Foreign Exchange in a Dodgy City
By Gina Scanlon | Posted on October 16th, 2012
This week, the teams head to Dodge City, Kansas, an old frontier town of the Wild, Wild West, to the iconic Boot Hill Museum.
For the first challenge, Team U.S. and Team U.K. have to cook six classic dishes from one another’s respective countries.
Team U.K. has to try their hand at the following regional favorites:
- Boston Cream Pie
- Key Lime Pie
- Fried Chicken
Team U.S. has to master the following classic British dishes:
- Eton Mess
- Fish and Chips
- Shepherd’s Pie
- Toad in the Hole
- Steak and Kidney Pie
- Steamed Spotted Dick
The finish line is in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and the teams need to complete their challenge and be there in three days. The team that makes it to Oklahoma City with the most money will win. But first, they have to ‘get the heck outta Dodge City’ and get to Wichita, Kansas for the Checkpoint Challenge.
Team U.S. works their marketing mojo, and lands a deal working with a dinner theater at the Boot Hill Museum, and also get a chance to cook in the theater’s kitchen. Word on the street is that they’re attracting a crowd. But they’re having some issues in the kitchen with the British menu, especially Bianca who is preparing Spotted Dick but worries it isn’t ‘spotted’ enough. Meanwhile, Team U.S. manages to take the dinner theater scene by storm, entertaining a healthy crowd, and impressing them with their flavorful British cuisine. It’s no surprise when they make a killing with some serious dollar bills!
Team U.K. has already headed to Wichita, and are having trouble finding anyone who wants to even stop and listen to them let alone buy their food. They finally find a kitchen to cook in, and a bed to sleep in though, thanks to a kind inn owner. Team U.K.’s secret weapon for this challenge is Carlo. Having lived in America for many years, he is able to make a delicious gumbo and has a keen pallet for American cuisine. But host Claire Robinson worries about the Brit team’s business savvy, as they are spending the majority of their time in the kitchen, and not out trying to sell their menu. Leave it to the two UK gals to save the day though, as Rebecca and Caroline, find some business offices to sell to downtown where the boys sell their sandwiches to construction workers during the lunch rush.
At the checkpoint in Wichita, Judge Richard Corrigan and host Claire announce to the teams that they will now have to prepare English High Tea for a chunk of British expats living in Wichita. And if that isn’t a challenging enough task, it will be a blind taste test! While the Brits are, of course, ecstatic, American Cody thinks the challenge is ‘bollocks.’ So it’s no surprise when Team U.K. manages to win the Checkpoint Challenge, giving them a slight edge over the Americans by winning them a refill of all of their core ingredients.
The overall challenge isn’t over, however, as the teams continue to make as much money as possible on their way to Oklahoma City. While on the road, Bianca finds another opportunity for Team U.S. to cater for the Norman City of Commerce. On the other team, the Brits attempt to head to the big NBA Finals pre-game to sell their food for less than the vendors outside.
Traveling to Oklahoma City, the teams both try their hand at selling their food on the street. Bianca and Cody clash on sales strategy, but at the end of the day Team U.S. racks in a total of an impressive $3,628.42, while Team U.K. only makes it to $1,331.75. This means that the three Brit chefs will have to cook-off in the Elimination Challenge, and one will be sent home.
The three Brit boys decide to play the chivalry card and cook-off against each other, leaving Becca and Caroline safe for another day. Carlo, Mark and Johnnie head back into the kitchen to make Lamb Fries, which in case you aren’t familiar with that dish it’s main ingredient includes a not-so-appetizing sounding part of the lamb’s anatomy: The testicles.
The three Brits all cook impressive dishes, but unfortunately Carlo makes one key mistake that sends him home — he leaves one-third of his dish in the oven! Johnnie is glad to see him go because he considers him to be a big-time culinary threat.
Try out Mark’s successful Elimination Dish Recipe.
Watch Carlo’s Exit Interview.
Watch what host Claire and judge Richard have to say about what it was like behind-the-scenes of the ‘Dodge City’ challenge.
With only 4 Brits left and 11 chefs remaining, do you think the Brits will be able to find a way to come back strong after the massive blows they’ve experienced so far? Share your thoughts in our comments section below!
Plus, are you thinking about taking a trip to the Wild, Wild West? If so, you’ll want to be sure to check out all that Oklahoma City has to offer!
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