Padma sends them off to the Fresh Market with thirty dollars and thirty minutes to shop for additional ingredients. They can also use anything in the Lee Anne-stocked Top Chef pantry and will have two hours to prep and cook. Colicchio announces that their guest judge is Anthony Bourdain, the man who really will put absolutely anything in his mouth if you tell him some small tribe in a forgotten village in a hard-to-reach, fourth-world country finds it slightly edible. I'm willing to bet Bourdain has had everything on that table at least once, so he knows what everything should taste like. CJ notes that Bourdain "isn't afraid to eat a brain out of a live monkey."
The cheftestants shop. Clay noodles around the produce shelves, searching for okra to serve with his scorpion fish and wild boar. Micah points it out and tells him to take it easy. Joey From New York observes this exchange and says to us, "Clay's a grown boy. If Clay didn't know what he was doing, he wouldn't be here right now. I hope she don't tell me what to do, because I'll tell her to go fuck herself." Ah, a cheftestant as classy as our dear Vice President. Joey From New York then nods at the camera as if to say, "Really and truly."
Back in the kitchens, the cheftestants divide into two groups. Group two is sent off to chill for a bit before they have to cook and present. Group one gets busy with the Food Flurry for two hours. The slow and plunky loser music plays as Howie prepares his sea urchin and frog legs. He tells us that it's a new experience for him to be at the mercy of time. They give us a shot of Howie aimlessly swinging his arms and whistling. Howie goes on that he's taking his time to make sure his mis-en-place is set up perfectly so he can put out the best food possible. Sandee, who is doing Cajun-style spider crab and frog legs, uses her injector to saturate the frog legs with some sort of juice. She doesn't say what it is, but I'm assuming it's a marinade. Joey From New York is feeling confident about his plan to poach buffalo rib eye and grilled scorpion fish. CJ is so tall, he's having his head blocked by the apron over the stove as he drops his spider crab into a huge stockpot.