The next day, the cheftestants have four hours to cook for their event. Ash was nervous about overcooking his tenderloin, so Mike I. advised him to serve his tenderloin chilled. I really can't imagine anything grosser than cold pork. Does that sound good in any way? And remember how Ash was going to cook his food his way from now on? What happened to that idea? Kevin has what looks like the entire back end of a pig to make his pork leg pate. His dish only has three ingredients, and he knows that leaves him little room for error.
Bryan is nervous about cooking ribs in four hours, since he usually takes a full day. Michael V. is nervous cooking for Charlie, and he interviews about the differences between him and his brother: Mike is more adventurous and has traveled and experimented with food more, while Bryan stayed in one place and got really good at one type of food. I have to say that I wasn't a huge fan of the whole brothers angle when this season began (and I thought Mike was a dilettante who only made the show because of Bryan), but I can admit when I'm wrong. I feel like the brother angle has made the show more interested and thus far, they haven't hammered us over the head with it too much. Robin, meanwhile, whatever. I'm so over her.
Jen wants to redeem herself after her poor performance with pork in the Quickfire. Eli interviews that he and Jen are both using pork belly but, and this is going to shock you, Eli thinks his dish will be more awesome, because it's more creative. He hasn't even won an Elimination Challenge yet. He was really lucky to not go home when Ashley did. I just don't get where this dude's confidence comes from, unless it's because his mommy and daddy pump him up.
Colicchio stops into the kitchen to chat with the cheftestants. Ash is sure that his dish is him cooking his food, despite the fact that he totally changed the dish based on what Mike I. told him to do. Mike V. promises that he's got his groove back. Colicchio is worried that Mike I. might not finish his portions. And that's all the Colicchio conversation that we get, as he leaves the kitchen. Mike I. interviews that he's cooked a lot of different cuisines this season, and somehow thinks that makes him better than the rest. I seem to recall most of the winners having their own point of view and making the challenges fit into that instead of being International House of Top Chef.
Bryan is sweating like a pig (no pun intended) which I noticed earlier. What is up with that? I mean, I get that it's a kitchen, but no one else is that sweaty. His hair is soaked. And I don't remember him being a generally sweaty dude in previous challenges. Weird. As they rush to finish, the brothers Volt get in a little verbal altercation about cling wrap. Kevin interviews that he thinks Michael gets into Bryan's head and knows how to push his buttons. Since that isn't really an issue this week, I feel like that's setting up something for next week, so just keep it in mind.