Season 17 Episode 9

Circus Spectacular

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Oct 24, 2013 on Food Network

Episode Recap

Steve Yen is the sous chef at Catch in New York, New York.
Jesse Olson is the executive chef at the Vanderbilt in Brooklyn, New York.
Claire Handleman is a culinary producer for The Chew in New York, New York.
John Atkinson is the chef and restaurateur of North End Café in Manhattan Beach, California.
Appetizer Baskets:
Cotton Candy
Peanuts in the Shell
Corn Dogs
Tokyo Scallions
Chef Steve - Pad Thai with Cotton Candy and Corn Dogs 
Chef Jesse - Coney Island Hot Dog with Candied Spiced Peanuts
Chef Claire - Sautéed Hot Dog with Tokyo Scallion Pesto 
Chef John - Hot Dog Peanut Lettuce Cup with Drizzling Sauce
Chef Steve Yen was chopped after the Appetizer round.
The judges found that he did not really transform the mystery basket ingredients.
Entrée Baskets:
Chicken Fingers
Candy Apples
Baby Corn 
Chef Jesse - Nacho-Breaded Fried Chicken with Candy Apple Gastrique
Chef Claire - Jalapeño Creamed Corn with Spiced Chicken
Chef John - Fried Chicken "Ferris Wheel" with Corn Gravy and Hash
Chef John Atkinson was chopped after the Entrée round.
The judges noticed that his presentation was flawed and that the hash was muddied by that fact.
Dessert Baskets:
Snow Cones
Funnel Cakes
Sour Cream 
Chef Claire - Vanilla Orange Cake with Snow Cone Berry Sauce
Chef Jesse - Funnel Cake Soufflé with Smoked Ricotta
Chef Jesse Olson was chopped after the Dessert round.
The judges explained that his Dessert plan and his inability to plate all the mystery basket ingredients were the basis of their decision.
Chef Claire Handleman won the $10,000 prize.

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