Stefan gets to announce that the team of John, Kuniko, and Sheldon as the winners. But only one of them can get immunity, so they will draw knives. And John gets immunity. Now that he's safe from elimination, will he wear his glasses like a normal person?
Padma has a big announcement to make that comes out of nowhere: Stefan, CJ, and Josie are not just there as judges. They are now going to join the competition. Tyler interviews that he's upset about this turn of events, and Josh turns and mutters to him team that they all suck and he's probably going to get in fights now. Why would that be his first reaction? "Oh, the veterans are back; guess I'll have to fight them." Does that seem bizarre to anyone else? I'm starting to worry about Josh's mental health status. Micah looks at it as a chance to beat the best. Stefan interviews that he lost to Hosea in his season, and everyone he meets tells him that he should have won. Well, obviously. I mean, Hosea.
Padma explains that the Elimination Challenge will be a team challenge, so they'll just stay in their teams. Poor Lizzie probably wants to take a knife to her wrists or Carla's throat. The veterans will form their own team. CJ interviews that he just spent time cooking at a restaurant in Copenhagen that's been voted the best restaurant in the world three times, so he's excited for the judges to taste his food now.
So here's the Elimination Challenge: each team will serve one dish using regional ingredients to the judges plus local legend Tom Douglas at the restaurant on top of the Space Needle. They will have forty-seven minutes to prep and cook their dish; that's how long it takes the Space Needle to rotate once. They now have thirty minutes to shop the pantry.
Padma leaves and the cheftestants race to find their ingredients. Kuniko tells her team that she wants to cook the cod in chili oil. John and Sheldon agree, and John interviews that he's never seen that done before, and he loves that Kuniko is challenging him with her choices. Stefan and CJ decide to do a seafood dish, but to also bring along some quail just in case. Danyele, Eliza, and Josh pick out an enormous fish, but they don't know what it is. They can't figure out if it's monkfish, cod, or salmon, but they decide to take it anyway, and figure it out later. That seems dangerous, especially for the team that just came in last on the Quickfire. Lizzie is really worried about cooking with Carla, based on what went down during the Quickfire, and she doesn't want to embarrass herself in front of Tom Douglas. I like Lizzie; I hope she doesn't get screwed over because Carla is a mess.