With that out of the way, Padma introduces Beth Scott, who works in the restaurants for Hilton Hotels. Beth explains that Hilton is looking for a signature dish that is easy to execute, sophisticated, and will work for dining in the restaurant but also for room service. Padma explains that the chefs will have to cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes that meet these criteria, and the winner will have dish on the Hilton menu. Tom explains how the competition will work, and it's kind of confusing, so let's just explain as we go along, shall we? The upshot is that it's a tournament where they compete with a partner, and the team that is judged to have the worst dinner dish will go home. Yes, that means two cheftestants will be leaving. Thank God, because we need to whittle down these numbers. The cheftestants get to choose their own partners. Amanda and Stephen get stuck together because no one else wants to partner with them. Heh. So Amanda hopes that they will win and prove themselves.
They head to the store. Tiffany and Tim are paired up, and Tiffany interviews that she's a bit worried because Tim has been on the bottom a lot lately. She decides to take the lead on the food, so that if she goes home, it's because of her own mistake, not because Tim did something and she was along for the ride. Smart. And much easier to defend to the judges than, "I don't know, I just let him do whatever and hoped for the best." Judges like it when you stand behind your dish or at least can explain your rationale, and they don't like it when you coast or deflect blame.
Lynne and Arnold are teamed up. Lynne explains that she has a hard time being on a team because she's used to being the boss and she's trying not to be overbearing. Arnold interviews that he's cooked with Lynne before and he's hoping to make it 2.5 wins in a row for him so he can buy a Louis Vuitton bag. Well, it's nice to have goals. Kenny interviews that he ran a restaurant in a five-star hotel right after his wife died, and it helped him get his confidence back. Since he has that unique experience, he thinks he has the competition locked up. I feel like there are a few too many, "I'm totally going to win this challenge" clips of Arnold and Kenny, and since I've watched reality television before (just a few times), I know that's a bad sign. Alex and Ed are teamed up. Ed interviews that Alex is adamant that he can cook pancakes, and Ed is dubious about their sophistication, but he's letting it go. This is something the judges will hate; not standing up for what you know is right.