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Episode 7- “Meet the Press-ure.” Wow, a cleverly named title, how did that happen?
Alas, Linkie is gone and Grill Next Door stays. Obviously, Bobby Flay has some deep pockets.
Here we are all gathered in front of the Mentors: Alton Brown, Bobby Flay and Bobble Head Di Laurentis. It is announced that they will no longer be judged within the context of their teams, but will be judged individually from here on out. Malcolm says that this will be trouble for certain people. Wait. Is he talking to a mirror?
Yes, his food is good, but even Bobby said that he was shocked Malcolm was still there. A fence post has shown more personality than Malcolm.
This week’s “Star Challenge” is called “Meet the Press.” And they have three guest judges: Jess Cagel and Jill Bernstein from Entertainment Weekly (do they cover food in Entertainment Weekly?), Christina McLarty from Entertainment Tonight and Ed Levine from Serious Eats. The contestants will serve the judges one perfect bite and will make a 90 second EPK (Electronic Press Kit). The bite and the 90 second spot will need to show their POV and tell a personal story about them. It should tell the judges who they are and why the media should notice them. Afterwards, the guest judges will grill them about their POV and bite, so they better be ready. Oh, and they will need to do this challenge without any help from their producers.
Alton explains to his kids to think of this as an audition for the job. And it’s time to add “color” to the sketch.
The contestants begin to think about what they will be doing. Martie tells us that she was a “Party Girl” as a teen back in the 1920’s, so she will stick with her “Martie Partie” POV. Vampoor wants to do something the reminds him of his father- Count Chocula. Frenchie realizes that she needs to bring more depth to her POV, but she is reluctant to share her family story. “How revealing do we have to get?” Emily asks.
Bobby tells his team that they need to draw people in with their stories and tell them “how they got here.” Nikki is going to focus on being neighborly and approachable. So, in other words, she’s going to concentrate on being someone she’s isn’t.
Bobby reminds them that it needs to be the perfect bite and the perfect story.
Once the contestants arrive at the Food Network Kitchens, the games begin.
Malcolm is first out of the gate with his EPK, and he announces that he’s all about soul food! He presents a spring lamb chop. Growing up, his mother always made lamb with mint jelly for Easter. He explains that he always hated the mint jelly, with it being gelatinous and gross, so he decided “to get chef-y with it,” so he has made a spring lamb chop with a mint merlot sauce. Whoa. Who is this guy? Malcolm is freaking shot out of a cannon! The crushes it. The judges love his chop and are wondering where this guy has been the whole time. He was time traveling back to 1983 to get these pants.
Martie is making a rolled chocolate cake filled with Bourbon Cream. She calls it a “Chocolate Roulage,” which she explains is what they call a “Roulade” in Alabama. Insert your favorite redneck joke here.