Season 18 Episode 7

Pizza Perfect

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Feb 02, 2014 on Food Network

Episode Recap

Germano Minin is the chef and restaurateur of Hostaria del Piccolo in Venice, California.
Nikki Hill is a chef and caterer with Earl's Gourmet Grub in Los Angeles, California.
Jimmy Want is a consultant and former owner of Hot Stuff Café in San Gabriel, California.
Sam Nuckols is a chef de parte at Womack Restaurant in Los Angeles, California.
Appetizer Baskets:
Thin Crust Pizza Dough
King Crab Legs
Vegan Pepperoni
Chef Germano - Pizza with Crab, Vegan Pepperoni and Shitake Mushrooms 
Chef Nikki - Tomato Pie with Crab, Herb & Frisée Salad
Chef Jimmy - Southeast Asian Crab & Coconut Soup with Crispy Pizza Crust
Chef Sam - White Pizzette with Yogurt & Dijon Sauce and Arugula Salad
Chef Sam Nuckols was chopped after the Appetizer round.
The judges did not appreciate the structure of his dish and found that vegan pepperoni was not on every one of the plates.
Entrée Baskets:
Deep Dish Pizza Dough
Rabbit Escabeche
Swiss Chard
Pineapple Cheese Spread
Chef Nikki - Deep Dish Potato Pizza with White Sauce and Rabbit Hash
Chef Jimmy - Sweet & Sour Rabbit Rillette Pizza with Chard and Burrata
Chef Germano - Pizza with Rabbit Escabeche, Swiss Chard & Artichokes 
Chef Jimmy Wang was chopped after the Entrée round.
The judges described that he made some major execution errors with his pizza dough.
Dessert Baskets:
Crescent Roll Dough
Pickled Apricots
Salted Caramel Sauce
Candied Mushrooms
Chef Germano - "Twin" Sweet Pizza Slices
Chef Nikki - Pizza Doughnut with Pickled Apricot Custard Sauce
Chef Nikki Hill was chopped after the Dessert round.
The judges found consistent technical errors with her dough in each round.
Chef Germano Minin won the $10,000 prize.