Having just opened his own restaurant Gunshow, Kevin is fired up and ready for this duel.
Art Smith is a man to be reckoned with, with an extensive list of high-profile clientele. Will the judges be as impressed with his skills as Oprah and the Obamas?
Gail and Curtis arrive with guest judge, Hugh Acheson.
Just a couple of bearded Southern boys waiting to be thrown into the gauntlet.
Kevin's up first, and his challenge is to butcher an entire side of pork. He means business, delicious porky business, and he means to rattle Art with a test of his butching prowess.
Art may be a little rusty at this...as he said, he usually pays people to do it.
Kevin shows great sportsmanship, lending a helping hand (saw).
Art is less than pleased with what he calls "pig hell." We aren't so sure that any place with that much pork could be hell.
Kevin works away at his half of the pig, and since he recently wrote a book all about pork, we're guessing he could do this with his eyes closed.
It is so kind of Kevin to help Art in his time of need. Who said chefs aren't conscientious?
We're proud of you Art! Keep pushing through!
Art presents fried pork chops, and Kevin brings shaking pork to the Judges' Table. Which pork will remain supreme?
The judges are just grateful to see food on the table after such a perilous challenge.
Art's challenge is a "critter fry" and Kevin turns to a critter that is a bit more refined, quail.
Art is making fried rabbit hoe (named after the gardening tool, which folks used to use as the vessel for this dish).
Kevin works on a cornbread pancake for his spin on chicken and waffles.
How could the judges not have smiles on their faces when the masters of Southern food are cooking for them?
If anyone was planning on dieting, this is a required cheat day... an excessive cheat day.
The final Duel is all about curing ailments. The chefs need to create a dish to alleviate stress, cure homesickness, and mend a broken heart...This will not be an easy feat -- but the cast of Grey's Anatomy needs delicious eats to come to their rescue.
Kevin turns to science for his first course, making a dish including salmon, asparagus, and orange, which all chemically reduce stress.
Kevin and his sous chef Joey are hard at work on this complex final Duel. Since it's almost medicinal could you consider his sous chef a culinary nurse?
The judges are elated to see that Art is making biscuits...Curtis' grin must be a mile wide.
Hugh has a deep, personal love for Southern cuisine, living and cooking in the South himself. He has a look of intense curiosity, thrilled to see what these Southern aficionados will set in front of him. Or maybe that look is just hunger?
The cast of Grey's Anatomy is here! They're ready to judge just how well the chefs will fare when coming to the rescue.
It is time for what is sure to be the most epic of Southern meals. We hope this mix of Northerners -- and non-Americans can handle it.
All Curtis can think about is his biscuit -- and some fried chicken, maybe?
Art and Kevin go in completely opposite directions for the first course, with Kevin going light, and Art going heavier with chicken and dumpling soup...and biscuits!
James is a Southern man himself, finding comfort and familiarity in dishes that remind him of his mother.
This table is ready to be cured of homesickness.
Wolfgang chats it up with Sarah in between courses...we have a feeling Wolfgang has watched a few episodes of Grey's.
What better way to cure a broken heart than with decadent desserts?
This group looks healthier already after a meal nourishing to the body, mind, and soul.