Leah and Melissa are cooking Italian. Leah has lived in Little Italy and works in an Italian restaurant. Melissa is "a country mouse" and has no experience in Italian cuisine. I can understand not knowing modern Italian, but who doesn't at least have some clue about Italian food beyond chicken parm or whatever? Patrick and Daniel are cooking Chinese food. Patrick took a course in Asian cuisine, so he decides to cook black rice noodles, even though he's never worked with them before. Daniel is shocked that Patrick is telling him his food plans, since they are competing. Alex and Eugene are cooking Indian. Alex is shocked at the number of spices available. Eugene has never cooked Indian food, so he's nervous, but he's going to use his style of cooking with Indian ingredients. The pairs finish their shopping and head to the kitchen.
Hosea is freaked out by how awesome the kitchen is. After some more product placement praise, they get down to cooking. They have two hours until service. Hosea is sweaty and clearly needs a headband. Jeff feels like he has a lot of time, so he decides to increase the amount of garnishes he'll be using. Stefan asks Ariane if he can use a burner and she says she's not using it yet. This will be important later. She had dibs on a burner but said she didn't need it. Ariane notes that Stefan is really confident, while she always second-guesses himself. I'm skipping all the dish descriptions now because I'll go into detail when the dishes are served. Carla tries to fillet a trout, and Hosea wonders why she didn't just buy fillets and save herself the time and effort, which is what he did. Carla seems to be wondering the same thing. Richard likes to chit chat while he's cooking, but Jamie doesn't. They both seem okay with that, although Jamie seems kind of annoyed. As time runs down, Ariane is trying to finish her farro, a wheat grain, which isn't fully cooked. She keeps stirring and tasting -- maybe if she left it alone for a while and covered the pan it would cook faster. Just a thought. Patrick is also having trouble with his black rice noodles, because they are gummy and stuck together. He doesn't have time to redo them, it seems. Jeff did a bad job managing his time, and barely has enough time to plate everything. He's just sprinting around the kitchen with pots and pans and ends up not getting all of his garnishes and sides on there.