The Challenge: Elevating Classic Dishes — America’s Best Cook

by in Shows, April 18th, 2014

Home CooksLast week on America’s Best Cook, airing on Sundays at 9|8c, the four regional mentors selected their teams of two home cooks each, leaving just eight competitors in the competition. This week, the competition officially begins. At the start of each episode the cooks will be given a cooking challenge, with their resulting dishes getting judged by a guest Food Network chef. This time the challenge is all about elevating classic dishes. With that in mind, the home cooks must reinvent and modernize a traditional dish — pulling out all the stops for creativity. But not everyone’s dish will be a success. Some will reach too far, others not far enough.

FN Dish wants to know: If you had to reinvent a classic dish, which one would it be? Vote in the poll below and get a sneak peek at the challenge.

The home cooks must choose from sloppy joes, mac and cheese, spaghetti, fish sticks, tacos, chili or tuna casserole. Vote on which one you would want to reinvent, and in the comments, let us know your creative angle.

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Comments (4)

  1. barbara says:

    I have to say that "Best Cook" doesn't measure up to the competition with "Chopped" or "The Worst Cooks in America". It feels rushed in comparison to the other shows and there isn't as much time spent on the interaction between the chefs and their cooks. Not what I was expecting. I am disappointed. It is unlikely that I will watch the last epeisodes.

  2. Ritach2 says:

    I loved the format…the fast pace. I watched tonight and saw where Alex lost AGAIN…lol. Sorry, but I have never seen her really win any competition, however, I have seen her given some wins. Her skills are not that of an Iron Chef. It is disturbing to know that she was handed the title. Amanda F. should have won. The contestants deserve a better mentor.

  3. Scryer says:

    I like the show, but agree that it seems rushed. Also, the fact that there is hardly any interaction with the Mentors doesn't bother me as these are supposed to be some really good Home Cooks that have already made it through the slough of people that applied. They should be able to cook on their own. The mentors are there to give them some advice at the start, and 1 minute to intervene if they see a cook going the wrong direction. I am very sad to see Hanna leave though…I love her hair style, and yes she is pleasing to the eye.

  4. Brian Izumi says:

    Watched the episode with Bacon Desserts. To the guy who cut off the tip of his finger trying to chop his whole nutmeg, just two words: "Microplane Grater". It's safer and does a more uniform job.

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