The other two competitors, caterer Vanessa and biscotti baker Natalie have to whip up a French-themed dinner party using recipes from Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking as inspiration. Vanessa, whose parents are from Haiti, decides to work an Island French theme, while Natalie - who is all over the place, one of those crazed Type A personalities - goes for a whorehouse theme. Or that's what it looked like, anyway.
Guests this week are Julie and Julia author Julie Powell, comedian Michael Ian Black, model Leah de Wavrin, actress S. Epatha Merkeson, event planner Marcy Blum, and chef Alain Sailhac. Marcy, as luck would have it, is the fish-eating vegetarian of the group so the chefs have to accommodate her dietary restrictions.
Natalie goes first and serves chewy gorgonzola-stuffed dates wrapped with prosciutto, bacon onion gnocchi, filet of sole stuffed with duxelles, and a gateau a l'orange. Despite Rocco's original doubts as to her abilities in the kitchen, she fares very well. Vanessa then pulls out a red snapper crudo, an onion and plantain soup, braised short ribs, and a banana tart.
In the end, Vanessa reigns supreme and wins the $20,000.
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