We sent the call out to party with
some party foods. Over 10,000 recipes later, we've found the eight best. They're
going to battle it out for $25,000 in cash money and $5000 in Food Network gear
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If Emily looks familiar, she was on the
Showdown LAST year.
Barbara: Chicken Cordon-Bleu Roll-Ups
Eddie: Chairman Mao's Cherry Cola Skirt Steak
Thalia: Fiesta Empanadas
Dave: Party Potstickers
You know the rules... 90 minutes to cook, best
score has the advantage going into the speed round. Give me some minutes,
control! Aaaaaand off you go!
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Everyone's way ahead of schedule, so much
so that Eddie takes a drink of baijiu... that goes in the food, sir. And
now... Eddie's gone! Turns out that he was in the middle of taking care
of business in the men's.
At the 10-minute mark, Thalia's oil isn't
hot enough, and the empanadas are starting to open. She tries to start
over... but it's nigh impossible at the moment.
Barbara's chicken is overdone a little.
And... STOP! All the dishes are plated.
Let's FACE THE JUDGES... Remember, it's 50 on taste, 25 on originality,
15 on appearance, and 10 on ease. Highest score wins.
First is Barbara. It's a great idea for a
party, and the blueberry chutney's tartness is well-supported. We just
wish that the chicken wasn't overcooked and that there was more of the
Eddie's meat is flavorful, but it got
cold too soon. He plated too early.
Thalia's empanadas are next. One of them
ends up pretty greasy.
Finally, here comes Dave's potstickers.
Chef Psilakis needs a little more sauce, but gets a lot of flavor and
the head. But Rosemary doesn't think that it's a good party food, as it
SCORES AFTER ROUND 1
That gives Dave the advantage going into
The cooks will have 30 minutes to cook...
Barbara: Three Cheese Crostini Appetizers
Eddie: Green Monster Sandwich & Lychee TNT Shot
Thalia: Plantain & Shrimp Party Boats
Dave: Margarita Shrimp & Scallops
Again, the score to beat is a 93.
Dave is a marked man. He's cooking as
fast as he can. He slices everything the same size to cook evenly.
Thalia concentrates on deveining shrimp. Eddie went down to business.
Thalia's concentrated on getting her plantains down and cooking the
first time. And Dave's salsa is not done with 10 ticks left. Competition
is hot and heavy... and Barbara's looking at her open. And Thalia's
shrimp is overcooked.
PLATES DOWN! Time to judge.
Barbara's crostini is a little
"over-cheesy", but it's good party food. The execution brings it from
simple to spectacular.
Eddie's sandwich is good, but it's too
sweet, and the drink is the strongest part of the dish. The issue is the
flavors not matching.
Thalia's presentation works, but the
shrimp is definitely overcooked. Chef Psilakis doesn't see how all three
of the elements are tied together.
Dave's presentation was definitely off.
Everything else works.
Remember, the only number that matters is
93. This is for $30,000 in cash and prizes...
Eddie: 81 - ELIMINATED
Thalia: 86 - ELIMINATED
That leaves Barbara and Dave. Barbara's
final score is... 94. So Dave needs to beat that in order to win.
Dave's score is...
96! DAVE HOLDS ON TO WIN! He gets the
Party Foods Showdown title 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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