Now for the favorites: Mike I, whose food was "fresh and delicious," Kevin, who made a cuisine he'd never cooked before, and Michael V., who had a great flavor combination. And the winner is...Kevin! So what was the high stakes? Kevin gets a choice: immunity, or $15,000. Kevin decides to take the money, and Padma is FIRED UP. Probably because it might introduce an element of drama, if he ends up in the bottom three and he could have saved himself. Except it's Kevin, so you know he won't end up in the bottom three, so the drama is kind of nonexistent.
Padma explains that they will be going home for a special dinner party in celebration of "the at-home chef," at their own home. And that's when they'll find out about the Elimination Challenge. So they head home.
So they all get back to the house and discover that the food has been really stocked up in the kitchen at their house. The fridge is full, and the pantry is full. And Padma is there! She invites them outside where it's crazy hot, so she can explain the challenge. Jen interviews that it's kind of exhausting to have twists every day, but whatta you gonna do?
Elimination Challenge. Once everyone is outside and sweating, Padma gives some speech about "tough economic times" and "home cooking" and Macy's. There are a bunch of famous chefs (Tyler Florence, Nancy Silverton, Govind Armstrong, Takashi Yagihashi, and Tom Douglas) holding grocery bags. The cheftestants will be paired up and given the contents of one of the grocery bags. They have three hours to create a family-style dish for the dinner party.
Mike I. is dismayed to hear that he's paired with Robin. Ash is a bit intimidated about working with Michael V., since he thinks Michael has a lot of good ideas and Ash isn't sure how he'll be able to fit into them. Ashley is pleased to cook with Eli, due to his experience in restaurants.
The cheftestants all sprint back inside. Mike I. actually takes a digger and trips Eli on his way down. But they have to cook in the house, and there really isn't that much cooking space, so people are left to prep in places like the dining room and the rec room. Mike I. interviews that he was "livid" about having to work with Robin, but he decided to just do his own thing and not worry about her. So he only wants to work on a team when it's with one of his beloved Volts, huh? He's not confident enough in his own ability to lead by talent? Meanwhile, Michael V. makes the executive decision for his team to cook using electric woks and a hotplate or something, since there's not enough stove space.