The Quickfire includes a game of musical chairs, but the prizes are food. Next the contestants immerse themselves in the New Orleans music scene as they cater a Jazz festival.
Tonight the chefs acquaint themselves with the Creole tomato—a fruit unique to Louisiana—and use it in the Quickfire. For the Elimination they must cater an event for chefs from some of the region's most up-scale restaurants.
Guest Judge: John Besh
Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dish Highlighting the Creole Tomato
Elimination Challenge: Create a Farm Fresh Dish Using Philadelphia Cream Cheese
The contestants compete in a version of a blind Quickfire where they must cook using foil-covered ingredients and cooking utensils chosen for them. For the Elimination they cater a TV star's Halloween party in which they make dishes that are not only themed, but vegetarian—most chefs' Waterloo.
Guest Judge: Lea Michele
Quickfire Challenge: Create Dishes Using Items Covered in Reynolds Wrap
Elimination Challenge: Cater a Spooky Halloween Party
The contestants get an early morning visit at the house where they learn there will be no Quickfire or immunity. Their long day begins with an immersion into Vietnamese cuisine via visits to eateries, docks and markets in New Orleans East, all so they can put their own spins on traditional dishes.
Guest Judge: Eddie Huang
Quickfire Challenge: None
Elimination Challenge: Work in Teams to Create a Vietnamese-inspired Meal
It's a double elimination today, one in each challenge. First the chefs are charged with refreshing tired culinary trends, then they face an Elimination Challenge at one of New Orleans' oldest historic restaurants that also launched one of the judge's careers.
Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dish That Reinvents a Popular Food Trend
Elimination Challenge: Replicate a Classic Commander's Palace Dish
Fresh off their first elimination, the chefs must regroup without a break and begin an overnight gumbo challenge with a personal twist. and end the day in food trucks, catering for Habitat for Humanity's workforce.
Guest Judges: Leah Chase, Susan Spicer
Quickfire Challenge: Make a Gumbo Inspired by Your Heritage
Elimination Challenge: Make Lunch in a Food Truck for Habitat for Humanity
The new contestants are introduced and then must cook with one of three proteins native to the Louisiana swamp: alligator, turtle, or frog.
Quickfire Challenge: None
Elimination Challenge: Create a Dish Highlighting a Louisiana Delicacy
Twenty-one chefs gather in Los Angeles, Nevada, Beverly Hills, and Atlanta to compete for fifteen spots in the competition. They are divided into groups of five or six and assigned to one of the judges' restaurants in which they will prove their skills in the real-world with basic challenges, ability to handle themselves in a kitchen, and their interaction their fellow potential competitors.
Colicchio Tasks: Stuff & Shape Tortellini, Break Down Whole Ducks, Filet & Portion Salmon, Filet Black Bass, and Butcher Whole Chickens
Lagasse Task: Make a Bowl of Soup
Puck Task: Make an Omelet with Perfect Presentation
Acheson Task: Create a Beautiful Salad