Elimination Challenge. Padma explains that it's important to raise your profile as a chef so that people will seek out your restaurants, buy your books, and enjoy your food. The challenge is to create a dish and then do a two-and-a-half minute presentation as if they're on live television. Carla interviews that the timing is really important for live television, because they will just cut you off if you don't finish. It would have been really funny if the editors cut off her interview early to demonstrate, but this show isn't big on that type of humor. Padma adds that they'll be doing their presentations with/for the judges, but there is a big advantage to winning that will be revealed later. Leah interviews that live television is something she finds difficult and doesn't want to do. She might not want to go into being a famous chef then. Rocco and Padma remind them to set up their dish well because they will be judged on presentation and flavor. Fabio is freaking out because he feels like he doesn't have the English skills to explain his cooking during the presentation.
The cheftestants head to Whole Foods, where they have $100 and thirty minutes. Fabio goes straight to the seafood counter and asks for tuna. He's not happy with the fishmongers so he asks if he can hop behind the counter and cut it himself. And they let him! I'm sure the TV cameras helped -- I don't think they would let just any old person behind the counter. Hosea asks Eugene if they're doing the same dish, and Eugene says that he's doing sushi. Eugene interviews that sushi is his background and he's going to make something for beginners. Eugene and Hosea both ask to cut their own seafood as well, and they are allowed. Hosea explains that this is a competition so he wants to start with the best ingredients.
Alex is planning a dessert, because he wants to go outside the box. Didn't Fabio show everyone in the Quickfire why that's a bad idea? Also, Alex is planning a crème brulee, which doesn't seem like a dessert that lends itself well to a short presentation, but what do I know? Nothing, that's what. Alex interviews that he thinks making dessert when everyone else is doing an entrée will give him a free pass to the next round. Oh, Alex. So naïve.
Back in the kitchen, the cheftestants have one hour for prep. They get to work chopping and cooking. Melissa interviews that she was thinking about what to actually do in the presentation, like should she cook or just assemble? She's concerned about the time limitations. Jeff is making a shrimp malfouf roll, which he claims sounds complicated but is actually quite easy. I think the problem here is that easy for a trained professional chef is very different from easy for your average home cook. Alex knows that he needs to get his crème brulee mixture in the oven so he has enough time to cook it and then cool it. Fabio interviews that he doesn't think Alex can pull this off in an hour. Jamie decides to make a dish she has actually done on live television, which is a salad with a duck egg, but she's worried about her ability to get the egg cooked in the time limit. Jamie is not very confident about her dish and her ability to do the presentation, but she'll try.