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Back to class! Our 10 surviving finalists visit the kitchens of the Art Institute of California, where they get a lesson in collaborative cooking. The budding chefs are paired up, given $40, and sent to L.A.'s historic Farmers Market to score some fresh ingredients. And when the cooking fires up, egos flare. …

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Episode 4 Journal

What did you think of today's challenge?

Hard — I feel I work best with strong people, I wasn't paired well to succeed.

What did you prepare today?

Blackened pork chops with dirty rice; sake braised beet greens, shitake and cucumber salad.

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

Sh***y, could have split the dish up.

What was the highlight of the day's events?

Stress relief — in knowing I'm done before my weaknesses were further exploited.

Are there any lessons you took away from today?

Even in a team setting, watch out for yourself.

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

Importance of seasoning on everyone's dished, over and under.

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

Ha-ha, I'm number ten.

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

Autumn — she's got all the skills 1)showmanship 2)food knowledge 3) wine 4)skills

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

Nice guy, hate to see him go.