The relay race was such a hit last season that the producers decided to revive the challenge. If you've ever taken part in a relay race, even if it was in grade school, then you would know how it gets the adrenaline pumping. Competition CAN be fun (unless you're Dale). I determined the actual tasks for the race, focusing on classic techniques, the same as last season. Tom had at first thought the artichoke turning was too difficult and would take too long but we turned a few artichokes together in the production office and he agreed that it would be an appropriate challenge as knowing how to properly turn an artichoke is a skill, and not everyone is good at it.
In fact, my very first day in a real kitchen (Aquavit) the sous-chef made me turn an entire case of artichokes. I was still in culinary school at the time, but diligently did my best and didn't utter a word as I slowly made my way through 48 globe artichokes. My hands were on fire by the time I finished.