Blais, Spike, Stephen and Tre are eating at Marea, the Italian resturant. The first dish is sea urchin. Tre says that it's not his favorite and Stephen is like, "This one will change your mind." Is there anything more annoying at a restaurant than when someone tries to convince you that you like something that you don't like? As if you are a picky toddler? No, I really don't like sautÃ©ed mushrooms and you can tell me how awesome they are all you want, but when there are ten million other ingredients in the world, I think I can live a rich and full life without eating them. Stephen tells everyone the history of the restaurant and what a blowhard. I'm on Tre's side here. Blais interviews that the food is elegant and simple, so he's a little worried because his own dishes sometimes need editing.
Tiffani, Carla, Marcel, and Dale T. are eating at WD-50. Carla explains, to people who haven't watched any other seasons, that Wylie Dufresne is known for modern techniques, especially molecular gastronomy. And that's not exactly Carla's bag, so she's a little nervous. One of the dishes they are served is a scrambled egg block, which looks gross, but is apparently delicious.
Back at Townhouse, Jamie is wearing a printed T-shirt to a fine dining establishment. She didn't bring one dressy shirt with her? Come on. She looks like an asshole. Anyway, their first cocktail is served with a glass resting inside a fish bowl with an actual fish in it. Poor fish. Anyway, it seems that the chef's style is really wacky and whimsical, including a rack of lamb with an octopus on it. I don't know. Antonia interviews that all of the dishes started out very basic, and then the chef grew them from there. But at heart, they are basic, good dishes.
Back at the apartment, the cheftestants are all planning their dishes. Stephen talks about how he knows fine dining and fashion is his obsession. So why is he dressed like the Good Humor man? Also, how does an interest in fashion make him a good chef? I'm confused.
The next day, the cheftestants arrive at the kitchens of the restaurants where they ate the night before. I notice that either they did their shopping off-camera, or their shopping was done for them. I approve of this development in the show's editing. I always thought the trip to Whole Foods was a waste of time, unless something happened there that affected the outcome, which it rarely did. And even if it did, just have someone talk about it in an interview and be done with it.