With two minutes left on the shopping clock, Almodovar found she was $2 under. She ran to pick up some fresh herbs, while Heins
tried to figure out how to shave $2 off his tab (he was over his
limit). After some negotiation, hustle, and a much smaller onion, both
contestants were checked out and ready to cook. (Almodovar, by the way,
checked out at $19.57, while Heins managed to check out at $20 even).
As cooking commenced, Almodovar seemed in her element. Vegetables were
grilling, a garlic/wine reduction was simmering, and the fish was being
prepped. Heins, however, ran into a little snafu as his poblano pepper caught
fire. Quickly placing a pot on the pan to smother the flames, it can be
said that Heins put on a good show for the crowd.
With nine seconds to go, Almodovar's dishes were already plated, as Heins
tried to get all the elements together on his dish -- making it just as
the crowd counted down to one. The result?