The horn blows to end the challenge and Padma and guest judge Dan Barber walk onto the ferry for judging. Dan Barber, you may recall, owns Blue Hill and is known for cooking local, fresh ingredients. So, perfect judge for this mega-processed food. Barber was also Blais's sous chef during the finale of his season. That seems like he might need to recuse himself, no? I guess not. I kind of get the feeling that the producers don't give a crap about this challenge -- no one gets immunity, and it feels like they just concocted it to fit into the time they had getting everyone to the next Elimination Challenge.
Blais made what he calls a play on a banh mi sandwich, which is a hot dog and beef jerky sandwich with jalapeno, pork rinds, lettuce, and apple. It's edible. I don't know that it would be my first choice out of the dishes offered up in this challenge, but at least he tried. It looks sort of broiled and I don't know how he accomplished that. Tiffany made nachos with cheese, lettuce, tomato, jalapeno, banana pepper, and sour cream. Padma points out that Tiffany basically made something off the snack bar menu. Tiffany says with the extra time, she made popcorn with candied mangos and pineapple. So again, she took something off the menu, ripped open a bag of dried fruit, and dumped it in. Those are pretty lame. She's lucky no one gives a shit about this challenge.
Mike made what he calls "a peasant-style soup," which is a bread soup with cheddar cheese, sour cream, green chili, and pork rinds. Okay, first why would you make soup when your only choices for service were paper boats? And second, it looks like vomit. It actually looks like, if you let the soup harden and congeal, it would look exactly like the fake rubber vomit you get in novelty shops. The judges should refuse to taste it. I would. I mean, at least he made a little more effort than Tiffany, but that's disgusting.
Carla made an orange and papaya salad with carrot and rosemary juice. It looks terrible. She sliced up some fruit and then dumped a bottle of juice over the top. At least it's not hot dog bun soup, I guess. Antonia admits that she took apart a bunch of sandwiches and assembled her own Franken-sandwich. She made grilled cheese with apples and raisin bread. Barber notes that cooking it on the hot dog grill gave it pork flavor and Antonia giggles that she totally meant to do that. I think her sandwich would be my first choice among the offerings. Blais interviews that no one else put much effort or creativity into this challenge, so he thinks he has a good chance of winning. Well, as long as his tasted better than the others, right?