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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?

Deceptively easy.

What did you prepare today?

Dover sole encrusted in phyllo, mustard buerre blanc, Dijon demi; crab potatoes, green beans and mascarpone.

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

I think I did OK, but I forgot parsley, and I used the best knife I had (my boning knife was stolen last month).

What was the highlight of the day's events?

Not all highlights are good. I was bummed when Mike got the pan.

Are there any lessons you took away from today?

Yeah, I must take what the chefs say literally, they don't speak figuratively.

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

I am a 'make do' chef, so I made do with the knife I had. I should have asked someone for one of theirs.

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

Like today's competition, I think I am deceptively easy going, but I didn't last this long in my career by always being easy going.

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

Sara is sneaking by everybody!

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

Like I said, they think I am an easy going guy, but if I make it to Miami I'm sure it will be a blood bath. There you will see the worst of everybody.