Someone asks Josie why she's willing to do this all over again. Someone jokes that she wants to wiiiiiin, and Josie laughingly agrees, and adds that she's grown a lot as a chef since she last appeared in season two. She advises the others that they're all great chefs, and anyone could go home at any time, and you can't rest on your laurels because every day is a new challenge.
The next day, the teams head to the Space Needle. Two teams will cook at a time, since the kitchen isn't big enough for everyone to cook together. John, Sheldon and Kuniko are cooking first, and they break up the tasks: Kuniko cooks the fish in chili oil, Sheldon makes dashi, and John makes the vegetables. They all seem to be working well together, although John seems to be the one barking out orders. Lucky for him, his teammates don't mind. If he gets paired with someone a little more alpha later, he's in trouble.
Also cooking first is the ladies' team of Carla, Lizzie, and Chrissy. Carla is being frantic as usual and Lizzie explains that she's just ignoring her, which seems to be working okay. Meanwhile, the veterans' team realizes that everyone else is cooking fish, and maybe they should cook the quail that they grabbed on a whim. They agree to do it. CJ and Stefan seem really into the idea; Josie seems not as psyched, but since she's making the cherry sauce anyway, her task will be the same regardless, I guess.
The judges arrive (Emeril, Padma, Gail, and Tom) and Tom Douglas gives them the lowdown on what's up in Seattle cuisine. Meanwhile, back in the kitchen, John notices that Kuniko's chili oil is too hot, so Sheldon tells her that she needs to start a new pot. Once you've scorched oil, you can't reuse it. Kuniko interviews that sometimes she loses focus, which might not be great in the kitchen, especially with such time constraints. All of the non-cooking cheftestants stand around and marvel at how Carla never shuts up, as the cooking teams begin plating and carry their dishes out for service.
Padma introduces the judges: Tom, Gail, Emeril, and Tom Douglas. Sheldon, Kuniko, and John serve first: chili-oil poached cod with dashi, and spot prawn shabu shabu. Tom likes the smokiness of the dashi, and Tom Douglas comments that the chili is not too hot, which was his concern when he heard how the dish was prepared. The only criticism that Colicchio can muster is that the morels are slightly undercooked, and Gail says that for the first thing she put in her mouth in Seattle, it's not bad. She realizes that didn't sound quite right, but how could she not know as she was saying it? I think she did that on purpose. I like Gail, but I think the Urkel-esque, "Did I say that?" is part of her schtick.