The man, the myth, the legend David Burke is ready to bring his wacky culinary style to the Duels kitchen.
Takashi is ready to take on his former boss -- and roommate -- David.
Dare we say there's something "bizarre" about this judging trio? We kid! There's nothing bizarre about bringing the esteemed Andrew Zimmern into the judging panel for this Duel.
And the time for the challenge has begun -- on the line $10k for each challenge, though it's unclear if David will be collecting it as back rent for those years Takashi stayed with him.
Takashi draws the first knife, and chooses to kick of with his challenge. He wants to go egg-to-egg with David!
Don't be fooled by those faces -- the judges are thrilled to eat whatever eggs these Masters cook up.
David's known for his signature egg custards, but of course he's not going to put out his usual recipe.
Really this is an egg-cellent challenge idea. We'd watch a dozen of them. We're so glad the chefs didn't nest on their laurels. It's great to see these two eggheads face off. (We could go on and on).
After Takashi beats David at eggs, it's time for David's challenge. David wants Takashi to make crab -- three ways -- and in 30 minutes. But the Master gets to work like the challenge is nothing.
David's crab and beer soup was a major hit -- but it wasn't enough to trounce Takashi's crab dishes. Takashi takes the two challenges going into to the Duel.
And then the big moment arrives. Andrew wants the guys to make something a little unusual (surprise, surprise), so they'll cook three courses with bizarre ingredients -- sea squirts, armadillo, and black sapote.
Takashi's plan for the sea squirt is to keep it simple -- and serve the dish raw in a twist on a sushi roll.
Takashi doesn't know squirt about sea squirts but he's going to make the best of it.
David takes the opposite approach -- mixing the squirt into a twist on Eggs Benedict that takes a bit of the focus off the little guy (we mean the squirt, not David).
Curtis and Andrew take a minute to chat with Takashi, but he's a busy man. Can you let him go cook his armadillos now?
The panel awaits their next odd ball meal, and Andrew's not an only one with a taste for the unusual. Curtis, Gail, and Andrew are joined by James Oseland and the Gastronauts -- Ben Pauker and Curtiss Calleo.
Gail had never tasted armadillo -- but there's no time to try it like the present.
James is always game for something delicious.
In the end it was a close competition (no surprise with these two) but Takashi swept the Duel. Congrats Takashi!