Tim Love is up next with his strawberries three ways (chocolate-dipped, chicken-fried and milkshake). One of the girls, a redhead, has some specific complaints, and the chefs joke backstage that she is the toughest. None of the girls really like the strawberry shake; it's apparently not sweet enough. Tim Love is surprised.
The next dessert belongs to Hubert Keller. The girls are very impressed with his presentation; he formed his desserts into animal shapes, like a chocolate mousse swan, and a little whipped-cream mouse. They have nothing but praise for the dessert, as far as we see.
Christopher Lee made French toast with caramelized bananas. The redhead thinks it's crunchy and kind of burnt, and she doesn't like the sauce. I don't think kids understand caramelization. Lee explains that his nephew has autism, so raising money for that charity is his biggest motivation for being in this competition.
Each of the four diners gave the desserts a rating between one and five stars, and the ratings were averaged. Michael Shlow got 2 ½ stars, and he's pleased with that. Tim Love got 3 ½ stars. Christopher Lee also got 3 ½ stars. Hubert Keller got the full five stars. Wow! That's awesome. These Quickfire scores will be added to the scores they get in the Elimination challenge. Aw, I thought the winner would get some sort of advantage, like first choice of protein or something. I dig that.
Kelly Choi announces that for the Elimination Challenge, the chefs will be going back to college. They'll be creating a three-course meal for college students and judges using only a microwave, a hot plate and a toaster oven. Michael Schlow says he doesn't own a microwave, and the last time he used a hot plate was in college, when he made an omelet for a girl he was trying to impress. I wonder how that worked out for him? I think I would have been impressed by that in college, since most guys I know could barely muster up the energy to shower once a week, much less cook actual food. One of my best friends actually had to go to the infirmary twice because he collapsed from malnutrition. Anyway, the chefs will have some money and a limited pantry, and will get two hours to prep and cook.
The chefs head to the grocery store. Michael Schlow explains that there are 20 stars up for grabs: 15 from the judges and five from the college students. The chef with the most stars wins. Hubert Keller explains that he doesn't know where anything is in the grocery store, because he never shops. He quickly misplaces his cart and is running around the store with armfuls of food. Christopher Lee had an Asian grandfather and, he explains, while he's not a hardcore Asian chef, the flavors definitely influence his cooking. Tim Love really wanted to make pork chili, but they didn't have any ground pork, so he has to make adjustments. He's the last one to check out, and the other chefs heckle him for taking so long and not really knowing what he's making.