During the ensuing Food Flurry, Mia bitches that the Quickfire is bogus because she doesn't drink mixed drinks. I'll bet she does after the Elimination. Ted Ilan says defiantly that he "sort of deviates from a Christmas theme because [he's] never celebrated Christmas in [his] life." Wait, why's he feeling all oppressed? Padmadala never specified Christmas, she said "holiday season." Ted Ilan goes on, "I make a Hanukkah snack." And yes, he uses matzoh. Throughout the Food Flurry and Beverage Barrage, we can unfortunately hear Betty squawking and shrilling at various things. Michael calls out, "Ten minutes," as he powers up a stand-up mixer filled with heavy cream. Michael tells us that he has such a strong bartending background that everyone back home will make fun of him if he doesn't win. Of course Michael has been a bartender. Of course. Suffering sassafras, is he pouring a can of Guinness into that cream? That's totally awesome. I'm going to try it at home, oh yes I am. Padmadala tells them they have five minutes as someone plates some adorably wee ice cream sandwiches. Oh, for goodness -- what is Marcel doing? He's got Betty's favorite crÃ¨me brÃ»lÃ©e torch and he's heating up black wormy objects in a double shot glass. Padmadala calls out, "Hands up, utensils down." Betty dramatically raises her arms high above her head.
Padmadala and the mixologist start with Michael, who presents his "Tasty Lacy." Now, I realize I've slammed Mia and Betty for giving their dishes cutesy-poo names, but with Michael's bartending background, this could be a real drink. Or he named it for his wife. Or her panties. I mean, there's cream. The Tasty Lacy is in a Heath Bar or Skor-rimmed glass (Michael loves rimmers) and made up of caramel Bailey's, Bushmills, White Godiva liqueur, and Guinness foam. His accompanying treats are the mini ice cream sandwiches I was drooling over earlier. He describes them as, "Like a cherry ice cream sandwich, with cookie. Tried to make a little Christmas color in there." In one of this show's odder moments, the mixologist judge doesn't pick up the glass and drink. She spoons the cocktail up. With a spoon.