Guy's Grocery Games: Impossible — Highlights from the Tournament

Browse top moments from the four-part tournament and find out which chefs made it to the final rounds for a chance to beat Robert Irvine.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: David Moir ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Finale: One More Impossible Round

In this final round of the finale, winners of the previous round — Kevin, Samantha and Stephen — have returned for one last try to beat Robert Irvine. So far no one has been able to defeat Mr. Impossible, as Guy Fieri points out. But the following games will test even the best chef's resolve, which means it's anyone's game to win or lose the $20,000 up for grabs.

Matters of Bread Differences

"I don't use a grocery list when I go shopping," says Kevin, hesitant about Game 1's Grocery List, which requires the chefs to utilize something under 50 cents, a white vegetable, an item from aisle 6 and an iced seafood to make their decadent sandwiches. He serves the judges a blackened salmon sandwich with caper aioli on grilled bread. Richard's impressed by the dressing, but G. says he feels the sourdough was the wrong choice of bread.

Ingenious Ingredient Incorporation

"Dude, you're on top of this," Guy tells Stephen, deciphering from the chef's ingredients that he'll be making a tuna banh mi. Stephen purees pear baby food (from aisle 6) with pâté to make a spread for the sandwiches. "I have to be able to push the boundaries," he says of the challenge. Robert loves Stephen's use of the baby food. But G. says the tuna is cut too large.

A Dish Worth the Trouble

"These guys think they can cook," says Samantha, cockily, as she lists her strengths in running a food truck business. "I would pay money for that sandwich," Robert says of her salmon BLT topped with an egg. "You can come to St. Louis and have it on my truck," Samantha retorts. G. agrees with Robert's critiques but then adds, "I think Robert's a little nervous at this point."

A Double Whammy of a Game

"I just want the best person to go against," says Robert after the judges can't seem to choose which chef to send to the checkout at the end of Game 1, but it ends up being Kevin. "How about a little Frozen Food Can-Can?" Guy asks as he hesitantly announces Game 2, half-expecting the two chefs to run him over. They'll have to cook with only frozen items and canned food in making a hearty family dinner.

Dipping Into Their Childhoods

Samantha, recalling pasta dinners from her childhood, goes for frozen cheese ravioli, frozen meatballs and canned tomatoes to create a "reconstructed lasagna." Stephen picks up frozen TV dinners and canned potatoes to use in creating his version of shepherd's pie. "I just watched two chefs play better than I've ever seen," says Guy after both chefs present their dishes. "I don't know which way to go," says Richard, weighing the options before them.

Two-Pronged Approach

"I think the easiest way to do this is to let both of them attack Irvine," says Guy, after the judges decide it's a tie. Both Samantha and Stephen will be competing in Game 3 against Mr. Impossible. "This just keeps getting worse," says Robert upon seeing the two he's up against. The three will have to cook an unforgettable dish using cocktail cherries, canned salmon and nothing from aisle 9, as dictated by the Food Pyramid. "This is a giant nightmare," says Stephen.

Everything's There, but Something's Missing

"These are two people who I've already beaten barely," Robert says, getting himself into gear. He starts cooking his seared salmon with salmon mousse and cherry demi-glace before the others. "You have yet again pulled off what seems to be the impossible," G. tells Robert, finding the demi bright. And Guy calls the mousse "genius," but he says the cherry flavor is missing, which Robert says is impossible.

Making the Impossible Possible

"I'm making it possible, because I'm Mrs. Possible," says Samantha, of the "impossible" task at hand. Like Robert, she creates a mousse out of the salmon, but she serves it with duck confit and a cherry reduction. "You seemingly put out your best dish of the whole entire tournament," Richard says of her dish, commending her for not hiding the canned salmon. G., however, finds the dish needs a bright note to cut the richness.

An Unforgettable Finish

"It looks forgettable; it tastes unforgettable," says Richard, shocked by Stephen's crab cakes with cherry vinaigrette. It's "better than most crab cakes I've ever had," Guy says. After deliberation, Guy announces Stephen has won the tournament. Robert leaves with $28,000 for his foundation. And Stephen wins $10,000 and an additional $10,000 for answering a trivia question correctly. Altogether he leaves with $30,000, vowing to use a portion of his winnings for bettering his community.

Part 3: Gun and Grills Ablaze

"My plan is to just come out here, big guns, shoot hard," says Nelle. But she's going to have to make Game 1: Wild Card work for her by cooking a stacked breakfast using liquid egg whites, using a fryer and shopping within four minutes. To take her dish over the top, she makes a hot sauce-marinated fried chicken sandwich, but in her rush she scorches some of her bread on the grill. "The chicken is perfectly cooked," says Richard. But Robert can't get over her burnt bread.

From High Hopes to Disappointing Lows

"He should be able to do some amazing things," says Robert of competitor Marc, who's a world-traveled Frenchman. But Marc's a little crazier than they typically come. While cutting potatoes for his egg white frittata, he tries showing off his knife skills and cuts his finger. In his rush to finish his dish, he isn't able to plate the frittata, and he never utilizes the fryer. "You didn't finish the challenge," says Robert. "I don't think we should taste this dish." Guy sends Marc to the checkout.

