At Social Hollywood, the cheftestants line up in the ballroom in front of Michelle, Colicchio, and Padmadala. After Padmadala explains that Michelle is the consulting executive chef at Social, she goes on that Jennifer Coolidge is inviting sixty of her closest friends to eat a six-course lunch at the restaurant. Josie hernias to us, "How cool is that? Awahawahawah!" Michael says, "She tells us we're doing like a six-course tasting for sixty people for Stifler's mom. I was like, 'Wow, I always wanted to meet Stifler's mom.'" Of course Michael is going to call Jennifer Coolidge "Stifler's mom." Of course! Heh. Padmadala says, "Jennifer is here to enjoy your food, not judge you." Just like Colicchio is there to judge you, not mentor you. Michelle explains everything has to be timely and perfect. Since the theme of the episode is leftovers, the teams will be using whatever is left over in the restaurant's pantry and walk-in refrigerator. Colicchio announces that the cheftestants will pair up in teams and each team will be responsible for one of the courses. He barks at them to pair up immediately. They all look around at each other, momentarily stunned. Betty suddenly steps closer to Mia who is standing next to her. Mia puts her arms around Betty. Marisa comments to us, "After the whole Betty Judging Table Incident, I was surprised when Mia put her arms around Betty. I don't know if Mia is a phony person in general, but I think that that says a pretty big statement about her character." I think it more says that Mia wasn't going to slap Betty's offer of partnership away on national television. I mean, who would do that in cold blood? "Do you want to be my partner?" "Not really, no." I don't think it makes Mia phony, I think it just makes her human. Cliff tells us, "I was standing next to Sam, we just kind of looked at each other and nodded." Of course they did. And of course it was that devoid of machinations or emotions. Also, they're undoubtedly the strongest team. Marcel tells us, "As I'm looking around Frank asks me, 'Do you want to be my partner?' It was kind of like being asked to go on prom with somebody you're not totally interested in but for fear of not having anybody else to go with, you're like, 'Okay!'" Sorry, who asked you to go to prom, and why weren't you doing the asking? In a bit of oddness, Ted Ilan and Michael pair themselves up. Ted Ilan tells us that he and Michael get along really well together and he was excited to work with him. Colicchio has them draw knives to determine what course they'll be making. The teams will present their courses in this order: First: Marcel and Frank; Second: Cliff and Sam; Third: Ted Ilan and Michael; Fourth: Mia and Betty; Fifth: Josie and Marisa; Sixth: Elia and Carlos. Michelle announces that the winner will come to the Sagamore Hotel in Miami to help her cook at the South Beach Food and Wine Festival. Colicchio tells them they have three hours to cook and twenty minutes to plate, and he adds, "If you don't get your course out on time, it will not be served. Considering what happened in the last challenge, I'll be staying with you in the kitchen to keep an eye on what's going on." Heh, they need a babysitter!
Episode Report CardKeckler: C+ | 1566 USERS: C+
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