The cheftestants attend the party, which is like a commercial for Puerto Rico tourism. There's rum, and women dancing in colorful dresses, and music, and a whole pig roasting on a spit. Stephanie and Padma join in the dancing. Lisa tries to get Richard dancing but he refuses. Lisa does join in, awkwardly, which I'm sure you find shocking. As we see footage of the celebration, each of the cheftestants expresses that they are enjoying the festivities, but their eyes are on the big prize.
The cheftestants report to La Fortaleza, the Puerto Rican governor's residence, where Padma and Tom inform them that 100 VIPs and chefs will be attending a garden party the next night catered by the cheftestants. Tom unveils a whole pig, and then says that they have to each use at least two different parts of the pig to create their dishes. Antonia wrly comments that in their first challenge, they had to make a pizza, so they've come a long way, baby. Or should that be Babe? The previously eliminated contestants (Dale, Nikki, Spike, and Andrew) return to help. At least they didn't bring poor Mark and make him wave sadly when he doesn't get picked yet again and then head for the airport. Lisa knows immediately that she knows she doesn't want to work with Dale, since they have a history, and she doesn't want to work with Andrew, since they have a history too. Oh, Lisa. Who don't you have a history with? Even the people who didn't fight with you probably secretly hate you. As winner of the Quickfire, Stephanie gets to assign the pairs, and she claims that she' s trying to pair people that will work well together, because that's only fair. She picks Dale for herself, because she's known him for ten years (she has? Has this been mentioned before? Or did it get lost in the hubbub of the lesbian partners and Lisa's continued sourpuss?) and then pairs Richard and Spike, Antonia and Nikki, and Lisa and Andrew. Lisa and Andrew both look pretty grossed out by their pairing but don't say anything overtly. Lisa kind of tries to look like, "Heh, isn't it ironic?" but her smarmy demeanor doesn't allow her to pull it off. Andrew claims that he plays with honor and will try to help her win, despite their personal differences.
Tom tells them that they will have thirty minutes to plan a menu and then the sous chefs will head to the market while the cheftestants stay and butcher their pigs. I really like the butchering challenges because I feel like it's a skill that separates a professional chef from an amateur. Well, one among many. But most amateur chefs have never had cause to butcher an animal, and yet professional chefs may be called upon to do so, so it make sense. Maybe I just feel that way because I can't even debone a chicken. Lisa says she'd rather go to the market so that she can choose her food herself. Tom tells them that they will have two hours today and five hours tomorrow.