Instead, Lee gets to pick the main ingredient that everyone will be cooking with in the Invention test. The one that makes the worst dish gets sent packing. The theme of the dish, by the way, will be romance. "You're tall, you're good-looking," Gordon says, in what sounds more like a come-on than a description of a cooking challenge. "You know how to woo a lady. You know how to seduce a lady." Lee does not deny this is so. He just hopes that the ingredient isn't chocolate, since his girlfriend hates it and he's not much of a fan of it himself. As it happens, that is one of his choices, which would be totally devastating if there weren't two other choices -- passion fruit and a mozzarella cheese that has ricotta and buttermilk on the inside whose proper Italian name I didn't quite catch. (It's burrata, according to Chef Wikipedia.) But it's no matter, because Lee picked passion fruit. So let's start grabbing ingredients, people.
Our two youngest competitors -- Whitney and Slim -- are expecting to have trouble with this challenge. Whitney's never really had a boyfriend and never had to cook for a fellah before. Between this and her "oh I've never cooked a pork chop before" act, I'm beginning to wonder if Whitney was one of those bubble kids who's only recently been freed to see the outside world. As for Slim: "I suck at romance," she says flatly. You'll get no argument here, young lady.
Anyhow, the contestants have one hour to "seduce us with your dishes." (Gordon's words, not mine.) Speaking amongst themselves, the judges decide that the last thing you want to do with passion fruit is cook it. "Once you go over 212 degrees, it starts to coagulate," Graham observes. I have a feeling we're going to see contestants boiling the hell out of passion fruit before the night is out.