A Teppanyaki is a large iron griddle commonly found in Hibachi Restaurants. The chefs on these tables do all kinds of knife drinks- they squirt saki at you and inevitably they build a volcano out of an onion.
Takashi says “It looks easy, but I don’t think it is.” The teams will have 30 minutes to shop with a budget of $250, and 30 minutes to prep prior to cooking.
The Teams will be serving ex- Top Chef Master’s contestants: Rick Moonen, Jonathan Waxman, Mary Sue Milliken and her Siamese twin Susan Feniger. BTW, when I followed Rick Moonen on twitter, he PM’d me to say “Thank you for the follow.” I thought that was kind of nice. ☺ Particularly because he comes off as, kind of, brash. Also joining the critics and SCF will be Francis Lam.
The Chefs draw knives to choose teams.
Team Green: Kerry, Mark and Lorena
Team Yellow: Clark, Takashi and Patricia’s Mole
Team White: Thierry, Art and Chris
Let’s get ready to rumble
Uh oh. This could be trouble, Art and Chris on the same team, although maybe Art is better to work WITH than against. Art notes “It’s all about kissing babies. And I’ve kissed some ugly ones too.” I guess we are to presume that Chris is the “ugly baby” in this scenario. Although from what I’ve seen from Chris, he seems, not only talented and ridiculously capable but a good person to have on your side if you are in a jam.
Chris plans to make a Clam Chowder, which is not normally made on a grill, but “a lot of great things happen when people think outside the box.”
They all thought outside the box
Whilst at Whole Paycheck, while Chris runs to get some butter, Thierry decides to have a massage in “Holistics.” Hey… why not.
Does this come with a happy ending?
Team Green is up first and they feel intimidated. They are going to do Asian flavors but with their own spin.
30 minutes on the clock:
Hurry it up! I need to be in assless chaps and at MisRed’s house by 5
Mark makes Scallops with Bok Choy and Garlic Butter. He cooks them fine on the Teppanyaki, but it’s not very exciting. He puts a few scallops to the side, and Pee Wee Oseland is fully prepared to see a show with those 3 scallop and says “I can’t wait to see what you do with those…” To which, Mark replies, that he decided not to use those. Not sure the reasoning, unless he overcoo’ked them (you’d think he would have noticed poor quality or rancidity when he was prepping them). Overall, the critics didn’t think he challenged himself. It was very simple and he easily could have put on a show with the bok choy!