Hope you brought you milk,
because the following Showdown is about to be a hot one! Over 10,000
recipes were submitted, and now the eight hottest and spiciest will go
head to head to head to head against each other for 25 Gs, 5 Gs in Food
Network gear from Kohl's, and the title of URS Hot & Spicy Champion!
student & Navy vet
culinary school grad
Tina: Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup
Ken: Spice Island Salad
Richard: Blazing Buffalo Bites
Julie: Chipotle Rubbed Steak Tacos Mole
You know the rules... one hour to cook, best
score has the advantage going into the speed round. Ready? Aim? FIRE!
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these recipes, foodnetwork.com/URS... hit up the website and get in the
The big challenge is pulling the depth of
flavors into their dishes. Julie is currently cooking for a job.
Literally. She's hoping that her appearance will parlay into some
employment back home.
Richard, on the other hand, could have
made his own Buffalo sauce. He didn't. He ended up going with a popular
brand. Chef Psilakis is going to eat him alive.
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.
Tina is taking up a challenge of making
healthy food. Usually her soup is made with coconut milk. This week,
it's almond milk. AND.... she's getting married three days after this
drops. Good luck, Tina.
And Ken... is wearing a kilt, like many
battle-bound Scots before him.
Twenty minutes, and the dishes have to
come together. Five minutes... and they're just coming together. Richard
finishes early. Tina is also done. Ken... getting a little apprehensive.
Julie's not yet finished... This may cost her.
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 Tina. Katherine likes that the
heat grows with the dish. Michael likes that the dish evolves.
Rosemary... thinks that the chicken is dry.
Ken's dish is ambitious. The fish is
perfect. The flavors come together with the sambal sauce. It's
sophisticated, but it doesn't look so. "Less is a heck of a lot more."
Richard's wonton bites are next. The dish
is creative. But why did he use bottled sauce rather than his own? "We
don't want to see somebody else's anything on this plate." This is a
competition, Richard. You have to sell yourself.
Finally, here come Julie's tacos. A lot
of depth in the mole. The coffee marries with the meat very well. The
steak goes a little over, but overall, it's a smart dish.
SCORES AFTER ROUND 1
That gives Julie the advantage going into
The cooks will have 30 minutes to cook...
Tina: Tentacle Tacos with Jicama Slaw
Ken: Spicy Shrimp & Pork Meatballs
Richard: A Horse Rode In On a Turkey Quesadilla
Julie: Fiery Summer Bruschetta
Again, the score to beat is a 96.
Tina is using a pre-cooked octopus, which
could get rubbery if it is cooked again. Julie has 28 ingredients
including maple syrup, sauce, and bacon. That's an ingredient a minute.
Ken has to cook everything at the same time, though all of the
ingredients in his balls will cook differently. The trick is to even out
the ratio ingredients with the cooking time. And Julie's bacon is
burning... or IS IT? Turns out it's just perfect. Meanwhile, Tina is
having a time with her jicama.
Time to bring it all together. Richard
has horseradish cheese, while his tortillas are not browning. That'd be
because you're using the small burners, sir. Better hustle. Same with
Tina. Hurry hurry hurry...
PLATES DOWN! Time to judge.
Tina's tacos are incomplete. A lot of the
herbs are missing.
Ken's meatballs are a bit on a spicy
side... which is good in this context. A little salt would've made a
world of difference.
Richard's quesadilla has a surprise
element. They're nice and browned... but they could've done with a
little less of the cheese, losing the vegetables in the process.
Julie's bruschetta is all raves, but 28
Remember, the only number that matters is
96. This is for $30,000 in cash and prizes...
Tina: 81 - ELIMINATED
Richard: 89 - ELIMINATED
That leaves Julie's 96 and Ken's
meatballs.... It's either her or him. Ken needs to best a 96 from the
Signature Round to win.
Ken's score is...
95! JULIE WINS $25,000 CASH MONEY and the
title of the Queen of URS Hot & Spicy. A little mole goes a long way.
Another four chefs and another eight
recipes fight it out next time. Don't watch hungry.
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