If you watch any kind of reality TV, then you've probably seen a geoduck. Pronounced "gooey-duck," this giant clam is renowned by chefs for its unique taste. It's also prized by reality TV producers: Because of its massive size and creepy look, it makes for darn good television. From "Top Chef" to "Dirty Jobs," the mighty geoduck has delighted and disgusted audiences in equal measure.
"Top Chef"Over the years, "Top Chef" has featured many challenges with exotic proteins. In the very first episode of Season 3, the chefs were asked to cook an exotic surf and turf dish. Among the proteins the chefs could choose from was geoduck, along with ostrich, bison, snake, and black chicken. While Hung didn't win with his dish of tough black chicken and geoduck, he scored big points for bravery. The winner of this challenge was Tre, who made an ostrich filet with abalone risotto.
In Season 2 of "Top Chef Masters," the geoduck reappeared as part of another "scary" surf and turf challenge. Two chefs used the geoduck as an ingredient. Marcus Samuelsson made a sausage from the geoduck, mixed with kangaroo meat. Jody Adams made a spicy roasted goat with geoduck chowder, which got her sent home. The winner of the challenge was Susur Lee, who made a dish of monkfish liver and black chicken.
"Dirty Jobs"Way, way back in the second season of "Dirty Jobs," beloved host Mike Rowe got himself into a bit of a mess when he shadowed a geoduck farm. He saw how they were grown and even got some advice on how to eat them so that he could really experience their true flavor. And of course, he made plenty of his signature dirty jokes about the size and shape of this giant mollusk.
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