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Sixteen home cooks will be divided into groups of four, and in the first episode, each of the chefs will pick two of the cooks to represent their team/region after tasting their dishes. The show is described as follows:
"In each episode, the hand-picked cooks compete in a Group Challenge to prove they have what it takes to compete another day and to make their Food Network chef mentors proud. With direction and counsel from their mentors the cooks must raise the bar in every facet of their cooking. From elevating every day, tired dishes to restaurant quality cuisine to transforming savory ingredients into amazingly sweet desserts, these cooks must give it their all to impress the rotating guest judge and avoid the elimination round. The bottom four cooks dig deep for redemption as they face-off in the intense Pressure Cooker round where their final dishes are judged again by the guest judge who then determines who is safe for another week and who goes home. The finale puts the four remaining home cooks through three grueling, single elimination rounds until one cook along with their chef mentor is left standing as America's Best Cook. Special guests include Anne Burrell, Bobby Flay, Ron Ben-Israel, Marcel Vigneron and Geoffrey Zakarian."This means this show will only be six episodes long with the first show getting the sixteen cooks down to eight. In each of the following four episodes, one more person will be eliminated, and the final episode will have four cooks competing for the $50,000 prize.
My guess is that the eliminations will make it that there is one chef representing each region/mentor in the final challenge, which may make eliminations predictable. Cat Cora hasn't been on the network in some time, so it is interesting that she is one of the mentors.