Michael Ek of Bartlett a Cook of the Week Challenge finalist
Inspiring moment: Ek recalls watching a young Charlie Trotter in "Kitchen Sessions," a TV show on PBS in the late 1990s. "I remember watching Charlie make duck confit and being amazed."
Faced: Amanda Landers in Round 1, Daniel Imburgia in Round 2.
Round 1 ingredients: Jumbo sea scallops, spaghetti squash, portobello mushrooms and rosemary.
Round 2 ingredients: Cornish game hens, Absolut vodka, celery root and farro.