Anita comes out next with her grilled eggplant and lentil salad. One of Zooey's friends looks like the Asian Velma from Scooby Doo, like can you say affected hipster? Zooey thinks the eggplant is a little oily, and another diner thinks that the lentils were "a little sturdy."
Michael's dish is next. He explains that he's serving a quinoa pasta with gremolata and some oven-dried heirloom tomatoes with balsamic. Zooey is so happy to be able to eat pasta. She says it's like a homecoming and her mom immediately says, "It's like coming home." Zooey's like, "That's what I just said" and everyone laughs. The diners are impressed with how perfectly cooked the pasta is, since it's tough to cook quinoa pasta. Zooey wants to hug the chef.
Rick brings out his corn tamales with chili-braised beans, braised greens, and mushrooms. Zooey thinks they're the best tamales she's ever had, and it's well-seasoned. One of the diners thinks the corn balances the spiciness well, and Zooey loves the balance between the smoky beans and the sweet corn.
Finally, Art brings out his strawberry soup with rice ice cream and almond brittle. He's really out of breath as he presents the dish. I'm kind of worried about him. Zooey likes the strawberries but she's had better vegan ice cream, and wonders why he didn't use coconut milk. Jay Rayner wonders why he didn't make a sorbet, and another diner says that she's had way better vegan desserts in general. James Oseland points out that he finished the whole thing, so he must not have too many complaints. The diners mark down their ratings as the chefs clean up the kitchen.
The weird interstitial is about how Rick Bayless is a perfectionist. He wipes his plates clean, he puts his toppings on his burgers just so, he doesn't want certain types of watercress, and he doesn't want a top oven. He's kind of whiny, actually.
Critics' Table. Before we find out the ratings, Kelly wants to talk about the dishes. Gael loved the gazpacho and James thought it was a splashy way to start out the meal. Jay points out that the avocado dish was kind of a boring middle, given that the gazpacho and the beet salad were so great. Hubert didn't know what else he could have done for his third dish. Maybe only do two dishes? Just a thought.
Anita says that she was pretty happy with her dish, and James says that the eggplant was quite oily. Anita says that she put oil on it and left it overnight, but doesn't really explain what that was meant to do for it. Jay asks his usual leading question where he tells the chef what was wrong with the dish and then wants him or her to agree with it. In this case, he thought there wasn't anything to tie the dish together, although he allows Anita may think differently. Anita does, and thinks the pistachio cream was enough. Gael thought the whole plate looked sad, and Anita knows it was quite brown. Jay asks how tough the restrictions were, and Anita agrees that her dish wasn't that successful. She just seems defeated.