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13 Chefs Compete

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Aired: 8/1/11

The remaining 13 chefs start a new day greeted by Chef Ramsay and the sight of a chemistry lab in the kitchen. Chef Ramsay introduces two guests who bring science and food together: Ben Roche and Homaro Cantu from Chicago's Moto Restaurant. In 45 seconds they make a dreamsicle sorbet using sound waves and liquid nitrogen.

After the demonstration, Chef Ramsay tells the competitors that their next challenge is to get back to the basics, using just fire and water. He instructs them, "You can steam, you can boil, you can poach, but all other cooking methods are off limits."

Each team will get six proteins with which to cook, one for each team member. Because the Red Team has an extra chef, both Carrie and Elizabeth will prepare a prawn dish, but only the best of the two will be presented. When time is up, they select Elizabeth's dish over Carrie's.

Jennifer and Jonathan are up first for the filet mignon round. The guest judges say that Jonathan's dish of meat and potatoes "doesn't look like restaurant-caliber visually . . . but the beef is cooked wonderfully." Chef Roche tells Jennifer that she "nailed it" with her filet, and she gets the first point for the Red Team.

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