Monday, January 16, 2012
Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off Episode 3 Recap
Guy and Rachael meet the six remaining celebrity cheftestants in the kitchen and tell them they will be competing head to head - one member of Team Guy vs one member of Team Rachael - in three rounds. The loser of each round will have to face each other in the Blind Tasting, with one person being sent home.
Because Guy and Rach are "mentors" - you know, just like Tim Gunn - and team leaders, they of course can't be the ones to pick the winners of each match-up, so they call in some particularly cranky experts to do that bit of dirty work for them: judges from Chopped, including wanna-be Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, Top Chef Master Marcus Samuelsson, and star of the Food Network's new show, Cook Like a Douchebag, Scott Conant.
Rach and Guy pow-wow with their contestants beforehand; after the clock starts ticking, they both shout out suggestions and corrections. I have to admit, it all seems rather fun. Maybe not for the nervous chefs who have to please Douchebag Conant, but for me, because I'm not actually there and can get up and leave the room if I want to.
One notable moment in the cooking comes when LDP struggles through the dipping sauce that Rachael suggested he make. He's not really getting why chicken needs a dip, or why soy and honey would work for this task. When he decides to add a bit of freshly grated ginger and tastes the mixture, suddenly he gets why the sauce and its components would work. It's "epiphanous" to him. Thank you, LDP, for using a word other than "awesome."
Coolio is also having saucing issues, and he adds a cornstarch slurry to thicken his, much to the judges' chagrin. Why not? Isn't that a standard way of thickening a cooked sauce?
The next battle involves Scott Conant's buttered spaghetti with basil, with Taylor Dayne and Joey FatOne doing the cooking.
Finally, it's Alex's turn to request a dish.
When it comes time for judging, the Chopped gang is really pleased with all of the elements of Summer's plate, particularly the compound butter she made with the flavors of Bloody Mary. Cheech's butter, on the other hand, was much more plain and unimaginative.
The celebrities receive the verdict on their battles all at once. The winner of the fried chicken battle betwen Coolio and LDP is "Cornstarch" Coolio. The winner of the pasta battle between Taylor and FatOne is Taylor. And the winner of the steak battle between Summer and Cheech is Summer. So the three whom I think are the best cooks in the competition - FatOne, LDP, and Cheech - are on the chopping block, so to speak. They have to participate in the 10-minute fiasco known as the Blind Tasting. Guy and Rachael give them their task - grilled cheese - and then leave the room while the celebrities panic.
Cheech and LDP go fancy with their sammies, choosing hard cheeses and proscuitto, and crunchy breads. FatOne thinks of his kids (awwww!) and makes a white bread and American cheese sandwich that he decorates with a pickle spear mouth and tomato eyes.
Posted on Minxeats.com.