The teams are first tasked with creating an appetizer using ingredients both “naughty” (difficult to work with fruit cake) and nice (easy to work with cranberries) with the winner getting an additional $2,000 based on creativity, holiday creativity and taste.
Magical Mystery Heroes concocted a Fruitcake and Chicken Fritter topped with fresh, cranberry orange thyme sauce. Host Tyler Florence critiqued the dish’s appearance, but branded its taste “really good.” They were bested by food truck Lia’s Lumpia.
With each team given $300 to devise a menu of their own, Magical Mystery Heroes came up with a Carne Asada Melt, a White Chicken Chili and a Fluffernutter Sandwich.
Chris Schulz said the sandwich was the favorite of their late grandfather, Ernest Williams, and posted a photo of him inside the food truck. Schulz, who called him “the rock of our whole family,” said he would dress up like Santa every year.
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“He definitely brings the holiday spirit to us and our family,” Schulz said, choking up as a 2001 photo of his grandfather dressed as Santa at Great Miami Valley YMCA appeared on the screen. “He just loved everything about Christmas.”
“He would absolutely love what we’re doing right now,” Hannah Schulz said.
In the middle of serving up their specialty dishes, Florence told teams they would need to use a 20-pound turkey to create an original holiday dish. The team that racked up the most in sales would received immunity during elimination.
Magical Mystery Heroes created Cranberry Glazed Turkey Taco with fresh Pico de Gallo. The Creole Queens team won that challenge.
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Overall, the Butler County trio placed third in last Wednesday’s show, earning $1,654 behind Lia’s Lumpia ($2,568 earned) and Creole Queens ($2,335 earned).
“I’m ecstatic that we finished in third place,” Williams said. “We’re still here. We’re not going home. We get to continue this journey.”
The Big Stuff team earned $1,437 while the Slapshot team, which earned $1,367, was eliminated.
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