Guy's Grocery Games is a Food Network series that debuted in 2013, and is created and hosted by Guy Fieri.
Like Chopped and Cutthroat Kitchen, it involves four contestants preparing dishes for a three-judge panel during three rounds, with one contestant eliminated after each round. This time, however, the chefs have to gather their ingredients from the aisles of the fictional Flavortown Market, and Guy assigns a dish type and one or more challenges (i.e., requiring chefs to use only frozen items or stay under a certain price or weight limit). The winner plays a bonus round for a maximum of $20,000 cash.
Tropes for this series:
- Affectionate Nickname: Guy likes to refer to frequent judge Alex Guarnaschelli, who has competed in and judged various American incarnations of Iron Chef, as "ICAG."
- Alliterative Title: Guy's Grocery Games.
- Bonus Round: "Guy's Shopping Spree" for the winner, giving them a chance to win up to $20,000 in two minutes.
- First format: Get 10 specified items, one from every aisle, for $2,000 each.
- Second format: Answer five questions with the names of different items, then find them in the market for $4,000 each.
- Crossover: There have been tournaments and special episodes serving as crossovers with other Food Network shows, such as Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (all of the contestants are chefs that had been featured on said show), Restaurant: Impossible (the winner must battle Robert Irvine), etc.
- Delayed Reaction: See Running Gag below.
- Game Show Host: Guy Fieri, of course.
- Grocery Store Episode: More like Grocery Store Game Show.
- New Rules as the Plot Demands: On occasion, after the judges finish deliberating, Guy announces that none of the chefs will be eliminated in the current round. It usually happens if the judges can't pick a clear loser among the dishes put before them, or if all the chefs completely screwed up. This is followed by an announcement that two chefs will be knocked out in the next round to compensate.
- Sometimes Guy skips the bonus round and just gives the whole $20,000 to the winner.
- Running Gag: Guy likes to sneak his "3, 2, 1, Go" countdown into his banter at the beginning of each round, often resulting in a delay of several seconds as one or more chefs figure out that he's given them the signal to start.
- Troll: Half the appeal is watching Guy's good-natured taunting of the contestants or games like the claw machine where the contestants get a "prize" they have to incorporate into the meal. It's often labeled something easy to work with like "rice," but when Guy reveals the full label, it's more like "rice pudding."