Highlights from Guy's Grocery Games: Yes, Chefs Can

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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

Italian Feast in a Can

For their first game, the contestants must cook an Italian feast, but everything must be from a can. The judges are hoping they see some elevated dishes, as D.C. says it's about taking "canned food to the next level." Guy eventually does allow one fresh herb and one item from aisle 9, which includes sausages, fresh pasta and cheeses.

Texas Meets Italy

Daniel, who calls himself the "happy chef" wants to show off his Southern pride, so he decides to make a Texan-Italian fusion dish of crab and salmon balls with black-eyed peas ("Texas caviar") and pomodoro sauce. The judges appreciate Daniel's positivity but are confounded by his dish, and D.C. says he "really didn't see anything Italian."

Pasta Problem

Quiana picks up fresh ravioli from aisle 9 and mixes it with tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, spinach and mushrooms. She chooses to cook the pasta together in the sauce, hoping it will turn out less watery, but inevitably the pasta comes out soggy. Melissa doesn't feel Quiana "elevated the ingredients," and D.C. says she could have been "more creative." Quiana checks out after Game 1.

Hot Dog Challenge

Shane, Daniel and Kristina go onto Game 2, which is to create the ultimate hot dog. Luckily in this round, they are allowed to shop from anywhere in the grocery store, but the Closing Time challenge will require them to do so in less than two minutes. Kristina gains a 15-minute head start by answering a culinary quiz question correctly.

Setting the Bar

When it comes to judging hot dogs, the judges have some great expectations. Melissa says, "I think one of the challenges here is not gilding the lily, not overdoing it." On tasting Shane's chili cheese dog with french fries, D.C. says, "[It's] a dish that I'd see at one of the best hot dog joints in Chicago." Shane's dish ends up setting the bar pretty high.

Made from Scratch

Daniel makes a hot dog from scratch using ground lamb, ground beef and bacon. He also makes a flatbread on the fly and turns out his own relish and a doctored up spicy mayo. The judges, however, don't see his vision: "I love that you made your own meat, but I think it almost worked better as a Lebanese take rather than a hot dog," says Melissa. In the end Daniel checks out.

Southern Comfort

Shane and Kristina go onto Game 3, in which they must create their best rice dish using Guy's Grocery List. Luckily for Shane it has all the ingredients for him to make his famous jambalaya, which he is able to turn out in record time. The judges love the dish, finding it comforting and cooked perfectly. Melissa's only reservation is that it might be lacking complexity.

The Heat Is On

Kristina is inspired to cook an Asian tequila-lime shrimp. She's able to make good use of Guy's Grocery List and grabs chili paste for her something spicy. Catherine is impressed by the level of heat: "You picked the right girl to make this dish for. I like some heat." But Melissa feels that the rice wasn't the star of the dish.

From Rice to Riches

In the end Kristina checks out, but Guy tells her, "By no means did you lose this."Catherine adds, "You brought us some of the best flavors I've seen yet." Shane moves onto the Super Shopping Spree for a chance to win up to $20,000. He races into the aisles and finds a groove: "I know I've got to hustle, but all of a sudden it kind of seemed like time was slowing down." Shane is determined to win it all.

So Close But No Potato Chips

Shane was so close to winning it all. He was able to stay in the zone and grab all the items except for the sour cream and onion potato chips, which he missed by mere seconds. Even so, he leaves with $18,000, which he plans to use toward paying his kids' college education.

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