January 29, 2011 01:46 PM by Veronica Dudo
Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star currently airing on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) is down to seven aspiring hosts. The competition in week four really heats up–this time in the kitchen! In episode four: “Get The Salmon In The Pan,” Your OWN Show hosts Carson Kressley and Nancy O’Dell inform the contestants that their task this week is to produce a cooking segment with guest mentor Chef Curtis Stone.
Both teams go off to start planning their cooking segments. Team Vision is made up of Elizabeth, Kristina and Terey. Kristina is the only cook left in the competition and is the host for the segment with Terey co-hosting, while Elizabeth executive produces again. Conflict ensues as Elizabeth struggles to lead the team and accuses Terey and Kristina of forming an alliance.
Meanwhile, Team Focus made up of Zach, Tony, Ryan and Alicia decide to embrace their weakness of not having a team member who is a cooking expert and selects Tony as the host this week for a “teaching” cooking segment. Zach is the executive producer and Ryan co-hosts.
Both teams go to Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Los Angeles for a cooking lesson with a master chef. Terey and Kristina make Chef Curtis Stone’s recipe for Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Tenderloin in a Caper Sage Sauce. When Elizabeth returns from grocery shopping the tension boils over as Kristina and Elizabeth clash when defining who has creative control–the executive producer Elizabeth or Kristina the host.
The recipe for Team Focus is Char-Grilled Salmon over Greek Salad. Tony admits he is nervous about being on camera because he’s uncomfortable in the kitchen and would much rather be behind the scenes for this segment however Team Focus continues with their original plan to have Chef Curtis teach Tony how to make one of his meals. When Chef Curtis begins to talk to the team about their cooking segment and they explain their idea to him he points out that if Tony looks too uncomfortable cooking and the dish seems complicated to viewers, they may not want to buy his book or want to watch for that matter. Team Focus decides to proceed with their “teaching” cooking segment with Tony as the host. Chef Curtis says after the cooking lesson with Team Focus, “The thing that worries me about Tony is he’s standing there and he’s looking stressed–the last thing you want to watch someone on television do is look stressed; you want them to have a smile on their face, you want them to enjoy what they’re doing so Tony better get his act together.”
Back at the OWN studio, both teams get ready for their run through. For Team Vision, the power struggle continues with Elizabeth dominating the rehearsal with lots of explanations while Kristina and Terey try to actually practice the cooking part of the segment. For Team Focus things don’t go quite according to the plan. Zach’s idea for Chef Curtis to lead Tony through cooking the actual dish backfires as Tony becomes very apprehensive basically resisting hosting responsibilities.
The judges decide that Team Vision dished out a better cooking segment therefore securing their spot in the competition. Tony and Ryan are selected to be in the bottom two and have the opportunity to redeem themselves through a one-on-one interview with Chef Curtis. After deliberating, the judges tell Tony they will not be producing his own show.
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