Cooking flurry. I don't know what exactly everyone is running for in the fridge, but there is a massive pile-up. Carla takes a more Zen approach and just waltzes into the walk-in and takes what's left, which turns out to be quinoa. Casey has decided to make Asian stuffing, even though she's never made it before. Well, she's never made Asian stuffing, but presumably she's made Asian dishes, so she knows the flavor profiles and whatnot. How come Tom never talks about flavor profiles anymore? That used to be his jam. Blais is using a jar lid for a spoon. Fabio decides to grate his Parmesan on the pot rack. That is really gross. I mean, presumably it's been used to hold clean pots, but how clean are the bottoms of your pots, anyway? I focus most of my attention on the insides of the pots and then do a quick scrub of the outside, but I would bet the bottoms are the dirtiest part. And I'm betting the racks themselves haven't been cleaned or disinfected in a while. Couldn't he just use shavings with a can lid or something? I'm just glad I don't have to eat this food.
Most people are using heavy pans to smash their food since they can't dice or chop with no knives. Carla tries to do it with an onion, which doesn't seem like it's going to work. She needs to at least cut the onion into pieces first somehow. Another cheftestant is using a metal plate or pan lid to cut. Tiffani uses a pepper grinder to butcher a quail. Tre is making a jalapeno and cheddar bread pudding, and he decides to use liquid nitrogen to freeze the food so that he can smash it, which is way more genius and practical than grating cheese on a pot rack. FABIO. People are using various things to stir: a celery stalk, an ear of corn, a slab of bacon. Carla thinks her sauce is great but knows that her quinoa is undercooked, so she's sad. Everyone plates their food with weird tools: a celery stalk again, a can lid, and I think someone's using a broken shard of a plate, so did they break a plate just to get a sharp edge? That's also kind of genius but seems dangerous. Padma says, "Time's up! Utensils down." Maybe she should have switched up her saying since they aren't using utensils.
The tasting begins. Casey made mushrooms with crispy chicken liver, miso cake and mushroom dashi. Jamie made a stuffing crepinette with pork, lemon oil, and broth, which she explains is also an homage to matzoh ball soup. That's her second soup dish in two weeks. Carla tried to make Thai inspired vegetable stuffing with black quinoa salad, but she calls it "Undone-tay." Tony asks why it's al denta and she hilariously corrects him: "I said undone-tay." I love how she knows her dish is bad and just puts it on front street. Tony and Padma gamely try to eat it, and she asks if they need some floss. Everyone is just cracking up. Love her.