Star Marketing in the Supermarket — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, January 21st, 2014

Tiffany and judgesOn last night’s episode of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, the celebrities entered Fairway Market in Woodland Park, N.J., for a challenge that involved cooking and creating their own food product to market to shoppers. The goal of the challenge, as Rachael and Guy emphasized, was for each celebrity to turn out a product that best represented his or her own personality. Once the celebrities were ready to serve, they handed out samples and vied for votes from shoppers, using any sales tactic that would work: Judy cracked Jewish mother jokes. Jake broke out the dance moves. Tiffany turned up the ’80s flair. And Penn talked up his food product like a pro salesman.

For the first time this season, an MVP was chosen from each team and a $2,500 donation awarded to each winner’s charity. Penn was named the MVP of Team Rachael and Herschel was named MVP for Team Guy. But unfortunately, that still meant one celebrity had to be sent home.

Jake from Team Rachael was ultimately eliminated for a product that guest judge Madison Cowan said lacked the “wow factor.” Jake’s salsa, which had roasted peppers, tomatoes and peaches, just didn’t garner the votes he had hoped for. Initially Jake wanted to make a sweet dessert, but Rachael convinced him to make a salsa. Adding peaches was completely Jake’s idea, as he wanted it to be sweet and savory, but Rachael wasn’t convinced it would work. Even with his flirty sales tactics of dancing the salsa with customers, Jake’s salsa dish just didn’t live up to expectation. Should he have followed Rachael’s guidance or gone with his first instinct? Do you think Jake was the right celebrity to be eliminated? Did the salsa dish really fit his personality?

More from Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off
Photo Highlights from Episode 3: Supermarket Smackdown
Video Highlights: Jake’s Salsa Moves

Vote for the celebrity’s product you think showed off his or her personality the best, and let us know in the comments whether you think the right celebrity went home this challenge.

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Comments (9)

  1. Ashley Simons says:

    very interesting episode. Not sure if I would buy any of their products and would not really trust that i would not get food poisoning either.

    This is a very motley crew of folks. Glad they are getting money for their charities, otherwise – a waste of tv time and food that could otherwise feed the hungry.

  2. Betty says:

    Much better than last season. So great to see Madison Cowan. i would like to see him have his own show or be a chopped judge since he is a 3 time champ.

  3. MoHub says:

    I love that Judy had an old family recipe that Rachael couldn't screw with. She was the only one whose product was truly her own.

  4. Sara says:

    I don't like Jake (charming gives me the willies) but Rachael threw him under the bus when she forced him to make salsa when he wanted to do something sweet. He could have easily made a cuddle cake (enough cake for 2) in a mason jar. Chocolate cake with a peach compote on top would have kept him in the competition. I am disgusted that she veered him away from any resemblance of what he wanted to do, making it where his heart wasn’t in it, so he had no chance.

  5. Linda says:

    Glad Jake is gone, he only does these things for publicity, he thinks he is a star – NOT!

  6. Kaitlyn says:

    i'm very upset that Chris is gone. he is so funny :)

  7. Jan says:

    Love the show, but please teach these people about food safety! They are drinking from wine bottles that they will be using to cook to serve people, taste from spoons that they continue to use to stir, stick their fingers in the food to taste. Yuck! I use better food safety with my own family! Step it up!!!

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