Stephen: Farm salad of balsamic onion, egg, apple, with a cabernet vinaigrette and garlic dressing. Padma finds it wet and heavy and Tom gets all worked up over the bruised lettuce. But seriously, you're making a salad, and you didn't have time to go through and pick out the best lettuce? What else did he do? Chop some apples and eggs? Is that really cooking? I could make that by visiting the salad bar at my local grocery store. And I would definitely pick out only the best lettuce.
Kenny: hot and sour curried eggplant with peppers and carrot tops served with Kevin's broccoli couscous with lemon zest. Padma calls it "lovely," but Patrick thinks the curry is too hot. Tom disagrees; he likes the heat. And someone points out that the couscous kind of cools off the heat, so it's a great pairing.
Tim: roasted turnips and asparagus with honey, which the judges find kind of blah. If you're going to make a dish that simple, it has to be perfect, or at least you have to add some interesting flavor combinations or SOMETHING. A sauce, an oil, one of the dreaded foams. Something. Tom: "The overall impression is it didn't make one."
Tiffany: collard greens with Swiss chard, turnip, and chanterelles in duck broth. The judges think they are undercooked, especially given Tiffany's Southern background.
Andrea: garlic and five-spice rubbed grilled pork loin with shallot-apple balsamic jus. The judges love it and also love Kelly's five-spice roasted apples and beets. They think the pork is cooked perfectly, as are the side dishes.
Angelo: ginger grilled duck breast with oregano honey, served with Tamesha's cherry compote, red wine balsamic vinaigrette, and grilled asparagus salad. The judges like the duck but think the asparagus was bland. Padma points out that the duck's seasoning are "a beautiful combination." I think Padma might be back on the marijuana.
Alex: Provencal beef tenderloin with ratatouille served with Ed's ratatouille with eggplant, summer squash, and tomato. It was kind of weirdly labeled but I assume Ed made the ratatouille in Alex's dish. The judges think the beef was good, but didn't really understand the pairing. Ripert especially doesn't get the point of stuffing the tenderloin, and Patrick brings up the fact that the French would stuff beef with a truffle. Ripert shoots back that ratatouille is hardly a truffle. Point to Ripert. Meanwhile, Alex makes a joke about how he's worried that his hair is messed up. It's funny, because he's bald! Get it! Ed just rubs his face like, "Why couldn't I have been paired with Tiffany like I wanted?" At least that's how I interpreted that gesture.