But there was also a happy twist...
As the chefs scurry about to get their ingredients, Frat Boy announces that he "dropped a sausage on Mary Beth's head."
Vic, being Italian, thinks he has this challenge in the bag.
Penny changed up her act and is no longer bringing sexy back to the kitchen. Praise Allah! Instead, she's putting on the guise of a Middle Eastern Mom. The new persona, despite being almost as scary as the original Stilettos in the Kitchen witch, somehow convinces the judges to award her the win. It helped that her eggplant-topped pizza tasted good.
Guess who got sent home?
The Wanna-bes have to take one of three restaurant dishes and make it accessible for the people who watch Food Network. As the winner of the Camera Challenge, Penny gets to assign her competition the dish that they will remake. And she's all about the strategery. Seeing Orchid as her stiffest competition, she puts her in the most difficult category - not only is the dish unfamiliar to Orchid, she's also working on a team with three obnoxious males. Penny picks the easiest team for herself - or so she thinks. It works out like this:
Group Expensive Ingredients has to transform abalone with caviar beurre blanc into something moms want to cook at home: Orchid, Curious George, Vic, Frat Boy.
Group Technically Difficult needs to do something easy-peasy with sweet soy glazed pork belly and scallion pancakes: Whitney, Jeff, Jyll, Justin D, and Alicia.
Group Time Consuming has to make a home-cook-friendly version of braised short ribs and parsnip puree: Penny, Mary Beth, Susie, Katy.
Back at their venue, the Wanna-bes suit up in chefs' togs; Group Time Consuming is up first. They find that they have observers in the kitchen, namely Food Network personalities the Neelys, Anne Burrell, and Scott Conant, along with the usual suspects (Tushface, Bride of Fogelstein, Giada, Bobby) who are there to heckle the competitors as they cook.
Group Experiencing Technical Difficulties is next. Jeff complains that the kitchen is the hottest he's ever been in, as sweat pours off his forehead, down his nose, and onto his summer rolls.
After all of the cooking has been completed, the Wanna-bes assemble in front of the Selection Committee who choose a winner from each of the three groups. Mary Beth, who was both clever and engaging, wins for the Time Consuming gang, and hopefully banishes the word "mediocre" from the judges' vocabulary. Whitney, who didn't smile much but made great food, got the nod for the Technically Difficult group. And while there was no clear winner in the Expensive group, they give it to Curious George on the strength of his dish.
Everyone else is safe...
Posted by theminx on Minxeats.com.