We've had everything under
the sun from party favorites to pies, so now what is there left except
what makes their hometowns sing? Over 10,000 recipes later, we have the
top eight battling it out for $30,000 in cash and prizes on this, the
Tonight's hometown heroes...
Merritt Island, FL
industrial engineering consultant
art gallery owner
Mark: Mango Pork Tenderloin
Brigitte: Bluegrass Burger
Cory: Catfish Tacos
Debbie: Crawfish Beignets with Spicy Remoulade
It should be noted that Brigitte was a
contestant on the Showdown last year, but lost the Burgers round by a
Round 1 is the Signature Round. Best score
will have the advantage going into the dessert round. One hour... from
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Seems like we've got a Southern throwdown.
And speaking of throwdowns, Mark's not having a good day as his
pineapples meet Mr. Ground. Debbie's also not having a good day as her
thermometer breaks. While it's in the oil. And it's a mercury
thermometer, so she can't use it. Cory has NEVER been a culinary
competitor. As for Brigitte... she's way ahead of schedule, so she's
starting her burgers, an 80-20 chuck. Here's a top tip: ring moulds make
for perfect patties... perfect patties make for even cooking.
Everything's starting to come together
quickly. Mark is going for a rice cake. Brigitte's burgers don't have
enough color on them. The grill's too cold. Debbie's beignets part
two... with five minutes remaining. Will her beignets come out all the
way through with a minute left?
And... STOP! Judges time! Remember, it's
50 on taste, 25 on originality, 15 on appearance, and 10 on ease.
Highest score wins.
First up, Mark's tenderloin. Katherine
said he nailed it, but he could've cooked it a little more. Rosemary
says that the rice cake is missing the ginger. Chef Michael agrees, too
much heat on that.
Next up, Brigitte's burgers. She's not as
relaxed as before, but the chow-chow in the burger is very innovative.
The burger hit home, but the burger meat itself was way well done.
Here come Cory's tacos. No one says
anything... until the judges comment on how everything goes well
together. Katherine says that it's "not wimpy". Rosemary says that it
Finally, up comes Debbie's beignets. The
presentation is fantastic, but the beignet is NOT COOKED all the way
through. The remoulade sauce is on point. Texturally, though, it al
comes back to the beignets.
SCORES AFTER ROUND 1
That gives Cory the advantage going into
Half an hour to try and beat Cory's 96.
Mark: Faux She Crab Soup
Brigitte: Kentucky Hot Brown
Cory: Texas Wontons
Debbie: Fried Green Tomato & Crab Salad
Mark looks really confident, really
controlled. Both he and Brigitte start with a roux, which is butter and
flour used to thicken a soup into a stew. Cory is using a regional
ingredient: swamp fire. He... doesn't know what's in it, but apparently
it's so potent that his wife won't let him keep it in the house. Mark is
using clam juice and half-and-half. He wants to give the judges the full
Monty. As for Debbie's fried green tomatoes? She's cooking in cast iron,
which makes it very rustic, very Southern. She's using sumac to make the
citrus flavor pop.
Cory forgets to boil his shrimp with 12
minutes remaining. He's really going to push it. Meanwhile, Mark hits
the soup with the crab. Though the judges have this thing about thick
soup... they don't like it. We'll see if this will change their minds.
Brigitte is at the mercy of her oven with 10 minutes to go. Debbie is
ready to start frying tomatoes. And Cory's shrimp... PERFECT. But he
needs to get the wontons in the fryer very soon. If his wontons
explode... this could be over.
Going down to the wire and all four chefs
are on the edge... and... PLATES DOWN! Time to judge.
Mark's soup is up first. Is the thickness
going to be its killer? The presentation is a knockout, but the soup...
is too thick. But it's creamy, though one-dimensional.
Brigitte's hot browns are next. Katherine
wishes that the sauce had a little more seasoning, just a bit. Michael
isn't disappointed. It's a simple dish with a lot of comfort. Rosemary
thinks that it's a more interesting dish than it usually is.
Cory's wontons are next. The dumplings
are gorgeous. The plates are beautiful. Michael, though, is very
confused by the dish as a whole.
Debbie's fried green tomatoes got a lot
of looks in the cooking. Katherine says that she nailed it. Rosemary
likes the contrast, but she thinks it would've been a little better with
a little more dressing.
Remember, the only number that matters is
96. This is for $30,000 in cash and prizes...
Mark: 88 - ELIMINATED
Brigitte: 92 - ELIMINATED
That leaves Cory's 96 and Debbie's fried
green tomatoes. She needs at least a 97 to win... Will the down-home
charm of Debbie's dish take the day?
Debbie's score is...
93! CORY holds on to take the title of
URS Champion BACK to Ponder, Texas!
And that's going to do it for URS3. Stay
tuned for URS4 coming soon... Don't watch hungry.
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