The cheftestants return to their apartment and immediately break up into teams again to discuss food and strategy. On Team Orange, Carla talks about how she thinks their dishes are really global. Mike adds that they just need to cook good food. See? He says things, but doesn't really add anything. Really, Mike? Here I was thinking that the goal was to cook bad food, but you have truly enlightened me. Team Orange seems pretty mellow about a serving strategy. I'm surprised Blais isn't taking more of a leadership role, though, since the other chefs really seem to defer to him most of the time.
Team Yellow is talking serving strategy and of course, Spike takes the lead. Angelo is wearing a gross tank top. Ugh. Men should not wear tank tops unless they look like Tre. I'm just saying. Or if it's really hot out, which it doesn't seem to be. Anyway, Spike suggests that they serve their worst dish first, against the other team's best dish. Then the other team's best dish is wasted, is the plan. There are a few problems I can see with this strategy. First, they're assuming that the other team will serve their best dish first, or that there will even be a clearly-defined best dish. With chefs of this caliber, I would imagine that there will be multiple dishes that are good. The other problem that I see is that they're assuming that they will be able to clearly define who made the worst dish on their team. Do they really think someone is going to stand up and go, "Yeah, my dish is awful." I mean, it's one thing if it's like Carla's quinoa, but that happens rarely, especially this season. Angelo seems to hop right on board with this idea, but the rest of the team just kind of goes along because they don't have an alternative to suggest, I assume. No one points out any reasons why it's flawed that we see.
Then the segment that I haven't missed: shopping at Whole Foods. Carla knows that her team doesn't believe in her dish, but she does. Tre tells us that he used to be fat, but slimmed down with diet and exercise, so he feels good about making a healthy dish. Angelo and Tiffany are both making fish. Angelo picks out a bunch of mackerel. A whack of mackerel? A pack of mackerel? I looked it up and it's either a shoal or a school of mackerel. BO-RING!
The teams arrive at the US Open kitchen, and get to cooking. Marcel is psyched about his team. Really? Marcel? Is psyched about his team? I guess if he has to be on a team, he's happy about this one. Blais is, of course, cooking some lamb sous vide. And making something he calls "Thai-boulleh" because it's like tabbouleh, but it's Thai-inspired. Carla is sorting beans, and she interviews that she's a runner, so she knows the kinds of food that athletes need. Antonia, on the other hand, admits that she never played sports in high school, and mostly just sat around and smoked pot. Is it weird that now I like her more? Not because she smoked pot, but because of how she admitted it.