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A childhood obesity prevention coach, Andres was the second finalist sent home from the competition. His inability to commit to what could have been a successful culinary viewpoint prevented his growth on camera and in front of the focus groups, but he left the show more determined than ever to persevere.
In week one, Andres explained that he wanted "to teach young men how to cook" and convince the audience that he's "an average guy who did above-average things." He grew up in a food-focused Cuban home in Miami, and after years of careless eating, he was forced to adopt lifestyle changes to lose nearly 150 pounds.
"The most-important thing that you can do for the viewers is be inspirational," Bobby advised Andres, who was hesitant to use his past as the crux of his point of view. "I don't want to teach people to lose weight," Andres told the mentors, but Giada reminded him that "that's what makes you unique."
"You seem a little closed down, a little soft, a little quiet," Bob Tuschman told Andres, who garnered a better-than-average rating from fans. The focus group seemed far more impressed with Andres’ discussion on his battle with weight than with his plans to bring young people into the kitchen.
Week two presented new challenges for Andres and his fellow finalists, who were challenged to present their signature takes on a burger to a live audience. He prepared a Cuban-inspired patty with beef and pork, although he served it on a whole-wheat bun to show off an example of a healthy, "simple substitution."
Andres' initial goal for the demonstration was "to show young men that they can cook and it's as manly as growing a beard," but when the mentors visited his station during prep time, Giada encouraged him to dig deeper to offer a more-memorable presentation. "You have to give us a direct story that's going to link you to this burger, or people are just going to pass right by you."
While the crowd wasn't impressed with Andres' talk of men in the kitchen, the dials turned to a positive review when he mentioned his successful weight loss. "I feel a shift in the energy," Andres reflected after, "and it's interesting to me because, before this, I never wanted to play up the weight-loss angle."
Despite any potential in Andres' weight-loss point of view, he's ultimately sent home after just two weeks of competition, but he left the competition confident in the future. "I know I can triumph over adversity because I've done it before," Andres reflected afterward. "I'm just going to become better."