Kevin Rooney is the mayor of Wyckoff, New Jersey.
Adrian Ashby is an administrative assistant in Queens, New York.
Maureen Sanchez is a homemaker from Oswego, Illinois.
Michael Press is the president of a jeans company in White Plains, New York.
Pickled Watermelon Rind
Adrian - Sushi Taco with Sautéed Kohlrabi
Kevin - Hot & Cold Stir-Fried Sushi Boat
Maureen - Watermelon Rind Pickle Juice Rice Cakes with Kohlrabi "Wasabi"
Michael - Sautéed Sushi Fish on Pank Crusted Kohlrabi
Adrian Ashby was chopped after the Appetizer round.
The judges wished he had done more to the tortilla and due to excess time, they knew he could have chosen to keep working.
Ostrich Fan Filets
Fish Roe in a Tube
Kevin - Pan-Seared Ostrich Marinated in Fish Roe & Blueberry Wine
Maureen - Grilled Ostrich Fan Meat with Pan-Roasted Purple Asparagus
Michael - Grilled Ostrich with Blueberry Wine & Soy Reduction
Maureen Sanchez was chopped after the Entrée round.
The judges noted that the ostrich was overcooked; the fish roe was not incorporated well; and that she needed a sauce on her plate.
Baby Red Grapes
Earl Grey Tea Leaves
Michael - Pound Cake Pain Perdu with Earl Grey Whipped Cream
Kevin - Sweet & Savory French Toast with Grape Reduction
Michael Press was chopped after the Dessert round.
The judges described the overcooking of the fish in his Appetizer; the underuse of the asparagus in his Entrée; and the refined sugar flavor in his Dessert.
Kevin Rooney won the $10,000 prize.