The Game Just Got More Interesting

With Marc eliminated, it doesn't mean Nelle and Stephen are off the hook. "Whoever has the best dish will win a critical advantage in the next round," Guy tells the two chefs. Beginning the judging and tasting, Brandi says she finds Stephen's stacked chilaquiles has great flavors, and no one disagrees. But Robert says the textures are "soft and wet" — not what he was expecting. Despite her burnt bread, Nelle wins the advantage going into Game 2.

Packing In the Protein in Other Ways

In a game of Flip This List, Guy tasks the chefs with using the ingredients of a protein shake (fruit, protein powder and nut butter) to make an elegant dinner. Nelle can cross off protein powder as part of her advantage, but she still wants to pack a punch. "I'm going to give him protein," she says, making a rib-eye steak for Robert with a nut butter schmear. Robert, however, says he thinks all her attention to the steak took away from her care with composition, a focus of the challenge.

Delivering Despite Being at a Disadvantage

"I've got my work cut out for me," says Stephen, knowing he has to use protein powder, but he realizes he can hide it in a mole, along with the nut butter and fruit on the list. "This is a huge feat that I have to get done," he says of the sauce, which typically takes hours to cook, but his hard work pays off. "I like the concept," Robert says. "I love the mole." His only negative comment is that the scallops are slightly overcooked. Brandi and Richard decide to send Stephen on to Game 3, and Nelle checks out.

Don't Poke the British Bear

"I'm trying to think what style of dish you would really love," Guy tells Robert jokingly in a game of Menu Magnet Madness. He and Stephen will have to cook a spicy pork casserole in Game 3 as dictated by the magnets. "In England we don't really do casseroles," says Robert, deciding to deconstruct his. As Robert's trying to get his ingredients in order, Guy can't help but poke fun at him in a fake British accent. "He don't care. He wants to see me down," says Robert, annoyed.

Reinventing a Classic Comfort

"I'm going to do it my way," says Stephen, making a green bean casserole with guanciale. "It's got to be creamy; it's got to be unctuous," he says of his bechamel sauce. "Is his green bean casserole going to be enough to beat the impossible?" Brandi asks. But upon tasting it, she's blown away by the flavor, though she says she wishes it had more texture in the form of a pastry or biscuit topping.

Deliberating the Definition of a Dish

"That just doesn't do justice to the food," Robert explains of his decision to deconstruct his take on shepherd's pie. "It eats like a casserole," says Richard, adding that he's "not quite sure the presentation of it is a casserole." In the end the judges decide flavor rules over presentation, and Robert wins. "This is the closest decision I've been a part of," says Richard. Stephen still moves on to the finale, but Robert goes on to win the max $10,000 in the shopping spree.

Part 2: Supermom vs. Mr. Impossible

"Robert Irvine thinks he's got big muscles, but he hasn't seen these mom muscles," says Samantha, who's aiming to beat both her male competitors so she can get to Mr. Impossible. For their Game 1 Steakhouse Dinner, Guy makes the chefs keep to a 6-pound limit. Channeling her smart-shopping, mom skills, Samantha gathers all the ingredients to make strip steak with sprouts and potatoes.

The Effectiveness of Intimidation

"Andy's pace is incredible right now," says Richard, complimenting the chef on his hustle. But as soon as Robert calls over to Andy, the competitor gets nervous, panics, drops a pot and slips on the spill. "He just now got into my head," Andy says. Luckily his riff on steak and potatoes gets glowing comments from the judges. The only negative comes from Robert, who felt the steak lacked crust.

The Consequence of Drawing Comparisons

The judges find Samantha's steak to be too rare, but Robert thinks her flavors carry the dish. Like Samantha, Alex serves a strip steak, but his plan to do a wine sauce didn't materialize because the bottle was too heavy. Although Alex's steak is found to be perfectly cooked, Robert finds the potatoes bland. "The seasoning in your mashed potato just wasn't as good as Andy's," Robert says as Alex checks out.

Everything Must Be in the Bag

Guy tries out a new game on Andy and Samantha, forcing them to make a seafood feast using ingredients available only in bags. "Seafood should be fresh," says Samantha, "I'm totally limited on my seafood choices." But she gives in and picks up frozen lobster and crawfish to complement her bagged clams and smoked scallops. "I think this is a feast for me," says Robert upon tasting her dish.

Two Isn't Necessarily Better Than one

Andy, fast-moving by nature, comes up with a plan immediately. He decides to present two dishes, an udon noodle dish with shrimp and sauteed scallops. "Using that bagged sauce is really smart," Richard says, complimenting Andy on his flavor development in his noodle dish. But Robert finds the mussels lack seasoning. Samantha earns $10,000 and the chance to battle Robert, and Andy checks out.

