The Next Food Network Star

Being an Expert

Season 4, Ep 4, Aired 6/22/08
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  • Episode Description
  • It's all about culinary expertise tonight as Tyler Florence puts the finalists through their paces with skills demonstrations, and the new Iron Chef, Michael Symon, challenges their skill, creativity, and their sea legs as they serve a seafood lunch aboard a Coast Guard cutter. The prize: a place on Red Lobster's menu. Mini-Challenge: Produce a Technique Video in 60 seconds Main Challenge: Fresh Fish Challenge – One Fish, Two Ways

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bob Kirsh

  • Bob Tuschman


  • Donna MacLetchie

  • Susie Fogelson


  • Aaron McCargo Jr.

    Season 4 Finalist

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • The Iron Chef twist was great. I am just not a fan of either Tyler Florence or Iron Chef Simon, so this had the potential of being hard to watch, but they pulled it off.

    By QuakertownBob, Jun 23, 2008

  • good episode....

    By Fwirrel, Jun 23, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • (Discussing Adam's Iron Chef dish.) Michael Symon: I spit the crêpe out after I put it in my mouth. Adam: Really. Amazing. Michael Symon: No, it wasn't amazing at all; it was very bad. Susie: It was amazingly bad.

    • (After falling and having her sauce land on her) Lisa: I'm drenched in sauce. As upset as I am about the fact that I might've ruined my Pucci shoes and my $300 shirt, all I care about is putting out my food. No matter what happens, that's all I care about doing.

    • (Watching Nipa struggle to pick up her fish) Adam: I would think you're probably gonna have to touch some fish as a Food Network star.

    • Lisa: I'm having a hard time, because now it's getting down to who can not only have skill, but be an entertainer.

    Notes (2)

    • Special Thanks: United States Coast Guard USCGC Escanaba

    • Also Featured: > Michael LaDuke – Senior Executive Chef, Red Lobster > CDR Howard Shaw – Commanding Officer, USCGC Escanaba

    Trivia (2)

    • Mini-Challenge Tasks: • Adam – Break Down an Artichoke • Aaron – Cut a Pineapple • Kelsey – French a Rack of Lamb • Shane – Open a Coconut • Nipa – Clean Fresh Squid • Lisa – Truss a Chicken • Jennifer – Shuck an Oyster

    • Main Challenge Dishes: Red Lobster Dish • Kelsey – Tilapia Cake with Chipotle Mayonnaise • Adam – Olive Oil-Poached Halibut in a Chive Crêpe • Jennifer – Beer-Battered Mahi-Mahi with Mango Salsa • Nipa – Tandoori Trout with Saffron Sauce • Lisa – Arctic Char Tartare with Crispy Wontons • Shane – Sole with Orange Liqueur-Cream Sauce • Aaron – Cod Cake with Homemade Tartar Sauce Iron Chef Dish • Kelsey – Macadamia-Crusted Tilapia with White Chocolate Beurre Blanc • Adam – Halibut Sandwich with Poblano Pepper Tartare, Chipotle, and Garlic Caramel Sauce • Jennifer – Fruity Cereal and Coconut-Breaded Mahi-Mahi • Nipa – Grape Jelly, Cilantro and Mint-Marinated Trout Topped with Yogurt Raita • Lisa – Coffee-Hoisin Glazed Arctic Char with Ginger Rice • Shane – Panko-Crusted Sole on Top of Parsnip-Roasted Garlic Purée with Marshmallow Cream • Aaron – Cola-Marinated Cod with Cucumber-Tomato Coulis and Sticky Rice

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