Highlights from Guy's Grocery Games: Game Day Rush

Relive top moments from the Game Day Rush episode of Guy's Grocery Games on Food Network.

Photo By: Anders Krusberg ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Anders Krusberg ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Anders Krusberg ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Anders Krusberg ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Anders Krusberg ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Anders Krusberg ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Anders Krusberg ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Anders Krusberg ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Anders Krusberg ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Anders Krusberg ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Anders Krusberg ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Anders Krusberg ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

The Game Is On

In their first game, the contestants have just two minutes to shop for a game-day dish in a challenge called Closing Time. Some rely on different tactics to get their shopping done, with Phillip grabbing anything in sight, including cheese puffs and beer.

Bringing His Game

A former White House chef, Tal has lots of experience cooking for presidents. He's sure he can pull off a meaty game-day dish with ease. His steak and fries with cheese sauce unfortunately "missed the mark" for Catherine.

Too Little, Too Late

At the end of Game 1, the judges were intrigued by Phillip's cauliflower and cheese puff puree with fried hot dogs, confused by Adela's chicken katsu, but really impressed by David's slider with bacon and apple jam, Catherine calling it "a touchdown." In the end, however, Tal goes to the checkout lane because he didn't cook with enough ingredients.

Single-Aisle Showdown

For Game 2, the contestants are given the task of cooking their absolute best dish, but there's one very important stipulation: They can shop only from aisle 1, which is the produce aisle. Adela won the culinary quiz for an advantage, so she gets her choice of an item from the dairy section.

A Homey Soup

Choosing milk from the dairy section, Adela decides she wants to make a sweet corn chowder with a side salad. With a last-minute push she's able to get everything on the plate but almost loses her soup when the blender explodes. Catherine commends her on the soup's "depth of flavor."

Delighting a Modernist Master

Game 2 goes to Phillip for a vegan dish that Richard says represented "everything that's right about modern cuisine: It's elegant, it's delicious." Even though the judges love Adela's chowder, according to Catherine "the salad fell short," so Adela checks out.

5 Items or Fewer

Phillip and David make it to the final game, which has them cooking an elevated chicken dinner. Guy provides the chicken, but they must shop for the remaining ingredients, and the catch is they can't grab more than five.

A Spice Trip Down Memory Lane

David chooses to cook a dish he loves — it's one his mom used to make for him as a kid. He uses turmeric in the couscous to pair with his thyme-rubbed chicken breast. Richard is impressed by it, saying, "You got a lot more out of the turmeric and the thyme than I thought you would."

Setting the Bar

Phillip shows off his technique by pairing his chicken breast with creamed spinach enriched with pureed parsnip and onion instead of cream. Catherine calls the dish "magic," but Richard thinks Phillip's previous dishes set the bar really high and this one underdelivered.

Chickening Out

The contestants were provided with whole chickens — a fact that didn't go unnoticed for Richard, who would have preferred to see more than just the breasts used. Catherine, however, was excited both David and Phillip utilized the livers, but when it came down to it, "David's dish was a case of looking better than it tasted." In the end, he checks out.

Primed and Ready

Phillip feels like he's got the shopping spree in the bag. He says: "If we didn't have that two-minute trial in the beginning, I would have been so much more scared right now. It showed me that my body can move fast enough to make this happen." Phillip speeds out so fast he almost topples his cart, but he's in it to win some money.

Coming in the Winner

Running as fast as he can, Phillip is able to find eight out of 10 items in two minutes, earning a total of $16,000, which he plans to set aside toward his recently opened restaurant.

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