Each of the last two chefs takes over a Vancouver restaurant where he or she is responsible for a four-course dinner that will be served to the judges and some surprise guests. But first, 11 chefs vie for the eight sous chef spots by cooking a dish to entice the finalists in a blind tasting.
Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dish to Earn Spot As Sous Chef for the Final Cook
Elimination Challenge: Create Four-course Tasting Menu & Restaurant of Your Dreams
The contestants settle into their new home kitchen at Dallas' Le Cordon Bleu. The collegial atmosphere seems appropriate, since the Quickfire asks them to regress to sauciers. Next, they must prepare steak for some of Texas' most discerning palates, at least beef-wise, the attendees of the Cattle Baron's Ball.
Guest Judge: Dean Fearing
Quickfire Challenge: Personalize Your Mother Sauce
Elimination Challenge: Create a Four Course Steak Dinner for Cattle Baron's Ball
The contestants begin the day on the road as they travel to Dallas, and Padma decides to test their creativity with canned goods in the roadside Quickfire just to keep things in theme. Then it goes from rags to riches as the chefs must shift gears to cater a dinner party in an exclusive Dallas suburb.
Guest Judge: John Besh
Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dish Using the Ingredients Inside the Survival Kits
Elimination Challenge: Create a Course for a Progressive Dinner Party
The contestants spend two long, spicy and Texas-themed days cooking. First up is a dish that uses chili pepper, but the chefs must choose carefully- the winning dish is awarded a cash prize based on the heat of the pepper used. Next, they divide into teams to create unique chilis that will satisfy the Tejas Rodeo Company participants. Of course, this means a scramble for space, ingredients and cooking appliances back at the house.
Guest Judges: Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger
Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dish Highlighting One Chili Pepper
Elimination Challenge: 1. Team Chili Cook-off 2. Repurpose Losing Chili into Winning Dish
Tonight the chefs are asked to create a dish using rattlesnakes. Later, they will cater a girl's quinceañera celebration.
Guest Judge: Johnny Hernandez
Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dish Using Rattlesnake
Elimination Challenge: Cook for Family & Friends at Blanca's Quinceañera Party