Todd says that Eli's tartare matches the ginger in the drink, and Gail says it was seasoned very well. Padma says that Mattin's croquette wasn't good and Gail complains that the bouillabaisse was off with the drink. Ash's chicken wing makes Todd happy, and says he could eat them and drink that shot all day. Presumably when he's not on a national TV show.
After the judging and food is gone, the guys take off their shoes and chef coats and jump in the pool. Laurine says she was shocked and that she thinks people would rather see girls in wet clothes than fat boys. Mattin looks like he works out though, as he rips off his shirt (but leaves his little neckerchief on). Ash refuses to jump in; he's too mature for that, so he just drinks beer along the side. It's pretty hot outside. I'd have been in the pool too.
In the most pointless interstitial of all time, Mike I. informs us how he makes up nicknames for people. Like calling Eli and Kevin "the pickle brothers"... because they like to eat pickles. So they are like two pickles in some brine. OK... moving on. Eve's the ninja because she walks into walls. Jesse is pancakes (for no explained reason) and he can't say Preeti's name, so he just calls her Purty. He says people will get tired of him quickly. Oh, I already have.
The cheftestants all sit around the Stew Room, and Ashley says she had a fun time. I'm glad; she seems to have gotten her political stance out and then made the best out of a sucky situation. Good for her. Mike I. asks if the girls are bringing home the gold and Jesse says "like Michael Phelps." Then Padma thankfully comes in, puts a stop to the incessant chatter, and asks for Bryan, Hector, Eli and Michael V.
Judges' Table. Padma informs them that the guys won and that they were the best of the best. They start with Eli. Gail says that she's eaten a million tuna tartares in her life and that his had great acid and lots of seasoning. Todd thought the ginger matched well with the ginger in the shot and he did a great job. Todd tells Michael that he knocked it out of the park. Tom tells him that from concept to execution, it was great. Todd tells Hector that his dish could change people's minds about tofu. Tom is proud that Hector had the huevos to make the dish. Gail says that Bryan's macaroon just melted in her mouth. Todd says it was a play on what they all know and it was whimsical and fun. Todd says they loved all the dishes and it was a tough choice, but the winner is Bryan. That's one win for each brother today. Bryan's happy that he won an elimination challenge, even though Michael did get the $15,000 chip. Tom reiterates that they were four truly special dishes and it is going to be a tough season.