So first, they have fifteen minutes to plan what they will make, which includes finding out what's in the mystery crate. Michael opens his crate first, and it seriously looks like the contents of a garbage can in a cartoon. All that's missing is coffee grounds. It's a whole fish of some sort, some crabs, some mushrooms, lemons, herbs, and a few other items. Also, the fish is super exaggerated looking -- it kind of looks like the fish that talked to Tony Soprano in Big Pussy's voice. Bryan lists off the ingredients for us: rockfish. Dungenes crab, kabocha squash, Meyer lemon, matsutake mushrooms, and anise hyssop. You know, probably just like the contents of your pantry right now. Michael seems particularly disgusted as he paws through the ingredients. Bryan doesn't think this will be easy.
So now they have three hours to prep, and one of their sous chefs stays with them, while the other will join them the next day. Kevin works with Preeti, Michael works with Jesse, and Bryan works with Ashley. Bryan is really happy with what Ashley is doing, and she does appear to be taking direction well; all you really hear out of her is "Yes, chef." As Ashley's knife flies through some carrots, Preeti takes like five minutes to cut one chunk of some other vegetable. Uh oh. Michael cleans his fish as he interviews that he has no clue what to do with the mystery box, but he's starting to get some ideas. Kevin has Preeti cutting up some pumpkin into precise matchsticks, and he tells her to keep the perfect ones and discard the others, because there are plenty of pumpkins to cut. He interviews that she kind of sucks at prep, and out of his list of twenty tasks, he's only given her two, presumably because that's all he can trust her with.