Dave and Miguel also interact with the kids. Miguel leads them in a "Red! Red! Red!" chant. Brian dances somewhere else and tells us that the rest of his team wasn't backing up his interaction. We cut to Harold, Lee Anne, and Tiffani watching from the sidelines. Tiffani tells us, "You know, I wasn't going to go do the monkfish nugget interpretive dance for the kids. I just felt like the challenge put us in position to pander to them in order for them to like our food and I felt it was slightly disrespectful to the kids." Ah, I see now! You didn't interact with the kids because you respect them too much. ["And also because you can sense they don't like you. Because you're a pucker." -- Sars]
The judges come in to ask each table of kids what they thought. Gail tells a girl that she has to eat her carrots too. "But they're soft," the girl pleads. Another kid didn't like the applesauce. That's two shown strikes against the Blue Team. The judges take a raised-hand vote. The Red Team's Monkey Dogs get twenty-three votes and the Blue Team's nuggets get only fourteen. The Blue Team celebrates. Even in the face of victory, Stephen can't be generous as he tells us, "We won the competition but if we were to lose, we would have lost one of our team members. I know it wouldn't have been myself -- everything I executed was totally on point." Including your excessively gelled hair. Harold tells us, "I don't think the kids gave a crap what they ate. I think they were more entertained by Miguel than they were by us. The last time I checked, I'm not an entertainer, I'm a chef." Oh, Harold, how little you seem to know here. For a lot of people, food is entertainment, and a lot of chefs do approach it that way. I mean, we have an entire network devoted to "food as entertainment." "We cooked for a bunch of kids who don't have a palate," Tiffani tells us, "all they know is greasy, salty, and sugar." I'm not even going to comment on that little morsel of condescension, but I will say that palate or not, kids know what they like and that was the damn challenge, so get off your high horse because you FAILED. HORRIBLY.