Weird interstitial. The cheftestants go out to dinner at the restaurant owned by Harold, winner of Season One. He makes small talk with them but he kind of looks like he couldn't care less. That was random.
The next day, the cheftestants head to Whole Foods. The men play grab ass and horse around while walking in. Actually, Fabio and Stefan pretend to elbow each other out of the way and then Hosea runs up from behind and tries to get in on the fun, which seems emblematic of something, but I don't know what. Carla interviews about the challenge, and says that she thinks she and Jacques are two peas in a pod. That would be cuter if it didn't feel like the person behind the camera asked her to say it. Fabio reviews the dish he has to prepare and jokes that they might as well have handed him something that said "Welcome to the final" because it's that much in his wheelhouse. Hosea goes to buy his shrimp and Stefan runs up and jokes with the guy behind the counter about giving Hosea subpar shrimp. Hosea interviews that Stefan is definitely the guy to beat, but all it takes is one mistake to get sent home, even for Stefan. Stefan interviews his honest assessment of Hosea: he doesn't think Hosea has enough experience or balls to be a chef. I'm not sure how the balls help, but I'm not a dude. Perhaps they impart some sort of flavoring? Okay, how many times have they been to Whole Foods this season? And presumably they go to the same one? And Leah is asking an employee where the eggs and butter are. WTF? Leah explains that she's going to use challah bread (Holla!) and put her own spin on the recipe.
The cheftestants arrive at the event space, Capitale, and start prepping. Carla explains that her plan is to keep it simple, and just make the food that Pepin wants: squab, peas, and a great sauce. Leah loves eggs, and she feels like she has something to prove. She sure as hell does. At least she's not making fish again. Stefan explains that Samuelsson is Ethiopian but grew up in Sweden, so he's practically Stefan's homeboy. Stefan brags that he's been cooking fish for twenty-three years and he couldn't possibly screw it up. I note that he sears the fish on the stovetop and then puts it in the oven to finish. This will be important later. Hosea explains that he's putting his own spin on his dish, and none of them are sure if they're supposed to do that or stay traditional. Yeah, some guidance would be nice. It kind of sucks that you could be eliminated because you didn't follow the rules that no one told you about.