Prep time is over and the diners start arriving with their donations for the food bank. Sarah and Lindsay have their meatballs ready to serve. Lindsay explains the competition to some guests, and it looks like each cheftestant has a ballot box to receive votes from the guests.
Paul serves some guests and someone asks what the less healthy version of his dish would be, and he jokes that Ed's serving it. Ha ha, but it's true. Ed has set up his stations so the diners build their own sandwich. That seems like a terrible idea, especially since he has to explain that it's open-faced, and then what if the diners really pile on the meat and he runs out? Easier to just build the sandwich for them. Like one lady take two pieces of bread. And then a kid runs up and takes some bread and Ed yells at him but then tells him to take it, probably because who wants to eat a piece of bread that some kid touched with his grubby fingers. Ed explains that he didn't make a lot of extra bread, so he has to conserve.
Grayson has a long line at her booth because she's making her sandwiches to order (using her bare hands? Don't they have gloves?). She keeps apologizing to the diners but telling them it's worth the wait. And we learned from previous challenges that you shouldn't compromise on flavor to keep the line short. Of course, that wasn't a challenge where the guests were voting for the winner. The guests do seem pretty understanding though, and if the food is good, I'm sure they won't care. They can see that Grayson is going as fast as she can. Sarah's line is also long, and she apparently has apricot and mint in her sauce? Which sounds gross.
Chris Jones is freaking out because there are bees all over his blender. Looks like the watermelon and pineapple juice got on the blender and the bees are really into it. He's worried about being stung because he swells up, and if he gets more than a couple of stings, he could have a bad reaction. That's understandable, but the bees are so not interested in him. They want the watermelon. He should put a cup of watermelon out in back of his tent to draw the bees over there. Also, they shouldn't have set up the tents on top of a beehive, apparently.
The judges show up with their food donations. Former cheftestant Ryan Scott (I don't remember him at all) is working with the charity to get food to kids who need it, which is absolutely a worthwhile cause. Then the judges (including guest judge Dana Cowin from Food and Wine magazine) head over to Paul's table first. Paul serves up turkey kalbi, and eggplant with white peach kimchi. Paul explains that he used no sugar, low-sodium soy sauce, and agave syrup to keep everything healthy. The judges then head over to eat Ed's dish open face kalbi (made with beef short ribs), kimchi chipotle puree, and pickled cucumber, carrots, fennel and daikon.