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A Cleveland-based chef and restaurant owner, Chris was the sixth finalist eliminated from the competition. He delivered thoughtful dishes and presentations, but his lack of progress at the end of six weeks ultimately prevented his attempt for more.
Thanks to his experience in the restaurant industry, Chris had no trouble convincing the audience at Burger Bash to taste his burger, but Alton warned him at evaluation that he ought to focus on marketing himself as a talent rather than simply his food. "As you move forward," Alton told him, "you need to start taking a real look at the product you're trying to sell to us, which is you."
Each finalist was given a journal to use during their time in the competition, and Chris filled his with reflections on past challenges, notes on recipes and judges' critiques. Here he jotted down his thoughts on Burger Bash, including his goals moving forward: "I need to dig deep and sell them on my cause."
While several contestants had never before tasted or worked with their Episode 4 mystery ingredients, Chris was familiar with his: bottarga. He was aware of its salty flavor so he used it sparingly, but in the end he may have been too reserved with the product, as Alton couldn't discern it in his celery salad. "I taste no bottarga whatsoever," Alton explained.
When Bobby questioned Chris' mention of a "broken life," Chris finally told the story of his troubled past, which includes a history of substance abuse. This came as a shock to fellow finalists and the Selection Committee alike, but Alton encouraged him, saying, "You're a success story. Why would you not want to inspire people with the truth of that?"
Chris joined Lovely and Rodney on Team Musical to create a movie trailer that included a promo for their themed menu. Together, the group put aside their stage fright to sing the entirety of their 60-second trailer, which was later played in front of the judges and a packed theater full of moviegoers.
At a 4th of July Live event hosted by Alton, the finalists were tasked with cooking and answering viewers' questions live, without time to rehearse or the opportunity for do-overs. "I'm able to bring my energy down and channel it in the right direction," Chris said, pleased with his performance. The coleslaw he made for the challenge, however, wasn't as successful.
Before presenting to the panel of marketing executives and the judges, Chris penned a few ideas for what he'd tell them about his ketchup and why it was meaningful to him. "It's my childhood in a jar," he wrote, although when speaking to the group, he failed to mention this, much to his detriment.
After six weeks of challenges, Chris was sent home, but not before Bobby told him, "You have a lot of skill, a lot of talent." He's off to compete on Star Salvation, an exclusive Web series hosted by Robert Irvine, which will give one previously eliminated finalist the chance to return to the on-air competition. Watch the latest showdown to see how he fares.