Last time, three teams of
master chefs tried out the singles scene. In the end, Susan Feniger and
Tony Mantuano got the high marks and moved on to the Champions Round.
Which chefs will join them?
New York City
chef/owner, Red Rooster & Aquavit
New York City
chef/restauranteur, David Burke Townhouse
Table to Table
Recipe for Success
orig. Puerto Rico
Two players will move on to the Champions
Round from this show... First up...
QUICKFIRE CHALLENGE: Five Grilled Cheeses to
One of Kelly's favorite foods... the
grilled-cheese sandwich. So the challenge... make the best one in 20
minutes. Judging will be... the person who likes grilled-cheeses.
CARMEN: Italian baguette with manchego,
garlic, cilantro & lime.
DAVID: Triple cream cheese with prosciutto, almonds, tomato & rosemary.
MARCUS: Gruyere & Cheddar with Gazpacho & Salad
THIERRY: Taleggio & Goat Cheese with Olives, Harissa & Pear, Pine Nut &
MONICA: Feta & Farmer Cheese with Gates on Raisin Nut Bread & Herb Salad
Kelly gives the win to... MONICA. She
gets $5000 and an advantage going into...
We're going Hollywood. The masters will
be catering a celebrity birthday party for "ER" star Mekhi Phifer. He
charges the chefs with making their own version of soul food for the
Since Monica won the Quickfire, she'll
get the advantage of getting her choice of protein FIRST. And whatever
she chooses no one else will be able to use it. You have 45 minutes and
$400 to spend at Whole Foods.
Monica chooses... SHRIMP.
After shopping comes an hour to prep.
Marcus: BBQ Chicken with Mac & Cheese &
Carmen: Yucca & Bacon Mash, Oyster & Hot Sausage Stew with Corn
David: Sweet Potato Custard with Crab, Hush Puppies & Pickled Watermelon
Monica: Shrimp & Grits "Mac & Cheese Style" with Okra and Tomato Jam
Thierry: Moroccan Pork Shoulder , Farro, Roast Cauliflower & Brussels
After half an hour of cooking, we get
half an hour of packing. And I'm not reasonably certain at this point,
but I believe someone forgot something in the kitchen. I wonder who...
Next day, it's the party at the Thompson
in Beverly Hills. You have 2.5 hours to cook 125 portions. And we
finally figure out who's missing their food... it's Carmen. WOOPS! The
other chefs will have to back her up while she drives through LA traffic
BACK to the Master Kitchen. Which is 16 miles away. Meanwhile, the chefs
all have their OWN dishes to prepare.
David & Monica help their fellow chef out
while their wares are cooking. Marcus, on the other hand, knows that the
chefs like each other... but it's a competition.
And back at the Thompson, Carmen's yucca
is burned. One hour to service. She returns to the kitchen and gets
straight to work. She's not going to have enough time to cook or present
a dish. If she can't put together a dish in time, she's going to have to
She's going for it!
David's dishes were hard to put out the
way they were put out. His combinations were good. Monica tried to keep
it really simple and really good, but her shrimp were undercooked.
Marcus' chicken and mac & cheese were really on point. Thierry's dish
was well-balanced. He had a lot of elements on his plates, perhaps too
many. And the story behind Carmen's dish doesn't go unheeded. The
disaster only served to make the stew stronger.
The final scores:
Talk about a comeback! The 15.5 was the
highest score of the night, and as a result, Carmen wins $10,000. Also
winning $10,000... Marcus. They faced off in spirit, and they'll have to
do it again.
Next time, six more chefs will compete for
the fifth spot in the Champions Round as well as redemption. Tip the veal, try the waitress.
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