Rock the Block
So you want to be a four-star chef
somewhere. You're given top of the line equipment, the best ingredients,
and state of the art cutlery to create masterpieces in haute cuisine.
This show... has none of that. This is
Extreme Chef, a show for those of us who think Iron Chef is for sissies.
Our three cheftestants will be given
whatever we can throw at them, and they'll have to create a three-course
dinner with an elimination after each round. The players will have to
face not only the pressure of the clock, but ever-changing environments
in order to create their dishes. And in the end, it will all come down
to one silver spoon and one bite to see who will pocket $10,000.
Today's unfortunate threesome are...
executive chef, Noble Rot
Beverly Hills, CA
executive chef, Greenleaf Chopshop
executive chef, Bastide
EXPRESS CHALLENGE: 30-Minute Canned Food Meal
Our three chefs meet in the most extreme
urban landscape.... Suburban America. For this challenge, they'll be
making something that's in almost every suburban household... a chef's
worst nightmare... CANNED FOOD. They'll have to use whatever means of
transport they can find to truck a load of unmarked canned food back to
their stations, where they will have half an hour to cook something up
using only plastic spoons and knives. The winner according to the judge
will have a pivotal advantage going into the next round.
Leather's first back with cherries, soup,
some meat of some kind. Sydney has sardines, more fish, hominy, French
onion soup. Kristi has veggie soup, hominy, and... something else.
Today's judge for this challenge... food
critic & author of "Eat My Globe" Simon Majumdar ("The Next Iron Chef").
- LEATHER: Southwestern Chipotle Ham
- KRISTI: Spicy Hominy Stew with Marinated Sardines
- SYDNEY: French-Marinated Sardine Cassoulet with Raspberries
WINNER.... CHEF KRISTI. Her advantage:
she will get to choose one of three grills that you'd find in a backyard
AND assign her competitors theirs. The choices...
- The deluxe propane grill with
- The kettle charcoal grill
- What Marsh calls "a hibachi that's seen better days."
Kristi picks the propane, Sydney, the
charcoal, and Leather the hibachi. Arigato.
ELIMINATION CHALLENGE: Block Party Lunch
Time to cook for a block party. But you
have to source your ingredients and utensils from the homes around the
neighborhood. You will have 90 minutes to come with a dish.
Kristi finds a ground pork and butter.
Leather gets greens and beef short ribs. Sydney gets some salmon, bell
peppers, and that he has a thing against ransacking. Kristi is working
on a pork burger with quinoa. Sydney goes with salmon with pickled
vegetables. Leather... might make leather.
Joining Simon on the sidelines is author
& TV food personality Candice Kumai ("Pretty Delicious").
Now this wouldn't be "Extreme Chef"
without some wrinkle thrown in... In-game, they are called...
X-FACTOR #1: You must cook a hot
appetizer - a flank steak, a shrimp, or a pork sausage - on an ENGINE
Leather gets a flank steak... with
yogurt. Sydney adds garlic to shrimp. Kristi is left with pork sausage,
using a hobo meal, marrying potatoes, mushrooms, artichokes, and the
Oh, the weatherman has a message for
X-FACTOR #2: The forecast is calling
for HEAVY RAIN.
You will get some umbrellas if you want
one. And we have an injury on the field. Sydney and Kristi get theirs,
while Leather... doesn't need a stinking umbrella. Portland native!
Okay, that's enough rain. A weather
update... Leather is making short ribs on a hibachi and yogurt-marinated
flank-steak on his car. Kristi is working on pork burgers on quinoa hash
with panko to sop up the water from the rainstorm. She also has a pork
sausage hobo meal on her car which is still raw. Sydney has grilled
salmon on a grill the wrong way down and shrimp marinated under the
Running out of time... and Kristi will
NOT serve her hobo meal. It's raw. Up against it, and remember, if it's
not on the plate, it will not be judged.
- KRISTI: Pork Burger on Quinoa Hash
Brown (no hot appetizer)
- LEATHER: Yogurt Marinated Flank Steak Salad and Grilled Short Ribs on
- SYDNEY: Shrimp & Tomato Basil Salad and Grilled Salmon & Pickled
Leather's beef was raw, while Sydney's
salmon vegetable dish had a little bit of protein in it... his hair. And
Kristi... had no appetizer.
ELIMINATED... SYDNEY. And while he's good
to the rest of the contestants, he swears that hair wasn't his. Well it
sure as heck wasn't Simon's. He's bald and sexy.
FINAL SHOWDOWN: One Bite
This will be the biggest dish you'll ever
make... and also the smallest. One spoonful... $10,000. And your
ingredients are what you would find in a child's sack lunch: a ham
sandwich, raisins, carrots, string cheese, and beef jerky. Your only
tools are whatever's inside a personal grooming kits: cuticle scissors,
nail files, and tweezers among them.
You are 25 minutes from $10,000.... GO!
- LEATHER: North African-Fired Sweet N'
- KRISTI: Grilled Ham & Cheese Salad with a Beef Jerky Vinaigrette
And a surprise gust of wind sends some
hotel pans AND a few strings of cheese off of our chefs' tables.
Leather brought in some smart North
African flavors, but the spices was overpowering. Kristi produced a safe
bite of food but stayed true to herself.
And the winner of $10,000... and the
title of Extreme Chef today... LEATHER STORRS! To win this is to win a
little something for his family.
Next time, another three chefs and
another three rounds... and maybe we'll cook a corned beef hash sandwich
using a band saw.
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