And then, product placement. Bob talks about avocados a lot. Use them instead of condiments! Guacamole for everyone!
Oh, and then tragedy strikes. Mike packs a bag at 3:20 a.m. He apparently got a message from his mother saying that his grandmother's health is not so good. Mike is very close to his grandmother, who was there a lot more than his mom was in his childhood. Things aren't looking good for her, and Mike leaves campus. The remaining contestants head to meet Sami and celebrity chef Curtis Stone. He really is fine. Ashley is particularly excited to see him. Lance has a rubberband on his chin, so his goatee hairs don't fall into whatever healthy food they're about to prepare. Yes, it's a cooking challenge. Koli is bummed, because Mike is the Blue Team's best cook. Sami tells the contestants that they're going to have to make an appetizer, entrée and dessert using only 12 ingredients. The ingredients that they can choose from are all on a big table, and they'll alternate picks. Once one team chooses an item, it's theirs exclusively. Curtis will judge the final meals, and he's looking for food that's both nutritious and great-tasting. And there's one more thing: the contestants will only have 30 minutes to complete their challenge. I can't make a turkey sandwich in 30 minutes. Yikes. The winning team will get a five-pound advantage at the weigh-in, which is a pretty great prize.
Sheri chooses first for the Black Team, and goes straight for the shrimp. Sunshine chooses tomatoes for the Blue Team. The Black Team wanted to make shrimp cevice, which featured tomato. They are screwed. Ultimately, the Black Team also ends up with: salmon, lemon, oranges, red pepper, pears, wild rice, and strawberries. Blue gets pork loin, chocolate, cauliflower, parsley, raspberries, pomegranate, and mushrooms. Curtis stone is going to go mad for his pear shrimp and chocolate-covered parsley.