Lodi firefighter Kris Graves and his twin brother, Mike, won "24 Hour Restaurant Battle," a Food Network show, and received $10,000 in prize money.
The episode aired Thursday night and showed the twins coming up with a restaurant design and decor, buying supplies, prepping the food and then serving 100 hungry customers — all in 24 hours.
The episode, titled "Firehouse Cooks," pitted the 33-year-old twins against a New York firefighter and his fraternity brother.
The brothers, who live in Santa Rosa, opened a restaurant called Enigma, with the goal of highlighting their differences. They occasionally quarreled during stressful situations and discussed how they are polar opposites.
"Even though we are twins, the whole twin telepathy was not playing out," Kris said during the episode.
Kris said the show is a challenge, and he felt frustrated with the time limitations.
"This doesn't compare to making dinner at the firehouse. I have all the time in the world when I'm making dinner for the guys at the firehouse. I have none of the time in the world here," he said.
After forgetting pudding, the main ingredient for his mom's chocolate cake, Kris and his brother got into a heated discussion.
"I feel helpless, I feel hopeless, and I feel stupid," Kris said on-camera after the fight.
He also cut his thumb while using a grater and had to take a break after almost passing out.
"We are two hours away from service, and I'm bleeding like a stuck pig," he said.
Even though the twins fell behind, the customers ranked the food high and said it was worth the wait.
The menu included chicken curry tostadas, pulled pork ravioli, a seven-spice-rub pork tenderloin on top of a spicy cranberry chutney, with a vegetable medley, a bacon and three-cheese macaroni and cheese, and a version of his mother's chocolate chip Kahlua cake.
The competitors served their food to four judges, but host Scott Conant, who owns restaurants in Miami and New York, made the final decision on who wins.
"With Enigma, you brought passion and heart to your restaurant, and it was reflected in your bold dishes," Conant told the twins.
During the show, the twins said they had grown distant since their mother, Patti, passed away from uterine cancer in 2004.
"We are helping each other out and we haven't done that in a long time, and it was a big deal for me," Mike said.
At the end of the show, Kris said the experience was a good way to honor his mother.
"I think that mom would've of been proud of anything we did ever. This would of made her absolutely speechless," he said.