Guy's Grocery Games: Supermarket Masters — Highlights from the Tournament

Relive the highs and lows from the competition, and find out which chefs automatically won $10,000 and earned spots in the finale for a chance to win an additional $25,000.

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Part 2: Scaling the Game

"I want you to celebrate coming back to Triple G and give the judges your hometown comfort," Guy explains of Game 1, but there's a twist; it's a game of Watch Your Weight. "Five pounds?" Lewis questions after Guy reveals the limit. "Usually in my household one plate is 5 pounds," says Gator, who clocks in perfectly under the limit with his shrimp and grits ingredients.

Forced to Go Meatless

AJ, whose Bolognese ingredients weigh over 5 pounds, has no choice but to give up his ground beef. "Hopefully I'll get that beefy flavor out of just the mushrooms," he says. But AJ overcooks his fresh pappardelle, and he's worried about what Marc will say. "It was cooked way too much," Marc says of the pasta.

When Size Matters

"I purposely leave the meat kind of big," Lewis explains of using stew meat for his ragu. But with less than 30 minutes to cook his dish, Lewis leaves the ragu on the stove until the last possible minutes. "You coaxed a lot of flavor into this dish," Marc explains, but dicing the meat would have helped tremendously, he adds. Lewis checks out.

Going Gaga Over Store Samples

"You must include two of these sample table items in your late-night guilty pleasure," Guy explains of the rules in Game 2, Keep It Sample. AJ, Lisa and Gator have a choice of hot dogs, string cheese, jarred pears or blue corn tortilla chips. "I kind of have to take a step back and go to my dark place," says AJ, who's used to cooking healthy firehouse food.

Two Isn't Always Better Than One

While working on her "tricked-out" mac and cheese with kale and kimchi, Lisa decides to also make dessert. "I'm going to try and use all these samples," she says, turning the tortilla chips into a base for individual pear crisps. "I just wish you would have edited a little bit and just given us this," says Troy, feeling that the mac and cheese is great but that the crisp doesn't belong.

Making the Messiest of Burgers

"I think burger," says Gator of his guilty pleasure, and he grabs ground lamb, which Guy questions in being guilty enough. But it's Gator's assembly that draws notice: He has string cheese stuffed in the patties, a pear aioli and crushed tortilla chips. "There's a lot going on here," says Marc. And Troy agrees, saying, "It doesn't look pretty, but it tastes good."

Last-Minute Dough Doubts

"AJ is now just rolling out pizza dough," Marc points out to his fellow judges as the clock shows 11 minutes left in the round. AJ's grilling pizzas, but with the high heat of the grill, they look like they're cooked on the outside, but AJ is worried. "There's a good chance my pizza dough is not cooked through," he says. Although the judges call his toppings good, the dough isn't cooked, and AJ checks out for it.

Bowling for Their Shopping Aisles

"I want you to serve up a plate that says Mexican fiesta," Guy tells Lisa and Gator, before revealing the two chefs must bowl for their allowed aisles. Unfortunately, the two don't have the best of luck down the lane. But with Guy's help, they're able to utilize aisles 1, 5, 7 and 9. Both chefs decide on utilizing the frozen-food aisle for fish.

Clever and Not-So-Clever Cheese Alternatives

Without access to the dairy aisle, Gator grabs avocados to simulate the richness of cheese and makes a guacamole topping for his enchiladas. Lisa, who is making halibut tostadas, has an aha moment when she sees boxed mac and cheese: She decides to use the fake cheese packets. "As I'm putting that cheese down, I'm thinking, 'What are you doing?'" she says, second-guessing herself while plating her dish.

The Part 2 Champion

"It doesn't necessarily look like a fiesta," says Aarti of Lisa's dish, "but there are pockets of flavor here that scream fiesta." But the judge calls Lisa out for adding the cheese, saying, "It undoes all the great work you did." Conversely, Marc thinks Gator's guacamole topping was a smart idea in place of cheese; Gator earns $10,000 and a spot in the finale.

Part 1: Bring Your ABC Game

"This is really the one where you're going to have to bring your A game," Guy says, introducing the chefs' first game. "You bring your B game, well, that just won't cut it," he adds, slyly revealing that they're playing an ABC game. Guy pulls a P, so everything the chefs shop for in order to cook their upscale dinner must begin with the letter P.

Too Many P's Lead to Problems

"Pastry starts with P," says Jordan. "But you know what? I'm not in a pastry challenge," the former pastry chef adds. "Sounds like you've got more time than anybody else in the world," Guy says sarcastically after Jordan lists all the P ingredients he's using in his dish. But Jordan eventually loses track of time, and he ends up overcooking his chops and forgetting to serve the jus.

