Seth (27, private party chef) has cooked lamb chops and supposedly idolizes Gordon Ramsay. Gordon spits out the ratatouille for having honey in it. He also claims that it's the worst dish he's ever tasted and gets mad when Seth laughs. But c'mon. The worst? Anyway, Ben, who says that he is a machine in the kitchen, has a good Peking Duck. Now he believes he's a force to be reckoned with. You hear that world? He is Ben; reckon with him!
Prizes: This year's winner will get $250,000 and a position as Head Chef at a new restaurant at Borgata in Atlantic City. [After this season, no one will ever eat there again. - Z] There is some bragging in interviews, and Gordon sends them off to the dorms to come up with team names. The dorms look crowded and kind of weird to me. The men riff off "blue balls", although that mostly takes the form of Ben saying a lot of phrases with "blue" in them. Colleen suggests "what about the flames of Hell. You know, something about the flames ... of Hell?" Yeah, I didn't understand it the first time, but after she elaborated on it with exactly the same words, it all became clear! Other names thrown out for the women's team include "Saffron Sistahs" and "Spice Rack."
Night becomes day, and I would like to take this opportunity to once again point out that it is a full moon, just like it always is on a reality show.
The next day, everyone's prepping the kitchen and also learning the stations. Lacey asks if she can just watch all the stations the first night "because I don't have line experience." What? Are you kidding me, lady? This entire show is about line experience. If you want to show your brilliant food creation skills, Top Chef is over that way. That goes over about as well as you'd think, and before you know it, Lacey is sobbing and saying she quits because she has no idea what to do. See, I would think she could just get put on the dessert station, because everybody knows they'll never get that far into service the first night. Lacey has apparently gone back to the dorms to have a snack, and none of the women seem that concerned about losing her. LA in particular is emphatic that there's no reason to get her.