Ultimate Recipe Showdown
Ultimate Recipe Showdown (also known on the program as URS) is a program which airs on Food Network. The program was originally hosted by Marc Summers and Guy Fieri. As of the second season, Fieri hosts the program alone.
Each contest had 3 home cooks who had won their way into the competition. The episode had a theme such as "comfort food". Each round would have a specialized section of the theme, such as mac and cheese. In each round, the contestants would be given points out of 100. The three judges included Katherine Alford, Kerry Simon and Russ Parsons. The judges would not watch the contestants as they judged. The top scorer of the night won the top prize of $25,000 plus their recipe would be featured on the menu of T.G.I. Friday's.
The second season saw some format changes. Each episode has a theme but 4 contestants compete in the entire program. The 2 rounds are Signature, where the contestants have 2 hours to make a dish, and the Speed Round, where the contestants have 30 minutes for a dish. This time the judges watch the contestants all throughout the program. The judges are Alford, Michael Psilakis, owner of Dona, Kefi, and Anthos, three popular Greek restaurants, and Linda Fears, editor-in-chief of Family Circle Magazine.