Kelly: For extra credit, Kelly made a strawberry-rhubarb crisp with basil scented whipped cream. The judges were impressed. Padma calls the whipped cream with basil and lemon zest "really nice." I feel like they are showing Padma talk about the food more than they used to. It could be because Ripert's accent is hard to understand, or maybe the guest judge this week didn't have much to say.
Stew Room. Everyone discusses what went well and what didn't. Ed has his arm "casually" on the back of Tiffany's chair. Tiffany is leaning forward so that none of his arm is touching her. I really don't think she's into him. Maybe I will be proven wrong. Tim thinks that all of their flavors worked well together and Andrea wishes her pork was cooked a little less. Ironic, since she was worried about it being cooked enough.
Padma enters and asks to see Kevin, Kenny, Andrea, and Kelly. Note that those were four of the bottom six last week. And guess what? This week, they are the top four! Just goes to show how effed up last week's challenge was structurally. Kevin gets to talk about his couscous first. He tells them the story of how his cauliflower couscous bit the dust and he had to scramble. Tom asks if they would rather have cooked a protein, and Kevin says that he enjoyed the challenge. Padma tells him that his dish was done perfectly.
Moving on to Kenny, he explains that he wanted to have eggplant that had flavor and heat, since it was cold outside. Padma liked it, and Tom adds that Padma is usually really tough on curries. Andrea talks about the process of cooking her pork loin, since it was so big and they didn't get much heat from the grills. Tom tells her that her sauce made the dish. Ripert talks about how well the two components worked together to make one dish. Kelly then gets props for the dessert, and Kelly gives credit to Andrea too, saying that she would have made it if she had spare time. But now it's time to reveal the winner, and it is Kenny with his sweet and sour curried eggplant. Tom adds that everything was good, but Kenny's stood out.
Now the judges want to see Tim, Amanda, and Stephen. Tim says that the bottom "never came to [his] mind" and "they can't be serious." I feel like Tim is often in the bottom and he's always surprised. I don't think he can cook as well as he imagines. He might want to check his ego at the door. I don't know what that means, but that's called a callback, because he said it earlier. Padma tells the three losers that eating good food in a beautiful setting made their food seem extra sucky. She's a little nicer about it, but not much. Tim talks about how he ditched the idea of the mousseline, and Ripert points out that the vegetables were cut so small that you couldn't taste the turnip, and it was bland. Tom asks where the asparagus came from, and Tim says that he added it in for some color. Tom tells him that seems very last-minute, so it obviously wasn't a very thought-out dish. Tim has to grant that. To his credit, he doesn't bring up how Kelly stole his beets.