They only have a few minutes left, and Ludo is finding that his quesadillas aren't cooking. He presses down on them with his hands to try to get them to cook faster. He should just stick a heavy pot on top. That's what I do, since I don't own a press. It works for a panini at least - sometimes I even fill the pan with water to make it heavier. Instead, Ludo cries and whines like a little baby and spends his remaining time wandering around behind his stand aimlessly while admitting that he did not even have one quesadilla cooked when the gates opened and the people poured in.
Rick is the first to serve up his food, and he tries to banter with the customers while dishing out his food. There are a lot of "slip me some tongue" jokes. He has made potato, chorizo, bacon, and tongue tacos with raw tomatillo guacamole and pickled onions. One customer compliments the "layers of flavor." Kelly Choi tromps up and introduces Rick to the three judges. Rick is a little intimidated by Gael Greene, in particular, as he feels that she's unpredictable. Kelly asks if Rick has ever done this before, and Rick says that he's never worked as a street vendor, but he's definitely made this type of food before. The judges step away to sample the food, and they all really love it. They say that it's "brilliant," and "melt-in-your-mouth tender." Raynor points out that it's not date food because it will make your breath stinky, but Gael Greene doesn't care and says she'd go back for seconds.
Wilo's customers seem to like this beef, ham, and chicken "tripleta" in pita bread and caramelized onions. Of course, the beef component is beef hearts. Wilo says he's trying to mimic what he's seen street vendors do, because he thinks it's sort of like dancing. The customers keep talking about how delicious it is. The judges show up and he offers to customize their tripleta with spicy sauce and cheese if they want it. He explains that he made the cheese sauce himself. The judges chow down, and Oseland says that he thinks there might be too much topping because he couldn't even get to the filling on his first bite. Raynor and Greene like the textures, especially because it's more tender than chewy.
Ludo struggles with getting his food cooked in a timely fashion, and there are tons of customers waiting for food at his station. He tries to be charming with the accent and everything to distract all of the people from the fact that he's struggling. The judges pop up and Ludo doesn't have any food ready for them. Ludo uses the time to explain that he made pork quesadillas with chorizo, pinto bean puree, lime aioli and smoked paprika. Just as Ludo is saying that cooking is all about technique, he totally screws something up. Ha! The editors really loved him, because he made their job fun. The judges start heckling Ludo, asking him if he's ever even made a quesadilla before, and ripping on how long the food is taking to make. Ludo admits that he tried to charm Gael with his accent. I have to say, from what I've seen of Gael, I don't think she's falling for it. The judges take a bite and say that the pigs' ear is a good texture, but they're not sure it works with all the cheese Ludo has dumped on there.