Chopped

COOKING | 7:00 pm

Host Ted Allen kicks off a five-episode "Grill Masters" competition, which airs tonight in its entirety. In the opener, "Kansas City," big flavors meet big personalities as regional rivals from this midwestern city's thriving barbecue world compete. The basket for the appetizer round holds double-cut pork chops, then a bubbly surprise in the second basket prompts the chefs to bring the sweet to their entrees. Alex Guarnaschelli and Amanda Freitag are guest judges.