The teams must prepare two services: breakfast and lunch. The task overwhelms one pair, while another duo win a huge advantage by learning the identity of the food critic. Also: The teams attempt to re-create one of Marco's dishes in a challenge.
The teams shop for ingredients in Little Italy and prepare lunch for Italian customers, including Vincent Pastore, Federico Castelluccio and Mario Batali. Also: The teams compete for an espresso machine and barista services by whipping up quick meals.
The remaining couples prepare dishes featuring aphrodisiacs. The winning pair gain access to an exclusive wine cellar and meet with a sommelier to learn about pairing wine and food. Later, the teams plan a romantic night of service for singles on blind dates and an undercover food critic.
The teams learn about cooking with natural foods. Later, during a one-hour cooking contest, the teams compete for assistance from a top maître d' during the next challenge, in which they're tasked to incorporate natural foods into their dinner service. Their performances are then rated by each diner using a Zagat rating form.
Teams of aspiring restaurateurs open two competing eateries under the guidance of celebrity chef Marco Pierre White in the series premiere. The teams are challenged to design a menu, prepare the dishes on it and open their restaurants within 48 hours. Afterward, a food critic weighs in on the teams' performances prior to the first elimination.