You've seen Guy Fieri in the
Circled Square on "Minute to Win It". Now it's time to see him in his
element, as he once again opens the Food Network kitchens to ordinary
Americans who believe that they have the Ultimate Recipe. Tonight, it's
all about Comfort Food. The most comforting will take away $25,000.
Over 10,000 recipes were submitted to
Food Network, and of those, eight will fight it out over two rounds, a
signature round and a speed round. The best of the best, as judged based
on taste, creativity, appearance, and ease, will take home the cash
money AND $5000 in Food Network gear from Kohl's.
New York City
Boca Raton, FL
corporate sales analyst
If Emily looks familiar, she was on the
Showdown LAST year.
Gail: Crawfish & Andouille Sausage Pizza
Emily: Buffalo Chicken Macaroni & Cheese
Riccardo: Escaped Birds (deep fried bites of pork, cheese, bechamel,
eggs, and parmesan)
Kimberly: Ultimate Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte
You've got 90 minutes to win it... and
the clock starts NOW!
Once again on the judging panel: VP of
Food Network's test kitchens Katherine Alford, chef & restauranteur
Michael Psilakis, and new to the Showdown, editor-in-chief of Good
Housekeeping Rosemary Ellis.
And once again, if you want to try out
these recipes, foodnetwork.com/URS... hit up the website and get in the
And before you can say "jelly", Kimberly
is done with her dish. Meanwhile, the other chefs are hurrying with 10
Alright, plate up, and let's taste these
babies. Remember, it's 50 on taste, 25 on originality, 15 on appearance,
and 10 on ease. Highest score wins.
Gail's pizza is up first. Seafood on
pizza is not usually a good idea, but it matches well with the sausages.
It's very playful and impressive. Katherine doesn't likes the plate,
which contrasts the pizza's colors.
Riccardo's escaped birds are next. It's
"surprising", "simple", and "a wonderful contrast".
Kimberly's torte gets a "wow" response.
It's delicious, and the judges like that the peanut butter cups don't
melt in the batter. Katherine would've baked it slightly less, and
Michael would've served it with something else like coffee or a side
Emily's mac'n'cheese is on the block
last. Katherine loves the combination, but she has a problem with the
large amount of chicken. The crunchy texture is playful, but the hot
sauce is off-putting.
SCORES AFTER ROUND 1
That gives Gail the advantage going into
The cooks will have 30 minutes to cook...
Gail: Lobster in Puttanesca Sauce
Emily: Creamy Pumpkin Soup
Riccardo: Renaissance Crostini
Kimberly: Triple Threat Chili
Again, the score to beat is a 96.
A recipe like Gail's calls for anchovies
and olives. The kalamata olives are going in, but the anchovies will
not, on account of her family not LIKING anchovies. Emily is setting the
bar high, but she needs to get it together quickly. Her frico ended up
overdone. Back to Gail, who chose capellini because it's quick to cook.
But it's too small a pasta for too big a flavor. And if lobster meat is
overcooked, it becomes rubbery and dull. Kimberly has made a chili in 20
minutes. It's really REALLY thick.
PLATES DOWN! Time to judge.
Emily's soup could almost be a dessert
soup, but it's a lot more savory. It's a strength of Emily's to layer
flavors. It's one of the best examples of comfort food seen today.
Michael says that the soup brings out a bridge to the savory and the
sweet. The soup could have been a little thinner, though.
Gail's sauce is underseasoned, and her
choice of pasta doesn't do it proper justice. The lobster is a little
bit over, which could've been avoided. Whatever happens, though, she has
Riccardo's crostini is very simple, but
Michael and Rosemary wanted more meat on it, and Katherine's bread is
Kimberly's chili goes over well. The heat
is not too much. It's a satisfying dinner, but the chili is thick.
Michael doesn't think of it as a chili, but as a sloppy Joe.
Remember, the only number that matters is
96. This is for $30,000 in cash and prizes...
Riccardo: 89 - ELIMINATED
Kimberly: 90 - ELIMINATED
Emily needs to beat that 96 in order to
take the game. Emily's score was...
91! Gail wins tonight's Showdown and the
$30,000 in cash and prizes!
Another four chefs and another eight
recipes fight it out next time. Don't watch hungry.
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