Bobby Flay loses lobster mac ‘n cheese Throwdown to Cal Hancock of Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company, in Cundy’s Harbor, Maine

Resident Foodies say: This week, Bobby Flay lost a lobster mac ‘n cheese Throwdown to Cal Hancock of the Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. in Cundy’s Harbor, near Harpswell, Maine.

Dishes: Cal Hancock’s lobster mac ‘n cheese had a nice, creamy mascarpone sauce, with a touch of cheddar, and huge chunks of fresh Maine lobster. The crust consists of panko bread crumbs, herbed butter, lemon zest, and some parmesan cheese. Play the video below to hear Cal describe her lobster mac ‘n cheese.

Bobby Flay used fontina, taleggio, and Parmigiano-Reggiano in his lobster mac ‘n cheese. It had both tarragon and mussel stock to give the dish a very distinctive flavor. Click here for Bobby Flay’s mac ‘n cheese recipe.

Judges: The judges–Chef Tony Poulin of Southern Maine Community College and Tom Martin of Lucky Catch Lobster–loved both dishes, but selected Cal Hancock’s, the more traditional dish, as the winner.

Bobby Flay loses Thanksgiving Throwdown to Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman

Resident Foodies say: In a twist, Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, challenged Bobby Flay to a Thanksgiving dinner Throwdown, back at her Oklahoma ranch. It was a visual and culinary feast!

The judges picked Ree as the winner, but it was very close.

For the recipes of Bobby’s and Ree’s Thanksgiving dinner, click below:

1. Ree Drummond’s Cornbread Dressing with Pancetta, Apples, and Mushrooms

2. Ree Drummond’s Giblet Gravy

3. Ree Drummond’s Creamy Mashed Potatoes

4. Ree Drummond’s Pecan Pie

5. Ree Drummond’s Pie Crust

6. Bobby Flay’s Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Spicy Caramel Apple Sauce and Vanilla Bean Creme Anglaise

7. Bobby Flay’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranates and Vanilla-Pecan Butter

8. Ree Drummond’s Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey

9. Bobby Flay’s Sourdough, Wild Mushroom, and Bacon Dressing

10. Bobby Flay’s Thanksgiving Pioneer-Style Herb Roasted Turkey

Bobby Flay wins banana cream pie throwdown v. “Baked” chefs Matt Lewis + Renato Poliafito

Throwdown: In this week’s episode of Season 8, Bobby Flay challenged Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, owners of Brooklyn bakery Baked, to a banana cream pie throwdown.

Food Network describes the challenge: “Tired of the rat race, friends and co-workers Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito left the grind of jobs in advertising to follow their tasty dream of opening a bakery. This led to the creation of their Elvis-inspired banana cream pie that has fans flocking from all over to their Brooklyn bakery to get a taste of this dessert that is fit for a king! Can Matt and Renato cream the competition with their heavenly dessert, or will Bobby’s take on the classic pie reign supreme?”

Dishes: Matt and Renato made their signature peanut butter banana cream pie, inspired by Elvis’s love of peanut butter banana and bacon sandwiches. (No bacon in the pie!) You can get the recipe by clicking here.

Meanwhile, Bobby made a traditional banana cream pie, but caramelized the bananas and added hazelnuts on top. You can find the recipe by clicking here.

Judges: Ron Silver, chef and owner of Bubby’s Pies in NYC. Rose Levy Beranbaum, author of 9 baking books including Rose’s Heavenly Cakes.

Winner: Bobby Flay! Judges liked both pies, but Ron Silver found the peanut butter too overwhelming to taste the banana flavor.

Bobby improves to 4-3 for the season and has a shot at finishing over .500 for the first time ever at the end of Season 8. Good luck, Bobby!