John Paul Abernathy - 86'd William "Billy" Barlow - 86'd Michael Duronslet - 86'd Katie Hagan-Whelchel Blair King - 86'd Sara Lawson - 86'd Matthew Leeper - 86'd Autumn Maddox - 86'd Yannick Marchand -86 Jennifer McDermott - 86'd Russell Moore - 86'd Katsuji Tanabe - 86'd

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Our nine remaining finalists board the bus for Vegas, next stop on the contest tour, where guest chef Michael Mina joins the team to demonstrate his signature dish, Dover sole. After Chef Mina takes the motley crew step by step through his recipe, the finalists are challenged to produce exact replicas of the master's original. …

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Episode 5 Journal

What did you think of today's challenge?

Unique and exciting and interesting having to duplicate a chef's dish.

What did you prepare today?

A phyllo dough encrusted Dover sole a top mashed potatoes with Beurre blanc sauce.

How do you think you did? Is there anything you wish you'd done better?

I think I did OK and wish I could have timed myself better.

What was the highlight of the day's events?

Being 86'd.

Are there any lessons you took away from today?

Yes, to make my food better.

What was the most constructive or interesting piece of feedback you heard from the judges?

To make my food come out better and on time.

How do you think you are doing in relation to your fellow competitors?

I got 86'd

Who do you think is faring the best and why (we recognize this changes from day-to-day)?

Sara, twice she has impressed the judges.

What do you think your fellow competitors think of you (we recognize this changes from day-to-day)?

I think they enjoyed working with me and getting to meet me.