Brownies are flat, baked bars that differ from cookies because they're not individually baked. Brownies can be made either fudgy or cakey - or in a way that pleases both preferences. For ease of cutting, prep your baking pan with a coat of butter, then criss-cross two strips of parchment paper inside. To test for doneness, look for a shiny top and edges that have pulled away from the sides of the pan. You can also insert a skewer or cake tester - if it comes out clean, they're ready to come out of the oven. When finished, simply lift out by the edges of the criss-crossed parchment, slice and serve.
Chicago native Dale has been a chef for six years, with plans underway to open his own restaurant. Whether he's cooking four-star meals, diving, or doing gymnastics, Dale's competitive edge is undeniable. He has created something he calls "flavor math," where the right number of spices can bring the perfect flavor and taste. He uses French American cultural influences in his cooking, and is serious about putting his skills to the ultimate test. He loves the fact that the other contestants could be "out-cooked by a queer." Dale will say what everyone else is thinking.