Round 1 (Tim Leiweke- president/CEO, AEG):
Nona Sivley: Loaded potato soup garnished w/ bacon, Cheddar & chives
Russell Kook II: Roasted cauliflower soup
Round 2 (Joachim Splichal- head chef, Patina Group):
Nona: Beet salad w/ grapefruit champaigne vinaigrette
Russell: Burrata & prosciutto salad w/ white balsamic
Round 3 (David Meyers- executive chef & Sona owner):
Nona: Pan-seared chicken breast
Russell: Garganelli w/ sea scallops
Round 4 (David Lefevre- exec. chef, Water Grill):
Russell: Pan-seared Arctic Char
Nona: Pan-seared salmon w/ sauteed vegetables
FINAL ROUND (Kerry Simon- L.A. Market):
Nona: Pan-seared Rib Eye w/ cauliflower puree & wild mushrooms
Russell: Grilled veal tender w/ red pepper & pearl onions
Nona wins the first & third rounds, while Russell wins both even-numbered rounds. And the last challenge winner of Season 8 is...
FINAL DINNER SERVICE TEAMS:
Team Russell: Jillian Flathers, Vinny Accardi, Jr., Sabrina Brimhall & Rob McCue
Team Nona: Gail Novenario, Melissa Doney, Trev McGrath & Boris Poleschuk
Russell & Vinny DON'T get along about an hour before the service even starts.
Team Nona (Contemporary Southern Cuisine): Roasted baby beet salad, pan-seared halibut w/ red pepper & rib-eye w/ red wine reduction
Team Russell (European Cuisine): Scallops w/ cauliflower puree, goat cheese ravioli & pan-seared filet mignon
THE TOP COOK OF THIS SEASON IS...