This week the kids will be tested on flavor combinations, which is "a key element to master," says Rachael. The Pop Quiz will be a blindfolded taste test, which the kids are scared of doing. It doesn't help that Guy asks if anyone of them is allergic to night crawlers! He calls up two kids, one from each team, to take the taste test side by side.
Hunter and Cole go first and taste the ingredients that are handed to them. Cole gets a bit queasy tasting food that's unknown to him and he can't even figure out what answers to write on his tablet. Only Hunter is able identify the avocado, but points are only given out if they can accurately identify both ingredients.
Neither Haile nor Sydney get both answers on the taste test correct, but at least Haile was half right with raisins. She couldn't think of the name for capers, so it was "salty, smooshy, small, circular" that she wrote on her tablet. Sydney isn't feeling all too well so she's not at the top of her game.
This time the kids are tasked with creating food mashups inspired by the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. They will have 60 minutes to create four servings of their dish. The MVPs of the challenge will win a private screening to the movie for 50 guests. Duff Goldman from Food Network's Ace of Cakes will serve as judge.
Hunter is creating a dish that he's calling larb shark swimming in Thai pesto. First he roasts the peppers, which will hold the meat filling, which will be a fusion of Italian and Asian. Here he whizzes up his pesto in the food processor. Unfortunately, halfway through the challenge Hunter burns his forehead, but he keeps on going without stopping.
Jack is making peanut butter meatballs and jellyphants, which will be a jelly gravy for dipping the meatballs in. While making the sauce he loses track of the meatballs in the oven and overcooks them a bit, but there's no time to bake more of them so he has to go with what he's got.
Rachael advises Haile to really play up the name of her dish and growl when pronouncing "garam." She stumbles a bit when trying to explain the ingredients of her fried rice pudding, but she ends up cracking herself up and Rachael is delighted to see a new side to her. Duff really likes the sweet-savory flavors of the dish.
Alessandra comes out excited as ever, ready to present her dish. She offers a story to explain her crab tacos with mango salsa. Duff calls her a mini Giada De Laurentiis and thinks that she nailed her presentation. And the flavors were great, but Guy still found the salsa not diced enough.
On Team Rachael, it's Hunter that scores the highest with a 96 for his flavorful larb shark that neither Duff nor Guy could get enough of. And even with a burn on his forehead, and now sporting a big bandage, Hunter soldiered through the challenge bravely and gave a great presentation, too.