It's morning time! Wakey, wakey, eggs and bac-y! Kevin is still holding a grudge over Alex not putting up a dish in the last challenge, probably because he doesn't think it was Kenny's turn to go home. Well, if that were the case, maybe Kenny should have cooked something that didn't suck. Just a thought. Alex, meanwhile, doesn't really get why Kevin went off on him in the Stew Room, and chooses to believe that Kevin was just frustrated about losing the challenge and losing a teammate. Which was part of it, and probably the most emotionally healthy way for Alex to look at it, but also not really the reason. As Kevin explains, he thinks Alex needs to step it up and prove that he deserves to be there. Which should kind of be the criteria every week, right? And part of the problem is the poorly designed challenges this season, which have eliminated some more talented people while letting some less-talented people slide by. Unless the editing is particularly egregious this season, and people like Alex and Amanda are actually the most talented. HA HA HA.
Angelo says that he's exhausted by Restaurant Wars. Amanda is apparently so exhausted that she can't even hold her cup of coffee, since she just spilled it all over the place. She sucks.
The cheftestants walk into the kitchen and find Wylie Dufresne there with Padma. Is this going to be another egg challenge? Or molecular gastronomy? Ed interviews that he sees a lot of black boxes with question marks on them around the kitchen and has no idea what might be under there. I'm going to guess...food? Just a theory. Padma explains that the Quickfire Challenge is to cook a dish using a mystery ingredient common to all contestants. As they cook, more mystery boxes will arrive with more mystery ingredients.
In an interview, Angelo stresses the importance of keeping your vision for your dish open to incorporate the new ingredients. Wylie commiserates that mystery boxes are tough all around, and adding in new ingredients on the fly is particularly diabolical. Tiffany admits in an interview that she doesn't like the idea of this challenge, because she doesn't like surprises, and she is feeling anxious. Padma adds in that it's a High Stakes Quickfire, so the winner gets ten large. Angelo's interest is piqued because his fiancée lives in Russia and he wants to bring her to the US. So a lot of money will help grease the skids? Is that what he's essentially saying? And is his fiancée a mail-order bride? It's just weird that we've heard nothing about this fiancée before, particularly when he was drooling over Tamesha. Oh, Angelo. You just get sketchier and sketchier.