She came, she cooked, she conquered.
Kitchen-phobe Savannah’s week-long cooking lessons from celebrity chef Bobby Flay came to a moment of truth on TODAY Friday when she served a meal to Matt, Al and Natalie. Not only did they eat it without hesitation, they liked it!
“It’s seriously good,’’ Matt said. “The meal you prepared for us, I will tell you, I was not kidding, was fantastic.’’
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Broadening her horizons from her usual repertoire of frozen lasagna and peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches, Savannah served a pasta and eggplant course to start after admittedly having no idea how to peel an eggplant. She followed that with a spice-rubbed chicken breast that earned compliments from the trio, and also did all the serving herself while Al badgered her for more salt. She even made a Jello mold for dessert.
Savannah did have some assistance in preparing the food from the TODAY staff, who told her that even they could not put that kind of meal together in 45 minutes.
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“I did get some help as you were correct to point out, but I did the best I could,’’ she told her co-anchors. “That’s the secret weapon – to have these experts standing next to you saying, ‘Is that chicken burning? Is that chicken burning now?”
During the week, Savannah learned how to make a basic chicken stock and tomato sauce, and then cooked up some roast chicken and chicken breasts with wild mushroom vinaigrette to prepare her for the big meal on Friday.
While many fans were shocked at just how kitchen-challenged Savannah was, others found it endearing.
"Savannah, it is charming and genuine that you don't know how to cook," Laura Robey wrote on Facebook. "It made me adore you even more. Keep practicing and stay motivated."
Her reward was a set of knives from her co-anchors, who expect them to not sit and collect dust in her kitchen now that she is a pro. Also, in case of a possible Thanksgiving emergency next month, she was also given a framed picture of a cooked turkey with the 1-800-Butterball turkey hotline printed on it.
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While she prepared the meal, she wasn’t about to be the one who cleaned everything up. After receiving her gifts, she gave Matt a brand new pair of red dishwashing gloves.
“I thought we were going to have a turn-your-head-and-cough moment there,’’ Matt cracked after taking the gloves. “I wasn’t sure what that was.’’
In the end, Savannah persevered and not only impressed her colleagues, but says she has walked away with some new skills.
"Can't tell you how much I appreciated the encouragement and advice in the kitchen," she wrote to fans on Facebook. "Believe it or not I learned a lot!"