Padma explains how things will work. There are three judges (Padma, Tom, and Emeril), and it's majority rule whether they stay or go. However, they do have a third option of putting people "on the bubble" and those people will have to cook one more time for the chance to stay. I'm not sure I like the bubble. That doesn't seem hardcore at all. Bubbles are softcore. But now, the dishes. Chris from Moto had pork belly and has made a caramel apple stuffed with braised pork belly and sweet applesauce. That sounds awesome. I would like to eat that right now. Sarah has made pig skin ravioli. I kind of dig that she didn't give it a lot of fancy names. The judges start with Chris. Tom thought it was a classic combination of ingredients, and he thinks Chris should go through. So does Emeril, so Chris is on the show. He and his floppy '90s hair are very grateful. Now on to Sarah's food. Tom thinks she had a difficult ingredient and she made it great, so she's in for him, and Emeril quickly agrees that she pulled it off. Sarah is so, so happy. It's nice to see someone who's not all cool and collected.
Next group is just Grayson and Molly. Presumably Tyler would have been in this group as well. Grayson is freaked out because she has very little pork on her plate, and she knows it's her own fault. Molly is anxious to prove that cruise ship dining is fine dining and not mass production. They start with Molly, who had pork cheek and made smoked sweet potato soup with pork cheek and tequila cilantro lime cream. Wow, that sounds good. It looks nice, too. Grayson made haricots vert with toasted hazelnuts and mushroom stuffed tenderloin. They start with Molly's dish. Tom says that he liked the soup, but he wanted more pork. Emeril agrees that he liked it, but he's on the fence, so Molly is on the bubble. What about Grayson? Tom says that the meat is nicely cooked but some of the flavors are out of balance, so he'd like to see her cook again. Emeril is of the same mind, so she's also on the bubble.
The final group plates their food. It's Richie the Moto Underling, Nyesha of Robuchon Fame, Heather from Chicago, and Simon Who I Haven't Mentioned And You'll See Why Shortly. Nyesha had pork shoulder and made a Tex-Mex ravioli. It doesn't look great, but I bet it tastes fantastic. Richie had pig ears and he made onion soup with braised and crispy pig ears, pickled shallots, and frozen parsley powder. Simon had ham and made a ham roulade stuffed with fig confit and goat cheese. His dish seems really '90s to me, right down to the plating. Heather had baby back ribs (can you ever hear that without singing the Chili's song? Just me?) and she made maple and citrus glazed baby back ribs with bacon, corn, and bleu cheese grits. It sounds good but it looks kind of heavy, like there's a lot of food piled on that plate for fine dining.