Bryan is going with his whole sustainable fish idea, so he's making olive-oil-poached fish. Hey, there's something we've only seen like a million times already this season? Why not add a couple of scallops while you're at it? Eli interviews that he thinks Robin is lucky to still be there and he hopes her time is running out. But at least he's not making it personal. Everyone bundles up their food to transport to the party, and they head out.
The party is at the World Market Center, which has a sort of huge conference room on the top floor, and that's where the party is taking place. There's a beautiful view. The cheftestants have an hour to prep before the guests arrive. Michael is cooking chicken. Jen worries that her lack of focus is going to screw her over. You think? Like it has every other week? Robin's sugar did not travel well and it didn't set. It's almost like she didn't have any experience with making that sort of sugar. It kind of just looks like the top of a crème brulee -- I don't know why should couldn't use a kitchen torch to harden it more? I mean, it's worth a shot, since she decides to just ditch it anyway, and it was kind of the centerpiece of her dish and the thing that made it fit her theme.
The guests arrive, and I'm not sure if this is so much "the elite of Las Vegas" as "people they recruited off the street." Kevin tells some of the guests that he had The Mirage, so he thought about just putting a picture of his dish up and then filling the bowls with sand. I wish he had done something clever like that (although not serving bowls of sand, but something edible that looks like sand). At least then I might understand how his dish fits his theme.
The judges arrive at Jennifer's table first, and she has no food out. Oops. While she's desperately trying to plate some food, she explains that she had Excalibur and made New York strip with a red wine reduction, beets, truffles, and herbs. She styled it to look like a sword in a stone, and served bigger bites to fit with her theme. Toby has trouble biting into it, and Nigella has trouble cutting her steak. She finally picks it up with her fingers and comments that it's like eating a stone, so it must be kind of tough.