Hector proudly tells the other chefs that Bryan is the winner, while Eli is stuck telling Eve, Jesse, Preeti and Ashley that they have to face the music. Laurine moronically asks if that means that the boys won. Hmm, given that this show follows the same format pretty much every week and Padma said that the winning team would have the winning chef and you just found out that Bryan won, yeah, I'd say they won. This is not hard or confusing at all.
Padma says that Jesse's dish was very watery, and Jesse says that she put in ginger beer. When Tom asks her if she included actual ginger, she shakes her head, but looks like she might cry as she says she didn't want it to be too gingery. Tom says that it was too much in the middle, not gingery enough, but watery. And now she's actually crying. There's no crying in Top Chef. Toughen up, Jesse. Gail says there were a lot of great ingredients, but it just didn't work as a dish. Jesse admits that she didn't put her best foot forward.
Eve says that she didn't feel super confident about the shrimp, but that the groom loved Mexican flavors and she wanted to do something for him. Eve was hoping that the shrimp would have more flavor. At this point he gets all frustrated, as he does (which I adore!), and he's like, if you knew it didn't have flavor, why in the hell didn't you make an attempt to fix it if you are a chef on a goddamned cooking competition show? She says she tried, but much like pasta without salt, she couldn't do anything since the shrimp was already done. Tom just shakes his head and the editors put in that great little baffled bong noise, so you know that Eve just dug herself a big old hole. Todd, still trying to think the best of her, or maybe just too tipsy from all the cocktails, tells her that she has to learn to adjust and compensate for things if they get screwed up.
On to Preeti, who claims she was happy with her dish when Padma asks. If you are in the bottom four, saying you were happy with the way your food turned out is never the correct answer. Preeti babbles on that people were coming back for seconds and thirds. Tom wants to know if she marinated the tuna, and she says she did it overnight, and Tom says it was overcured. Preeti looks surprised. Padma says it was hard to pick up with the soggy shiso leaves underneath, and Preeti blames the hot temperatures. Tom says she should have been aware that the judges were coming, and replaced the shiso leaves with new ones, so at least it would have been good for them... if not for the drunken bachelors who clearly didn't give a shit. She says that she did change them, but they wilted that fast. Tom throws his head back in disbelief. Gail jumps in and says Preeti should have taken them out altogether. Todd complains that she had too many thoughts in her dish and they didn't work cohesively.