Then there's a REALLY LONG knife-drawing segment, and since we still haven't learned anyone's names because there are too many of them, it's largely irrelevant. Seriously, am I supposed to remember who was paired with whom already? Once the knives are drawn, Padma announces the twist -- the pairs will have to wear one giant apron, and each of them can only use his or her outside arm to cook. So it's like Top Chef meets Stuck on You? Got it. And... go!
Kenny and Ed are teamed together and it works out well for them because Ed is a lefty and Kenny is a righty. It's pretty funny seeing the chefs try to run through the pantry and collect ingredients and equipment while bound together. I mean, it's always tough at this point because there are so many people bopping around, but add in the chaos of the pairings, and you've got comedy gold. Tracey, who I'm going to peg right now as a smoker due to her voice, interviews that she loves being partnered with Angelo both because he has won all the challenges so far and because he owns a sandwich shop, AND she has a crush on him. So... Tracey likes dudes? Or is this like when Rosie had a crush on Tom Cruise? I'm just saying. It really does seem like Tracey is just holding a tray while Angelo puts items on it. I don't know how much input she has into this dish.
Amanda and Tamesha are paired up and Tamesha takes the power position (right side) because she doesn't trust Amanda with a knife. Heh. Alex and Tim are having the same knife/trust problem where every time Tim picks up a knife, Alex recoils or drop the item he's supposed to be holding. And I see Alex's point -- he makes his living with his hands, so he kind of needs them to remain functional. Jacqueline and Stephen decide on a chicken club/BLT sort of sandwich, and think they are ACES! So we know that they are actually the opposite of aces. Twos? People are using knives to open bottles and cans of things that are not supposed to be cut open. Kenny and Ed seem to be working really well together, and Angelo is basically just having Tracey work as his assistant, which works for this challenge as long as they don't lose. As time runs down, people are just SPRINTING around the kitchen, opening bottles and cans on the run, grilling, sautéing, assembling, and TIME! Whew! That was pretty exciting.
Time to eat! Angelo and Tracey are up first, and they made flounder marinated in fish sauce with spicy sriracha mayo and pickled red onions. Sriracha is one of those words that looks like it can't possibly be spelled correctly, even when you spell it correctly. And then I Googled it and found out that it's named after a town called Si Racha. Why the extra "r" then? Just to fuck with me?