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, Feast on the Beach
Beverly Hills, CA
executive chef, Villa Blanca
Hermosa Beach, CA
executive chef/owner, Made by Meg
It all starts... with a 30-second ransack
of a ship for ingredients and supplies. That is all they will have as
they are abandoned on a nearby beach.
EXPRESS CHALLENGE: 30-Minute Raw Seafood Dish
We've already mentioned that you're going
to be cooking on the beach with whatever you've managed to take off the
boat. You'll also be given your choice of three maritime proteins:
shrimp, scallops, and ahi tuna. Raja has the shrimp, Francis the
scallops, and Meg the tuna. The winner of this challenge will have an
extreme advantage in the next challenge. And you have only 30 minutes to
a) get overboard, b) get on shore, and c) cook.
Did we mention that the water is 48
degrees? And shark infested? And awaiting them on the other side are
only minimal utensils and a hunting knife? AND THERE'S NO FIRE?
Today's judge for this challenge... food
critic & author of "Eat My Globe" Simon Majumdar ("The Next Iron Chef").
- RAJA: Shrimp Poisson Cru
- FRANCIS: Scallop Kiwi Sashimi
- MEG: Ahi Tuna Poke with Asian Guacamole
WINNER.... CHEF RAJA. His advantage...
his prep station will already be ready for him... For the others... They
will have to build THEIR OWN STATIONS FROM SCRATCH.
EXTREME CHALLENGE: Island Castaway Meal
Once we're done with the building, you
will have to run down the beach and break open crates to discover your
ingredients and cooking utensils, including three traditional island
proteins: wild boar, turtle, and mussels & clams. You will have 90
minutes to plate a castaway lunch for two judges.
The guys are fighting for ingredients
while Meg is keeping cool. Raja finds the mussels & clams and heads
back. Francis wants the turtle... Meg is looking for pots and pans
first.. then the boar ribs. And while Raja is working on his dish, the
other two chefs are starting to build. Oh, and one more thing. Your only
heat source is an open fire pit.
Joining Simon on the sidelines will be
owner/chef of the Foundry on Melrose, Eric Greenspan ("The Next Iron
The chefs will only be given a 12-inch
curved butchers knife.
Meg is the last chef to the beach, but
she is the first chef to start cooking on her makeshift table. Raja
realizes that he put his shellfish on the heat too soon. Meanwhile,
Marsh has an X up his sleeve...
X-FACTOR #1: Run down the beach, grab
four coconuts, break'em open, and incorporate the meat and the juice
into your dish.
A lot of wild cards in play. Meg's meat
is cold, so she's going to reheat them. Francis is plating his stew in
the coconut, Korean hot pot style. The broth of Raja's dish is coming up
Nothing's too nice for this, though...
Got some good news and some bad news...
X-FACTOR #2: The good news is, you're
going to have serveware. The bad news... you're going to have to dig for
it. It's an old fashioned treasure hunt!
Francis is the first to find his
serveware. That'll work. It's important to have your plates, because you
have to plate if you want to win. The other two chefs find their plates.
Three minutes left, and Raja's starting
to show off. That might be his downfall, because he's yet to start
plating. Remember, if it's not on the plate, it will not be judged.
And... TIME! And Raja forgot to plate his
- MEG: Crunchy Grilled Boar Ribs with
Woody Mushrooms & Grilled Asparagus.
- RAJA: Tropical Mussel & Clam Cioppino.
- FRANCIS: Turtle Hot Pot
Meg's ribs were pretty much ruined, but
her vegetables were delicious. Raja had some flaws with his cockiness.
Francis had a spot-on dish with a major flaw... the turtle was tough.
ELIMINATED... MEG. Raja didn't plate his
coconut meat, but Meg's inedible boar chop was a fatal flaw.
FINAL SHOWDOWN: One Bite
This will be the biggest dish you'll ever
make... and also the smallest. One spoonful... $10,000. Break into the
safe and retrieve your four ingredients. They must be incorporated into
your one bite. You will have a very limited pantry and a very limited
You are 20 minutes from $10,000.... GO!
The four ingredients... squid, dragon
fruit, red jalapenos, and vanilla bean.
- FRANCIS: Stuffed Squid Tempura
- RAJA: "It Takes Two To Tentacle" - Fried Tentacle Salad on Dragon
Francis' batter is crunchy, but the soy
is overpowering. And the squid is a little rubbery. Raja's bite is
fresh, the tentacles are perfectly cooked. The watery fruit and bok choy
washed away the salinity. It's going to be a tough one to decide today.
Simon liked Raja... Eric likes Francis...
And the winner of $10,000... and the
title of Extreme Chef today... FRANCIS DIMITRIUS! Raja had this, and
then he lost it. Francis didn't think he had it... and now he does.
Next time, another three chefs and
another three rounds... and maybe we'll crack a coconut with a few
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