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Ippy is the first to present. Back in Hawaii, he explains, there were a lot of Asians who originally came there to work the sugar cane fields. And because no one spoke they same language, they all brought their traditional dishes to speak for them and one of the most popular is “Tempoooooooooooora” (Tempura, for those of us playing at home.) And by adding soda water, or in this case grape soda to the batter, it makes it very light (and completely saturated in high fructose corn syrup) The judges love him. Susie tells Ippy that she likes him today and that he is teaching her so much and then she slips him her hotel room key.
Martita is intimidated and explains that she is first generation American and she has made “bunelos” with fruit. Bobble Head asks “Your tip? Your tip?” Ooops, Martita forgot. The judges note that the fruit is interesting, but that she has taken a step backwards with today’s challenge.
Linkie’s husband’s favorite is Reese’s pieces (she married E.T) which she toasted with coconut and made a brandied-chocolate mousse. The judges think she did a great job and her mousse if very delicate.
Yvan explains his bread pudding and he has put the popcorn topping on the side and served it with a “Grape Soda Reduction” infused with vanilla, meant to be drizzled over the pudding. Susie drinks the reduction like a shot and looks like her $3 weave might pop off.
Bobby notes that Yvan is not his usual upbeat self. Yvan explains that he is overwhelmed by the talent in front of him. Bob notes to him that he needs to start thinking of himself as EQUAL to the judges because next year he could be on their side of the table. Bobby is like… Whoa, whoa, whoa- no one is my equal.
Rock N Roll presents his “Ableskiver,” and explains it has a lot of spice due to his Asian background and that his band calls him “The Rock N Roll Sushi Guy” (Are your sure they aren’t calling you”Douchey Guy?”) The judges do not look enthused and Bobble Head cuts him off and tells him that he didn’t give a tip. And Mark Murphy says “Here’s a tip- you could break a tooth on these popcorn kernels.” His kernels are only half-popped.
The rest of the judges didn’t really get his dessert and that his presentation was all over the place and it was too freaking complicated. Way to “wing it” Rock N Roll.
Lastly, Team Bobby enters the kitchen. They open their baskets and inside:
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars (clearly Hershey’s has this episode for product placement), Pineapple, Pasta Sheets and Black Lava Salt (which can have a very sulphur-ish/ rotten egg taste).
Malcolm immediately draws a blank. His food is inspired by his Mom and she used pineapple a lot so that is the base for his dish.
Eric explains that in this challenge his food is going to be his secret weapon. Good. Because this is a COOKING SHOW, in case you weren’t aware, Eric. He is making a free-form napoleon with HAND-CRAFTED (because, at this point everyone else is just buying their stuff canned, right?) chocolate and caramel sauce.
Nikki thinks that dessert is a risk, in fact she doesn’t even like dessert. (People, never trust someone who doesn’t like dessert- it is not normal) But she decides she will make bread pudding with layers of pasta. Sounds disgusting and she has 16 minutes.