Quickfire Challenge: Create a dish using crabs. Tim, the native Marylander, thinks he has this in the bag. They have an hour to cook. Everyone starts grabbing crabs, but I don't know if you know this -- live crabs will pinch you. And it hurts. Tim, the Maryland crab expert, just laughs at everyone for using their hands, since he knows to use tongs. Maybe he could have mentioned that to people ahead of time? Or does he think it gives him a competitive advantage?
I am by no means a PETA member; I enjoy eating animals a lot, and while I can get behind more humane treatment of said animals while they are living and in how they are slaughtered, I like to eat burgers and steaks and chicken salad and crab crakes, and I understand what has to happen for those foods to make it in my mouth-hole. I say that because...the crab-killing footage is kind of disturbing. Crabs are chopped in half while still alive. People are removing the shells while the crab is still alive. People are dumping the crabs into boiling water while still alive. People are putting trays of live crabs into the oven. I get that these are all legitimate ways to prepare crab (I guess), but I just wasn't emotionally prepared for Crab Death Watch 3000 during my reality cooking show. What's next, they have to do that thing where you kill a chicken by swinging it around by the neck? And the editors seem to miss no opportunity to point out to us that the crabs are still alive, for example, when going into the oven, by showing one little crab waving its claw around like, "Um, could someone turn on the AC?"
Ed and Angelo are both making Asian-inspired dishes. Angelo immediately assumes that Ed is trying to fuck with him, because it's not possible for someone to independently decide to make something Asian. Any time anyone adds lemongrass to their dish, they are fucking with Angelo! Andrea explains that she's used to cooking stone crabs, which are bigger and thus easier to get the meat. Tamesha doesn't know how to pick the meat from crabs, because she was once allergic. I'm starting to think she has no culinary training and only knows how to cook things she made growing up. Last week, she talked about making baby food for her brother, and this week, she's never made crab because she was allergic at one point. How do you outgrow that, by the way? I guess it's possible. Anyway, Angelo gives her a quick tutorial and she's off to cook.