Quickfire Challenge: Pair up and create a breakfast on a stick at Pike Place Market. The challenge includes grabbing ingredients, but also finding and buying their equipment. I love breakfast food so much and I would devour every single thing on this menu. The guest judge thought Danyele and Lizzie didn't make enough of a meal, while Eliza and Josie's was too sweet and difficult to eat. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Sheldon and Bart's Green Forest sandwich and Josh and John's breakfast taco are tops. The winners are Sheldon and Bart, who overcame faulty equipment and now they have immunity from elimination.
Immunity Challenge: Stay in the same teams of two from the Quickfire and create a dish highlighting an artisanal ingredient. Here are the dishes:
Josh and John (how these two ended up together, I do not know): pan-seared pork tenderloin with truffle popcorn. The grits are bad, the pork isn't cooked well and the flavors are one-note.
Micah and Kristen: cheese curds three ways: béchamel, raw and fried. I know that poutine might have been too obvious, but dudes -- poutine! The judges don't like that they can't taste cheese curds and there is much discussion over mysterious cheese curds. I can't believe that no one has heard of them and then I remember that my grandfather owned a cheese factory (seriously, he did) so I might have a leg up on the competition there.
Stefan and Brooke: rose petal glazed Muscovy duck with braised cabbage. The judges find the dish too sweet and the duck is tough.
Sheldon and Bart: candied salmon with sweet and sour salad. The judges like it, but wish there was more candied salmon.
Josie and Eliza: curry cardamom broth with manila clams and seared white king salmon. The judges find the broth salty (and in some cases sandy) and it overpowers the cardamom flavor.
Lizzie and Danyele: coconut curry chocolate mousse tart. The judges think it's assembled poorly with overpowering favorites.
CJ and Tyler; pork crumpet burger with spicy dill pickles. The judges think the crumpet bun is a mistake and Tom is upset about the lack of creativity.
Overall, the judges are really disappointed with the dishes; they don't even want to pick a favorite. Tom tells the cheftestants that no one is winning the cash prize and they'll be eliminating an entire team. Tom encourages them to take some risks, especially since they have Last Chance Kitchen to fall back on if it falls flat.
Ultimately, the judges decide that the bottom three teams are Brooke and Stefan, Josh and John and CJ and Tyler. The judges are very split: Hugh hated CJ and Tyler's dish, Padma hates Brooke and Stefan's dish and Tom hated Josh and John's dish. Gail is the deciding vote and they end up sending home CJ and Tyler. CJ! Maybe if you weren't so cocky, you would have realized how terrible your burger was.
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After the last elimination, Stefan is happy to get two more people out of the competition. Josh is bummed, because it was his first time meeting Hugh and his dish kind of sucked. Tyler knows that being on top one week doesn't mean anything because both Kuniko and Carla were on top one week and gone the next.
The cheftestants are awake at 3:45 AM for some reason. Is that their call time? Anyway, it's Stefan's birthday and he remembers that on his original season, multiple people got kicked off on their birthdays. He's hoping it doesn't happen again.
The cheftestants show up at Pike Place Market. That explains why they had to get up so early. Fans of Real World: Seattle (and I count myself as one of them) will remember this place as where the dudes throw fish, and David got a job there and that dude Justin dated Janet. Aw, now I want to watch that season again. Anyway, it's a huge open air market and an institution in Seattle. Padma greets the cheftestants and introduces them to Daisley Gordon, a well-known Seattle chef.
The Quickfire Challenge requires being divided into teams of two. I still can't figure out how Josh and John ended up together. I mean, they hate one another. Why would you ever partner up? Josie and Eliza are the last two standing, so they end up together by default. The challenge is to make breakfast on a stick in an hour. They get to use equipment from a product-placed equipment store, but they still have to build their own kitchen.
Time starts and everyone gets running. Danyele and Lizzie somehow end up behind everyone else and miss out on getting eggs or meat, so they decide to go with a European breakfast. Stefan and Brooke are paired up and they apparently know one another outside of the competition and get along. Various cheftestants head to the equipment store and start looking for the necessary equipment. They're literally fighting over it. Eliza interviews that she spent a summer following Widespread Panic around the country and selling vegan sushi out of the back of her van. Oh, lord -- of course she did. Micah and Kristen are working together because they're both young. I guess that's enough to make them a perfect culinary pair.
Josh proposes a breakfast taco and John hops onboard. He interviews that he's cooked brunch before, but he wants to make something that Josh feels comfortable with. Don't you love how John never says, "He came up with a good idea and I ran with it?" It's always, "Well, I could have come up with something better since I've cooked for a hundred years but I let the kid have his moment." What a dick. Stefan is worried about the number of people they have to serve: fifty. Meanwhile, Bart and his Panini maker fall on the brick walkway and Bart prays that he didn't just bust their equipment, since they don't have a backup.