The Quickfire Challenge this week is all based on a roll of the dice. Literally. They are really loving the Vegas theme this season. Each person steps up to a craps table, tosses a pair of dice and the number they land is the number of ingredients they have to include in their dish. Todd English is on hand for this High Stakes Quickfire, which means that the winner gets 15 grand. One of the brothers, Michael V., wins with his eight ingredients, and gets immunity for the week, while his sibling is one of the least favorite dishes.
Elimination Challenge: The chefs are paired up in a battle of the sexes! The ladies are cooking for a bachelor and the guys get to cook for a bachelorette at a swanky pool side soiree that looks nothing like any bachelor or bachelorette party I've ever seen. The twist being that all of their dishes have to pair well with the three mostly gross sounding shots that the happy couple just adore. Each cheftestant makes their own hors d'ouvres, and each team must do at least two for each shot.
Ashley doesn't like this challenge because she's gay and doesn't like that not everyone can get married, which I get her point, but she repeats this about ten times. Still, she sucks it up and creates not one, but two dishes. One of which is a pana cotta dessert that she's not entirely comfortable cooking. Has she never seen the problems with desserts on this show? After a lot of really amazing food, and some wilted looking offerings that seem to have spent a little too much time in the sun, the guys are dubbed the winning team. Padma calls in Bryan, Hector, Eli and Michael V. and they are singled out as the four best, and the judges just gush about how all amazing they were. This time brother Bryan wins.
Ashley, Eve, Jesse and Preeti are the worst of the worst. Ashley's watermelon dish was a success, but her panecotta was a massive failure. Desserts! They are the devil! She gets a pass, and Eve doesn't understand seasoning, so she's told to pack her knives and go.
Previously: The cheftestants arrived in Las Vegas, Wolfgang Puck threw food across the room and Jen Z. was the first one eliminated. Oh, and the Quickfires now earn the winning chef some extra loot in addition to the old school immunity.
After a lot of establishing shots to remind us that we are indeed in Las Vegas, and the contestants are staying in a fabulous looking McMansion instead of the typical apartment buildings, we see Jesse and Eve discussing hair, and then Jesse rehashes her performance in the last competition. She wants a chance to redeem herself. Eve wonders if she should cook for herself, or try and cook to please the judges. Gee, ideally both, Eve, but since you are in a competition and trying to win, pleasing the judges seems like the higher priority in these early rounds. Then Bryan discusses the sibling rivalry that he has with Michael. They are both very competitive. And brothers. In case you missed that the hundred or so times it was mentioned.
Then it's time for the Quickfire Challenge and Todd English. Kevin is equally impressed by Todd and the "big ass craps table" that has been brought into the kitchen. Kevin's never actually been near a craps table before, so he's a bit skeptical. Jennifer, who is really talented but looks exhausted in her interviews, says that Todd English likes simplicity and dubs him "pretty hot."
Padma says that great chefs need to be able to make something fabulous without leaving their pantries. Is that how it works? That's how I always cook, but I typically attribute that to laziness and hatred of grocery shopping. Anyway, the contestants have to toss the dice and whatever number they roll is the number of ingredients that they have to use in the challenge. Salt, pepper and oil are the only freebies from the kitchen. Jesse does this weird hand waving thing, like she's somehow waiting for permission to speak, and then says that two ingredients would suck. It would, but I'm not sure she needed to share that with the class. I'm sure they were aware. Michael V. says that he doesn't want to roll too high a number, because he'd hate to be forced to work with too many ingredients. So I guess to each their own.
Padma then informs them that it's a high stakes Quickfire, which means that they really, really want to win this (as opposed to all the other ones that they just don't care about) because they get cash money. $15,000 to be specific. That's not too shabby. Ashley takes this opportunity to address America and to tell us folks out here that chefs do not make a lot of cash. I'm not really in that industry, so I can't attest to the validity of that statement, but there must be some chefs out there who do make a lot of cash. Maybe like the one standing in the room judging this competition for instance?