Now to the main competition. Bravo to the producers for bringing children and nutrition into this episode. Not only was it wonderful and adorable to see those children taking pride in their dishes and really contributing in the kitchen, but I loved the focus on making a healthy, affordable meal for the whole family. This is a huge part of what I do for a living: making food accessible to all.
Spike's puttanesca was great, and I loved how all of the chefs were so sweet and inclusive to the children. No one fell short here.
From worst to best: Mark's dish was a mess, and his disorganized nature from the tailgate shone through again here. He's a bit frenzied and frazzled, and it shows in his dishes. Curries for kids is not going to be a new trend anytime soon, and I agree with Tom that he didn't make good use of his funds. I don't think Tom doesn't like him. Nice guy, but he's no top chef.
I think Lisa has a major attitude, and it is really starting to grate on everyone's nerves. Her food just wasn't up to snuff and it showed. Nikki's "one pot wonder" was a hit, and I do give her huge props for getting children to eat brussel sprouts. I really do like her, but I'd be shocked if she can outdo Dale, Richard, and even Stephanie.