Tonight the finalists take on changes at movie theaters. They must divide into teams and create a menu and a movie trailer for a focus group at a luxury theater.
It's a reality show within a reality show with a food expertise theme tonight. The finalists use mystery ingredients to compete for two spots at the judges' table, leaving the rest to compete in a Chopped-like competition where they must demonstrate their creativity and adaptability by creating delicious dishes from impossible ingredients.
Mentor Challenge: 1. Make a dish from mystery ingredient. 2. Present dish with authority to Alton and Bobby.
Star Challenge: 1. Make a dish from the four ingredients in your basket. 2. Present dish to the focus group.
Twelve new finalists make their way to the Los Angeles kitchen and meet their mentors. Tonight is about introductions. They will be introduced to the camera, they will introduce themselves to the committee with their first dishes and pitch tapes, and they will introduce themselves to the newest element of the competition—and perhaps the most controversial ever, since it depends on the dubious taste of the public—a focus group made up of Food Network viewers.
Mentor Challenge: 30-second Pitch Tape
Star Challenge: Cook an Unforgettable Dish Using a Potato Then Present It to the Selection Committee and Focus Group
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