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America's Best Cook: Highlights from Episode 5

Relive top moments from Episode 5 of America's Best Cook.
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The Mentors Talk Smack

With the finale just one week away, the stakes are especially high for the remaining five home cooks. Ted points out that Team North still has its two team members, whereas the others don't. Michael jests, "As we know, two is always better than one." Alex begs to differ: "There's only room on that podium for one winner." By the end of this episode, one cook, and possibly one mentor, will be going home.

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Trusting Her Mentor

"This challenge will be your hardest yet," Ted tells the cooks. They'll have to work with ingredients that stump even chefs. Stephanie's been given quail. She's using one of Michael's techniques to ensure the birds aren't overcooked: first steaming and then frying them. "We are in a better place today, me and you," Michael tells her. Stephanie says she's learned her lesson from last time: "Never argue with an Iron Chef."

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Putting on the Pressure

For the challenge Ben's ingredient is chicken livers. "My main concern for Ben is he's been in every single Pressure Cooker," says Cat, so she's telling him to concentrate on ensuring that the livers stay pink inside and that the mousse he's making is super creamy. Unfortunately, it turns out too liquid-y, and Cat has to jump in.

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Cooking with Confidence

Christina got scallops, which are hard enough to cook but just as hard to remove from the shell, so Alex shows her a technique using a spoon. She's making bacon-stuffed scallops so there's "a little surprise when you bite into your scallop," says Christina. She doesn't let the fact that she's never prepared scallops before intimidate her.

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