A Cart Swap Set to Music

"I really wanted to go against you," Robert tells Samantha when he discovers she'll be his competition. Guy has them cook a hometown favorite to Musical Carts, but neither chef knows how the game is played until Guy stops the music and the chefs have to swap carts. "I want to take Guy outside and do nasty things to him," says Robert, who's fuming over the challenge.

Not-So-Bad Swap After All

Off the bat, Samantha's not happy with Robert's ingredient choices in his cart, but the more she continues to shop, the more she's able to conceptualize a Midwestern dish like she originally had planned. It's a good thing both she and Robert grabbed pork, although they chose different cuts. Robert uses her chops for his British Sunday roast, and she grills his tenderloin. "I do not think it's impossible to beat Robert Irvine," she says.

A Game Almost Too Close to Call

"This might be the dish to take him down," Richard tells Samantha upon tasting her grilled pork tenderloin. Guy's only negative is the monotonous color of the plate. Richard finds Robert's dish almost too safe. But G. compliments both chefs for adapting to the challenge. "This is going to be the toughest call in this competition I've ever been a part of," he says. The win goes to Robert, who earns an additional $9,000 in the shopping spree. Samantha still earns a spot in the finale.

A New Tournament in Flavortown Market

In each round three chefs enter the tournament to discover that one of them will potentially be going up against Robert. The chef who makes it past Game 2 will automatically earn $10,000 and a spot in the finale. But for a chance to double his or her prize in a shopping spree, the winning chef will have to get through Robert in Game 3. There's the potential to make up to $40,000.

See More Photos: Guy's Grocery Games: Impossible — Meet the Competitors

The ABCs of Battle

For Game 1, the chefs have to prepare a lumberjack breakfast by shopping for ingredients that begin with the letter P. "I think I could hold my own with Robert Irvine," says Toya, who's making pancetta pancakes with a pear syrup. "The one that concerns me the most is Toya," Robert tells Guy, who reminds Robert that Toya may have a leg up with her Cajun-Creole cooking style. Robert loves her finished concept but finds the portion too small.

Hitting the Mark

Since he's such a big guy, Kevin thinks he's got this game in the bag. "I'm trying to make something for myself," he says, finding some thick pork chops and peppers. To serve on the side, he makes a papaya pancake and a Port wine reduction infused with prosciutto. Brandi commends Kevin on getting the large portion right, as does Robert. "You made breakfast into a could-be dinner," says Robert.

When Size Matters

"Of course Robert Irvine scares me," says Brian. "I'm 5 feet 7 inches, about 170 pounds soaking wet; he can crush me like a tin can," he adds. Since Toya and Kevin are both making pancakes, Brian decides to make a sausage, potato and plantain hash with polenta. "Robert pretty much eats chefs like this for breakfast," says Richard, who finds Brian's plating "petite." Robert also feels it doesn't fit the lumberjack challenge, and Brian checks out.

Gettin' Mini Wit' It

"Is that a cart? Am I supposed to use that?" Kevin asks when Guy rolls out the Kiddie Carts in their Game 2 challenge, fish and chips. "That is just wrong, what we've done to this guy," Guy says laughingly. Despite the challenge, Kevin makes it work with a cornmeal-battered rock cod with freshly fried sweet potato chips and a caper sauce that the judges love.

An Unreliable Shortcut

"We have to shop smart and stack wisely," says Toya, who relies on her Cajun-Creole route, planning on a fried catfish. But for her chips she falls back on the frozen variety, which the judges call her out on. "I think that they needed to be cooked a little bit longer," Brandi says of the fries. Brandi and Richard decide to keep Kevin in the game, and Toya checks out.

When the Big Man Gets Outsized

"The bigger they are, the harder they fall," Robert tells Guy after seeing that his competitor Kevin is actually larger than him. Fusing Thai and Italian cuisines for his high-end dish in Game 3, Robert decides on a curry. But while crushing his ginger he unknowingly cuts his palm. Luckily Guy comes to the rescue with some gaffer tape, and Robert's good to go. "I'm a service guy," Robert says. "We don't worry about little cuts on our hands."

A Champion by Name Already

"It's what I do very, very well," Kevin says, explaining his stuffed chicken Marsala concept to Guy. Kevin's Thai spin is incorporating peanut butter into the sauce and serving it over rice noodles. "I'm going to make this possible," he says, pointing out his last name is Champion. "It sounds crazy enough that it might work," Richard says of the fusion. Kevin's only negative is the overcooked noodles.

The Unbeatable Mr. Impossible

"The fusion in the dish is amazing — that's why I'm called Mr. Impossible," says Robert. "This is pretty calm for you," says a sarcastic Guy, who's tasting for the first time. "It has true fusion," Guy adds of Robert's dish, but the chicken was dry. "It's closer than I thought," says Richard as he and Brandi decide Robert has won the round. Kevin still makes the finale, but Robert gets to run the aisles in a shopping spree. He makes $9,000 for his foundation.

More Guy's Grocery Games

Go behind the scenes of the Impossible Tournament, watch exclusive highlight clips from the show and go inside Flavortown Market.

Guy's Grocery Games

More from:

Guy's Grocery Games