Some restaurants and delis have been perfecting their sandwich recipes for decades, but Oprah wants to see what three ingenious teams can cook up in just 30 minutes. The best of the bunch will be named the winner of Oprah's first sandwich showdown!
Before the slicing and dicing can begin, producers search through thousands of viewer e-mails for the biggest fans of three top TV chefs— Tyler Florence , Ingrid Hoffmann and Curtis Stone . They select amateur cooks Emily, Madeline and Andrea to fly to Chicago and whip up something on The Oprah Show …but these cooks have no idea what else is in store!
As host of Bravo's hit show Top Chef , Padma Lakshmi , a cookbook author, actress and supermodel, is used to springing challenges on aspiring chefs. Just as Emily, Madeline and Andrea get settled, Padma surprises them with their instructions. "You will each be required to come up with an amazing, original sandwich creation," she says. "The viewer with the best sandwich will win a full set of Elite Line appliances for the kitchen from Kenmore."
The showdown contestants soon discover they won't be cooking solo…they're joined by their favorite celebrity chefs!