In any case, we start off as usual with a Camera Challenge. The Wanna-bes find Giada standing next to a giant vending machine which will randomly dispense Hershey's chocolate products for each contestant, who then have one hour to use the product in a savory dinner dish. This is an important challenge because every potential Food Network Star needs to know how to incorporate corporate sponsorship into their meals!
Time's up and the Wanna-bes are sent to the "Butler's Pantry" (because there are tons of butlers on staff at the Food Network, and of course every home cook has one of those, too) to wait their turn in front of the cameras. Frat Boy keeps on telling us that he's mature and taking the competition seriously, but comes out with notes written on his palm, which Giada notices. His lamb is undercooked and the peppermint is way too sweet. Vic's asparagus tasted as horrible as it sounded but his presentation was better than it has been.
...which is the Star Challenge, and for this momentous occasion, the Wanna-bes are paid a visit by an unlikely and un-dynamic duo - Ace of Cakes Duff Goldman and Restaurant: Impossible host Robert Irvine.
Jyll chooses to work for Chef Duff and picks Alicia, Orchid, Mary Beth, Whitney, and Susie to be her team, leaving Middle Eastern Penny to battle with the boys.
Not in charge anymore, Frat Boy quiets down. That doesn't help much, as two separate batches of his chocolate dessert fail on him. That's what happens when you take a recipe for 10 and try to stretch it to a recipe for 200.
The next day, the teams face the Selection Committee. The winning team, Team Robert, meets the firing squad first and are told that the judges liked Penny's saffron and coconut milk rice pudding and the team effort orange fennel ice cream. Curious George's popcorn was a big hit, but what did he do for the other 5 hours in the kitchen? And where the fuck is his personality? Justin D's corn pudding was "awesome" and "elegant," but Susie wondered why he was so meek. Vic's cream puff dish was risky, but it was Bobby's favorite of the day.
Next week: Cougar Town? Don't they know that Courtney Cox stopped eating years ago?
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