Last week's show saw Rick Massa's Five
Cheese Mac'n'Cheese make the menu at TGI Friday's. Now four new chefs
have come to do battle for a chance to join the future fabled dish.
Harold Cohen, a retired plastic surgeon
from Hollywood, FL. He feels like an Iron Chef for a day. At 74, he's
the oldest contestant in URS history. He is also the only contestant
thus far to have been declared legally blind. His son Michael was on
Season 1 of the Showdown.
Signature: Iberian Burger, a combination
of Spanish flavors, pork sausage, ground chuck, Portobello mushrooms,
and white gazpacho mayonnaise.
Brigitte Nguyen, a recent culinary school
graduate from Lexington, KY. She thinks this is everything she's always
wanted to do. Born and raised in California, she traded in California
for Kentucky, and finance for food. She's in this strictly for pride.
Signature: Vietnamese Bistro Burger,
which stems from the flavors she had growing up.
Sonya Goergen, a PR specialist from
Moorhead, MN, She likes quesadillas. Her family loves burgers. Why not
combine the two? She comes from a big family, where she came to cook at
age 3. She loves to cook big for her big family.
Signature: Adobo Quesadilla Burger, a
combination of Mexican flavors grilled in a tortilla.
And finally, Sarah Sommerfield, a
marketing professional from New York City. To get her burger on the menu
would be amazing. She grew up in the Village, and sees cooking as
something of a hobby. She can be creative and successful in that arena,
but will that parlay into a win into THIS arena?
Signature: Croque Monsieur Burger, a
takeoff from a Croque Monsieur sandwich.
As a reminder, recipes for all of
tonight's creations will be available on FoodNetwork.com/URS in case you
want to whip it up yourself.
Each chef will have 60 minutes to create
their signature dish, which will be submitted to the judges (director of
the Food Network test kitchens Katherine Alford, owner of Mia Dona
Michael Psilakis, and editor-in-chief of Family Circle Linda Fears) for
tasting and judgment. They'll judge on a 100-point scale...
- 50 on taste
- 25 on creativity
- 20 on appearance
- 5 on ease
The highest score will set the benchmark
in the Speed Round, with the highest overall winning his or her chef
$25,000 and a spot on the menu at TGI Friday's.
At the end of the Signature Round... and
a little bit of fire...
Harold's Iberian Burger: Katherine likes
the complex flavors. Chef Psilakis loves the spice of the sausage. Linda
would leave the tomato off, but she thinks it's delicious.
Brigitte's Vietnamese Bistro Burger:
Katherine thinks the jalapenos are on fire, which is making nuance hard.
Linda loves it. The chef... loves the idea of pickling the vegetables.
Sonya's Adobo Quesadilla Burger: Linda
thinks that it's a little overcooked. Katherine likes the presentation,
but thinks that the texture is grainy. Chef Psilakis wanted a little
something more for his quesadilla burger.
Sarah's Croque Monsieur Burger: Katherine
thinks this is a burger to beat, but the French toast? Linda agrees.
Chef Psilakis loves that Sarah tried to capture the identity.
The results of the scoring...
That gives Brigitte the advantage going
into round 2, the Speed Round. It's the same battle, except now you're
working on a clock of 30 minutes instead of 60. The score to beat... 95.
Here's what the cooks have to offer...
Harold: Pimiento Cheeseburger
Brigitte: Bluegrass Beercheese Melt
Sonya: Turkey Burger with Prosciutto & Melon
Sarah: Bourbon Burger
Brigitte's using bourbon in the barbecue
sauce. Sarah's using bourbon in the meat. Will the alcohol cook out in
time? Also, when you're talking about Sonya, you're talking turkey, and
the risk is that it will dry out. The judges think that one of the
problems with that last round of burgers was that they plated too early.
The proteins have to wait until the bitter end.
And... that's time. Let's go to the panel.
Harold's Pimiento Cheeseburger: Linda
thinks that it's delicious. Katherine thinks that it's creative and fun.
Chef Psilakis says he likes it because he can eat it.
Brigitte's Bluegrass Beercheese Melt:
Katherine thinks that it's a bit tricky to eat. The bottom is a little
soggy. Linda thinks that it's good to taste, but both she and Chef
Psilakis' burgers have deteriorated to nothing because she didn't allow
to rest the meat.
Sonya's Turkey Burger with Prosciutto &
Melon: The bread, a ciabatta number, is a little tricky, but the flavor
Sarah's Bourbon Burger: Linda's not a
bourbon fan, and bourbon flavor comes through too much for her.
Meanwhile, Katherine is a BIG bourbon fan. She likes the sweetness. Chef
Psilakis says this is what a burger should be, but it's a little too
And Iron Chef for a Day Harold Cohen
takes the burger run, the presidents, the spot on the menu, and of
course... the bragging rights!
Next week, four new cooks and eight new
amazing recipes. Don't watch hungry.