Another three chefs will be thrown out of
the kitchen and into the fire for a shot at $10,000.
Today's unfortunate threesome are...
executive chef, Marche Bacchus
executive chef, Passages
Rocky Mount, NC
private chef, Cooking with Rome
And to answer your question... Yes. THAT
EXPRESS CHALLENGE: 30-Minute Striped Bass
Welcome to the great outdoors. For the
first challenge, you'll be cooking fish. Fresh fish. As in, caught,
trapped, and waiting for you to SWIM out to get them. You will be
limited to what you can carry with your hands. The winner of this
challenge will have an advantage in the next challenge.
We start with... a near-drowning, as
Jerome is caught in weeds. Let this be a lesson, swim light. Anyway,
because of the assistance given him, he will have to incur a five-minute
penalty from when the last swimmer/canoer returns. Small price to pay
for your life.
The chefs are given citrus, garlic, and
several aromatics. And the blueprint music from the earlier "Minute to
Win It" starts playing.
Jerome's PT expires, and he's given his
fish and cooler to start cooking... in 14 minutes. And then he makes the
cardinal mistake... mistaking sugar for salt.
Today's judge for this challenge...
four-star chef and "Chopped" grand champion Madison Cowan.
- JEAN PAUL: Citrus & Shiitake Striped
- CHRISTINE: Mediterr-Asian Striped Bass
- JEROME: Sautéed Bass with Citrus Reduction
WINNER.... CHEF JEAN PAUL. His advantage:
he will get to choose one of three proteins
AND assign his competitors theirs. The choices...
- Rack of venison
- Duck breast
- Baby back ribs
Jean Paul gives himself the duck,
Christine the ribs, and Rome the venison.
EXTREME CHALLENGE: Lunch for Hikers
You'll be cooking for 12 hungry hikers
AND two judges. Everything they need is in their hands AND in the
pantry. The challenge itself will take place a mile and a half up a
mountain trail. They are only allowed one backpack's worth of items, so
pack wisely. You have two hours to hike and cook.
Jean Paul is the first to head up the
trail. Christine is the second... and Jerome is the last, but he passes
Christine on the trail. Army strong.
Jean Paul is the first to his station,
with Jerome not far behind. Jean Paul's making a seared duck with
couscous. Jerome will have a potseared venison over Asian slaw.
Christine will have a baby back ribs number. The chefs will only have
access to one Bowie knife.
Jerome's the first to plate.... but here
comes the first X-factor...
X-FACTOR: You must cook a dessert...
using dehydrated ingredients found atop trees back on the mountain
Jean Paul got the easiest bag, Jerome the
middle bag, and Christine the highest. Jean Paul has a carrot cake with
vanilla pudding. Jerome has a chocolate candy apple with berry compote.
Christine is foregoing the dessert to concentrate on her not-cooking
The hikers are en route with one minute
remaining. Jerome is the only one with dessert ready. And... DONE!
Remember, if it's not on the plate, it will not be judged.
Joining Madison on the sidelines.. Lesley
Suter, food critic/editor for LA Magazine.
- JEAN PAUL: Seared Duck Breast with
Couscous (no dessert)
- CHRISTINE: Baby Back Ribs with Sweet Potatoes (no dessert)
- JEROME: Pot-Seared Venison with Asian Cabbage Slaw and Chocolate
Dipped Apple with Fruit Compote
Jean Paul's duck was overcooked.
Christine's ribs are massively undercooked. Jerome makes up for his
earlier blunder with a perfect dish.
ELIMINATED... CHRISTINE. She felt she did
justice to women chefs everywhere, but the fact remains... her food
didn't cut it.
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 in the crate ahead, and all four must be used. And the
only cutting implement... a Swiss Army knife. The pantry is stocked with
all the ingredients that were not taken in the last challenge.
You are 25 minutes from $10,000.... GO!
The four ingredients... ramps,
blackberries, lily bulbs... and wild boar.
- JEROME: Wild Boar Stew
- JEAN PAUL: Wild Boar Ramp Wrap
Jean Paul has one big bite. It's
refreshing with a subtle hint of garlic, but there was a lack of flavor.
Madison says that he took a massive step backward. As for Jerome... a
lot of blackberries and olive oil.
And the winner of $10,000... and the
title of Extreme Chef today... JEAN PAUL LABADIE! He didn't want to come
back to Vegas a loser. And he isn't.
Next time, another three chefs and
another three rounds... and maybe we'll prep an eel we're going to have
to swim for and catch with our bare hands.
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