Top Dogs and Underdogs — Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

by in Shows, February 4th, 2014

Tiffany's hot dogOn last’s night’s Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, the celebrities got to set up their own hot dog carts at Luna Park, right on the Coney Island Boardwalk. The challenge was more fun than anything else, but time constraints did have everyone hustling to make enough to serve hoards of customers. Tiffany, though, was the lucky winner of the Round 1 french fry cook-off, earning 10 extra minutes to cook her Jamaican-inspired hot dog. In the end, only one celebrity won MVP this time (immunity was off the table), and one went home.

Guest judge Amanda Freitag declared Team Rachael the winner of the challenge and chose Florence’s deli-style hot dog as the top dog. That meant someone from Team Guy would be going home, cutting down the three celebrities to two for an evenly matched finale. In the end Ice’s tofu dog just didn’t cut it for Amanda. She thought his execution could have been better and that the flavor just wasn’t there.

As the only vegetarian, Ice started out as the underdog because he had to make the dogs from scratch using tofu and wonton wrappers. At first it appeared he’d strike again since last week he showed that tofu could face-off alongside meat when he created his tofu lollipops for the chicken wing challenge. Guy even joked: “I have eaten more tofu with you than I have eaten in years.” But in the end Ice’s veggie dawg might just have met its match in this hot dog challenge. Still, he left feeling he had accomplished a lot on the show and said, “I’m extremely proud I made it this far, especially as a vegetarian.”

More from Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off
Photo Highlights from Episode 5: Boardwalk Bites
Video Highlights: Word to Ice’s Hot Dawg

Do you think Ice deserved to go home for his tofu dog? Or would you have sent someone else home? Vote for who you think made the best dog below.

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Comments (3)

  1. Martha says:

    I didn't think it was fair that Ice had to use plain tofu for his dog. The other competitors didn't have to make their actual dog and there are a LOT of veggie hot dogs out on the market that if used, would have been a much ore even playing field. If Guy was a better coach, he would have helped him out. Too bad it seems like in every other food competition, the vegetarians don't get any respect :-(

  2. minks says:

    I completely agree that it was unfair of Ice to have to make a hot dog when the others didn't have to do that. There are so many veggie dog options out there. Had he been able to work on toppings as the other competitors, he could have showed how great veggie dogs can be. I love food network, but I'm also so tired of them not allowing vegetarian competitors to compete on a level playing field. There is so much to love about vegetarian food, and most of it doesn't even involve tofu. Besides the average American eats soy everyday, check your ingredient labels, it's in everything from chewing gum to breads and more, it's nothing you don't already eat. What a bland way to represent vegetarian food and set Ice up to lose. I've discovered so many new flavors and techniques by eating vegan, lose the prejudice and embrace representing all the many ways your viewers eat. On that note, I don't think Judy should have had to cook against her beliefs too, this happens so often on the competition shows, it's respectful and easy to set things up so everyone is able to work within their ways and still have a great competition based on taste, creativity, presentation and technique.

  3. Darla says:

    Yes!! Ice totally had a disadvantage. Like the other contestants, he should have had a premade veggie dog to start with. The show obviously is biased against vegetarians. Boo to Rachel and Guy…you suck!

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