Charlie explains that he runs a charity event every year called "Pigs and Pinot," so their challenge will be to create a pork dish to be paired with a specific Pinot Noir. For the event, they have to create 150 tasting portions. Eli, who I've mentioned might be overly confident, interviews that he knows he's going to nail the pairing, because he went to culinary school, and he's awesome, and he's going to be the first one this season to win both challenges. Good luck with that, dude.
The cheftestants go to Charlie's restaurant. It's the one in Vegas that I've seen either on this show or something on the Travel Channel or Food Network -- they have "angels" (women on harnesses) who fly around in a vertical wine tower to pluck bottles of wine off the rack. I find the whole thing vaguely sexist. Why aren't there any male angels? I'd like to see some dudes flying around in there. The cheftestants get a chance to sample nine different pinot noirs to determine which they want to use for their pairing. Charlie gives them some tips, and then each cheftestant chooses a bottle of wine. Eli, who the editors must really hate, interviews that he's super awesome at choosing wines and he knows tons about wine and pairings and did he mention how awesome he is? Because he's awesome. After everyone chooses a wine, Eli interviews that he could tell that some of the chefs have really amateur wine palates, unlike him, because he knows a lot about wine and pairings, and he's awesome.
Wines chosen, the cheftestants go shopping. Kevin has leg as his meat, so he's looking for more pork fat. Invisible Laurine has decided to make a pork rillette, even though she's never made one before. She explains that it's a peasant dish resembling a potted pate, and she has made one out of rabbit previously. It sounds pretty gross, but I'm not a big fan of pate. Ash knows that he needs a win, because he's fading fast in the competition, and he's decided to make a pork tenderloin with polenta and cherry demi-glace. Kind of traditional, but if it's executed well, it could save him. Bryan interviews that he and his brother both want to impress their mentor.