Radhika wants to bring out her personality and style of cooking. She must not want to do that very badly, because that's practically the last we see of her in this episode. Carla is making a tortilla soup, and she doesn't want to be on the bottom, as if any of the cheftestants start out with that goal. She is freaking me out with her bug eyes. She seems very kind hearted, if a little weird, but she bugs her eyes out and she looks like Eliza Jane Wilder. Ariane is making a tomato and watermelon salad with feta cheese. It sounds terrible, but I'm not a huge fan of either watermelon or feta, so I guess it wouldn't. I've never heard of that combination of ingredients, but clearly she has and it's worked. Daniel is making marinated strip steak, and he wants to be like Bobby Flay. That explains so much. I can't freaking stand Bobby Flay, so that explains my antipathy towards Daniel thus far. Anyway, Daniel has big dreams about eventually appearing in movies, and he thinks that he lights up in front of the camera. Someone has really been boosting Daniel's self-esteem. Also, if he wants to be a TV personality, he really needs to work on that facial hair. Time runs down as the cheftestants prep their ingredients for the presentations.
Gail, Padma, Tom, and Rocco walk in to begin the presentations. The cheftestants are very nervous, understandably. Ariane is up first. She introduces herself as from New Jersey, explaining that's why she's using Jersey tomatoes. She makes basil oil, slices tomatoes, and then serves the judges. She finishes with fourteen seconds to spare. Jamie is up next with her salad with duck egg and caviar. Wow, those are not exactly ingredients that every person has in the pantry or even easy access to in the grocery store. Jamie checks her fried duck egg and notices that the white around the yolk is not quite set, so she has to decide whether to put it on the plate as is or go over time. She decides to put it on the plate. Colicchio the diva refuses to eat it. Okay, I guess not wanting food poisoning doesn't make one a diva, but Rocco shoves it right in his piehole, so there!
Alex thinks he is a good public speaker, so he's not worried about his presentation. He shows off his technique, and tries to answer questions from Padma at the same time. He runs out of time before he can finish, but the judges taste his crème brulee anyway, and he can tell by their faces that it wasn't set, so he knows he's in trouble. Jeff steps up to create his malfouf roll, which is kind of like a cabbage roll. Jeff interviews that he's done live television as well as demonstrations before, so he's not too nervous. Jeff finishes in time. Fabio says he watched the other chefs and noticed many of them using weird ingredients that only chefs would know (Jeff!), so he decided to keep his mother in mind, and what she would want from a demonstration. He makes tuna, roasted carrots, and asparagus salad. The judges are all charmed because Fabio says he's "fresh out of the boat." Daniel generates a lot of smoke while searing his steak, and when he finishes he gives a "Bababooey!" to the camera. Does he realize that he's not actually on live television? Also, that he sounds like an idiot? I'm a Stern fan, but if he were on the Today Show or Good Morning America and did that, they'd be pissed.