After defending their stock of sweets from the hungry mob, the cheftestants almost look relieved to see the judges approach. Today's judging panel consists of Gail, Judge Johnny, Dannielle "I swear I'm a food expert" Kyrillos and, of course, Pichet Ong. Up first is Chris who is serving a passion mixer with ginger fizz and cilantro infusion served through an ice luge contraption that makes Johnny clap his hands like a kid at Christmas. Unfortunately Johnny doesn't like the drink nearly as much as the serving mechanism. Next is Orlando's chocolate vanilla root beer foam thingy. Pichet wants fruit, Dannielle wants something less heavy, Johnny just wants a goddamn root beer float, which this is not. Then, tsk tsk, Matthew keeps the judges waiting as he warms the strawberries for his shortcake concoction. There's no recovery from that. The judges are a very sensitive bunch, who only want things that are cold and refreshing right now.
The judges leave to visit the next team, who greets them with a refreshing lavender face mist in the face and Rebecca hands them a lemon snickerdoodle ice cream sandwich. Dannielle loves it and Johnny admires her firm ice cream. Megan made a strawberry soda float with a white peach and basil sorbet, of which Johnny does not approve because THE CHILDREN, WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN? What if they don't like basil? But then he recants slightly because apparently the basil isn't actually all that strong. Then Katzie serves her spumoni-filled Baked Alaska on a stick to the one judge who called her last dessert a "mess on a stick" and the other judge who considers spumoni to be part of his family. Luckily for her they kind of like it. Sure they find a few things to nitpick, but that is their job.
Over on the blue team, Carlos serves his Cap'n Crunch ice cream bar that is sprinkled with Fruity Pebbles and, once again, include pop rocks. I know that the chef at Momofuku Milk Bar wasn't the first chef to incorporate cereal into her desserts, but it certainly seems like Carlos has spent a lot of time ogling the ice cream and cookies and cake truffles (which I would trade my first born kitten for) at Milk Bar. Pichet once again derides the treat as "not refreshing." Johnny thinks the ice cream is just "too sweet," which always sounds like a weird complaint when you're talking about dessert, but I'm just an eater, not a professional. Sally serves up her berry yogurt smoothie with pop rocks or whatever as the clock ticks down on the life span of Amanda's funnel cakes. Sure enough, the one comment the judges have about her funnel cake is that it sat too long. Amanda is kicking herself for not pitching a fit, which seems counterproductive for the producers, because fits make good television, right? Maybe Amanda should just hang out with Katzie more?