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  • - Welcome to Mom vs. Chef.

  • A competition where a professional chef

  • and a mom cook head-to-head, preparing the best dish

  • possible with one super ingredient.

  • (upbeat rock music)

  • Our first competitor is Hannah WIlliams.

  • - I'm Hannah, I'm a mother of two.

  • I have a three-year-old and a ten-month-old,

  • and I'm a home cook, I've been cooking my whole life,

  • but I've never taken a cooking class.

  • I used to check out recipe books

  • from the library and bookmark them,

  • do my nighttime reading, so I'm hoping

  • that that helps me out in this competition.

  • I really wanna win today

  • because I want to make my kids proud.

  • When I left the house this morning,

  • my three-year-old told me that I was a very good cookie

  • and I think that meant "cook."

  • He might of just meant "cookie"

  • but if I can come home and tell him that I cooked

  • something delicious, he's gonna be so proud of me.

  • - And competing against Hannah

  • is Professional Chef Steven Fretz.

  • - What's up, guys?

  • I'm Chef Steven Fretz, I'm executive chef managing partner

  • of The Church Key here in Los Angeles, California.

  • I've been cooking something like 21 years.

  • I come from a higher-end background.

  • We take on the world cuisine, which we bring

  • to America and call it modern American cuisine.

  • I have nine nieces and nephews, I feel like

  • I have some sort of ability to cook for children.

  • What would winning Mom vs. Chef mean to me?

  • Well, bragging rights with my three older sisters, right?

  • - Welcome, Hannah, Chef Steven.

  • Today you're gonna be competing

  • to make the tastiest dish featuring one secret ingredient.

  • Let me introduce you to our panel of judges.

  • - Hi, I'm Kai and I'm six years

  • old and I like playing my drums.

  • - I'm Justin and I'm nine years old and I like to do acting.

  • - And your final judge is me.

  • I'm Andrew, I'm 25 years old, and I like race cars.

  • So I think it's time to find out

  • what the secret ingredient is.

  • So Chefs, whatever you cook today

  • has to incorporate this secret ingredient.

  • It is not going to be easy.

  • Justin, will you do the honors, please?

  • (suspenseful orchestral music)

  • (groans)

  • Guys know what this is?

  • - It looks like horse poop.

  • - So, chefs, today your secret ingredient is spinach.

  • - I was hopin' not to get something green

  • like broccoli or spinach or something like that.

  • - Hannah, how do you feel about spinach?

  • - Well, I've never met a kid who likes it.

  • - Oh gosh, I don't want that.

  • (hums)

  • Chefs, you have 30 minutes to cook your food.

  • - And your time starts.

  • - Now.

  • - Okay.

  • - Spinach is one of the hardest things

  • to get into a child, so I'm thinking,

  • "How can I incorporate this green color?"

  • My mind immediately goes to one

  • of my son's obsessions, which is Minecraft.

  • So I'm gonna make green Creeper Minecraft pancakes

  • with an egg frittata that is also green

  • and I'm gonna turn that into a

  • pixelated tree with a bacon trunk.

  • - I've never put spinach in a kid dish.

  • Generally at the restaurant the big faux pas

  • is putting anything green on the dish.

  • So what I think I'm gonna do is I think I'm gonna go

  • with something cheesy like a cheesy alfredo sauce.

  • Kids love cheesy, they love pasta,

  • and I think it's a good way to hide the spinach, right?

  • - So I get my eggs in, I get about a cup of spinach in,

  • and I get a little bit of milk.

  • This is gonna be for the frittata,

  • and I blend the crud out of it until you

  • can't really see the spinach is in there.

  • Hoping that I didn't overblend it and this foam goes down.

  • If it doesn't I'm just gonna have to scrap this whole idea.

  • - We'll probably just start off

  • with sauteing the onions and some garlic.

  • I don't know if kids like garlic

  • but they're about to get some.

  • Reduce that down with a little bit of chicken stock.

  • I think I found some cream and we'll

  • just mount that with some cheese.

  • Cut it with some acid from some lemon,

  • and then hopefully we'll be able to disguise

  • the spinach the way we need to for the kids.

  • All right, I'm gonna have a drink of water.

  • - So the pancakes come off, taste them,

  • it's a really overpowering taste of spinach

  • and it's not supposed to taste that way,

  • and I'm hoping that the judges are not gonna notice.

  • - Hey, Chefs.

  • - You have 15 minutes left, so hurry up.

  • - [Steven] Uh oh.

  • - [Hannah] I'm just starting.

  • - How does that taste?

  • (spits)

  • - So what's your favorite food?

  • - Pasta, salmon, broccoli.

  • - I think my favorite food is steak.

  • - Oh, I love steak.

  • - So I'm lookin' over at Hannah

  • and I notice she had kids and she understands the mindset

  • of kids and she's putting together this puzzle of a dish.

  • I thought to myself, "This is actually really smart."

  • - I hope that they can translate this

  • as the tree trunk because this is all banking

  • on the fact that these kids know what Minecraft is.

  • Now, for the face on this pancake,

  • I usually use blueberries to make a face.

  • I go to the pantry and I don't see 'em.

  • So I grab the chocolate chips.

  • They're super hard, I hope that the pancake

  • is warm enough to melt it a little bit.

  • I'm just all over the place at this point

  • but it's too late to change my mind.

  • - As I'm making my dish, I do think

  • that the kids are gonna enjoy my dish.

  • I'm feeling fairly confident that

  • I might have this under control.

  • What's up, Kai?

  • - What are you making?

  • - I'm making a pasta Alfredo sauce with bacon.

  • We're gonna have spinach.

  • - I knew it.

  • - [Steven] And little bit of lemon

  • and Parmesan cheese. - [Kai] I was smelling bacon

  • over there.

  • - [Steven] Yeah, right?

  • I love bacon, I put bacon on everything.

  • - Thanks, Chef.

  • - [Steven] You're welcome. - [Andrew] Hey, Hannah.

  • - [Hannah] Hey.

  • - How's it goin'?

  • - I'm not quite sure what boys this age are into,

  • but I've heard a lot about Minecraft.

  • - You know, I don't really know that much about Minecraft,

  • so I feel like you shoulda catered

  • toward my likes a little more.

  • - I feel like you can appreciate themes.

  • - We'll see if it works.

  • (chuckles)

  • - Hey, Chef.

  • - You have five minutes left.

  • - Oh boy, I better start plating.

  • - Start wrappin' up.

  • - While I'm cooking, I'm thinking about my kids,

  • I'm thinking about how much they look up to me,

  • and I'm hoping still that I can make them proud,

  • but seeing how things are going,

  • I'm not feeling so good about myself.

  • - Constantly I'm stirring the sauce

  • to make sure it doesn't burn right on the hot plates.

  • Sometimes that direct contact can burn your cheese.

  • - Smelling Chef Steven's food is really

  • putting a damper on everything.

  • So at this point, whatever it is, however it looks,

  • however it tastes, I just want it to get on the plate.

  • - [Andrew] Five, four, three, - [Justin] Five, four, three,

  • two, one. - [Kai] two, one.

  • Okay, stop working, Chefs, the competition is over.