Cathy McKnight is the executive chef at What a Dish Café in Dana Point, California.
Jason Quinn is the chef and owner of Playground in Santa Ana, California.
Regina Chen is the sous chef at Maison Akira in Pasadena, California.
Cole Dickinson is the chef de cuisine at Ink in Los Angeles, California.
Chef Cathy - Spicy Merguez Sausage Empanada
Chef Jason - Pan-Roasted Merguez with Escargot and Cilantro Yogurt
Chef Regina - Sautéed Merguez with Cilantro Chutney Biscuit
Chef Cole - Sautéed Lamb with Biscuit Croutons and Paprika Yogurt
Chef Regina Chen was chopped after the Appetizer round.
The judges explained that while her idea was good, the execution did not work.
Cherry Wheat Beer
Chef Jason - Pan-Roasted Dorado with Hash of Potatoes & Country Pâté
Chef Cole - Bread-Crusted Dorado with Pâté & Pickled Ivy Gourds
Chef Cathy - Mediterranean Dorado with Fresh Vegetables
Chef Cathy McKnight was chopped after the Entrée round.
The judges explained that there was too much pâté on her dish.
Dehydrated Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Chef Cole - Hemp Milk and Mango Sorbet with Strawberry Curd
Chef Jason - Mango and Hemp Milk Soup with Strawberry Fritter
Chef Jason Quinn was chopped after the Dessert round.
The judges cited under-developed ingredients in the Appetizer and very subtle reasons overall for their decision.
Chef Cole Dickinson won the $10,000 prize.