Next to serve are Tiffany and Kevin. Tiffany had a gyro, and she made roasted leg of lamb with smoky eggplant, tomatoes, and pickled onions. Panetta guesses that it's a gyro, and Padma tells him that he's right. Ripert calls it "the most elegant gyro" he's ever had. I thought it was pronounced HEE-ro, not JEYE-ro. Have I been saying it wrong all these years? Or just pretentiously?
Kevin had Cobb salad, and he made romaine lettuce, tomato, bacon, Roquefort, avocado, cucumber, and turkey. One of the underlings guessed it immediately, but Panetta admits that he thought it was a Mexican dish. I can see that, due to the ingredients listed. Tom is not impressed that he just sort of took the ingredients and plopped them on the plate, which isn't much of a disguise, but he still liked the dish all right. In the kitchen, Kevin says that he didn't want to make the dish so complex that they couldn't figure it out.
Between courses, Padma is making small talk with Panetta when he gets a note. He excuses himself, saying that business calls. She asks the underlings if they are used to Panetta "having to dine and dash" and they say it happens all of the time. That is the coolest move ever. Next time I'm out somewhere, I am totally going to hire someone to come in and quietly pass me a note that says "Eyes Only" on it, and then excuse myself. Come on. How cool is that?
Amanda is still trying to convince us that Alex is talented, but just has execution problems. So he doesn't know how to cook? Amanda thinks of Alex as "the wise old Jewish uncle," and doesn't want to see him fail. My theory is that Alex is kind of pervy, and he's the only male left on the show that gives Amanda male attention, so she digs him. Just a thought. Anyway, Amanda had French onion soup, and she made consommé with oxtail marmalade, caramelized onions, and shaved gruyere. Everyone knows right away that it's French onion soup. Tom likes the idea of marmalade, but says that it was too sweet. One of the underlings compares it to honey and cough syrup.
Alex had veal Parmesan, and he made veal and Parmigiano cheese tortelloni with tomato sauce and tempura cheese. Everyone takes a bite and kind of recoils at how tough the meat is, which is never a good sign. Someone guesses that it's lasagna, but all of the chefs know that it's veal. Tom jokes that "the veal was as tough as pulling a post in Yemen." Tom Colicchio, ladies and gentlemen! He'll be here all week! Don't try the veal if Alex cooked it. Wylie tries to be diplomatic and say that the dish was well disguised, but Ripert says that he would have liked less disguise and a better dish. Yikes.