The chefs get some gorgeous crustaceans and a fancy pasta in the first basket; making the most of an expensive mushroom in round two; one of the last two chefs runs into trouble, while trying to make an apple dessert.
Stymied by canned peaches in the appetizer round and fruit punch and rice cakes for the entree. The chefs struggle for a fresh approach. It all comes down to a heated dessert face-off combining beets, goat cheese and oatmeal.
The chefs are determined to give their all from the start. Between Quail, Arctic Char, and Beer which of the showoffs, risk-takers and storytellers make this competition a tense one, right down to the last "chop."
Ted Allen hosts as the chefs open their appetizer baskets to find bitter-sweet chocolate, figs and mussels. The chefs know that three of them will face being chopped, while only one can claim sweet victory.
A challenging cut of meat in the mystery basket ups the level of difficulty in the Appetizer Round. For the entree course the chefs must devise big plans for some miniature produce and a whole flounder.