July 17, 2011 07:11 PM by Megan Thompson
Tonight on Food Network Star the remaining contestants have the opportunity to cook for Wolfgang Puck. While most chefs cook to impress Wolfgang, one chef’s dish is an epic failure. Keep reading to find out which chef bombed and which two contestants are sent home from the Food Network.
Bobby Flay congratulates the competitors for making it to the halfway point in the competition. Bobby also lets the chefs know that this is considered midterm week and two chefs will be eliminated. The first challenge will be to prepare a signature dish and then present it to the judge’s panel in a two minute demo. Before the challenge Bobby gives each chef a bit of advice.
Jyll is up first in the challenge and unfortunately, her presentation doesn’t’ go over well with the judges. Whitney takes Bobby’s advice and tells a personal story. Chris, as usual, takes on too much and his presentation is a mess. The judges tell both Mary Beth and Jeff they didn’t own their presentation. Susie’s presentation is not “logical” according to the judges. Penny is nervous in her demo and she definitely doesn’t come off as likeable like Bobby wanted her to. Vic completely forgot to cook in his demo; he was too busy rambling off ingredients. Whitney is named as the clear winner of the challenge.
The Star Challenge this week is to create an over-the-top dinner party, at the contestant house, for the judge’s panel and no other than Wolfgang Puck! Each contestant will be responsible for making one dish. The twist – the contestants can’t go shopping they must use what they have in the house. Since Whitney was the winner of the challenge she was able to pick which course, of the eight course dinner, each chef will make. Chris is frustrated because he is assigned the dessert course! With only two ovens the chefs will have to share the space.
Let the cooking begin! Immediately Chris becomes furious and calls sabotage when he thinks someone changes the temperature of the oven. Whitney notices that Jyll’s risotto is not the right consistency, but Jyll thinks it looks correct.
Chef Wolfgang Puck arrives at the house with the panel of judges. Presenting the first course is Jeff. The judges are very impressed with Jeff’s food and his presentation. Up next is Vegas Vic. The judge’s find him a lot more likeable in person than in his camera presentations. Butternut soup is served next by Mary Beth. As usual, the judges are not impressed with Mary Beth’s food. Penny presents her shrimp dish and Wolfgang is impressed!
Now poor Jyll is up next and she receives the “ouch” moment of the week! Without even tasting Jyll’s dish, Wolfgang Puck tells Jyll this is not risotto and brings her back in the kitchen to show her how to cook. I’m sure as a chef you couldn’t be more mortified! Jyll just wants to cry her eyes out! Wolfgang Puck gives Jyll props for not breaking down. Jyll does cry from embarrassment when she goes back to the kitchen. Whitney is next to serve her chicken. The judges like Whitney’s cooking, but are still not sure if she has the star power. Susie’s food and her personality win over all the judges. Chris is called a “walking apology” because he apologizes for his food before anyone tastes it. I guess the apology was necessary because the judges don’t like his dessert.
Evaluation and Elimination:
The judges call Susie infectious as she breaks down and tells a very personal family story. As for Jyll, they know she had a rough week but they want to see some of the walls come down. Immature is how the judges describe Chris and his behavior. The second “ouch” moment goes to Mary Beth when Giada tells her that she cooks like someone who needs tips from a Food Network star!
So who is safe? Susie, Jeff, Whitney, and Vic are the chefs that are named as safe. Jyll, Mary Beth, Penny and Chris are left standing and two of them will be eliminated! Chris is the first chef to be eliminated. With three women standing Mary Beth is announced as safe! Penny is then announced as the next chef who is going home! Wow – Penny was a very shocking choice. What do you think of this week’s double elimination? Who is your favorite chef left in the competition? Let us know, comment below!
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