I don't think I've ever seen such challenges in a cooking show, including Iron Chef and Next Food Network Star. These contenders are, by contract, amateur chefs. Yet the food they must prepare most home cooks never tackled.
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So I complained my biggest complaint about this show in the blurb tease. Because as I watch this show, as a home Chef myself and Delaware's home cook in the cooking magazine Taste of Home (it's true! Check it out!) I am shocked at the things these alleged home Chefs must make.
AND THEY DO IT!
In the most recent episode, aired 9/7/16, the challenges began with each of the remaining five: Tanorria, David, Shaun, Brandi, and Dan, getting a mystery box containing an ingredient that was deemed to best suit them.
Brandi got corn on cob, Tanorria got peaches….like that. Shaun, who eventually won the challenge, got parmesan regianno.
How many home chefs make stuff with parmesan regianno? You can buy that stuff in a shaker container.
At any rate, since Shaun won, he had a big advantage. On to the next challenge, an elimination one, the contenders were allowed to fill their market baskets with up to twenty agreements. Then comes the surprise. While each contender thoughtfully chose those grocery items that would most allow them to prepare something wonderful based on their own talents and experience, Shaun was allowed to exchange the baskets at his will.
For example, Tanorria chose ingredients to prepare a deconstructed jambalaya. What the hell is that anyway? What the hell is a deconstructed anything and would a home chef know this?
At any rate, Tanorria's basket was given to Dan as chosen by Shaun.
The end result was that each contender got a basket filled with ingredients that they did not pick so all original plans were tossed aside.
At this point contender David threw a hissy fit because the basket he got included a bunch of Asian stuff, not even a protein, which David hated. Chef Ramsay then makes a plea to bring David back, I just don't know why. In the end Dan was sent home.
Brandi won this challenge and she too was given an advantage. Because the next challenge had the remaining four preparing a meal for many food critics. Brandi got to pick her partner and the remaining two would by logistics be the opposing team.
Brandi chose Shaun as her partner, leaving David and Tanorria the other team.
David and Tanorria did duck breast but had some issues on rawness. Brandi and Shaun did halibut.
Brandi and Shaun were the winning team. Leaving David and Tanorria to battle it out to remain in the top three.
THEIR challenge was to prepare three dishes made from pork ingredients determined by the judges. The pork included pork tenderlooin, pork belly and a pork chop.
The two contenders were expected to recreate classic dishes made by the judges and they were given instructions on how to do so.
Tanorria lost that challenge and was sent home. Which is just as well because I have no idea how to spell her name.
The remaining three are David, Shaun and Brandi.
I go with Shaun to win, Brandi second and David third.
Come back and see how I do.