Critics' table begins as Curtis calls Naomi, Mary Sue, and Floyd to face judgment. Fortunately, these dishes were their favorites. Turns out, they appreciate how aggressively Floyd seasoned his dish, not to mention the fact that his shrimp appeared to be hugging one another. Oseland said it was startling in a good way. Gael Greene thinks Mary Sue cooked her mussels and spiced her seafood perfectly. They also appreciated the rustic savoriness of Naomi's chicken. But who was the favorite? Naomi wins $10,000 for Seed Savers Exchange, which brings her total to $25,000. Floyd admits he's tired of coming in second.
That leaves Hugh, Traci, and Celina in the bottom three. They head to judgment, where the critics agree that Celina's dish was disjointed. Traci stands behind her dessert, but the judges think something was missing and that the dessert was drier than they would have liked. Oseland deems Hugh's meat too chewy, though Hugh thinks he and his fellow bottom dwellers hit the nail on the head as to what the challenge was about. Asks Curtis, "So, Hugh, do you cook down to people." Hugh says, "You gonna pay the bill? Yeah, I'll cook down to you any time."
With no comment, the three are sent to stew while the critics deliberate. They think Celina could have done more with her pretzel and been less literal, plus they're confused why she decided to serve the pretzel with a salad. Hugh's dish is deemed unambitious and banal. Curtis takes issue that Hugh knowingly "cooked down" to the lovers. They thought Traci's tart had no "wow" factor and didn't demonstrate Traci's abilities as a chef.
With that, the critics have made their decision. Celina's dish wasn't cohesive. Hugh shouldn't have cooked down. And Traci didn't raise her dish to another level. But who goes home? This week, it's Celina, who will still get a donation to her charity. Celina admits she's bummed to be leaving, if only because she wanted to earn more money for her charity. Other than that, she seems pretty cool about her dismissal. I guess that's what happens when you go on enough of these shows.
Next week: Floyd ups his game and many face logistical difficulties as the cheftestants cook for an edible science fair.