Rachael and Guy welcome the celebrities to Lee's Hawaiian Islander restaurant in Lyndhurst, N.J., where they will be challenged with throwing a luau for 50 guests. Each team must cook four hors d'oeuvres, create a signature cocktail and serve the partygoers. Their judge will be Marc Murphy from Chopped.
Before cooking can begin, the mentors take some menu planning time with their teams. Rachael's advice is that they should cook "something that will appeal to the masses." Jake's plan is to have people underestimate him, so he's making whatever he's told. "Watch out for the quiet guy in the corner," he says. "You never see the sleeper coming."
Guy goes over his team's menu plan. Most know exactly what they want to make except for Chris, who unfortunately falls into dreamland. Chris decides to go with pork, but Guy warns him: "This is the big hitter. If you cut it too small, and you cut some too big, then you'll have raw pork and you'll have overcooked pork ... it's a pretty big responsibility."
With 90 minutes to cook, the contestants must use their time wisely. Ice is utilizing the same skill set he uses for construction and when he raps, calling it "ridiculous meticulous," as he cuts perfect cubes of pound cake for his Pineapple Ice Cakes. He's also making pineapple compote and whipped cream.
Judy's going non-kosher by deciding to make egg rolls with pork and shrimp — ingredients she's never cooked before. "What is wrong with me?" she says. She's even more nervous when her rolls open up during frying, especially since she's got to impress a Chopped judge, who she fears might chop her.
Chris' team is worried about him because his dish is a major component. As he's cutting up the pork for his Volcano Swine, Guy stops by to ensure Chris is making use of it all. But Chris is full of excuses. "I'm a small person. I don't chop big things," he says. "Give it to Herschel, the big bear. I'm a little gazelle."
On Rachael's suggestion, Jake is preparing pork tonkatsu (fried pork tenderloin cutlets), but to take it up a level he is encrusting it with macadamia nuts. He's hoping to impress his coach, saying: "I'm going to try and cook my way into Rachael Ray's heart. That's my secret weapon to win this thing."
Chris is getting ready to fry his pork cubes, but he gets so frustrated that he doesn't have the strength or the ability to remove the basket. "I'm very dainty, I'm very delicate," he says. Luckily Herschel is called for backup. Before Chris can catch a break, Guy reminds him he's got to cook the rice too.
For her ahi tuna tacos, Tiffany cut up raw fish to the perfect size. She also fried wonton wrappers into taco shapes, but it took a lot of work standing by the fryer, for which she had to fight Jake to even get close to let alone use — not to mention, Chris and Judy were also fighting for the fryer.
Herschel's filling his lettuce cups with the chicken, but he has a problem cooking them in the oven, so he ends up using a wok. He's worried about the dish but says he's used to "the pressure," which he says is his middle name. Meanwhile Chris and Tiffany rush to plate their dishes.
Chris gets stuck with making the cocktail for his team. He blends together pineapple, coconut, mango and rum, calling it a Guy Tai. The restaurant's bartender tries to offer some tips, but Chris misinterprets it: "I don't know what he's saying. How am I going to make the drinks if he's yelling at me?"
Judy is depending on selling her dish by being funny, as she's sure it will win everyone over, but she's really nervous presenting in front of Marc. She does crack up Rachael and Guy, however, with the name of her dish, Judy's Egg Rolls. "When I say Judy I mean J-E-W-D-Y," she says.
Herschel presents his dish of chicken lettuce wraps, which he topped with crushed peanuts to hide the chicken's slightly odd texture from the cooking problems he encountered. Even so, Rachael found it delicious and Guy was happy Herschel got through the "trials and tribulations" in the kitchen.
Marc goes through the list and reads off the partygoers' most and least favorite dishes. From Team Rachael, Judy's egg rolls came in as the favorite and Penn's chicken curry was the least favorite. Marc thought "the balance was off" and that it could have used a "sear or some grill marks," which Rachael had suggested to Penn.
The partygoers chose Tiffany's tacos as their least favorite, though Marc disagrees. Marc decides Chris' pork dish was his least favorite because it was overcooked and oversauced. Even though Chris didn't earn his charity money, he gets the last laugh: "You may have better food come your way, but it won't be as funny."