"Part 3" - June 12
We are back and we are down
to 7 potential Food Network chefs...
This week it is all about culinary philosophy. And to
explain his philosophy is Mario Batali. Batali's
philosophy is "simplicity mixed with classicism." And he
shows his philosophy by making a pizza. Batali says
pizza is not a gavonne (gluttonous thing)...so we are
going to see how your philosophy is shown through
CHALLENGE #1: Create and make your own pizza. You
have 30 minutes to make the pizza and be ready to demo
The team is shown to a
table with every known topping...and some unknown
topping. Deborah wants to make it Caribbean. Hans said
the tentacles are his. Mario Batali is there to
supervise. The committee is watching. Midway through the
challenge, Susannah suffers a nasty cut on her index
finger. She chose to plug away and not be a whiner.
Eric's dough wouldn't roll out...and time is up.
Now we demo the pizza in front of Marc and Mario...and
Mario tastes each pizza. Hans does a Calamari pizza.
Susan Fogelson said he talked about it in an
unappetizing way. Batali said it was extra cheesy and
there was a clam shell on it.
Michael Thomas is next. His pizza came out wrong with
one side to thin and one side too thick. So his demo
explained that it would satisfy different crust styles.
He called it the "crumbling colosseum pizza." The demo
was clean, and no one caught his screw up. He felt
Next is Deborah Fewell who did a Caribbean Pizza. Bob
Tischman: "That's not who she is. I don't think she can
keep that up."
Steve and Dan due a caramelized onion pizza with duck
comfit. Susan said they gelled and were moving together.
She thought they nailed the demo. Mario called it one of
the top 2 pizzas.
Harmony did an "all-inclusive" pizza. She called it "an
adventure of the senses." Mario called it beautiful and
Eric poured way too much flour. He said he looked like
Casper the Friendly Ghost. He made a submarine shaped
pizza that "touches the human heart".
Susannah did a simplistic pizza but her demo was not one
of the best. Tischman said she was pretending to have
fun and when the cameras went off the air, her
expression changed. We see her going to the hospital.
She hates needles, but she needs so stitches. They gave
her some pain medication.
CHALLENGE #2: Pitch your show idea based on your
philosophy to the Food Network Committee.
Everyone was working all night on their pitches.
Harmony goes first. She called her show "Cooking with
your senses." She felt "underprepared." The committee
gets to ask questions of the pitchees. Fogelson said she
had a unique point of view, but her pitch was a
Deborah pitches a show called "Eating with Deborah." It
was a hybrid celebrity, variety and cooking show. After
her pitch she felt happy and thrilled. Gordon Elliott
felt she was too ambitious. Tischman felt Deborah was
invented and not real.
Hans is next. His called "Inhibition Kitchen"--face your
fear and cook it. Fogelson said the pitch wasn't doing
anything for him.
Eric was up. He pitched a show called "Mean Cuisine". It
would be filled with traditional entrees to touch the
human heart. "Who couldn't love a face like this?"
Tischman said he was a nice person...what is "mean
cuisine?" He said it was just a tagline. He felt happy
after the demo. Fogelson said the pitch was great and
off the chain.
Steve and Dan pitch a show called "Soup to Nuts". Dan
would be the cook and Steve the sous chef. It would be a
party/menu planning show.
Susannah's show is "Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Thinner". Tischman asked her about the uniqueness of her
diet show. Gordon Elliott called it well thought
out...and "that's a show".
Michael was last and did "Where on Earth's My Dinner?"
Food is an experience...and I will travel the world to
get it. Tischman called his pitch a revelation. Fogelson
called it outstanding.
CHALLENGE #3: Cook a dish based on the theme, "Summer
Celebration". You will have 35 minutes to cook the dish,
have it ready for prep and when the dish is demoed the
committee will taste it and judge it. The committee will
also judge you on how you read the recipe breakdown on
After 35 minutes, and a lot of chaos...the time is up.
Deborah is first. She has a grilled corn, edamame and
blackeyed peas salad. Some of her corn and edamame were
not on the demo plate and when the committee tastes it,
Elliott said, "If I were in the restaurant I would be
calling the waiter."
#2 is Hans who did a pan-seared rack of lamb with a
chipotle barbeque sauce. He took the notes the committee
gave him last time and showed more personality. Elliott:
"That is talent".
#3 is Eric who did a potato salad. Tischman saw that he
dies in the live environment. His demo was horrible. The
committee did like the potato salad.
#4 is Susannah who did her Greek Goddess Shrimp Salad.
"I want to win this." But she forgot some seasoning and
the committee found it bland.
#5 is Harmony did a seafood bruschetta. She concentrated
on the talking parts. And Tischman said this recipe
showed signs of life.
#6 are Dan and Steve who did Middle Eastern Beef Kabobs.
Their sauce was so thick that it started a fire in the
kitchen. Even so, they told Marc... "WE DIDN'T STOP THE
#7 and last is Michael who did a Chocolate Tofu Mousse
Pie with Raspberry Sauce. He was there to entertain and
inform. And the committee loved the pie.
Elimination time. Tischman--some are recoiling in front
of the camera. First is Eric. Gordon says he is his TV
Friend, but you need to get the technical down. We want
you to stay. He is SAFE.
Dan and Steve (by Tischman)--you are playful and
informative, but you need to balance your team better.
You are not equal. But they are staying. They are SAFE.
Michael (by Susan) You are funny and entertaining. We
want you to stay.
Susannah thinks her injury might hurt her. Gordon says
she has a camera presence but we need to crack you open
to see the personality and real you. She is SAFE and
Hans (by Bob) you were on the cusp last week, but he was
smooth and confident this week, but you need to step it
up evern further. He is SAFE and staying.
It's down to Harmony and Deborah. Susan says off camera
Harmony is charming, but on camera we didn't see it.
Deborah has a 10,000 watt smile, but her demos feel
apart. However, Deborah is staying and Harmony Marceau
from NYC is out. Harmony cries and we end the show with
the 6 left eating their summer selections.
My opinion at this point: Deborah is in serious trouble.
So is Eric and Michael. The favorites at this point are
Dan and Steve, Hans and Susannah. But we will see what
challenges are next in episode IV of "The Next Food