To us, Dale goes off on the fact that his team, unlike the rest of the tartare-carpaccio heads, took a risk and he's proud of that. Padma thanks and excuses the Corkmasters and their pounds of chain mail.
Judges' Table. Colicchio goes on about the season's first team challenge being difficult and adds, "They had to come to a consensus to choose shrimp, or choose tuna, or choose beef, or choose pineapple, for whatever reason you would do that!" Padma laughs and ducks her head coyly. Barton G. thinks the dessert course was "one big blur." Padma announces that they should choose the strongest course and pick a winning dish. I love how they make Padma believe she has any sort of control on this show. It's sweet. Turning to Barton G., Padma encourages him to talk about Hung's dish on Team Shrimp. Barton G. thinks it tasted good, but it didn't look right, "Didn't really like that foam." On the other hand, Ted Allen did, "It was a flavorful foam, it brought a lushness to the plate." They all seemed to have liked the other two offerings as well. Looks like Team Shrimp will be the winners.
Going to the back and giving a gentle, sad smile, Padma says they'd like to see Team Shrimp. Plaudits all around but the judges decided -- not unanimously, because all three dishes were so strong, Colicchio feels the need to point out -- that Lia's olive oil-poached shrimp was the best of the three. Barton G. announces that Lia will be rewarded for her efforts with…MORE WORK! She gets to be the guest chef at a charity event he's hosting in the Hamptons! "Hey, Lia, you just won the Elimination Challenge, what are you going to do now?" "I'm gonna cook for RICH PEOPLE IN WHITE PANTSUITS!" Lia tells us she is happy to get the prize and everything, but she was most pleased with Colicchio complimenting her knifework and specifically telling her that he loved her dish. Once again, Brian (MALARKEY!) gets away with a seafood dish. This time, however, Colicchio doesn't comment on that fact.
In the back, Lia tells Team Tuna and Team Pineapple that their presence is requested at the Judges' Table. Starting with Team Pineapple, Colicchio says they are there because the "desserts were all pretty bad." Dale defends their decision to do a dessert course because not doing one, he thinks, would have made them look inexperienced. Creelingly, Padma wants to know who suggested pineapple. Dale cops to being the one to suggest "something tropical." "You jumped on a big sword with that decision," Ted Allen says. Aside from pineapple having enzymatic difficulties with stabilized desserts, what is the problem with that choice exactly? Is it too acidic on the palate? Is it hard to pair with other flavors? I'm confused by the whole "Pineapple is culinary DEATH!" tone here. Barton G. calls their attempt a "hodgepodge" and says, "The flavors weren't there, the TEXTURES weren't there…" You know, Barton G. looks too well-preserved to me -- his hair seems dyed and his face looks like it's been smoothed with glycolic acids. The kind of glycolic acids typically found in PINEAPPLES! Maybe that's the problem! Barton G. equates pineapple with his weekly age-fighting facials! Note to cheftestants: stay away from papaya, too. Sara M. explains that she thought she could pull if off, but then she ran into the Top Chef albatross that is powdered gelatin. "So, why would you chance something?" Barton G. asks. "Because I'm a chef and if you try to be a good chef, you always know you're gonna to chance." "You don't chance to an audience who is going to make or break you," Padma zings. Colicchio points out how silent Camille has been. That's her natural state, Colicchio, didn't you know? Camille sort of stumbles and stutters her way through some explanation of something. She thought the texture of her cake was "fine." "It was rubbery and it wasn't very good," Colicchio contradicts. Camille explains that her original product, one she was quite happy with, was more like a muffin. Colicchio says, "It's not made with corn cake, it's made with a genoise," and then repeats FOR THE SIXTIETH TIME that he doesn't get why they did something they weren't familiar with.