If you like children, the “Night at the Museum,” the second episode of the eighth season, was really something special. Not everyone feels that way.

The quickfire challenge required the chefs to create a midnight snack for children spending the night at the American Museum of Natural History. What could possibly go wrong? Need I ask?

The chefs had to create snacks which would not have required the children to make use of utensils. With only a brown paper bag, the chefs were left with little choice but to come up with finger food snacks children would enjoy. With no less than 150 children needing snacks, the two top chefs served the snacks.

With a rice crispy treat snowball, a malted milk and graham crackers, Tiffani was the quickfire challenge winner.

The elimination challenges in this eighth season were beyond that which were seen in the previous seven seasons. This second elimination challenge was epic.

Competing as two teams, the chefs were tasked with creating a breakfast for the children and their parents. Funnily, the teams were limited to crafting breakfasts based on what two specific dinosaurs might have eaten.

The carnivore dinosaur the Tyrannosaurus rex (meat, eggs, and dairy) and the herbivore dinosaur the Brontosaurus (fruits, vegetables, and grains). The teams:

  • Team T-Rex: Antonia, Casey, Dale L., Jamie, Jennifer, Tiffani, Tiffany, and Tre
  • Team Brontosaurus: Angelo, Carla, Dale T., Fabio, Marcel, Mike, Richard, Spike, and Stephen

Even though it was the Team Brontosaurus that won the day, the three chefs which were singled out as winners were Angelo, Marcel, and Richard. The winning dish was the banana parfait with seasonal fruit and tandoori maple. As Richard correctly observed, the judges loved this dish.

Even though Jennifer was vocal about her dish, the judges did not take her words into consideration. It was all about the dish. The dish itself was a braised bacon and hardboiled egg breakfast. Jennifer was eliminated.

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Shain E. Thomas, a contributor to the Handbook of Texas Online, is a University of North Texas graduate student majoring in Library Information Science.