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“Cooks vs. Cons” 8/2

COMPETING: Matt (DEN), Geoffrey (OAK), Savanah (Gatesville, TX) & Davin (Delray Beach)
J: Gail & Alex

R1: ENCHILADAS + CEREAL
Davin: Chorreada enchilada
Savanah: Enchilada w/ ranchero sauce- R-U
Geoffrey: Vietnamese enchilada- W
Matt: Fried avocado enchilada- L (software eng.)

R2: CELERY
Geoffrey: Sour beef pho (EC at Overland Bar & Country Cantina)
Savanah: Chicken salad w/ celery root chips (operating rm. tech)
Davin: Sweet & sour skirt steak w/ celery root mofongo (priv. chef)
W- Geoffrey

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“Cooks vs. Cons” 7/26

COMPETING: Derrick (CHI), Felicia (Aliso Viejo), Matt (Seymour, CT) & Thomas (Kapaau, HI)
J: Justin & Aarti

R1: MEATBALL SUBS + BUNS
Felicia: Sicilian- W
Thomas: Hawaiian- R-U
Matt: Chermoula- L (SC in New Haven)
Derrick: Cajun

R2: POMEGRANATES
Felicia: Chicken Saltimbocca w/ pomegranate sauce (CON)
Thomas: Pomegranate-glazed shrimp & grits (Nom Breakfast & Burgers food truck owner)
Derrick: Pomegranate-glazed stuffed wings (Union Pacific Railroad machinist)
W- Thomas

“Cooks vs. Cons” 7/19

COMPETING: Adrian (HOU), Nancy (Babylon, NY), Brandon & Amanda (Vegas)
J: Beau & Daphne

R1: CHICKEN-FRIED STEAK + PEAS
Nancy: Chicken-fried steak surf & turf- R-U
Amanda: Wasabi chicken-fried steak- L (chef at Hawaiian fusion restaurant)
Brandon: Chicken-fried steak tacos w/ pico de gallo- W
Adrian: Chicken-fried steak chili pecan pork w/ hatch salsa

R2: PECANS
Nancy: Pecan-crusted seabass & carrots (school crossing guard)
Brandon: Salmon cake w/ pecan pesto (proj. mgr. at NYC advertising agency)
Adrian Perez: Chili pecan pork w/ hatch salsa (Complete Eats chef/owner)
W- Brandon

“Cooks vs. Cons” 7/12

COMPETING: Steven (Elkhorn City, KY), Chanda (Green Bay), Lawrence (CHI) & Greg (BOS)
J: Curtis & Aarti

R1: BISCUITS & GRAVY + BERRIES
Greg: Salted chocolate biscuits & gravy
Steven: Biscuits & gravy Eggs Benedict- L (HS principal)
Lawrence: Pork adobo biscuits & gravy- W
Chanda: Biscuits & gravy pasty- R-U

R2: LICORICE
Chanda: Fennel grilled cheese & tomato soup (personal chef for the elderly)
Greg: Ricotta pumpkin gnocchi (works at hair salon)
Lawrence: Pancit Luglug w/ lobster (Waldorf Astoria chef)
W- Lawrence

“Cooks vs. Cons”- 5TH S.P.

COMPETED: Julie (Levittown, PA), Lynne (Vegas), Kim (San Diego) & Joe (Murphysboro, IL)
J: Marcus & Daphne

R1: HOT DOGS + CORN
Julie: Pork & corn sausage w/ mac ‘n cheese- R-U
Joe: BBQ bratwurst w/ coleslaw & corn chip pie BBQ sauce- W
Kim: Filipino-style- L (assistant instructor at martial arts gym)
Lynne: Honey-glazed hot dog w/ corn salsa

R2: BARBECUE
Lynne: BBQ surf ‘n turf (garde manger in Vegas)
Joe: BBQ fish tacos (medical dosimetrist)
Julie: Smoked rib-eye w/ BBQ-crusted asparagus (owner/pitmaster of 2 Little Piggys BBQ & Catering)
W- Joe

“Cooks vs. Cons”- 4TH S.F.

COMPETED: Bobbi (Galloway, NJ), Jeff (D.C.), Hung (Jersey City) & Mac
J: Jeff & Daphne

R1: STUFFED CLAMS + CARROTS
Mac: Country ham-stuffed clams
Bobbi: Italian- L (flight attendant)
Hung: Stuffed clams in carrot broth- R-U
Jeff: Chesapeake- W

R2: TEA
Jeff: Black tea-smoked quail (Bistro Bis & Woodward Table chef/owner who’s been a restaurant owner for 25 yrs.)
Hung: Black tea risotto (project coord. at private equity firm)
Mac: Black tea-smoked duck breast (Jean-George chef de partie- he & Jeff are father/son)
W- Mac

“Cooks vs. Cons” 6/7

COMPETED: Ari (NSH), Farnesther (ATL), Matt (CHI) & Shannon (Aloha, OR)
J: Daphne & Gail

R1: FISH TACOS + PASTRIES
Farnesther: Caribbean Rofi Kingfish tacos- R-U
Shannon: Ahi tuna croissant tacos- W
Matt: Spanikopita halibut tacos
Ari: Empanada Romesco swordfish tacos- L (design engineer for auto shop)

R2: SAUSAGE
Matt: Orechiette & sausage ragu (Cochon Volant EC in CHI)
Farnesther: Chorizo plantain roll & black beans (EC/owner of catering co.)
Shannon: Chorizo & veggie chili (urban farmscaper)
W- Matt