For their first challenge, the contestants had to make an international dish, and they had to do it with five items or fewer. Both Celeste and Eric decided to make stir-fries and chose shortcut ingredients, Celeste going for frozen mixed vegetables and Eric choosing bottled stir-fry sauce. But whose choice would prove to be better?
Celeste used chicken thighs, seasoned with the spice packet from ramen soup in her stir-fry, and included the noodles tossed with the frozen vegetables. Catherine said, "My kids would go bananas for this." But Marcela thought the frozen vegetables were a miss: "I would have preferred you to stick to one perfectly cooked vegetable."
In the end the judges were more impressed with Eric's stir-fry than Celeste's. He doctored up the sauce and it didn't seem bottled at all. Celeste went to the checkout lane, Beau saying to her: "Your ultimate downfall was choosing ingredients that brought no flavor to the dish."
For Game 2, the contestants had to make their best dish using items from only the cereal and snack aisle. Chris made s'mores using a caramel-chocolate bar, marshmallows and toaster treats, but his creation let down the judges: "You had me at hello, and then I put my spoon into it, and I wanted to cry. It's just so sweet to the point of choking it all back," says Catherine.
As Chris and Jill race to get their ingredients, they realize something's up. Guy announces that the supermarket happens to be out of steak and potatoes. "Welcome to the international house of panic," says Guy. Both Eric and Jill have the same idea and grab sausage and boxed mashed potatoes.
Even though Jill is using the same exact ingredients as Eric, she chooses to use puff pastry to hold everything, calling it Mama's Meat and Potatoes Pockets. Her dish doesn't come out as pretty as it could have been, but the judges consider that she "did the best with what [she was] able to pull," says Catherine.
Eric prepares his sausage with onions and peppers, and mashed potatoes made with cilantro. Catherine loves the presentation: "When this was put in front of me, I thought, he brought it." But Beau disagrees about the potatoes. Eric ends up checking out, which means Jill will go onto the Super Shopping Spree.