The Great American Recipe finale: Which dish makes a lasting impression?

Great American Recipe finale, photo provided by PBS
Great American Recipe finale, photo provided by PBS /

With three home cooks remaining, The Great American Recipe finale looks to be the cumulation of impeccable culinary celebration. Although there have been a few mis-steps, tears or even broken food processors along the way, the heart of this PBS culinary competition has been clear in every dish. Who will earn the coveted title of The Great American Recipe?

According to PBS, The Great American Recipe finale features the following:

"It’s time for the season finale as the three remaining cooks go head-to-head to win “The Great American Recipe.” They’ll have some surprise helpers for their final chance to wow the judges with a very special dinner."

Although this description does not reveal many details, a few things have become apparent throughout the season. Robin has found her confidence challenge after challenge. After being slightly under the radar at first, she has impressed the judges.

From blending her Syrian roots into a multi-faceted dish to giving the judges a version of Thanksgiving, her creativity on a plate has been celebrated. At the same time, she has never lost sight of the real story, bringing family traditions to the table.

With Siliva, she impressed the judges immediately with her bold flavors. Always staying true to her roots, the Mexican inspired dishes conveyed her cooking passion. From well-known dishes to more traditional offerings, she has always been a front runner.

Lastly, Foo has learned to adapt and apply the judges’ feedback. More importantly, each challenge seems to show him cooking from the heart. Whether it was the spring rolls that were his mother’s gift or a recipe from his sister, the stories inspired a flavor journey.

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Only one will be the winner of The Great American Recipe. Be sure to watch Friday, August 12 on PBS to see. And, the favorite dishes will be available in the companion cookbook.