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EPISODE THREE
MISE EN PLACE COOK-OFF

In L.A., our 11 up-and-coming chefs continue to sizzle and bake at Sona restaurant. But the unveiling of the mystery "proteins" really gets them going: whole ducks, prawns with heads, and spicy sausage. …

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Episode 3 Journal



What did you think of today's challenge?

Today's challenge was easy but extremely difficult at the same time. A lot of people in a small kitchen was horrifying. We had so many ingredients to work with, but I just choked, hardcore style.

What did you prepare today?

First I prepared a poached egg with tomato brunoise and parsley garnish. And then avocado flan with seared duck breast and avocado purée.

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

I think I did great, but my mistake was thinking too hard and then I was in the s***. I shouldn't have thought soooo hard … that's the exact thing I said I wouldn't do, but I did.

What was the highlight of the day's events?

Being around some of the greatest people I have ever met in my life.

Are there any lessons you took away from today?

Yes, regardless of how good or bad I do, I will be proud of myself regardless.

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

That my poached egg was near perfection.

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

We all got along great. Some of us were closer than others, but I definitely made some new friends.

Who do you think is faring the best and why?

Katsuji, he has a lot of experience and shows great talent, but all the other finalists shine as well.

What do you think your fellow competitors think of you?

I think they thought I was the funny one.