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Katie Hagan-Whelchel


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After taking a look back at all the 86ed contestants, it's down to the last challenge for our two finalists, Katie and Sara. Back when they first arrived in New York City, the contestants created a "dream list" of ingredients to cook their "dream meal." Now, the judges provide them with everything on their lists along with the Olives master pantry and two experts …

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Episode 12 Journal

What did you think of today's challenge?

Well, working a double is tough but under the circumstances this double was a little tougher. Making the dream menu was fun but definitely not to my standards — we only had two and a half hours.

What did you prepare today?

Gougeres, oyster Rockefeller deconstructed, seared foie gras with Riesling gelee and roasted apple, Herb salad with black truffles, shrimp n' grits, surf and turf monern.

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

I really wish I hadn't messed up the grits. I mean, how did that happen? Plus, I wish I would have had time to make a dessert.

What was the highlight of the day's events?

Seeing winner on the bottom of that pan and knowing that I didn't have to take a flight home, I was only a subway ride from home.

Are there any lessons you took away from today?

Never give up and always look at things/situations as a learning experiment.

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

My grits sucked, and they liked that I paired foie with sparkling water instead of wine — I didn't want to overpower the dish that incorporated wine with more wine.

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

Well, I am the most confident so I know that gives me an edge. I need to fine tune some of my speed/skills.

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

Not to be pompous, but I am faring the best. My flavors have stayed true and I am all about quality not quantity.

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

After going to dinner with Katsuji and Autumn, I think they realized what my dining is all about and that they would not make it here; it takes a certain person to live here, but it takes an even stronger person to live and work in the city. Sara's heart was in it the entire time, but I wanted it more.