You know'em. Unless you're a
vegetarian, you love'em. America grew up on'em. Now eight of'em are
going to try and please the judges for $25,000 and $5000 in Food Network
gear from Kohl's. Grab your spatulas... It's burger time!
Tonight's burger battlers...
cake shop owner
retired surgeon (and defending champion)
music composer (and Harold's son)
branch manager of a lumber company
Harold has been to hell and back on the
Showdown and ended up with a title. Now his son, who was on "Showdown"
season 1, wants to take victory from him today.
Dani: Must-Have Muffaletta Burger
Harold: The Alabama Smokehouse Pig Burger
Michael: The Ultimate BLT Burger
Chris: Great American Southwest Sliders
You know the rules... one hour to cook, best
score has the advantage going into the speed round. Gentlemen (and lady)...
Start your grillers!
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Everyone wants some bacon in the burger,
because let's face it... everything's better with bacon.
Harold's flabbergasted that both he and
his son were picked for the same Showdown. He's a bit flabbergasted as
he is also forgetting his paprika early, so he has to start again.
Dani's really anal when it comes to her
ingredients to the point of weighing her ingredients.
Michael's set the bar for himself very
high to complete. He's competed in 15 to 20 contests and has won $50
grand in his career as a competitive cook.
Chris's timing is going smoothly. He's in
his element. He's going to hit his burger with a little chorizo for some
flavor, and tortilla chips to wick away some of the moisture.
And we have a fire in Harold's kitchen.
That's going to cost him some valuable time with 20 minutes to go. Also,
Michael hasn't yet made his sauce. Dani and Harold are both cooking pork
burgers, which tend to cook quicker than beef patties, so this is going
to be interesting to watch. And only one kitchen, Dani's, has dropped
burgers. Sliders are on on Chris' kitchen. They don't take long to cook,
so Chris should be fine if he keeps his eye on them.
And Michael has yet to plate a burger
with 20 seconds to go... And... STOP! Congrats... you survived.
Now to FACE THE JUDGES... Remember, it's 50 on taste, 25 on originality,
15 on appearance, and 10 on ease. Highest score wins.
First up, Michael's BLT burger. He
executed as he wanted, but his radicchio was a little raw. And the
tomato element... missing. The yellow tomatoes were not acidic enough,
and you need that bite. Chef Michael says he simply tried too hard.
Dani's muffaletta is next. It's super
juicy. The salami bacon killed it really nice. The burger doesn't sell
on the pork. It needed the beef.
Harold's satisfied on his pig burger. The
burger takes us to the backyard, especially with the twist of the white
barbecue sauce. But it was a little undercooked.
Chris is last with his sliders. The
flavors all come together. And it's a fun slider. The relation of bread
to topping is a little weird, though. Needed more beef.
SCORES AFTER ROUND 1
That gives Chris the advantage going into
The cooks will have 30 minutes to cook...
Dani: It's All Greek to Me Burger
Harold: Mexican Cemita Burger
Michael: Northern Italian Trattoria Burger
Chris: Tuscan Espresso Burger
Again, the score to beat is a 94.
It should be noted that Harold won last
year on the speed round. Michael is using speck instead of your normal
run of the mill bacon. Harold's current burger looks a lot like Chris'
previous burger. Meanwhile, Chris is applying his own personal spice to
the burgers, and the longer it sits, the more it's going to absorb. Dani,
meanwhile, is serving a Greek burger to a Greek chef. It's all Greek to
her, but it may not be all Greek to him... and he calls it out in front
of her! Mayo is bad on a Greek item... You need yogurt. And all that
mayo is going to drown out the taste of the feta. And Michael's frico
for his burger... is not exactly a wide world of multitasking. Chalk it
up to nerves.
Chris is doing nothing with 15 minutes to
go. So he's going to put the burgers on early and hope to G-d they don't
burn. Harold's time is short. Michael's just lost on time. He's using
two cheeses. Dani's using two cheeses. Five minutes, and we're hoping
for melted cheeses... and we're hoping Chris didn't overcook his
burgers... It's going to come down to the wire again...
PLATES DOWN! Time to judge.
Dani's "Greek with a small G" burger is
first. Does it deliver on the flavor? Nope. The feta flavor is lost.
Chef Psilakis? "The lamb.. is just perfect. I would've used yogurt, but
it lacked seasoning."
Harold's burger is a lot like Chris'
signature burger. We were looking for a little bit of crunch, but the
use of fresh ingredients wins him out.
Michael's burger is next. his use of
butter paid off. The burger tastes a lot like Italy. The use of capicola
and the double cheeses... beautiful.
Finally, Chris' Tuscan number. Why did he
use a ciabatta bread? That was bad. The spice makes it a good burger,
but the cheese isn't pulling its weight.
Remember, the only number that matters is
94. This is for $30,000 in cash and prizes...
Harold: 92 - ELIMINATED
Dani: 93 - ELIMINATED
That leaves Chris's 94 and Michael's
burger. Will Michael take it home for the Cohens? He needs to bust out a
95 or higher.
Michael's score is...
98! MICHAEL WINS $25,000 CASH MONEY and the
rightful title of Burger King!
Another four chefs and another eight
recipes fight it out next time. Don't watch hungry.
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