We see what different contestants are working on -- Whitney has shrimp, Mike (and his hat) a beef dish, David a spicy saffron shrimp with some type of mango salsa. Gordon stops by Slim's station to find her making her a lamb chop and shrimp dish that she's going to serve on skewers, fondue style. Gordon makes a face like a muppet who's been asked a difficult math problem. "Not much passion there," Gordon says during the judge's catty corner.
Sharone, still steaming over his loss in the Mystery Box challenge, decides to throw all caution to the wind and sous vide his filet. He's never used that technique before, by the way, and it's not going well. "On the verge of absolute stupidity or absolute genius," Gordon observes. At this point, I don't think that's a difficult determination to make. Anyhow, with some divine intervention from Gordon, Sharone finally manages to get his sous vide bag to seal properly. "If Sharone pulls this off, this could be the best dish ever in MasterChef," Gordon tells his fellow judges. Better than that dish you tasted five minutes ago? High praise, indeed.
Shall we just skip past Tracy burning her collard greens and Lee babbling incoherently about prawns and romance and beef tenderloin and having fun with his girlfriend to the end of this challenge? Yes, let's. Time for the judges to taste all nine dishes. We'll start with Sharone's porcini-encrusted tenderloin with candied passion fruit, line-prepared using that damnable sous vide machine. Graham declares that the beef is sublime. So score one for that sous vide machine.
Jake's up next with a dish that he says "oozes sexuality." Not a description I typically want for an entrée, but let's see how his seared filet mignon with roasted rainbow beet salad and passion fruit vinaigrette fares. Gordon seems put off that that the passion fruit is nothing more than a vinaigrette. "Truthfully, one of your weakest dishes," Gordon says. Jake muses that maybe the subtlety of the dish was lost on Gordon. Jake has a problem with denial.
Whitney's turn. She's got a passion fruit-glazed shrimp with a frisee salad. The shrimp is overcooked, and Graham frets about this being the dish that sends her home. Tracy's beef tenderloin with fingerling potatoes looks like something recently fished out of the Gulf of Mexico, thanks to those unappetizing greens. Gordon calls it something out of a sci-fi movie. My description was much cattier. Sheetal has a shrimp dish with a sweet and savory sauce. "What I can say that's good is you choose a nice plate to put it in," Joe says Well, at least Sheetal didn't have to personally murder those shrimp.