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# Every day you walk down the street Everybody that you meet
# Has an original point of view
-# And I say, hey!
# What a wonderful kind of day We can learn to work and play
# And get along with each other
# You gotta listen to your heart Listen to the beat
# Listen to the rhythm of the street Open your eyes! Open your ears!
# Get together, make things better By working together
# It's a simple message And it comes from the heart
# Believe in yourself For that's the place to start
-# And I say, hey!
-What a wonderful kind of day
# We can learn to work and play And get along with each other
# What a wonderful kind of day, hey! What a wonderful kind of day, HEY! #
Hi, I'm DW, and this is going to be the best show you've ever seen.
-Know why? Because Arthur's letting me do the show opener.
-Look right at the camera - make contact with the viewers.
Show opener, take two.
Hello, my name's DW. I'm opening the show today and...
Cut! This isn't working.
We need a different setting - someplace more exciting and scenic,
-Cut! Too much motion. We need something as scenic
but not as distracting, like...
I know! Outer space.
-Cut! This isn't right either. It's too...
Listen, Arthur, you said you were gonna let me do this myself.
Now let me do it!
Hello, and welcome to our show.
-My name is...
-Cut! That was actually great, DW, but we're out of time.
Nice job, though.
You kids are so lucky.
-This is one contest I wish
-Chef Ming Tsai is coming
to judge the kids' cooking contest? Who's Ming Tsai?
He's the host of Simply Ming on TV.
And the judge is Ming Tsai? Arthur, this is huge!
What shall we make for this contest? Cheese straws? No, too festive.
-Brie en croute. Too conservative.
-The contest is for kids, Dad.
Good. Then we should make oobleck. I learned a recipe at school.
People don't eat oobleck, DW. And I know what I want to make -
I love chocolate cake.
I have a recipe for chocolate brandy cake with roasted hazelnut filling.
I just want a simple chocolate cake. And I want to make it with no help.
You'll need help with the stove, and I'm busy.
-So it'll have to be Dad.
-Don't worry, Arthur.
I'll stick to stove help only. Oh, here! Classic chocolate cake.
This is a fantastic recipe.
Doing it by myself includes choosing the recipe.
-Oh, hi, you guys. Researching recipes?
-Getting hungry, you mean!
-What are those?
-Just some information cards I laminated.
The recipe I chose is rendang, which means water buffalo stew.
It comes from the Minangkabau tribe in Indonesia,
so I'll provide Ming with facts about their cooking practices.
See you guys. I've got to get home and start working on my costume.
-I wouldn't feel right serving rendang without native dress.
Don't worry. You don't need a costume for a great chocolate cake.
-Hey, Brains, what's in the bags?
-Just a few things
for my hydroponic greenhouse. Wanna see it?
I transformed my parents' greenhouse into this full hydroponics system.
-The success of my berry tart
for the contest depends on the quality of the ingredients.
It was imperative to cultivate the sweetest berries.
I need to do something that makes my chocolate cake really special.
Good idea. A great chef always has a signature -
something that makes his recipe unique.
-You know what I think it needs a little more of? Sugar...
-Nothing makes a cake taste less sophisticated than extra sugar.
But I'm just trying to...help.
-How about more extra-dark chocolate?
-What do you think?
-How come he gets to give advice?
-He's a kid, Dad.
OK. But may I please offer you one small yet crucial piece of advice
about chocolate cake?
It's good to go off-recipe and experiment a bit.
But there is one ingredient you absolutely must use properly
to make a successful chocolate cake - baking powder.
Got it - baking powder.
Mm! I've found my signature ingredient -
an extra amount of extra-dark chocolate.
I have to go to the art room to see if the glue on my headdress is dry.
-I hope Ming Tsai is nice.
-I wouldn't count on it.
Ming Tsai was voted one of the 50 most beautiful people
-in Famous Faces magazine.
So he's not only famous, he's glamorous.
What if my quiche Lorraine doesn't have enough glamour?
He won't judge the quiche on its glamour. It wouldn't be fair.
Have you seen those TV judges? They're never fair.
I have to say, Muffy, that bite of quiche was a waste of tastebuds
-Ming! You awful brute!
How can you say that about Muffy's quiche?
Muffy, your quiche Lorraine was delicious.
It was abom-i-trocious, an absolute disgrace!
Muffy should be forbidden from cooking ever again.
But I didn't even make this quiche! My cook did.
He probably has impossibly high standards.
I bet he takes cooking really seriously.
Making a chocolate cake - in the left cooking ring,
we have dessert chef Arthur Reed.
Making his famous stir-fried butterfly shrimp with syrup
is the renowned Ming Tsai!
Chefs, take your positions.
On your marks, get set...go!
Ten seconds, ladies and gentlemen!
We have a winner! Ming Tsai prepared a full gourmet meal in ten seconds!
Well, at least Ming Tsai is going to be the judge,
not a contestant.
# And Ming Tsai says DW's the winner
-# DW's oobleck is the best recipe in all the land... #
What are you doing, Arthur?
This is your last day to practise.
I'll set my alarm to wake up early to make the cake. Today I'm resting,
-like a boxer does before a big match.
-OK, champ. You'll be great.
sugar, extra dark chocolate,
baking powder... Oh!
DW used up all the baking powder yesterday -
the most important ingredient in a chocolate cake! It's an emergency!
Oh! I have baking powder in my catering supplies.
-On the shelf in the garage?
-In a silver canister marked baking powder.
Be sure not to take the canister marked baking SODA.
Oh, no! It's...flat!
Well, don't feel that bad, Arthur. I mean, look at my frozen fruit pop -
-At least you have an entry.
Hurry up! Ming is already here. He's really nice.
Even though he's famous, he's friendly.
I wonder if he's friendly to kids whose cooking creations are a flop?
And if you refer to fact 10b on your information card,
you'll see that the spoon you are using was chiselled by hand
-by an old woman from the Minangkabau tribe.
-A thorough presentation.
-And the water buffalo stew...
-Yes, the rendang.
-HAMMERING AT DOOR
-Wait! The contest must be stopped!
Dad, how many times do I have to tell you?
This is a kids' contest!
-Arthur, you made a fantastic batch of brownies!
-Call me Ming, please.
-It looks like you made some wonderful brownies, Arthur.
Ming, my son was aiming to bake a cake,
but by accident he used baking soda instead of baking powder...
That's why they were flat?
I thought I'd made a huge mistake, so I didn't even bring them in.
Your mistake looks good to me. Let me tell you,
some of the best recipes started out as mistakes.
A long time ago, in ancient China, the emperor's cook
was preparing a dinner of dumplings. But he made a mistake.
He didn't watch the pot, and all the water boiled off.
-What is it?
-The dumplings are stuck to the pot.
The emperor is ready to eat now.
Quick, I will put the dumplings on a plate for him.
But I will be severely punished when he sees my mistake.
-These dumplings are shrivelled and brown!
may I present you with a new recipe from the kitchen, called, um...
From now on, I declare that all my dumplings shall be pot-stickers.
That's how pot-stickers were invented - from a mistake.
Except the emperor thought the pot-stickers were delicious.
And so are your brownies - delicious.
So, Ming, who's the winner?
Well, Sue Ellen, the ultimate grand prize-winner is...me!
KIDS: Hey! That's not fair!
Do you know why I'm the winner?
Cos I get to eat this wonderful food you all worked so hard to prepare.
-Wanna be winners too?
Lakewood Elementary holds a cooking contest for the students and celebrity chef Ming Tsai is the judge! In preparing for the contest, the kids experience the joy of cooking first hand, and they discover that sometimes culinary mistakes create the best dishes.