They are judged by a panel of professional chefs and other notables from the food and wine industry with one or more contestants eliminated in each episode.
The show is produced by Magical Elves Productions, the same company that created Project Runway.
The chefs are brought to the season's host city or state, which typically inspires themes throughout the season.
The chefs live in a provided apartment or house during the course of the season, and normally do not have access to outside communication.
The top individuals or teams are called in, and may be asked questions about their dishes or preparation before they are notified of their placement.