Season 6 Episode 1

Victory on the Brain

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jan 04, 2011 on Food Network

Episode Recap

Samantha Buyskes is the chef and restaurateur of Simply Red Bistro in Ithaca, New York.
Colin Kruzic is an executive chef in New York, New York.
Alejandra Padilla is a line cook at La Fonda del Sol in New York, New York.
Sammy Davis, Jr. is the executive chef at CR Lounge in Baltimore, Maryland.
Appetizer Baskets:
Tamarind Soda
Cocktail Nuts
Haricots Verts
Goat Brains 
Chef Samantha - Nut-Crused Goat Brain with Spring Salad
Chef Colin - Milk-Poached and Pan-Fried Goat Brain
Chef Alejandra - Big Bad BBQ Backyard Salad
Chef Sammy - Selma's Asian Goat Brain Stir-Fry
Chef Colin Kruzic was chopped after the Appetizer round.
The judges did not feel that his dish came together.
Entrée Baskets:
Cream of Coconut
Baby Turnips
Wakame Seaweed
Fish Heads
Chef Alejandra - Braised Fish Head Salad with Pickled Turnips
Chef Sammy - Coconut Curried Fish Head Stew with Rice
Chef Samantha - Creamy Coconut Linguine with Sautéed Cod Cheeks
Chef Samantha Buyskes was chopped after the Entrée round.
The judges thought there wasn't enough fish in her dish and that the cheese she used was overwhelming.
Dessert Baskets:
Peanut Brittle
Marsala Wine
Wonton Wrappers
Chef Sammy - Durian Stuffed Wonton with Marsala Sauce
Chef Alejandra - Durian Stuffed Fritters with Marsala Custard
Chef Sammy Davis, Jr. was chopped after the Dessert round.
The judges explained that they saw that he stayed inside of his comfort zone in the progression of his meal.
Chef Alejandra Padilla won the $10,000 prize.