"I'm the cook in my family. My son, he is less than a year old. My husband doesn't even know where the stove is," Ferguson told his fellow guest judges, plus hosts Meghan Trainor and chef Marcus Samuelsson. "So, I'm really excited to just sit back and let someone else cook for me."
The newest addition to the Top Chef franchise pairs young chefs from across the country with an adult in their family to compete for $50,000. Ferguson and his husband, Justin Mikita, expanded their own family after welcoming their son, Beckett Mercer Ferguson-Mikita, in July 2020.
Cookbook author Ferguson nibbled on competing, fish-based parent-child duo dishes like a pistachio salmon appetizer, sea urchin risotto and prawn scampi. "Prawns are very easy to get wrong," Ferguson observed. "They can get very rubbery, and this was perfectly done."
Meanwhile, Trainor noted that her first taste of urchin was like "swimming in the ocean."
The Modern Family alum went on to dub one entrée to be too "1980s" in style, and even revealed that when he was 12 years old like one of the contestants, he was "only eating things that were orange and beige."
In that episode alone, Ferguson and the Top Chef crew went on to eat Kobe beef sushi, biscotti and lemon mousse. "I find biscotti really hard to make," Ferguson later explained.
Seems like for now, Top Chef Family Style is the only place where Ferguson can enjoy a home-cooked meal that he didn't make himself!
Watch the adorable preview above.
Top Chef Family Style airs Thursdays on Peacock.
(E! and Peacock are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)