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'Rewrapped' recap: That Bloomin' Onion is a home run-ion

Season 1 | Episode 11 | “The Awesome Blossom” | Aired June 23, 2014

At Outback Steakhouse, specially trained chefs called “bloomologists” create 10 million Bloomin’ Onions per year. Outback Steakhouse Bloomin' Onion (http://www.outback.com/menu)On Food Network’s latest episode of Rewrapped, three contestants try their hand at the iconic onion appetizer, and the results are a little less than petal-perfect.

Contestants Paul (a Boston burger rock star), Jackie (a Philly food truck owner) and Eric (a New Jersey chef) jump into action as the episode begins, turning on their fryers and slicing up massive Vidalia onions.

Paul is quick to call out the other two contestants for slicing their onions the wrong way, and Eric is convinced he has the best breading of the bunch. Jackie, meanwhile, is going crazy with flavor and color on her Bloomin’ batter, using beer, paprika, cayenne and more. As the onions hit the fryer, each contestant starts on the classic Outback sauce, and Eric quickly realizes (when all his breading falls off) that he’s forgotten a very important step in the Bloomin’ Onion process: the buttermilk bath.

Judging begins, and head judge Marc Summers is joined by The Kitchen cohost Katie Lee and comedian Carey Reilly. They start with Eric, whose onions are limp and missing some batter. He scores 19 points, and the judges move on to Jackie’s dish. Her onion is overly crisp and the color is completely off, so she also scores 19 out of 30. Last to present his Bloomin’ dish is Paul, whose onion looks perfect, tastes great, and blows the judges away for a score of 28 points.

The show moves quickly into the “innovate” round, and we learn that Outback’s Bloomin’ Onion was originally cut by hand. As it gained popularity, host Joey Fatone explains, a machine was created to slice the perfect onion in a single chop.

The three contestants manage to keep everything going smoothly, with the only major problem coming as Jackie’s pot of oil begins overflowing onto her stove. She gets it under control, all the chefs wrap up their dishes, and it’s time for the final round of judging to begin!

Everyone creates something savory this week, and Eric is the first to present his dish. The vegetarian taco lacks creativity, and he barely alters the original ingredients (just throwing onion petals into a taco). He scores 20 points, and is most likely out of the running.

Jackie is up next, and Marc claims her Bloomin’ Philly cheesesteak is one of the best he’s ever had. Her meat is perfectly cooked and she scores a very respectable 26 points.

Because Paul did so well in the first round, he only has to score 18 points to win the show with his deep-fried Bloomin’ burger. It’s a massive creation that the judges call “intense,” “totally new” and “tasty,” so it’s no surprise when Paul scores 24 points and walks away with the grand prize: a year’s supply of Bloomin’ Onions!

Next week on Rewrapped, three new contestants take on Entenmann’s Rich Frosted Donut. Will you be tuning in?

Rewrapped airs on Mondays at 8/7 C on Food Network.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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