Knife Fight

Knife Fight

Knife Fight - Episode Guide

Season 2

  • Oxtails

    Season 2 - June 7, 2016

    Italian culinary master Freddy Vargas of Scarpetta struggles to contain his nerves when he faces off over oxtail against modernist chef and James Beard Award nominee Justin Wills of Oregon’s Restaurant Beck.

  • Crickets

    Season 2 - June 4, 2016

    It’s a concrete jungle showdown between NYC based chefs and partners, Edi Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban of Seasonal and Edi & the Wolf’s. The ultimate secret ingredient? Crickets.

  • 1000 Year Old Egg

    Season 2 - June 4, 2016

    Justin Devillier of NOLA’s La Petite Grocery and Michael Bryant of LA’s Churchill take on more than just each other, they also battle 1,000-year-old eggs.

  • Live Spot Prawns

    Season 2 - June 3, 2016

    A kitchen mishap nearly derails Kelly Liken as she takes on Steve Redzikowski in a showdown between two of Colorado’s best chefs.

  • Silkie Chicken

    Season 2 - June 3, 2016

    Ricardo Zarate and Michael Voltaggio’s young protégés—Brian Huskey and Mei Lin—try to make their mentors proud as they cook with silkie chicken.

  • Calfs Liver

    Season 2 - June 2, 2016

    In a battle for Mexican cooking supremacy, L.A. Magazine’s Chef of the Year, Ricardo Diaz, takes on calf liver—and Gilberto Cetina, Jr.

  • Whole Spring Lamb

    Season 2 - June 2, 2016

    Butchering a whole spring lamb proves difficult for one chef—so difficult he almost loses a finger—as Kevin Nashan of Sydney Street Café in St. Louis takes on Harold Moore of New York City’s Commerce.

  • Flying Fish

    Season 2 - June 1, 2016

    Two San Francisco chefs, James Beard Award winner Charles Phan of the Slanted Door and Locanda Osteria’s Anthony Strong, face off over a very strange ingredient: flying fish.

  • Live Halibut

    Season 2 - June 1, 2016

    With the deep fryer on the fritz, two of California’s rising stars, Jason Paluska of The Lark in Santa Barbara and Kyle Itani of Oakland’s Hopscotch, battle it out over live halibut.

  • Skate

    Season 2 - May 31, 2016

    Mary Sue Milliken of L.A.’s Border Grill empire and Traci Des Jardins of San Francisco’s Jardinère put their friendship aside and do battle over skate in front of a special guest judge: their former Top Chef rival, Naomi Pomeroy.

  • Whole Goose

    Season 2 - May 31, 2016

    A side bet has one chef losing his facial hair when Kelly English and Tandy Wilson go head-to-head over goose in a battle of Tennessee titans.

  • Cardoons

    Season 2 - May 21, 2016

    Two L.A. rivals—the innovative chef of La Poubelle, Johnny Zone, and former minor league pitcher Michael Teich of The Wallace—take on a tough (and thistly) secret ingredient: cardoon.

  • Live King Crab

    Season 2 - May 21, 2016

    Chef Brooke Williamson of L.A.’s Tripel has to deal with more than just her opponent, chef Chris Shepherd of Underbelly in Houston. She also has to impress her old boss, the notoriously exacting guest judge, Josiah Citrin.

  • Whole Pig

    Season 2 - May 20, 2016

    In the hour-long season premiere, chefs Tim Love of Texas and Mike Isabella of D.C. break down an entire pig—and place their own questionable side bet involving tequila… and a shoe.

  • Eels

    Season 2 - April 22, 2015

    Jason Wilson of Seattle’s Crush throws down with Greg Denton of Portland’s Ox Restaurant over chicken gizzards, juniper berries, and eel.

  • Octopus

    Season 2 - April 22, 2015

    Past ‘Knife Fight’ champ Ricardo Zarate of L.A. puts his title (and prize knife) on the line against Santa Monica’s Ray Garcia as the two battle over an enormous octopus.

  • Beef Forequarter

    Season 2 - April 15, 2015

    Adam Sappington of Portland’s Country Cat and Michael Smith of Kansas’s City’s Michael Smith restaurant face off over a forequarter of beef.

  • Sea Cucumber

    Season 2 - April 15, 2015

    It’s a war of the west as Portland’s Chef of the Year, John Gorham, and his Toro Bravo partner, Kasey Mills clash over quail, dragonfruit, and sea cucumbers with David Lentz and Kris Longley of Southern California’s The Hungry Cat restaurants.

  • Bison

    Season 2 - April 8, 2015

    There’s more than just the chef’s knife on the line as Gatreau’s and recent James Beard Award nom Sue Zemanick challenges the chef who once fired her, Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace, over bison. 

  • Live Scallops

    Season 2 - April 8, 2015

    Kevin Gillespie of Gunshow in Atlanta and his biggest fan, Eric Park of L.A.’s Black Hogg cook live scallops and pig’s feet for special guest judge Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion.

  • Blood

    Season 2 - April 1, 2015

    Tin Vuong of Abigaile and his straightforward flavors take on the modern Vietnamese cuisine of chef Perry Cheung of Phorage. But will either be able to handle the secret ingredient: blood?

  • Pig Ears

    Season 2 - April 1, 2015

    The fight for supremacy in the Pacific Northwest pits Portland chefs Benjamin Bettinger of Imperial against Patrick McKee of Paley’s Place. The two duke it out over pig’s ear and rabbit as their mentor, Vitaly Paley, looks on.

