Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles - 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. We will now judge your dishes. - [Steven] Whew. - Hannah, can you please describe your dish? - What I made for you is a Minecraft breakfast.