Hold up! Nookie (who I did it all for) is stepping up and rearranging the wine by some sort of logic. Logic? Hmm, does not compute.
Just as the Red team arrives, Nookie convinces Gollum to switch two reds (ha) and they win! Nookie’s method works; the pairs are paired and Gollum admires his reflection in the river.
The Black team wins the EXCEPTIONAL INGREDIENT! Which is…a cooking class. WHAT? Before I rationalize this – how is a class an exceptional ingredient? A potato is more of an e.i. Why not call it the Amuse Bouche? Or the Spinning Spice? Or the Palatable Protein? Whatevs, it’s just the extra credit – I get it…
The master class is with Chef Joseph Viola, a premier chef in Lyon who has won the Best Worker in France medal (according to Gary’s translation). He will instruct them on the dishes that they will be making the next day for the public. Each team must create four traditional Lyonnaise dishes including a quenelle (which I initially thought was a canal or a querelle or a kumquat).
Chef Joseph! That MF’r knows a MF’in quenelle!
Chaz pipes in saying “Because I grew up in Philadelphia, I know quenelles are very evil, temperamental foods.” None of that statement makes sense.
The Red team gets nothing.
The Black team arrives at Daniel et Denise, Chef Joseph’s restaurant. Avery says this is like a guitarist meeting The Rolling Stones. Um, Avery? Led Zeppelin, maybe. The Stones – ok… Needless to say, Avery is gobsmacked. The team tastes the dishes, they praise Chef Joseph etc…
Meanwhile the Red team is cruising the streets of Lyon, researching the cafe menus.
Jenna continues to be annoying. At one point (while she’s speaking ENGLISH btw), she asks is “everyone is understanding me at least?” Yes, bitch – because we understand ENGLISH!
You are not the boss of anyone!
They eventually find a quenelle on a cafe menu and order it up. Nick says he can make a traditional fish mousse, but this is new to him. Jenna volunteers to make a dessert – a brownie. They are in Lyon, France and she is making a brownie. Have fun as the head chef of TGIFridays, Jenna.
Back to Black, they are served the quenelle. It is a fish mousse-like cake with a fish sauce. I want to call it a tamale like dish, but lighter and with the ingredients mixed in the base. I dunno…
Smartypants Gollum calls it “a really good piece of gefilte fish.” Avery agrees and thinks that she can create a quenelle. I think I like Avery now.
The next day the Red team arrive at Le Bistro de Palais. Jenna is the front of house/expediter due to her French skill. Nicole is doing the fish. John is doing the sauce. Sai is doing the salad, but she can’t poach an egg. There’s no egg poaching in Thai cuisine! Uh-oh. Nick is doing the quenelle, but he doesn’t know how to do that either.
Back in Black, Gary is front of house. Avery is doing le quenelle. Nookie is doing foie gras. Chaz is doing chicken. Liz (who?) is doing dessert.
OK – so. They bring in the queen of Lyonnaise cooking and another restaurant owner to join Curtis and Cat.
The Red is first. Le quenelle sucks – it’s a failed dumpling. The salad is good. They ran out of fish. The brownie – is a brownie.
The Black has an amazing quenelle. The salad sucks. The portions of chicken are too big and then Chaz has a breakdown. Chaz kinda sucks too.
The teams arrive at judging and the winner is… the Black team! Avery is awarded MVC. Chaz complains. (When they arrive at judging, Chaz tries to take credit for Avery’s decision to cut down the portions of chicken. She shuts him down. Didn’t he try to take credit for the dessert last week too?)