Out-of-the-Box Pasta Creativity

"I'm going to try to, like, deep-fry the pasta," says Darnell, hoping to set himself apart from the pack. And since everyone's decided to grab pork chops, he, instead, goes for pancetta to serve as the base for his ragu. "It's got a really nice crunch," Troy says of the pasta. "It's still got some of that al dente bend," he adds. But Marc calls it an appetizer, not a dinner.

Taking a Chance with a Surprise Payoff

With 19 minutes left, Sammy puts his double-cut pork chops on the grill and still has polenta to think about. "Just so you know, those worry me," Guy points out about the size of the chops. And as time ticks away, they're still raw inside, so Sammy has no choice but to slice them in half and put them back on the grill. "Here's another P word," says Aarti after tasting the offering. "It's a near-perfect dish."

Disappointing Omissions

"I cannot believe how many different components you made," Aarti tells Jordan, impressed by his cooking. But she and the other judges are disappointed his jus didn't make the plates. Aarti questions Samantha's purpose for using prosciutto, because it didn't get crispy, as Samantha had hoped, and the dish desperately needed texture. The judges decide to send Jordan to the checkout.

No Getting Around the Market Rules

In Game 2, Guy asks for a tricked-out pizza made on a $12 budget. Sammy uses on-sale items to buy what he needs for a Mexican pizza. But when Sammy tries to buy a couple of garlic cloves, Guy's not having it. Sammy ends up putting back the garlic, green onions and tomatoes to come in under budget. He goes back for them later, after returning unused pizza dough.

Not Enough Money, Not Enough Time

"Did I drop my envelope?" Samantha asks when she gets to the checkout lane to pay for the ingredients for her veggie pizza. "I don't want to go back, wasting time," she says, frustrated. Luckily for her, Guy finds it. At her station, one of the first things she does is start parbaking her mini pizza crusts. But with time ticking away, she has no choice but to fill them before the dough is baked enough.

Giving Pizza a New Identity

"Dude, you have an imagination bigger than you are tall," Guy tells Darnell, when he hears the chef is planning to cook pizzas in a waffle maker. But a new inspiration takes Darnell down a different road, and he ends up making pizza parfaits in jars. "I want to take risks," he says, also using the smoking gun to add flavor. "It's crazily inventive," says Troy, who's surprised the rounds of dough didn't get mushy.

Reaching Pizza Perfection

"Perfectly brown," Troy says of Sammy's pizza, and Aarti finds the pico de gallo really balances the dish. Going back for the onions and tomatoes really helped. Troy reveals to Samantha that he was worried about her dough, because it could have been underdone, but Samantha's trick of filling the crusts with the pans on the grill ensured the pizzas kept cooking. "That was the best pizza round we've ever seen on the show," Guy reveals.

Three Head Into Game 3

The judges can't find it in themselves to send anyone to the checkout. Guy reveals all three will cook Asian takeout in Game 3, which features the High/Low Wheels that give the chefs rack of lamb and candy bars. "When I think Asian, I think tiny little cuts of meat," says Samantha. "I don't think huge rack of lamb." She thinks egg rolls will be the right move, with the candy bars going into a dipping sauce.

Curry in a Hurry

"I often get Indian food," says Sammy, deciding he's going to go with what he's more familiar with. He grabs tons of ingredients, including herbs and spices, for his curry sauce. Without the luxury of time, he does the best to develop flavors, but he holds back on adding heat. "I have a ton of respect for you," Aarti says, complimenting him for achieving a curry in such short time, but she misses the heat.

Chocolatey Lamb?

"Typical fried rice definitely doesn't have lamb or candy bars in it," says Darnell, figuring he can melt down a peanut candy bar for a marinade. "You transformed that lamb," Aarti says, however, she doesn't taste the candy bar. Samantha, seeing her lamb won't cook in time for her original idea, switches to making noodles. She plates her food in takeout boxes, which Troy loves. But Marc finds the lamb too rare.

The Part 1 Champion

"This is the way to kick off a tournament," Guy tells the three chefs, praising their amazing work. But only one can move on; Guy announces that Sammy has won $10,000 and has earned the first place in the Supermarket Masters finale. Darnell and Samantha check out. "I'm warmed up and ready for another win," says Sammy.

More Guy's Grocery Games

For more on the Supermarket Masters tournament, head to the Triple G show page to read the chefs' bios, plus take a quiz to test your shopping smarts and go behind the scenes of past episodes.