Chef Alex said he had too many ideas going into this challenge, but he must have stumbled onto the right ones because his Applewood Smoked Salmon with Black Forbidden Rice and English Pea Puree won over the judges, particularly guest judge Art Smith, who said he could eat a whole bowl of the English pea puree. MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski also enjoyed the dish, proclaiming that it was a perfect portion for lunch while providing a full, satisfying dining experience.
As one of the many chefs in this season trying to emerge from the shadows of Kenny and Angelo, Chef Alex has pulled out a win and proven that he can be a contender in this competition. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the weeks ahead.
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