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My Guy’s Grocery Game Impossible Experience

Chef Toya on Guy's Grocery Game Impossible

My Guy’s Grocery Game Impossible Experience

Guy’s Grocery Game (GGG) is a Food Network show that pits three contestants against each other for three rounds.  Each round has a catch to that keeps the chef on their toes.  GGG Impossible added a twist in that after you beat the first two chefs, the three person you had to face (almost like the boss in a video game) was world renown chef Robert Irvin.  I was honored to be one of the chef contestants on the show.

Chef Toya with other contestants on Food Network's Guys Grocery Game. Photo by: David Moir 2016. Food Network.

Chef Toya with other contestants on Guy’s Grocery Game. Photo by: David Moir 2016. Food Network.

I’ll start with the question that I’m asked most “What is Guy Fieri like (the host of the show)?”  My response is always the same, “He’s humble and helpful”.  That’s not something that you always see from established stars, so it’s something to be valued.  Guy brought the contestants outside by his trailer, he greeted us in a warm fashion and boldly told all of us that “We already won just getting this far ” I think that one statement gave everyone the doze of comfort we needed.

Watching a food competition at home is a whole different experience than running in a gigantic store with a clock ticking the size of a big screen TV.  Speaking of the store, it was AMAZING! They had it stocked with anything you could think of from different cultures.   When it was time to compete I forgot about everyone around me and dug in to try to be different and all while sticking to the rules.

 

Round 1: Starting With The Letter P

My pancetta pancakes with a pear syrup creation. Photo by: David Moir 2016. Food Network.

My pancetta pancakes with a pear syrup creation. Photo by: David Moir 2016. Food Network.

For the first round we had to prepare a lumberjack breakfast by shopping for ingredients that begin with the letter P.  Racing around the store I grabbed enough ingredients to make a pancetta pancakes with a pear syrup.  Although I didn’t about the term lumberjack and should have made my pancakes bigger.  Even though I had a snafu, I made it to the next round!

Round 2: Fish & Chips

Chef Toya competes on Food Network's Guys Grocery Games

Chef Toya competes on Guy’s Grocery Games. Photo by: David Moir 2016. Food Network.

For the second round, we had to put a spin on the classic dish of fish and chips.  This time I was competing against one person and all I knew is that even if I didn’t win this meal had to reflect New Orleans.  I did a fried cat fish dish topped with a crawfish sauce with a side of french fries.  I chose frozen fries because the catfish was so huge I knew I would lose time tending to it.  But that is were I made my fatal mistake.   Even though I didn’t win, I truly enjoyed myself! The staff on set, the judges, and Guy were so helpful and encouraging.

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