The Wannabes are shown an array of meats and condiments and Alton Brown announces that they will be participating in their own mini Burger Bash, a competition that is a fixture during the Food Network-sponsored South Beach and New York Food and Wine Festivals. The Wannabes get to make the burgers, and the Selection Committee gets to bash them.
There are two parts to this challenge. First, each FoodNetworkStartestant has to make burgers for up to 100 guests. And second, they have to make a two minute live presentation to the audience-- who will be twiddling knobs on those Annoy-O-Meters again--to sell their burgers. Each audience member will get one token, which he or she will use to "pay" for the burger of choice, based on the presentation.
The contestants get one hour of prep, during which time the Selection Committee makes the rounds.
Connie aka Lovely (or so the graphic says) tells them she's making a turkey burger, because her mama always made turkey burgers so her kids wouldn't get fat. Hmm. Didn't work. The Selection Committee warns her to make her burger flavorful, not diet, but of course she's going to ignore them.
Andre doesn't really know what his angle is, even though the Committee thinks he needs to talk about his incredible weight loss. He still wants to try to teach men to cook. Because, you know, there are no male cooks out there. Personally, I think he can combine the two--he can teach young men how to cook and eat so they won't get fat in the first place.
Rodney is the Pie Man, so of course he must make a pie.
The audience files in and the Wannabes take their place behind the crowd, ready to be called up to make their presentations.
Damaris promises not to be "awkwardly sexy," because apparently that's what she does when she gets nervous. And she gets nervous and does a shoulder shimmy. The audience laughs heartily. At her.
After the presentations, it's time to serve. There are lines in front of every station except Danuskha, who's scared everyone off, and Andre, who's bored everyone away.
The next day, the Wannabes meet with Giada, Bobby, and Alton. I am just noticing that Tushface and Susie have been conspicuously absent this week, and it was a welcome absence indeed. The SelectionCommitteeakaMentors take each of the contestants to task in turn. Russell was happy to hear that his was the best burger by far, and he also received the largest number of tokens--15. He's safe, as are Stacey and Chad. Danushka, despite making a tasty burger, ended up on the bottom of the focus group's list, so she was up for elimination.
After a bit of deliberation, Andre is sent home. No surprise there. Or did you think he had enough potential to stay on?
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