"Joy shocked the world," Bobby declared after she dropped a risqué rhyme and some dance moves during Rev Run's throwdown in Week 2. Though her dish "actually got some pretty good flavor to it," according to Bobby, her presentation didn't draw the crowds that Damiano's did. "All the girls are going to Damiano's table," Bobby noted.
Tasked with bringing the punny term "Batter Up" to the plate in the Week 3 Mentor Challenge, Joy was set to make what else but "something deep-fried," she said. Her chicken and waffles dish, a staple at her restaurant, was so good that Bobby told her, "I'm coming to your restaurant just to eat this."
At a Los Angeles hotel in Week 4, Joy, Jernard and Rob worked on a menu for a VIP guest, but little did they know that the VIP — Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson — would be calling them with requests for their dishes. For Joy, Jesse's unexpected twist forced her to make two flavors of pound cake, and she wasn't pleased with the results.
"I kind of freak out when I see him," Joy admitted of walking in to find Jesse at the table. In her presentation in front of him and the mentors, she delivered a story that was particularly long — and the judges noticed. Her cake wasn't a runaway success either, as Bobby and Jesse found it to be "very sweet."
Joy stumbled in the Week 5 Mentor Challenge, in which she used a smoothie maker to whip up crab dip. Not only did she list off a long roster of ingredients in her video, but she also showed off her nerves, according to guest judge Katie Lee. "Every single time you get up in front of us, teach us something new about your life," Bobby advised her.
Determined to rebound after her earlier misstep, Joy was sure to showcase her Southern charm in the tailgating-themed Star Challenge, when she presented in front of guest judge Robert Irvine and the mentors. She succeeded in letting her personality shine, and Robert told her afterward, "You’re like a breath of fresh air because I found out a lot about you in a very short amount of time."
Come Week 6, Joy's roller coaster of high-and-low performances continued when she was dealt a "Will It" combination of kimchi and bread pudding in the Star Challenge. She wasn't shy about her aversion to kimchi, and ultimately that may have cost her, as she buried the strong ingredient in fried hushpuppy-like rounds. "You were so timid on the kimchi that we had to look for it," Bobby told her. Her segment with Rhett and Link was a flop as well, as she went on a tangent talking about unrelated travels.
In what would ultimately be Joy's last week in the contest, she settled on making a chicken pot pie with the frozen ingredients up for grabs — and ultimately it turned out like "a TV dinner," according to Giada. Her presentation was stronger than the week prior, however, it couldn't best her rival Tregaye's.
Much to Joy's initial concern, she and Ana were paired together in the Star Challenge. "In this competition, every partner that Ana has had has immediately gone home," Joy noted. She was determined to end that elimination streak, but unfortunately for her, the worst happened. Not only was Joy's fried chicken offering lacking in bold flavor, but her presentation with Ana was a miss, as they resorted to arguing with each other onstage.