Matthew's dessert is complicated and he is sweating as the waiters come in to take the dessert plates out. Matthew cleans himself up and heads out to present his plated dessert to the maddening mob of culinary professionals. His dessert was inspired by his wife and daughter and is meant to look like a playground. There is a dark chocolate flourless cake, a raspberry mousse, pecan streusel, and milk ice cream strewn about the plate playfully. In theory the judges like the play between milk and cookies, but it leaves the judges craving a chocolate chip cookie, which is clearly the worst thing that could ever happen ever.
Chris hits the kitchen running to get all his components on the plate. His lack of speed won't be the thing holding him back from winning this competition. Chris' plated dessert has an almond cake with a banana caramel and banana ice cream and mango sauce and, dude, you're not serving desserts for Mookie the Monkey's first birthday party at the local zoo. Then he explains to the judges that he made this dessert at a previous competition and his wife loved it even though they were just dating. And girls would never ever lie to a guy they were dating. Snerk. Anyway neither the judges nor I see the connection between the dessert, his family, and can't figure out why he didn't mention the pre-surgery baby, because, seriously, tell the tear-jerking back story whenever humanly possible and especially right before judgement.
It's the final Judges' table! First up is Matthew's key lime and speculoos bon bon, which everyone agrees was a standout. Then Johnny innocently asks him whether he's more comfortable with chocolate or sugar, and when Matthew says chocolate, Johnny kicks him in the teeth: So why didn't he do his showpiece in chocolate, numnuts? Matthew claims he just wanted to do something different to stand out. Dannielle thought the showpiece looked like a love letter to his wife and you can almost hear Johnny making gag-me-with-a-creampuff noises in the background. Then Sally gets asked again about letting Orlando do so much work on the showpiece and she swears that she was just playing to the strengths of her sous chef. Then Chris is scolded for letting a brioche ball take a tumble and he's not really into it and just shrugs, whatever, man, brioche takes a fall sometimes, deal with it. Then the judges consider dealing with it and send the contestants off to stew for the last time.
The judges debate each dish on the merits: Bon bons? Entremet? Showpiece? Gail thinks Sally has the best showpiece, but Johnny doesn't think it's fair to judge her showpiece skills on Orlando's work. They argue back and forth and then suddenly they have selected a winner.