The cheftestants head to Dallas, and halfway there, they stop by the side of the road for their Quickfire: make a dish using survival kits from their trunks. The food inside is all packaged and canned and terrible and most of the dishes are pretty scary. The winner is Lindsay, who made a French onion soup with Vienna sausages and a "sandwich" out of saltines and tuna. Guest judge John Besh liked her inventiveness.
Elimination Challenge: Create a dish for a progressive dinner party in three neighboring houses in an exclusive Dallas neighborhood. They get randomly assigned to make an appetizer (Sarah, Whitney, Chris Moto, Lindsay, and Paul), entrée (Beverly, Nyesha, Chuy, Ty-Lor, and Heather), or dessert (Chris Hollywood, Edward, Dakota, and Grayson). After talking to the three couples (who are super conservative, food-wise), the cheftestants shop and get to cooking in the couples' home kitchens. As they cook, the entrée group all get annoyed with Beverly, because they feel like she's hogging the space and moving their things around.
Chris Moto: roasted chicken cigar with sweet corn, collard greens, and cumin ash. Basically, it looks like a lit, half-burned cigar. I don't know that I'd want to eat a cigar. The judges and diners find it difficult to eat and a bit dry.
Sarah: Roman-style grilled artichoke with date puree. The judges think it's grilled well and tastes good.
Lindsay: roasted and raw beet salad with chickpeas and Greek vinaigrette. The diners like it but the judges think its boring.
Whitney (who?): seared scallop over sweet corn puree. The diners think it's boring, because Whitney is boring.
Paul: fried Brussels sprouts with grilled prosciutto. The diners really like it.
Heather: garlic and rosemary grilled lamb chops with garbanzo beans and mint chimichurri. The diners try to say nice things but the lamb is overcooked.
Chuy: Sockeye salmon fillet stuffed with goat cheese, served in corn husks for no apparent reason. The diners like it. I think. I couldn't understand what the host dude said. He either said it was mild or wild or maybe something else entirely.
Beverly: seared scallop with creamy polenta. The diners think it's the awesomest.
Ty-Lor: grilled pork tenderloin with summer slaw. The judges think it's sloppy and the diners have mixed reviews.
Nyesha: roasted fillet of beef with vegetable mélange and red wine sauce. The diners are grossed out by the red wine sauce because they think it looks like blood. They are dumb.
Dakota: banana bread pudding, banana mousse, and banana-date milkshake, which the diners love.
Chris Hollywood: strawberry cupcake with banana custard and chocolate icing, which the diners like but Tom hates.
Edward: cardamom-scented pannacotta, cantaloupe consommé and raspberries stuffed with basil pudding. The diners aren't sure about it, because they are rubes.
Grayson: chocolate sponge cake, caramelized bananas, and semifreddo, which the diners like but they think it's a little rich.
The top four are Grayson, Sarah, Paul, and Dakota. So no one from the entrée group. Interesting. The winner is Paul, who took a risk but also listened to what the clients wanted.
The bottom four are Chris Moto, Chris Hollywood, Ty, and Chuy. So two from entrees, and one each from appetizers and desserts. Chris Hollywood put too much on the plate, and his dish was scattered. Ty's dish was plated poorly and the scale of the components was off, and he had too many things on the plate. Chuy had to overcook the salmon for the cheese to be bubbly. Chris Moto let an interesting gimmick get in the way of his flavors and mouth feel.
The judges decide to send Chuy home [and then to Last Chance Kitchen], because it was just a bad concept AND it was badly executed.
So everyone is hanging out at the rodeo, bummed and exhausted, after Richie's elimination. Padma shows up and they panic that there's another challenge right now. Instead, she tells them that they should get a good night's sleep because in the morning, they will be packing their bags and meeting her in Dallas. Instead of the big cheers she might have been expecting, everyone just sighs. Ed interviews that he just fell in love with their house and now they have to pack up and move. I think they're all just so tired and the thought of packing is devastating.
The next morning everyone packs his or her things in preparation for the move. Beverly interviews that she thinks of the Dallas Cowboys and country singers when she thinks of Dallas. In fact, she thinks Dolly Parton is from Dallas. She's not, but nice try. They split up into three vans and hit the road. Heather talks about how she took a lot of road trips as a kid, and her brother always threw up on her. Didn't her parents give them bags? Or bowls, at least? My brother used to get car sick too, so my parents always gave him a bag, just in case. In one of the cars, Ed tells everyone that he's been married for a year, and Ty-Lor says that he has a boyfriend. So now we know that, if you care about such things.
In another car, Dakota and Beverly talk about how they gained a ton of weight during culinary school, especially during baking class. Chris Hollywood pipes up that he was seventy pounds heavier then, and Paul asks if he means he was big and buff, and Chris Hollywood says that he was just fat. They show a picture of Chris at his higher weight, and not only was he heavier, but his hair was AWFUL. And a chef's coat flatters no one. Chris says that he did a photo shoot and it was in a magazine and his friends called him up and said, "Hey, looking good in that magazine, fatty." Okay, you need new friends. Who would say that? That's awful. Anyway, it inspired him to lose seventy pounds in two years, which is a healthy pace, so good for him.
The cars leave the highway and end up on some back road. And there's a road block set up by the Texas Highway Patrol. No one seems to notice or mention the fact that there are camera crews with the cops, which seems to make it pretty obvious that this is part of the show. Dakota interviews that she got pulled over in San Antonio and got an expensive ticket, which she didn't pay, so she thinks there might be a warrant out for her arrest in Texas. What is with the lawbreakers on this show? Chuy owes back taxes and Dakota just decides not to pay traffic tickets. Bunch of scofflaws. The trooper tells them to pull over, and they drive right into a field, which seems like trouble.