If you have yet to watch the latest episode of Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off, beware of spoilers below. If you need a refresher on the celebrity teams, check out our post here.
This week, the competition was down to two contestants - Dean (Team Guy) and Carnie (Team Rachael). The final challenge required the two to cook a three-course meal for 11 guests made up of celebrities, A-list chefs and restauranteurs. Comedian Kathy Griffin even made a guest appearance at the dinner table. In 90 minutes, Dean and Carnie had prepared some seriously impressive dishes. In the end, it was up to the guests to vote on their favourites.
The catch during this challenge was that the competitors wouldn't know what ingredients would be available to them in the kitchen until they got there, ready to start cooking. Talk about pressure! Thankfully, they were each surprised by one of their closest friends to help them out throughout the afternoon.
Dean used his 90 minutes wisely, creating pan-seared scallops with lobster for his appetizer, flank steak-wrapped petite filet as his main dish, and grilled pound cake with syllabus for his dessert. Carnie went for a simple but flavourful approach, making tuna dip for her appetizer, pesto pasta with shrimp as her main course, and baby apple fritter balls for dessert. In the end, the judges criticized Dean for trying to do too much and cram too many flavours into each dish, while Carnie's dishes were great on flavour but lacked in presentation and creativity.
When it all came down to it, Dean beat Carnie by one single vote. What a close competition! This means that he wins $50,000 for his charity, Miracle Babies. However, Carnie didn't go home empty-handed. As the runner-up, she won $10,000 for her charity, the Autism Research Institute.
Do you think the right person won? What was your favourite dish from the episode? Tweet us at @FoodNetworkCA and let us know!
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the names of each of the contestants from Season 2 of Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off in the order they were eliminated. You'll be entered for a chance to win a copy of Rachael Ray's cookbook, My Year in Meals, as well as a copy of Guy Fieri's Food. There will be two (2) winners for this contest, which closes on Friday, February 15th at 12pm. Good luck!
by Souzan Michael