Stump the Cook

The Splendid Table's very own game show — a refrigerator/pantry game in which a call-in contestant challenges Lynne Rossetto Kasper to create a dish with five ingredients from their kitchen.


Aaron Cotkin, a graduate student in San Diego, challenges Lynne to make a dish from frozen Korean peanut rice balls, baby bella mushrooms, Greek yogurt, canned green beans and frozen sockeye salmon filets.
Shalon Hastings, a restaurateur from Helena, Montana, challenges Lynne to make a dish from duck fat, whole chicken, tamarind paste, fermented black beans and homemade fig jam.
Rowland Archer from Wake Forest, North Carolina, challenges Lynne to make a dish from fresh blueberries, canned white albacore tuna, leftover cooked angel hair pasta, fresh tomatoes and rind from Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
Tricia Michaelis from Dickinson, North Dakota, challenges Lynne to make a dish from asparagus, lemon, boneless chicken breasts, carrots and raspberry preserves.
Cheryl Ahuja, a mother of one from Marietta, Georgia, challenges Lynne to make a dish from cucumber, onion, cream cheese, Brussels sprouts and celery.
Karl Vogel, a married father of three who loves to cook from Lincoln, Nebraska, challenges Lynne to make a dish from tilapia filets, rolled oats, baby carrots, almond butter and garlic.
Chef Mario Batali is the stumpmaster. Sara from Toronto challenges Lynne with rapini, cheddar cheese, partridge berries, homemade fish cakes and rhubarb wine.
Actress, writer and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi joins Lynne Rossetto Kasper as the stumpmaster. Steve from Omaha, Neb., has Fuji apples, raspberry-chipotle barbecue sauce, salami, pannetone bread and Kraft Singles.
Ty Burrell of Modern Family is the celebrity stumpmaster.
Chef Ted Allen of Chopped joins Lynne as celebrity guest stumpmaster. Lisa from Indianapolis has whipping cream, duck fat, orange/peach/mango juice, capers and fish sauce.
Baker, fashion designer and Project Runway All Stars judge Isaac Mizrahi joins us as stumpmaster. Lynne makes a meal from Ben's ingredient list of Longjing tea, fruit (peaches and plums), preserved vegetables, fried dried fish maw and bittersweet chocolate.
Radio host and author Frank DeCaro is the stumpmaster. Katie from Washington, D.C., has cabbage, sweet potatoes, pomegranates, membrillo and a big hunk of prosciutto.
Comedian and crafter Amy Sedaris, author of Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, joins Lynne as celebrity guest stumpmaster in a special, edible crafters' edition. Brad from St. Paul has almonds, a Hershey's bar, cookie sprinkles, corn syrup and fruit snacks.
Peter Sagal, host of NPR's "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!," joins Lynne as celebrity guest stumpmaster.