We resume the Qualifying Challenge with Group 3, which includes a chef from Sra. Martinez, one of my favorite restaurants. The chefs choose a plate that has one (very tame) ingredient and one hidden (and likely gross) ingredient. But the hidden ingredient isn't an ingredient at all - it's a timer. They have to execute what they've chosen within their allotted time which, of course, isn't as long as they wanted.
Making it to the competition from this group: Cute Asian Dude, Blonde Pixie, and Overachieving Type-A Asian Chick.
Now it's time for the 500th Qualifying Challenge of a competition that hasn't even officially started yet. The "on the bubble" people get to cook whatever the hell they want. There's a lot of seafood in that joint.
Making it to the competition from this group: The Only Asian Guy In Kentucky and The Plus-Sized Model I'm In Love With.
Time for the next episode.
Quickfire Challenge: Rattlesnake. Oh good lord. The Aging Goth Chick (Dakota) wins. I like her.
Elimination Challenge: In 2 teams, the chefs cook for a Quinceañera. The girl is a surprisingly good little food critic.
You know who's going to be the death of me? The Overachieving Type-A Asian Chick. She's like Reese Witherspoon from Election. On cocaine. She mentions wanting to prove to her father that a daughter can do just as much as a son. Daddy issues much? And she literally went up to the meat department in Whole Foods and was all, "Excuse me, I have the most important dish here, I need assistance." And she wasn't kidding! She's going to be annoying as hell, but you know what's going to be awesome? When she gets smacked back down and loses. That'll be priceless.
The Former Prisoner made the dreaded mistake of buying frozen, pre-cooked shrimp from the store. Hello - cook your own shrimp, dummy! It doesn't take that long!
Bye-bye: Keith, the former prisoner. Well, that's not a shock. Though I was hoping they'd keep him around just to be contentious with the other chefs. Now there's not as much chance of a shivving. And that's disappointing.