Tuiles are a delicate, paper-thin cookie often bent into fanciful shapes. They're fairly simple to master - if you're willing to practice. Whipping your egg whites appropriately is essential. Remember, you don't want too much air - otherwise it's too much like a meringue. Drop the batter far apart on the tray. These cookies will need to spread out. You're looking for 1/8-inch thickness. Watch your cookies carefully as they bake. They cook very quickly. Shape them immediately after you take them out of the oven. Be careful and quick and you'll achieve just the results you want. And if you choose, you always get a do-over: just pop them back in the oven so they're malleable again.
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.