We get hero shots of delectable food in Keller's kitchen. Colicchio tells the cameras that the competing chefs are going to be asked to cook, sauce, and plate, and since Keller has such exacting standards, not many of them will be able to handle it.
First up is Lisa. She's never been in a professional kitchen, which becomes clear as she blunders her way through her time. After twenty-three minutes, Keller tells her to leave the line. Her fail? She knocked over a tower of food that was already plated.
Next comes Miguel, who has seven years of professional kitchen experience. As he futzes with two espresso cups on a tray, Keller tells him he's "way too nervous to work the line." Miguel is out after three minutes; his fail is listed as "nerves." Damn, Lisa killed him on that time! That's pretty impressive considering his experience and her lack of.
Cynthia and her nineteen years of experience are ousted, because Keller doesn't like her white running shoes. He tells her, "You should know better," and she is out after zero minutes. Damn. I mean, I know clogs are the usual footwear, but I also know that some kitchens are fine as long as you are rubber-soled and fully covered. Either he preferred her to be in black shoes or he didn't feel the sneaker covering was tough enough to handle boiling water and/or falling knives. Not really sure which Keller's being so "exact" on. Keller mutters that what she was doing to her feet was "way too dangerous." Cynthia joins the others after swearing a bit and tells them it was because of her shoes.
Andrea starts to freak that she needs to have everything perfect before she goes in. Andrea, with no restaurant kitchen experience, is bounced after sixteen minutes for dropping food on the floor and "oopsie"-ing over it.
Tiffani steps in and proves her six years of restaurant experience by barking things like "hot out" and looking calmly busy. She also looks very aware that she's looking calmly busy. I hate her. Keller even goes so far to tease her that if she continues to work that way, he might offer her a job. Tiffani passes her thirty minutes and interviews that she's competitive and passionate. I think we need to start a drinking game. Any time a chef says some variation of how cooking and food is "their passion," you pound whatever's handy.