Quickfire Challenge: Guest judge is Cat Cora, and they divide into three teams of two: Grayson and Chris, Ed and Paul, and Lindsay and Sarah. They have to peel and devein shrimp, shuck corn, and make fettuccine, and then make a dish with those ingredients. Lindsay and Sarah finish early and the other two teams rush to finish in time. Paul and Ed don't manage to get any shrimp on the plate, which Paul admits is his fault. And the winners are Grayson and Chris, who looked like they wouldn't finish at certain points, so it's pretty amazing. The judges just liked their flavors better.
Elimination Challenge: Each pair becomes opponents. They each have to cook the same dish to serve to two hundred people at a block party. Once they have chosen dishes, Padma tells them that they have to make a healthier version.
Paul and Ed wanted to make Korean BBQ, so Paul ends up making turkey kalbi, and eggplant with white peach kimchi and Ed makes open face kalbi (made with beef short ribs), kimchi chipotle puree, and pickled cucumber and daikon. The judges definitely like Paul's flavors better, and they think that he went further trying to make it healthier.
Grayson and Chris wanted to make a chicken salad sandwich (why?), so Grayson ends up making chicken salad sandwich on whole wheat with arugula, pickled red onion, feta watermelon salad with pumpkin seeds. Ugh, the trendiest plate of the season, with the pickling and the feta and the watermelon. Chris makes chicken salad sandwich with tofu "mayo," red lettuce, and watermelon fruit salad with pineapple ice. The judges think Grayson's sandwich is just okay, but they she built it to order, which was good because the bread didn't dry out. They like the flavors in Chris's sandwich better but think his watermelon dish is boring.
Lindsay and Sarah wanted to make meatballs, but each chose different ground meats to make them healthier. Sarah made a Calabrese-style turkey meatball and a vegetable salad. Lindsay made a Mediterranean meatball with veal and lamb, lemon yogurt, black-eyed peas, and quinoa Greek salad. The judges like that Sarah's meatballs aren't dry, and disagree on her salad. Multiple diners say that the meatballs were bland. The judges love Lindsay's meatballs, because they were both tasty and original.
Lindsay, Paul, and Grayson win their respective battles, as voted on by the diners. Tom and Grayson get into it a little bit over whether or not chicken salad sandwiches can be exciting. But the ultimate winner is Paul, of course. When there's money in the prize ($15K in this case), Paul's going to take it.
So that makes Ed, Sarah, and Chris the bottom three. Ed didn't really make much of an effort to make his food healthier. Sarah's sauce wasn't great, and her salad was served differently to different people. Chris's sandwiches were dried out and his watermelon had chunks of ice in it. So ultimately, Chris is eliminated and everyone is sad. Let's hope he shows up on the reunion without the ponytail on top of his head because he saw how dumb it looked on the air.
After Beverly's elimination, the cheftestants are sitting around in the Stew Room waiting to be excused, I guess. Does a bell ring? Anyway, Grayson finds something nice to say about Beverly because she's the only woman on the show who's not terrible. Ed makes a joke about Lindsay blowing up at Beverly about her halibut and Lindsay makes a speech about how she is totally diplomatic most of the time except when Bev screwed up her food. I guess we have to take her word for it. She's been kind of awful behind Bev's back, if not always to her face.
Then Charlize Theron walks in and thanks the cheftestants for the amazing meal and they're all just grinning. And it was nice of her to come back in there. She didn't have to do that. The cheftestants are all fired up.
The next morning, the guys drink coffee and talk about how they don't want to do another group challenge. I wish there were no more group challenges. They only have six people! They don't need them! Grayson thinks she needs to step up because she was in the bottom last week. Has anyone on any challenge reality show ever said, "I was in the bottom last week, but no big deal. I'm sure I'll do fine this week. I don't plan to put forth any extra effort."?
The cheftestants enter the kitchen and find Emeril, Padma and Cat Cora, their guest judge this week. Padma divides them into three teams of two based on where they are standing: Grayson and Chris, Paul and Ed, Lindsay and Sarah. She explains that their Elimination Challenge will be about speed and precision. But first, Julie Chen-style, she wants to know how they feel about their teams. As if anyone is going to speak up about hating them, especially before knowing what the challenge is about. Paul interviews that he's nervous about being teamed with Ed, because every time they team up, bad shit happens.
So the challenge is to prepare a dish with the ingredients in front of them. They have to peel, clean and devein two pounds of shrimp, shuck a barrel of corn, and make fettuccine. After each step, the judges have to approve their prep before they can use those ingredients to start cooking. Padma must have done a terrible job explaining all this because the whole set of instructions that we hear is done in voice-over. There's no immunity tonight, but the winning team gets ten grand. Well, I expect Paul to win, then. He wins all the money.
Annnnnd, go! Sarah immediately starts making pasta, and so does Ed, because the pasta needs to dry. Grayson starts making pasta and then lets it dry while she works on the shrimp. Emeril makes a comment about how dirty the shrimp are, and Grayson comments that she heard the male shrimp are dirtier. Lindsay bitches that Grayson talks a lot and it slows her down. Backing up her comment, however, is the fact that Lindsay has finished her shrimp and the judges say it's fine.