"Chef Jay, you've been chopped."
With those words from host Ted Allen, Baton Rouge chef Jay Ducote became the second competitor to leave the "Chopped: Gold Medal Games" kitchen Tuesday night, grilling night.
After garnering praise for his grilled steak salad with mango white BBQ sauce vinaigrette in the appetizer round, it was the macaroni and cheese accompanying his grilled chicken with kimchi slaw entree that fell short with the judges.
As the half-hour deadline ticked away, Ducote lacked the necessary time to make a roux, and opted for a cream sauce for his macaroni, with soupy results. With minutes remaining, he popped the dish in the oven in an attempt to save it, but it wasn't enough.
"I rushed it and didn't think it all the way through, but it happens. That's why you play the game," Ducote said, as he left the kitchen.
Lynnae Oxley-Loupe, chef and pitmaster at Sugars BBQ, Portland, Oregon, eventually advanced to the finals and a chance at the $50,000 grand prize.