Weird interstitial. Padma talks to the kids about the food and what they liked and didn't like. And then all of the kids want hugs. I'm sorry, some of those boys (and possibly girls) are old enough that they're thinking, "Boobies!" when they get that hug.
The cheftestants file into the stew room. Angelo is grilling Kenny and making him rate the various components of their dishes (presentation, flavor, etc.) on a scale of one to ten. Man, is he annoying. Also, stop trying to pretend like you care, Angelo. Everyone shushes them so they can all hear Kevin, who has fallen asleep in his chair, snoring. Kevin wakes up and does that sheepish glance that says, "Did anyone notice I was sleeping? I think I was snoring" and everyone laughs. Padma interrupts the mirth to call in Angela, Kenny, Ed, and Tracey, and also Amanda, Stephen, Tamesha, and Jacqueline. Are they the winners or the loser? Or both? The cheftestants left behind are all confused, since usually the winners go in first. I'm glad they're mixing it up. It was too predictable.
The cheftestants face the judges. Colicchio explains that they were looking for food that was appropriate for a school lunch, but also food that was flavorful. Then Padma tells them that they are the losing teams. Amanda is shocked. Shocked! When she is shocked, she really looks like Leah from Season Six. Boy, do I not miss her. Anyway, Stephen talks about his rice first, and says that he tried to incorporate lots of vegetables, but they got into budget trouble. In that they had no budget. Jacqueline explains her plans for a chocolate dessert, that it turned out they couldn't afford. Sam asks if she had to use more sugar to combat the starchy bananas, and she admits that she added two pounds of sugar. Two pounds! That's a lot of sugar. Colicchio's eyes bug out. Sam asks about the sherry jus, and wonders how Amanda had the budget to buy sherry. Seriously. I can't believe no one called her on that at the register. That had to be the most expensive item, along with the chicken, on the list. I mean, they did use chicken thighs, which are usually cheaper than other parts, but still. Hey, you know what would be a good challenge? Although maybe not for this particular show -- maybe for Next Food Network Star? To have the chefs go head-to-head with a bunch of frugal moms in trying to make a tasty, nutritious meal for a family within a certain budget. Get on that, shows.
The judges move on to talk to the other team. Gail admonishes Ed for using so much chili powder in his sweet potato puree, and reminds him that they're cooking for kids. Sam points out that it's tough to buy healthy foods on a budget, and it showed with this team's lack of vegetables. Kenny thinks he has the answer, and says that they added a roasted tomato to the burger. Sam laughs and points out that tomato is a fruit. Kenny is dumbfounded. Oops. You know, they could have easily mixed some vegetables into the chicken burgers and the kids would never have known. It might have even added some flavor and moistness, if they put in some frozen spinach or something. Tom is my hero as he asks if Angelo would have done the celery and peanut butter dish if he didn't have immunity. Angelo's response: "I can't answer that right now." And then here's where the bullshit starts -- none of the judges press him on it. WTF? How do they let that bullshit slide? Colicchio says that he's not saying that Angelo would sabotage his team, but he's totally saying that Angelo would sabotage his team. Angelo kind of babbles but ultimately says that if someone on the team wanted him to make a vegetable, he or she should have spoken up. Yeah, Angelo just made a crap dish because no one told him not to make a crap dish! That is the worst argument ever.