I actually took a couple half assed notes but I'll still get or spell some of their names wrong. They're taken to the LA Farmer's Market where some famous photographer takes their pictures at the stands supposedly capturing their essence. Then the assignment is to pair off with another chef and get that chef's essence in a bite of food. Since Mehta won last time, he can assign the pairs. That man is freaking creepy, do not like him at all. He puts himself (stuffed grape leaves pizza roll?) with Spike (bacon wrapped shrimp w/ an Indian flavored sauce), Marcel (truffled eggs) and Alex G. (souffled goat cheese) Faulkner (sea urchin w/ caviar) and Freitag (spaghetti w/ anchovie sauce) and Greenspan (deviled egg w/ sea urchin) and Applebaum (is that his name, the bald guy, surf & turf w/ caviar).
Marcel's is too foamy, Mehta's too spicy (I think), can't remember what was wrong with Faulkner and Greenspan. Their secret ingredient is Rice Crispies and Raisin Bran. Tough ingredient. Marcel makes a rice crispies treat w/ coconut ice cream served in a coconut shell which that Simon guy didn't like. Spike's all cheering for his "bro". Faulkner does a tartufo w/ chocolate that they love, barely gets it on the plate in time. Greenspan coats tuna w/ rice crispies and takes the raisins out of the cereal to make sauce, they say the tuna didn't work. Mehta makes crab cakes w/ the crispies and the woman judge insists they're too oily. Faulkner immediately gets props and walks away, Marcel is next and it's between the two savory dishes. Big Eric G. has to go. He's not happy but didn't leave in a hissy fit the way the other two did.
I was happy to see Spike beat Mehta (is he a serial killer on the side?). Appelbaum and Marcel had a little fight over the truffles and that led to A. making comments that Marcel doesn't belong there. So far I think Marcel has been pretty well behaved. I never hated him and Spike on TC the way others did but they are in a different class than most of the other guys. We'll see how it goes.