  • Sweetbreads

    Season 2 - March 25, 2015

    It’s a showdown of the young up-and-comers as City Tavern’s comfort-food queen, Jessica Christensen, takes on the exotic flavors of Acabar’s Kevin Luzande. But can either handle the challenge of sweetbreads?

  • Sea Snails

    Season 2 - March 25, 2015

    In a battle of two of the restaurant world’s most influential chefs, Mark Peele of Campanile and Sal Marino of Il Grano put their friendship aside as they prepare sea snails—and teach a master class on cooking in the process.

Season 1

  • Lunetta vs. Fraser

    Season 1 - July 17, 2015

    Actress and “Knife Fight” executive producer Drew Barrymore judges this epic battle between legendary chefs Raphael Lunetta and Neal Fraser.
  • Trani vs. Abgaryan

    Season 1 - July 17, 2015

    Chef Vartan Abgaryan battles Dustin Trani in a nerve wrecking competition with lamb belly and live crawfish. Guests include: Michael Voltaggio and Mark Peel.
  • Travi vs. Kuramoto

    Season 1 - July 16, 2015

    Comedian Bobby Lee keeps the crowd roaring as Jason Travi battles John-Carlos Kuramoto with trout roe, pork loin and clover. Guests: Evan Kleiman and Stephane Bombet.
  • Shuman vs. Abell

    Season 1 - July 16, 2015

    Actress Erika Christensen judges as chefs and friends Neil Shuman and Tim Abell battle for culinary dominance with manila clams and Berkshire pork loin. Amy Scattergood also serves as guest judge.
  • Zarate vs. Becerra

    Season 1 - July 15, 2015

    Chef Octavio Becerra goes to bat against chef Ricardo Zarate. Tonight they work with turkey, monkfish liver and spiny lobster. Guests: Elia Aboumrad and Eddie Lin.
  • Oh vs. Lieberher

    Season 1 - July 15, 2015

    Chefs Chris Oh and Wes Lieberher turn this competition into their personal playground. Guests: David Feau and Michael Midgley.
  • Kalman vs. Richter

    Season 1 - July 14, 2015

    Chefs Stefan Richter and Bruce Kalman fight with oysters, quail and nasturtiums. Guests: David Feau, Lesley Balla and Rhys Coiro.
  • Baumgarten vs. Wexler

    Season 1 - July 14, 2015

    Will the competitive spirit of chef Amanda Baumgarten earn her the win against L.A. Magazine’s ‘2012 Chef of the Year,’ Micah Wexler? Guests: Lisa Arch and Quinn Hatfield.
  • Rocco vs. Herndon

    Season 1 - July 11, 2015

    Chef Trevor Rocco of Red Hill looks to seek revenge on Umami Burger’s John Herndon as they tackle Japanese yams and Maitake mushrooms. Guest judges: Lou Amdur and Bill Esparza.
  • Pereira vs. Lee

    Season 1 - July 11, 2015

    Chef Phillip Lee goes head to head with self-taught chef Natalia Pereira. Will the judges favor technique or creativity as they work with radishes and foie gras? Guests: Evan Kleiman and Stephane Bombet.
  • Strubel vs. Mairinger

    Season 1 - July 10, 2015

    Actor Jason Lee keeps time as chefs Jeremy Strubel and Bernhard Mairinger compete. Additional guests: Lisa Arch, Quinn Hatfield.
  • Page vs. Trees

    Season 1 - July 10, 2015

    Chefs James Trees and Christian Page break down an entire goat. Guests: chefs Eric Greenspan and Octavio Becerra.
  • Paderno vs. Santana

    Season 1 - July 9, 2015

    Los Angeles chefs Amar Santana and Mirko Paderno make a bet that leaves one of them up to his ears in potatoes and cooking with whole pig’s head. Guests include: Elijah Wood, Krista Simmons and Beth Riesgraf.
  • Fullilove vs. Boudet

    Season 1 - July 9, 2015

    Chef Jason Fullilove’s artistic cuisine takes on Brandon Boudet’s rustic cooking style. Guests include: Erika Christensen, Amy Scattergood, Eric Koston.
  • Neroni vs. Toft

    Season 1 - July 8, 2015

    Two of the hottest new chefs face off as Eater Chef of the Year Jason Neroni takes on Jordan Toft in a battle of big-eye tuna! Will Jason’s last-minute handmade pasta deliver him the big win? Guests include Patrick Fugit.
  • Kobayashi vs. Arrington

    Season 1 - July 8, 2015

    Elijah Wood judges as Nyesha Arrington ("Top Chef") takes on James Beard nominee Chris Kobayashi in a battle of Hawaiian Kampachi and braised lamb neck. Will this one be too close to call?
  • Morningstar vs. Jacobson

    Season 1 - July 7, 2015

    The Mercantile’s chef, CJ Jacobsen, battles it out with Ray’s and Stark Bar’s Kris Morningstar. With white truffles, kohlrabi and ridgeback shrimp, will an ingredient allergy derail the competition? Guests: Lou Amdur and Bad Religion’s Brett Gurewitz.
  • Collins vs. Feau

    Season 1 - July 7, 2015

    It’s France vs. England when French chef David Feau faces off with Englishman Brendan Collins. Country culinary pride is on the line as they tackle razor clams and live catfish. Guests: Eric Wareheim, Jeanne Kelly, Bijou Philips.