Home cooks and Julia Child superfans compete during two rounds of competition in an attempt to impress the judges with their culinary abilities and share how Julia changed their lives. The first round masters the basics and challenges the competitors to re-create one of Julia's signature dishes, with some guidance from Julia herself, as seen on a giant television screen in the middle of the action. Round 2 is an ode to Julia, where competitors must take inspiration from Julia to create a unique dish reflecting their own culinary point of view. Dishes from the second round are served family-style, with competitors and judges sampling each dish and sharing stories about their food journeys and personal connection to Julia. Antonia Lofaso and a rotating panel of guest judges will decide which of the competitors wins the life-changing grand prize that literally follows in Julia's footsteps: an all-expense paid three-month cooking course at Le Cordon Bleu.