As they prep, the brothers Volt reminisce in interviews about working with Charlie, and how he's a perfectionist. Michael, in particular, doesn't think that Charlie ever liked him that much. Is this like how Peggy thinks that Don Draper doesn't like her on Mad Men? When really, I doubt he gives her much thought at all? Anyway, Michael thinks Charlie likes Bryan better, and Bryan disagrees. Jen is still lacking in confidence, which seems to be a running theme this season, but it's getting a bit tired. Eli, on the other hand, has too much confidence. If only they could share confidence and even it out. Eli thinks he's awesome at doing pairings, because he went to CULINARY SCHOOL (unlike the majority of the remaining cheftestants, apparently, who not only went to culinary school but have worked in top restaurants).
Ash is getting frustrated with his own performance of late and vows to cook food his way! Wow, we've never heard that one on this show before, huh? So this week, he will either win the whole thing or go home, I predict. Jen thinks she cooked her pork chops too early and they will be overcooked. Is she right or is she being typical overly self-critical Jen? As time runs out, Jen knows that if they don't eat her food first, she's screwed. And of course, they don't eat her food first.
Instead, they go to Eli first, probably responding to the frantic hand motions of the camera people urging them to stay away from Jen and thus increase the dramz. Eli made potato clam salad with fennel, celery, and white truffle sauce. It kind of just looks like clam chowder with some leaves in it, so I don't know where he gets off calling it a salad. He used the onion-flavored snack. Kevin did too, and he made a warm bean confit tomato salad with fresh herbs and creamed corn. He claimed earlier that the traditional green bean casserole with the French-fried onions on top that everyone makes at Thanksgiving was his inspiration. I love that he admits to eating that crap. Bryan ALSO used the onion snacks, and he's serving them with seared rib eye with pickled onion, sautéed mushrooms, and a chive puree. Charlie makes an arch comment about everyone loving the onion snacks, and that they are a safe choice. He's kind of a dick, because the snacks are crap and full of artificial flavors and he knows it, yet they forced the cheftestants to use them, so shut it, Charlie.
Robin chose the jalapeno snacks, and made sweet corn panna cotta with avocado mousseline. It looks disgusting. It looks like fish mousse served on top of cole slaw. There's no visual appeal at all. Mike I. made his own version of chilaquiles, and is serving it with the hot pepper snacks. Mike V. did tuna tartare with avocado, pickled onions, and jalapenos. Don't know which snacks he used.