Antonia got it, as she made the Bourdain-friendly runny egg dish. Dale really got it with a grilled cheese and tomato soup idea. What really put him over the top was his use of an iron to sear the sandwiches, a trick he used to employ during his college days. That really embraced the challenge by using Target merchandise in an unorthodox way.
Meanwhile, laziness doomed the others. Mike’s was uninspiring. Carla ran out of time and really just made half a dish. Tiffany used canned spices, which may have been okay for her mom to use back in the day on one of her favorite dishes, but is really not an appropriate choice for a high-class chef. But Angelo really slipped and made an awful error in over-salting his potato soup to the point of it being inedible. Ironic that someone accused of sabotaging dishes of others in both DC and in All-Stars (remember what happened to Spike!), would get the boot because he took some bad advice from a friend (Mike).
Quickfire – Make cookies for Cookie Monster, Elmo and Telly.
Antonia – Dark Chocolate Cookie, White Chocolate Chips, Fresh Caramel Glaze and Sprinkles – Ugly, but delicious. Elmo can taste the chocolate, while Telly has a sticky mouth.
Carla – Chocolate Chip Cookie with Cinnamon – Cookie Monster says “me like texture.” Telly asks hysterically if it is cardamom, while Padma corrects him that it is cinnamon, but both are from the same part of the world. Padma – having a culinary discussion with a puppet.
Dale – Pretzel and Potato Chip Shortbread Cookie with Salted Caramel Chocolate Ganache Elmo praises the soft and sweet flavor with the salty at the end.
Blais – Ice Cream Cookie with Chocolate Chips, Zucchini and Mint – Eww. Elmo had jokingly asked for zucchini earlier and Blais obliged. Cookie correctly says that this is technically not a cookie.
Mike – Almond and Dried Cherry Cookie with Rose Petal Powdered Sugar – Telly is amazed that he made all that in 45 minutes. Cookie thinks there’s a party in his mouth. And everyone’s invited.
Tiffany – Shortbread Cookie with Lemon Zest, Rosemary, Thyme and Coconut Milk – Elmo likes the lemon and jokes about thyme/time. Padma says it is good for your skin, and Cookie asks about his fur.
As Telly said, “On to the next cookie!”
Angelo – Chocolate Chip, Belgian Hazelnut Cookie and Chocolate Banana Milkshake – Looked good, but all we got was the classic Cookie sight gag of tearing into cookies with pieces flying everywhere.
Cookie read the verdict. Blais didn’t make a cookie and Angelo’s was dry. Meanwhile, Dale’s sweet and salty worked, and Antonia’s chewy gooey cookies also worked. But Dale’s earns him the win and five thousand dollars.
Elimination – Make a meal using only Target products for late night dining Target staff. Described by Antonia as a giant Quickfire in Target and with no kitchen. Challenge to be judged by Padma, Tom, Anthony Bourdain, Target designer Thomas O’Brien and Chef Ming Tsai.
Blais – Pork Tenderloin with Green Chiles, Apples, Braised Pork Ribs and Corn Pancakes – Bourdain thinks it was well seasoned, butt ugly and delicious.
Dale – Rib Eye Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Spicy Tomato Soup – Ming is big on the crunch. Bourdain suggests a urine test for Dale as he made great stoner food. Ming jokes that Dale is trying to become an “Iron” Chef. Ugh.
Carla – Curry Apple Soup with Tomato Ginger Jam and Cucumber Apple Slaw. Ming thinks it is two-dimensional and is screaming out for a protein.
Antonia – Parmesan Eggs on Garlic Crostini with Almond, Tomato and Apple Salad – Bourdain thinks this is a ballsy dish, but he loves him a good runny egg. Thomas is happy to have a sweet breakfast surprise.
Mike – Spicy Coconut Soup with Mushrooms, Scallions and Lime – Padma questions his description if it being fresh coconut, curious that he found fresh coconut in Target. He didn’t – it was canned. She was done after a teaspoon. I must admit, this soup sounds super gross to me. Ming seemed to like it and Tom found a nice bit of flavor. Padma’s disgust must have dropped this dish into the fourth place spot, since the others seemed to like it a bit.