And the prep begins! Tyler is psyched to be getting a one-on-one lesson from Emeril in how to make gumbo, and who wouldn't? Emeril helps him get the roux started. John gets brownie points from Emeril for suggesting bacon and jalapeno in the cornbread stuffing. Tom, meanwhile, approves of Micah using bacon in his Brussels sprouts dish, and Micah is psyched that Tom is giving them freedom. Tom is surprised how fast the clock moves while you're cooking. See, I wanted them to do a Quickfire or something. Brooke is making sweet potato biscuits for Emeril, and she plans to sweeten the butter. Carla is making turkey meatballs for Tom, and she's worried about the timing but she can't say no to him.
My favorite moment of the night because it's totally something that I would do: Chrissy says "bam" when she dumps some vanilla into a mixture that Emeril is whisking. And then she's really pleased with herself and Emeril is totally not paying attention. That's how most of my jokes go over with my husband. Like the other day my kid was coloring Muno from Yo Gabba Gabba except he used a blue crayon (Muno is red) and I said, "That's not Muno, it's Blue-no!" No response. So I said it again, louder, and waggled my eyebrows and my husband just rolled his eyes and sighed. Come on.
Tom lets Emeril sample his stuffing. That's not a euphemism. Josie is stuffing her turkey. Then Emeril and Tom josh each other about their hometown football teams and this suddenly turned into Iron Chef. CJ has decided to oversee his team, but isn't that Tom's job? I don't understand why CJ needs to do it, unless Tom is just a figurehead.
The next day, the teams arrive at the location and start prepping and cooking. Stefan just starts yelling at people because he doesn't have enough room to work. No one seems to be giving into his demands to move; could it be because he just started screaming that they needed to go? Maybe he could have asked politely instead of cursing and yelling? Jeez, take a chill pill, Stefan. Carla finds him funny, because he's crazy.
CJ checks in with his team and thinks that they're looking really good. He's especially excited about the foie gras in their stuffing. Like he can't stop talking about it. John is making the stuffing and the pumpkin torte for his team, and Kuniko is helping him prep because her dish is really simple. She's making potato pave, and she's determined to time everything right. Kuniko also helps Tyler make his rice. She's a big helper, but I hope it's not to the detriment of the dish she'll actually be judged on, her own.