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Malarkey Madness: Power Ranking

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Make Mei's Inspired Duck a l'Orange

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Gail Simmons Won't Be Pushed Around

Make Doug's Winning Mussels

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Gail: We Had a Tough Job This Week

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Hugh: The Demise of Cornwallis and Aaron

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Richard Tries Money Ball Soup

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Hugh: Where There's a Will There's a Fenway

Gail: Keriann and Aaron Were Being ---holes

Make the Winning Surf and Turf

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Richard Goes From Player to Announcer

Tom Talks Boston

Gail: There Was No Season 11 Underdog

Hugh Wants Nick to Be Kind to Himself

Gail: It Was Difficult to Let Go of Shirley

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Gail: The Final Four Are Like Our Children

Emeril Is Proud to Serve Shirley's Dish

Hugh: Enough With the Mexican Food Hate

Gail on Favreau, Choi, and Finding Yourself

Hugh on Poor Boys, Swingers and Food Trucks

Emeril: Nick's Choice Is Part of the Game

Nick's License to Immune

Hugh's Sitting on the Dock of the Bay

Hugh Decides Eight Is Enough

Gail Talks OvenGate

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Malarkey Madness: Power Ranking

Season 3's Brian Malarkey breaks down each contestant in his weekly ranking.

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1. Mark: "From down under" -- great attitude and better skills. Wins the Quickfire and finishes second in my eyes in the elimination round. Anchovies, saffron, and quinoa - awesome. Team player, fun to watch and has great "chops!"

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2. Andrew: "Make your mama proud" -- and quit cussing so much! You do make some great TV and Wylie definitely knows what he tasting about .... Great squid, and the glacier was a nice touch to go with your penguin. Focus up and quit f***ing up with stupid things like the ingredient count.

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3. Dale: "How did Hung get cast again?" -- Top Chef or Top Cook? If all plays out like Season Three, you should start counting your $100K!

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4. Richard: "Smoke and mirrors"

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5. Jennifer: "Girl on top"

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6. Stephanie: "We know you're better than that" -- nerves, gotta get the nerves under control- Shaking in the first show, mixing your salad too early last night .... Breathe!
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7. Antonia: "The knife" -- and it feels so right! Not even a blink when selling Valerie down the river. I agree 100% percent.

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8. Spike: "Poor man's Sam" -- excuses, excuses, excuses! I can't believe you said that Nikki's mushrooms looked like turds; did you see your tips in the Quickfire? NUP_110681_-310.jpg

9. Ryan: "Gosh I wish your name didn't sound like mine" -- did you say anything all week? NUP_110681_-299.jpg

10. Zoi: "Stay close to your girlfriend" -- you are going to need Jennifer to stay in this thing. Put on your fur coat and starting cooking for your life. NUP_110681_-289.jpg

11. Manuel" "Hiding in the middle" of the pack that is! -- enjoy being in the top because it wasn't your chicken satay that got you there.

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12. Lisa: "Slipping away" -- time is beginning to fade for our grocery store ice skater.
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13. Nikki: Stop worrying about making the table look pretty and start focusing on making the food taste and look good. Mushroom and berries? Enjoy your time! NUP_110681_-297.jpg

14. Erik: Soul Chef? Sole Chef? Shoe Chef? You seem like a great guy but your presentation is AWFUL!

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15. Valerie: Sent packing back to Saturday night .... NUP_110339_0437.jpg

16. Nimma: Didn't even have time to ruffle the sheets. Quote of the Week: Gail gave us this little tasty treat: "That was more like something a bear would produce -- not something a bear would eat" Wylie, you rock! New power ranking next week. How do you think I did on my choices? Cheers! Brian Malarkey

Make Doug's Winning Mussels

Doug's mussels pleased the palates of the superfans -- and the judges. Try having them at home.

Chorizo-Marinated Mussels With Sweet Pepper and Cauliflower Relish

 

Ingredients 

5 lbs mussels

5 lbs pork chorizo

1 head cauliflower

3 sweet pickled peppers

EVOO

2 cups white wine

2 cloves garlic

2 Tbsp parsley (chopped)

2 Tbsp Chives (chopped)

 

Directions

1. Start a pan with chorizo. Render and carmelize lightly.

2. Add garlic, parlsey, chives, and mussels.

3. Add white wine and cover. Cook gently till the mussels have just opened.

4. Clean the mussels and strain the liquid over them. Cool.

5. Cut the cauliflower into small peices and roast hard until they have lots of color and are crispy.

6. To serve: Plate cauliflower, top with mussel and pickled pepper. Pour a little of the liquid over the mussel and garnish with pickled pepper and lemon preserve.

 

Lemon Preserve

Ingredients

5 lemons

Water

Salt, to taste

Sugar, to taste

 

Directions

1. Peel five lemons and thinly julienne the peel.

2. Blanch in boiling water five times till tender and not bitter.

3. Add juice from the lemons and season with sugar and salt to taste

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