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EPISODE NINE
CARIBBEAN INFLUENCES

In Miami the final five contestants meet Norman Van Aken, the chef named "Florida's finest" by the New York Times. Norman brings them to the Casablanca fish market to introduce them to the freshest local fish, such as yellowtail, mutton snapper, and lobster with no claws. He advises them that when going to a fish market, they should buy what's fresh instead of having a specific recipe in mind …

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Episode 9 Journal



What did you think of today's challenge?

It was a fun challenge, but not very inspiring for me.

What did you prepare today?

Sake, lemongrass broth with steamed snapper; crispy sizzling snapper with coconut Yucco; deep fried snapper with Thai chili dip.

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

I felt I did OK, but not good enough.

What was the highlight of the day's events?

Meeting Norman Van Aken.

Are there any lessons you took away from today?

Yes, don't cover crispy fish.

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

Be sure your food tastes good.

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

Not good at all =].

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

Not sure, anyone could lose over anything.

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

I am sure they respect me, not sure of anything else.