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The Next Food Network Star

Season 3 Episode 5

Fort Dix Challenge

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jun 23, 2007 on Food Network
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Episode Summary

Fort Dix Challenge
Giada deLaurentiis is guest judge for the first of two challenges which take the contestants to Fort Dix, New Jersey. In this competition, the finalists must add some flavor to an Army MRE (Meal Ready to Eat.) Later, Guest Chef Paula Deen joins the group, who must prepare a "home cooking" style meal in teams of two, to be served to 750 soliders from the base.moreless

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    So this challenge takes the want to be stars to a military base. Their first challenge is to improve on the standard MRE (meal ready to eat) but they can only jazz it up with certain non-perishable foods. The challenge goes off well with only a few mistakes. The next part of the challenge is done on pairs with the teams each making a comfort food item (lasagna, chicken pot pie and meatloaf). Then they have to present their dish to the soldiers who get to help vote. Elimination is scary as four of the six contestants ending up in tears. In the end Michael goes home.moreless

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    • Challenge #8: Meal Ready to Eat (MRE)
      The finalists must "jazz up" a Meal Ready to Eat, using all the components of the MRE and a limited pantry of pre-packaged food. The MRE consists of an entree (beef patty, chicken filet or pork rib), side and dessert, all of which must be used.

      Most Successful (Food/Presentation): Paul

      Least Successful (Food): Adrien
      Least Successful (Presentation): Jag

    • Challenge #9: Home Cooking
      In teams of two, the finalists must prepare a home-style meal for 750 soldiers from the base. Each team was assigned an entree, to which they added two sides. The challenge ended with a three-minute presentation to the soliders.

      Teams for home-cooking challenge:
      Paul and Jag (Meat Loaf)
      Amy and Rory (Lasagne)
      Adrien and Michael (Chicken Pot Pie)

      Favorite food: Paul and Jag
      Least favorite: Adrien and Michael

    • Guest judges for the Fort Dix Challenges: Sgt. Major Davidson, Sgt. Velasquez (MRE Challenge).

      The Home Cooking Challenge was evaluated using comment cards from each of the soliders in addition to the opinions of the four Food Network judges.

    • Eliminated: Michael