The Quick Fire Challenge is a Black Jack Game. But instead of numbers on the cards, the cards have ingredients. The Chefs need to team up in twos and they must cook one dish together. So each team gets two random ingredients. They will have 15 minutes for the challenge and they will be cooking for three World-Class card dealers. The chefs groan, but Curtis says “Everyday people can make or break your restaurant.”
Win, Lose or Bologna
The teams and their ingredients are:
Clark and Debbie- Langoustine and Quinoa
Sue and Missy- Brandy and Honeycomb
Thierry and Mark- Black Garlic and Flank Steak
Art and Lorena- Peaches and Duck Breast
Chris and Patricia- Ribeye and Catfish
Takashi and Kerry- Pork Tenderloin and Bologna (this is the clunker).
Takashi says, in his Japanese accent “I don’t eat the bolognies…” he’s so cute.
By the way, 15 minutes for the challenge and they are given whole proteins to break down. So you have 15 minutes to cook and plate and they have to fillet a fish. I could fillet the fish in 15 minutes… but probably little else.
Random Chick 1, Random Chick 2 and Random Dude… but look at Curtis’s sweet donkey booty
The Chefs get the following feedback:
Clark and Debbie- Langoustine with parsley pistou and candied Quinoa- it reminds the judges of Wheatgrass. Which is NOT meant to be taken as a compliment.
Yummm. I could lick the screen.
Sue and Missy- Grilled Pineapple with Brandy and Honeycomb. Judges say: Refreshing
Thierry and Mark- Flank Steak with Corn and Blueberry Salsa and Black Garlic Harissa- Judges say- The dish needed more kick (to which Theirry rolls his eyes).
I meant it to have no kick
Art and Lorena- Duck Breast Lettuce Wraps with Ricotta and Peach Crema. Judges say: Very Fresh, good flavors
Chris and Patricia- Beefalo DeGato Pescado (bone-in Ribeye and Catfish/ Surf & Turf). Judges say: GREAT
Takashi and Kerry- Pork Tenderloin and Bologna (this is the clunker). Judges say: Good Spice
Let’s hug it out
The Winner is: Chris and Patricia. They each get $5,000 for their charities. The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and Heifer International respectively.
For the Elimination Challenge, they will be celebrating the biggest tradition in town: The Buffet. And they will be serving 200 of the most unique and interesting people working on the strip. The Chefs will be divided into two teams, a Red Team and a Blue Team.
The Red Team: Art, Chris, Kerry, Lorena, Patricia and Takashi
The Blue Team: Missy, Clark, Debbie, Mark, Sue and Theirry.
The teams break out to come up with a concept and menu plan and Chris decides he wants to put his dish in a tiny, little pot because that way, he can control the portions. Art tells him, that is not what a buffet is about. People love BIG fabulous food!! (He’s right, by the way, try to go to a Cheesecake Factory- even the salad is enormous and there is always a wait… which I, personally, do not understand.)
The teams go food shopping and Theirry takes all 22lbs of salmon…. Exactly what Takashi wanted to make.
I’m so sorry, I can’t possibly spare any of my 22lbs of salmon
Oh well, Takashi takes it in stride as he’s been friends with Theirry for 15 years and knows his horsesh*t. The Red Team is ready to check out, but they are missing one thing: Art.
Hmmm, should I put any vitamins in my buffet? (seriously, why is he even IN this aisle)
Art is strolling around, pissed off they are out of multiple things, including BRIOCHE. He says he cooks for billionaires, he has not budget, he just BUYS.
The teams return to the kitchen with their grub and Curtis comes in. So you know there’s some crappy twist. He has some scratch-off lottery tickets!!! Theirry thinks it is “too scary to scratch.” Alas, each chef must scratch.
No 1,000,000 here…
Art and Debbie get “Immunity” and Art says “Honey Bear is here to stay!!!” (yippeee, I love Art!!)
Kerry, Lorena, Sue and Mark all get “Lose 30 Minutes” (they both have to sit out for 30 minutes of prep time)
Patricia, Chris, Theirry and Clark get “$1,000 BONUS” (to add to the $5,000 they each won in the QuickFire)
At least I didn’t get bologna, again
Takashi and Missy get “Switch Teams” so Takashi goes to the Blue Team and Missy goes to the Red Team.
Stone-Cold pulls out TWO GOLDEN BONUS TICKETS… ugh, more twists. Red Team scratches and gets “Mexican Buffet” and Blue Team gets “Indian Buffet.” This means whatever dish each Chef was making now much be tweaked to fit into either the Mexican or Indian model. Additionally, they may send one person back to the store to get additional supplies. The Red Team decides to send Art to the store (since he has immunity) and The Blue Team decides that they do not want to lose any time so they choose to not go back to the store.
During prep time, Patricia decides to make her dish into a Beef Adobo, but she reallllly needs Art to come back from the store. Cut to Art who is puttering around the store- I swear the “muzak” version of “Girl from Impanema” should be playing under Art’s shopping trip.
Oh, your baby is breath-taking
He’s looking for cilantro, kissing babies, talking to himself, etc.
And Missy is heading toward the IceBerg at top speed
Back in the kitchen we see Missy furiously slicing zucchini on a mandolin (not the musical instrument) slicer. She looks away for a second and then cuts the BEJESUS out of her pinkie.
Oh dear, I seem to have cut myself
TO THOSE OF YOU AT HOME: this is my personal warning- if you are chopping something or using a mandolin, always, always, always keep your eyes on what you are slicing or chopping. I have seen so many people get cut that way. And when using a mandolin, use a folded-up towel to hold whatever you are slicing. Better to slice the towel than your hand.
Anyway, in true Chef-fashion, she says “I just need a band-aid and a glove and I’ll be fine.” The paramedic comes in and tells her that a bandage and a glove are not going to cut it and she needs to go to the hospital.
Missy says “Cutting myself on Day 1 = Big Fail.”
Back in the kitchen, Thierry is making beef. For an Indian Buffet. “Serving Beef at an Indian Buffet is like serving Vodka at an AA meeting.” But he soldiers on.
Art and Patricia try to make Missy’s dish for her, not knowing when she might be back. Art takes scallions from Chris and he yells at him that he needs them. Art says “I want to give Missy our best.”
Chris replies “What am I supposed to do- sacrifice my own life?”
Art responds “Yes, sometimes we do that.” And he is right. When someone needs help and you can help, the right thing to do is to help them- it’s called being a TEAM.
Chris finally relents and Art takes his scallions for Missy’s dish.
I french-kiss you for MISSY
Prep time is over!!
We visit Missy in the hospital, she needs a skin graft and her hand needs to be immobilized for two weeks. Um… something tells me she’s not making this buffet. She really wants to compete but needs to figure out what is best for her.
The Chefs stat to set up their respective buffets. And… then the freaks start coming in, in droves. Ok, there are some beautiful showgirl types, but the rest of the crowd is straight-up freakage. Masked mimes, sword swalloers, etc. (Wait- who am I to judge? Most of them are probably doing what they love. The freaks are the ones who aren’t, right?)
Eating a buffet in a bikini seems counterproductive