignment: Milkshake
  • Advanced: Dean McDermott
  • Eliminated: Chilli

Episode Four: Picky Palates[edit]

The remaining five have to create a child's birthday party menu

  • Winning team: Tie
  • Bottom 2 Cook-Off Participants: Johnny Weir and Carnie Wilson
  • Elimination Cook-Off Assignment: Hot dogs
  • Advanced: Carnie Wilson
  • Eliminated: Johnny Weir

Episode Five: Lights, Camera, Lunch Trucks[edit]

The remaining four are asked to run food trucks and are judged individually.

  • Winning cook: Dean McDermott
  • Bottom 3 Cook-Off Participants: Carnie Wilson, Hines Ward, and Kathy Najimy
  • Elimination Cook-Off Assignment: Anything on a stick
  • Advanced: Carnie Wilson
  • Eliminated: Hines Ward and Kathy Najimy

Episode Six: Star Studded Supper[edit]

  • Winning team: Team Guy
  • Winner: Dean McDermott
  • Runner-Up: Carnie Wilson


Season Three[edit]

Participating celebrities[edit]

Celebrity Occupation Team Charity Status
Kattan, ChrisChris Kattan Saturday Night Live Comedian & Actor Guy The Chrysalis Foundation Eliminated 1st
on January 13, 2014
Pavelka, JakeJake Pavelka Reality Television Star The Bachelor Rachael Tag the World Eliminated 2nd
on January 20, 2014
Gold, JudyJudy Gold Comedian Rachael Project ALS Eliminated 3rd
on January 27, 2014
Ice, VanillaVanilla Ice Rapper & Television Host Guy Make-A-Wish Foundation Eliminated 4th
on February 3, 2014
Henderson, FlorenceFlorence Henderson Actress & Singer Rachael City of Hope Finalist
on February 10, 2014
Tiffany Platinum Recording Artist Guy The Caring Place Finalist
on February 10, 2014
Jillette, PennPenn Jillette Magician, Illusionist, & Entrepreneur Rachael Opportunity Village Runner-Up
on February 10, 2014
Walker, HerschelHerschel Walker Former NFL Player & Heisman Trophy Winner Guy Patriot Support Winner
on February 10, 2014

Celebrity progress[edit]

Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6
Herschel WIN IN MVP MVP IN WINNER
Penn IN WIN MVP MVP WIN RUNNER-UP
Tiffany MVP IN WIN WIN IN OUT
Florence IN MVP IN IN MVP OUT
Vanilla Ice WIN IN WIN WIN OUT
Judy IN WIN IN OUT
Jake IN WIN OUT
Chris WIN OUT
     (WIN) The celebrity won the series.
     (RUNNER-UP) The celebrity was the runner-up of the series.
     (WIN) The celebrity won the task.
     (IN) The celebrity lost the task but was not eliminated.
     (MVP) The celebrity was their team's MVP.
     (OUT) The celebrity was eliminated.

Episodes[edit]

Episode One: Chefs of the Roundtable[edit]

Teams are chosen, and the teams' first challenge is to prepare a medieval themed meal.

Guest Judge: Lee Anne Wong
Winning Team: Team Guy
MVP: Tiffany
Eliminated: No One

Episode Two: Leis in the Fray[edit]

The teams must prepare a meal for a luau.

Guest Judge: Marc Murphy
Winning Team: Team Rachael
MVP: Florence Henderson
Eliminated: Chris Kattan

Episode Three: Supermarket Smackdown[edit]

Guest Judge: Madison Cowan
Winning Team:Team Guy
MVP: Penn Jillette and Herschel Walker
Eliminated: Jake Pavelka

Episode Four: Big Game Grub[edit]

The episode is set in a sports center. In the first challenge, the celebrities must make chicken wings (vegetarian Vanilla Ice was allowed to instead make a similar game day food out of tofu). Based on that, each team's MVP gets chosen who also gains immunity from elimination. In the next challenge, they have to cook elevated stadium food.

Guest Judge: Alex Guarnaschelli and Josh Elliott
Winning Team: Team Guy
MVP: Penn Jillette and Herschel Walker
Eliminated: Judy Gold

Episode Five: Boardwalk Bites[edit]

First, in a mini-challenge to win a 10 minute advantage in the main challenge, the celebrities must make French fries. In the main challenge they must make hot dogs.

Guest Judge: Amanda Freitag
Winning Team: Team Rachael
MVP: Florence Henderson
Eliminated: Vanilla Ice

The finalists therefore are Herschel Walker, Tiffany, Penn Jillette and Florence Henderson.

Episode Six: Sink or Swim[edit]

Aboard a ship, the finalists have to cook three-course dinners with Vanilla Ice and Judy Gold assisting them. They have to give five-minute presentations.

Judges: Aaron Sanchez, Scott Conant, Sunny Anderson, and some restaurateurs.
Winning Celebrity: Herschel Walker

Penn was the runner-up and was given $5000 for his charity from Rachael and Guy's own money.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dish, The FN (2011-07-29). "Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off: New Show Premieres This Winter". Blog.foodnetwork.com. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  2. ^ "List of Celebrities & Their Charities From Food Network Site". Foodnetwork.com. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 

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