John Herndon is the executive chef at the Umami Burger Restaurant Group in Los Angeles, California.
Tre Ghoshal is the chef and owner of Adara in Montclair, New Jersey.
Rory Philipson is the chef and owner of The Blue Bottle Cafe in Hopewell, New Jersey.
Luke Reyes is the executive chef at The Corner Door in Culver City, California.
Imitation Crab Meat
Crunchy Cheese Curls
Chef John - Crab Ceviche Tostada with Lime Gelée & Durian Jalapeño Cream Sauce
Chef Tre - Cheese Curl Encrusted Fish Sticks with Durian Coconut Sauce
Chef Rory - Vietnamese Summer Roll
Chef Luke - Cucumber Salad with Purée of Durian & Lime Gelatin
Chef John Herndon was chopped after the Appetizer round.
The judges found flaws with Chef Herndon's execution, and he left one of the mystery basket ingredients - the durian - off of some of his plates.
Chicken in a Can
Chef Tre - Soy Marinated Skirt Steak with Chicken Cake and Seafood Béchamel
Chef Rory - Seared Skirt Steak and Hash with Chicken Chowder Sauce
Chef Luke - Skirt Steak with Chicken & Chowder Sauce and Arugula Salad
Chef Rory Philpson was chopped after the Entrée round.
The judges found her dish lacking in creativity and that the mystery ingredients lacked transformation.
Chef Luke - Marrow Roasted Apples with Cottage Cheese Purée
Chef Tre - Cottage Cheese Panna Cotta with Bone Marrow Ganache
Chef Tre Ghoshal was chopped after the Dessert round.
The judges enjoyed his Appetizer; however, he forgot the potato tots on his plates in the Entrée; and though both Desserts were lacking, the shortcomings on his dish were worse than his competitor's.
Chef Luke Reyes won the $10,000 prize.