First Run Fan Poll:
Who is the sexiest chef?
A. Betty 5%
B. Elia 20%
C. Ilan 26%
D. Sam 49%
(all percentages as of the end of the episode.)
Elimination Challenge Dishes:
Black Team (Elia, Mia, Cliff, Michael)
1. Strawberries with rosemary mascarpone & pancetta brunoise.
2. Seared scallops with Belgian endive & ginger-grapefruit marmalade.
3. "Surf & Turf Canape" Lobster medallion with filet mignon & herb salad.
4. Smoked salmon with avocado mousse (not shown).
Orange Team (Sam, Marcel, Ilan, Betty)
1. Cinnamon croissant bread pudding with two chocolates & almond cream.
2. Pickled mussels with apple molasses mignonette.
3. Sesame shrimp skewers.
4. Vegetable terrine.
5. Confit of pork shoulder with tomato marmalade.
6. Chorizo and egg tostada.
7. Beef tenderloin with blue cheese.
8. Crab cake with spicy fire roasted corn & pasilla relish.
9. Calamari with dip (not shown).
10. Cauliflower a la Plancha (not shown).
11. Croquetas (not shown).
12. Salmon mousse (not shown).
13. Mushroom tart (not shown).
•Mike – "Tasty Lacy" Caramel Baileys, Bushmills, Guinness foam & candied rim; accompanied by a cherry ice cream sandwich.
•Cliff – Original Baileys, rum, vodka & vanilla bean; accompanied by grilled beef crème fraîche fondue, nutmeg & chocolate.
•Sam – Baileys hot chocolate with Godiva liqueur & heavy cream; accompanied by egg nog French toast topped with apple, rosemary & onions.
•Marcel – "Smoke & Fire" Scotch coffee with Baileys & milk foam; accompanied by tapa of pancetta, potato & coffee grinds with vanilla vapor.
•Ilan – Baileys & egg whites foamed with Guinness & topped with scotch; accompanied by horseradish & beets on matzo with a pan fried egg yolk.
•Mia – "Chocolate Mama" Mint Chocolate Baileys, Crown Royal & orange juice; accompanied by grilled mango & Brie on a Danish apple crisp.
•Elia – Cappuccino with Caramel Baileys & ginger; accompanied by a classic petit four of chocolate & nuts.
•Betty – Parrot Bay coconut rum with heavy cream, Caramel Baileys & cinnamon; accompanied by scallops marinated with Parrot Bay rum, mint, parsley & cilantro.
Sam: The team nominates me team captain. If your team wins, you're the man. If your team loses, you're history.
Season One Alumni Stephen Asprinio and Lee Anne Wong were among the party goers. Nate Torrence and Simon Helberg, from NBC's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, can also be seen sampling the orange team's dishes.
According to Tom Colicchio's blog, Elia would have been sent home if Mia hadn't retired from the competition.
Production Note: The contestants were allowed to taste all of the various varieties of Bailey's before they shopped, and they were also allowed to refoam and refinish their plates before the judging because the AC was turned off while filming (sound problems) and it got very hot in there, causing meltdowns of dishes like Michael's ice cream sandwich.
The Elimination Challenge guest judge, Lee Hefter, is Executive Chef at Spago Beverly Hills.
Kristin Woodward, the judge for the QuickFire, is an award-winning mixologist who makes her home at Oysters restaurant in Corona del Mar, California.
Gayle Simmons did not appear in this episode, Ted Allen "pinch-hit" for her.
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