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March 14

Four home cooks are looking for the sweet taste of victory as they compete for $25,000.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

Host Guy Fieri
Judges Katherine Alford
Rosemary Ellis
Michael Psilakis
Creators/EP Jim Berger
Art Edwards
Joseph Levy
Packager High Noon Entertainment for Food Network
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Party Foods
March 14

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 from Kohl's.

Tonight's cooks!

Barbara Estabrook
Rhine Lander, WI
Eddie Huang
orig. Orlando
clothing designer & comedian
Thalia Patillo
Bronx, NY
journalist for PIX 11
Dave Fogelman
Stamford, CT
audio engineer

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!

And once again, if you want to try out these recipes, foodnetwork.com/URS... hit up the website and get in the kitchen!

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 chutney.

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 is labor-intensive.

Barbara: 89
Eddie: 90
Thalia: 85
Dave: 93

That gives Dave the advantage going into the...


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.

To watch this episode in its entirety, or to check out recipes from tonight's "Ultimate Recipe Showdown", go to www.foodnetwork.com/urs.