Judges Chef Gordon Ramsey, Chef Aaron Sanchez and Chef Christina Tosi drove up on ATV’s at Huntington Beach, California, where the Top 219 contestants waited for their next challenge. They will have to split up in to two and cook for 101 lifeguards.
Brien is chosen to be the first team captain and the rest of the cooks separate into two teams of 9. Brien gets to choose the team he wants to lead and picks the red team. The blue team chooses Jennifer to lead them.
Brien gets to pick between fresh Pacific rock fish and striped sea bass, he chooses the sea bass. The two teams then face the challenging task of finishing their dish in 60 minutes and must include two sides and a sauce. Whichever team wins will be safe from elimination.
Unlike Brien, who seems to be communicating and working well with his team, Jennifer looks unorganized and her team is not very happy with how she is running the team.
Brien tells Gordon that they are making crispy sea bass with a side of grilled corn salad, crispy eggplant and pineapple, bamboo rice with peas and sweet chili sauce. Chef Ramsey comments on the benefit of cooking the fish skin side down and suggests Brien delegate, divide and conquer.
Jennifer told Chef Christina that they are using cast iron to cook the fish and serving it with a vegetable medley, potatoes and a broccoli slaw. She didn’t seem to know what the rest of the team was doing as she rushed to work on a dish. In the end they served Cajun rock fish with purple green beans, broccoli rabe slaw, potatoes and beurre blanc sauce.
Although the lifeguards were pretty split on the dishes, the red team came out on top and Jennifer’s blue team was now in danger of elimination.
Three people from the blue team were saved by the judges, Jeff, Daniel and Reba did not have to compete in the elimination challenge. The remaining 6 had to make Chef Aaron’s version of grilled pork chops.
As the contestants scrambled to finish the dish within the 45 minute allotted time, Jennifer begins to lose it and starts crying. Gordon comes to comfort and encourage her; it works as she picks things up and finishes her dish.
In the end, it was Paige who had to give up her apron. Her pork chop was under-cooked and Christina said that the stark white fat was an indication that it wasn’t good.