Elimination Challenge: The cheftestants draw knives, and are each assigned a casino on the Strip. They must create a dish inspired by their assigned casino to serve 175 guests at a party of "Las Vegas's elite." Kevin interviews that it's a lot of people to serve without help. Padma bids them goodbye and tells them to explore their casino tonight, and get ready to serve their dish tomorrow.
Michael heads to his casino, New York, New York. He takes notes and also interviews that he wants to cook something that's a tribute to the firefighters of New York. Seriously, this must be the easiest casino. Make something New Yorkish. Not so tough.
Jennifer has Excalibur, the medieval-themed (super cheesy) casino, and goes to one of the jousting shows. It's kind of sad because the theater is half-empty and she's sitting all by herself; that seems like the kind of thing that would only be fun with a group of drunken friends and you could laugh about how corny the whole thing is while chowing down on a giant turkey leg. Despite eating a whole meal while she was there, Jen says that she lacks inspiration and doesn't know what to make. Again. Some more.
Bryan has Mandalay Bay, and he heads right for their giant shark exhibit. He reads the signs on the wall about sustainability and sustainable fishing practices, which gives him an idea for a dish. He's going to cook and eat a shark! Am I right? We'll find out. He does buy a stuffed shark for his son, so now I definitely think he's going home tonight.
Robin has never heard of her casino, the Bellagio. Never seen the famous fountains? Or seen Oceans 11? Anyway, she walks in and immediately notices the Dale Chihuly sculpture overhead. It's all colored stained glass. Robin interviews about how she wants to integrate art with food. She's totally talking to herself in the casino, saying that gelatin will be involved. I wish they had a reaction shot of a tourist wondering what the crazy lady is going on about.
Kevin visits the Mirage, which is designed to look like a tropical oasis. And it has dolphins! Kevin interviews that everyone thinks he's a redneck, but he's committed to a lot of food causes like slow food and organic food. Not sure what that has to do with his casino, but okay.
Eli has Circus, Circus, the scariest casino in town. Which is also totally not on the Strip, is it? Okay, I looked it up, and it is, but it's waaaaaaay down at the other end, away from all the nice casinos. Eli walks around and takes note of all the carnival games and circus food. I think this is the second easiest casino inspiration.