Hey, Can You Cook?! 4 - Week 1
The competition is back and it's hotter than ever! After six amateur cooks set sail on the high seas with five of the toughest cooking challenges yet, two contestants were sent packing! Tune in next Monday when the four remaining contestants face off in a Mother's Day Brunch Battle, with three of TV's most famous moms joining in the judging: Marion Ross, Shirley Jones and Florence Henderson. Who will survive? Mother knows best!
Click on the contestants' pictures above to learn more about them and to watch their submission videos!
The Contestants Set Sail Rachael's offices were flooded with entries, but only six amateur cooks are lucky enough to receive a congratulatory phone call from Rachael! After quickly packing their bags, the new "Hey, Can You Cook?!" finalists are whisked off to Orlando where they learn that their first challenge is taking place on the high seas -- aboard Disney Cruise Line's Disney Wonder®! Then, Colby joins the contestants for dinner to deliver a video message from Rachael with the details on what the ultimate champion will win:
• An original recipe published in a future issue of Everyday with Rachael Ray magazine
• A chance to spotlight their talents in their very own cooking segment on Rachael Ray, with Rachael as their assistant
• A week-long culinary workshop for two in Tuscany, Italy, courtesy of Italian Food Artisans
• A complete kitchen facelift that includes Viking® appliances
The Advantage Challenge The competition gets underway with a challenge designed to show the contestants what goes into feeding the guests on the ship. First, it's a stop in the pastry kitchen where 12,000 tempting treats are prepared daily. Under the watchful eye of chef Christine Weissman, the contestants must recreate three of the ship's most famous desserts: Crêpes Suzette, Meringue Treasure Chests, and Crème Brûlée, with points awarded for each perfectly executed dessert.
With the first stage complete, the contestants head up to the deck of the ship where Russell Hart from Beverage Services explains that their next challenge involves one of the ship's most popular cocktails: They must mix as many Bahama Mamas as they can in five minutes. One broken glass and lots of spilled ice later, the points are tallied up from all of the challenges, and the winner of the advantage challenge is ... Tim! In addition to winning a 4-night cruise of his own (so he can come back without the pressure of competition!), he gets to award the same prize to one of his fellow contestants, and he chooses Penny!
For the first time in "Hey, Can You Cook?!" history, the contestants are split up into teams, and as the winner of the advantage challenge, Tim is in the fortunate position of pairing up the contestants. He picks Penny for his partner, pairs up Donna with Tamar, and teams Brittany with Wayne ... and Brittany is not happy!
The Elimination Challenge The contestants depart the ship for the shores of Castaway Cay, where Colby explains how the elimination challenge will go down. (Click here to see Colby's behind-the-scenes tour of the private island). Each team must turn one set of ingredients into two meals -- one for adults and one for children. They have 30 minutes to create their dishes using a quartet of primary ingredients that evoke the flavors of the Bahamas:
Brittany & Wayne pick chicken breast, whole grain brown rice, papayas and plantains;
Tim & Penny choose sea bass, long grain white rice, pineapples and kiwi
Donna & Tamar cook with pork tenderloin, whole grain medley rice, coconut and mango
The Elimination Challenge Continues The challenge is heating up ... and so are tempers as the teams race to create their dishes in hopes of remaining in the competition! Will their creations satisfy the hungry Reome family?
The First Contestants Eliminated Are ... After five grueling challenges in the Bahamas, the contestants return to Rachael's studio to learn their fate. Four will remain in the competition, and two will be sent packing!
Only Online: Brittany & Wayne React to Their Elimination After the show, Brittany and Wayne share their thoughts on being the first ones eliminated from the competition.
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