The seventh season, which premieres Sunday, June 5, at 9 p.m., is the network's most star-studded yet and features celebrated figures from Alton Brown to Michael Symon to Ina Garten. Among the challenges? Performing live on the Rachael Ray Show, catering the Guy Fieri-headlined All American Food Festival, and competing head to head in Kitchen Stadium, Iron Chef America-style.
Season seven's challenges aren't the only part of the show that's advanced — the contestants sound like a pretty qualified bunch, too. To see the 15 finalists who'll compete come June, keep reading.