Caption It: Taste Tester

by in Community, July 19, 2013

Alton BrownFrom private chefs and culinary instructors to restaurant owners, underground chefs and James Beard Award semifinalists, this year's cast of Star finalists boasts a long and impressive kitchen resume. They're keenly aware of what it takes to turn out balanced and full-flavored dishes, but thanks to the pressure of cooking on camera and against the clock — for a panel of esteemed food stars, no less — some of the rivals' offerings have proven disappointing, some even inedible. While the Selection Committee has demanded culinary excellence from day one of the competition, now nearly two months into the contest, the judges are finally starting to see consistently stellar plates.

In the sneak-peek photo above from Sunday's all-new episode, it looks as if Alton's come across a dish he especially likes. No need for utensils or a tasting table here: He's gone hands first into a pot of one finalist's offering, picking at it while looking over his shoulder with a serious side-eye. What kind of food do you think is waiting for Alton in that pan, and who do you think made this sample-worthy meal?

Before you tune in this Sunday at 9pm/8c to find out, we’re challenging you, Star fans, to write your best captions (tastefully appropriate, please) for this moment in the comments below.

Click the play button on the video below to get an insider's look at what's to come on Sunday.

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Comments (39)

  1. Grace8854 says:

    Oh man, did my mic just fall in there?

  2. Dave says:

    This Gnocchi is good. And who said it was bad for Damaris to be Sexy!!!

    • Robert Ostrowski says:

      Hi, Dave - I absolutely LOVED your caption - "Sexy Gnocchi", huh? Actually, given Damaris being a Southerner, I'll bet she decided to make her secret dish "Sexy Kickass Burgoo" - I know that burgoo is a Kentucky staple on comfort cuisine, but in this case, I'll bet Damaris must've decided to kick things up a notch or two or maybe more - shades of Emeril LaGasse from years ago!

  3. Jsaturn127 says:

    Hmmmm...Rodney's wild boar arugula cheesecake pie filling actually tastes like good eats, let me add this habanero powder. Thusly killing Giada's palette and her vote...mooohahahahaha!

  4. Marco says:

    I'm going to have to steal this one for my show.

  5. Snappetizers says:

    "Do not feed the judges" -- by Snappetizers. (Follow us on Instagram and twitter!)

  6. @twyla2008 says:

    I think I'll taste a little wee bit.

  7. vdixon says:

    "No one's looking."

  8. Crablegs says:

    Alton has just added a small test tube of straight cayenne pepper to the dish. He wants to know if the Chefs really do taste their food before they serve it.

  9. Spicegirl says:

    Alton has just added some Love Potion #9. Now, who will he serve this to?

  10. bennett55 says:

    "Cover me Bobby...I'm going in"