'Crazy Delicious': In a first, judges cancel extra time after Tiffany, Tony and Romy fail mushroom challenge
Unfortunately, Tiffany, Tony, and Romy's tryst with the magic ingredient in Round 1 didn't sit well with the judges
The otherwise accommodating food gods -- Carla Hall, Heston Blumenthal, and Niklas Ekstedt -- came down hard on the novice chefs in Episode 2 of 'Crazy Delicious.' According to the show's rules, the chef with the best dish gets an extra 10 minutes of cooking time for the second round. Why so? Because it's all about reinventing a particular and therefore, one needs to conceptualize, forage, and then finally start putting the dish together. Unfortunately, Tiffany, Tony, and Romy's tryst with the magic ingredient in Round 1 didn't sit well with the judges. They were tasked to use mushrooms as the star of their dishes.
"I passionately hate mushrooms," said Tiffany, which had Heston worried because if she didn't like the ingredient so much how will she manage to create a dish that'll stand out? His worst fears came true when he along with Carla and Niklas thought her dish didn't shine despite the efforts. "What I don't like is the rice. For me, it's not great. Because you have to overcook it a lot right to be able to shape it like a monkey," Niklas commented, while Heston did some damage control with his two cents. He said the dish is saved by the texture in mushrooms.
Tony and Romy's dishes had different problems. The mushroom fries were chewy and the filling was undercooked, although Tony was able to salvage some of his dish by the mushroom ketchup, but it didn't win him much because, at the end of it all, it just works as a garnish. Romy is a vegan, which is great and something that makes her dishes different from others. This should alone be enough to help her score points but the judges were just not being liberal this time. She tried blending the flavors of mushroom into patisserie but maybe it wasn't the best idea because her use of carrageenan didn't allow her dish to stand out. Heston pointed that out, while Carla said it's always tough to bring out flavors when going the vegan route. "We loved the ambition that you all had for your dishes. However, all three of us felt that none of you showcased the mushroom at its best. For that reason, it doesn't feel right to give any of you the extra ten minutes," Carla announced.
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