Time to eat! Eliza made flank steak with cherry cognac reduction, asparagus and potato cake. I love flank steak beyond all reason, so I'd probably just stop eating here and declare Eliza the winner. Good thing I'm not a judge. John made braised oxtail, potato gnocchi with roasted vegetables and celery. Isn't celery a vegetable? Why is it listed out as a separate ingredient? I blame John, who's doing that thing with his glasses on his forehead. I hate that. CJ interviews that he wants to beat John, because he knows they will be in the end together. There's the third example of CJ's cockiness. Now I'm worried that CJ's going home this week.
Josh made beef meatballs with creamy polenta and pickled shallots. Sheldon made kalbi round steak with tomato cardamom broth and fennel salad. Cardamom AND fennel. He hit the weird ingredients of the season jackpot! Brooke made grilled hanger steak with smoked onion figs and cauliflower puree. Naomi says it's her favorite cut of meat, but difficult to cook. Brooke interviews that Naomi will probably be extra critical, since it's her favorite cut.
Tyler made Hispanic crudo with charred tomato sauce and cilantro radish slaw. I don't know what a Hispanic crudo is. I know what crudo is, but doesn't it usually involve fish? His dish kind of looks like poop with corn in it. Yuck. Kristen made top sirloin tartare with mustard sabayon and carpaccio salad. Kristen admits that she just took the first cut she saw because she wanted to get cooking. Padma calls her brave. True. What if she got the asshole or something?
Micah made oxtail polenta with truffled Romanesco cauliflower. Naomi admires his butchery. Carla made a sirloin medallion wrapped in bacon and Asiago risotto with marsala sauce. Naomi likes the flavor and sauce. Stefan made braised top round ravioli with marjoram and aged parmesan. I could go for some ravioli right now. That looks good.
CJ made top round tartare, raw juniper and kohlrabi. Padma says it's very nice and CJ looks away and sniffs like, "Yeah, I know." Whoa. That was weird. What is CJ's deal this season? Chrissy made grilled hanger steak with brown butter, parsley and radish salad. Radish is the new jicama, I guess. I'm surprised she didn't include fennel. Lizzie made braised foreshank with turnips and dill.
Judging! Naomi says that the least successful dishes were Lizzie's shank, which wasn't cooked enough, Eliza's flank steak, which had the bad combo of asparagus and cherries, and Tyler's crudo which was underseasoned. Poor Tyler. He is depressed.