Paul then serves his third course: congee with scrambled eggs, uni, kale, and smoked albacore. Tom thinks that it's fine but not as interesting as Paul's other dishes. Cat likes the flavor but doesn't see where the dish fits in with the rest of Paul's menu. It is a little unusual that Paul has two egg dishes.
Sarah's third course is braised veal cheek with crispy veal sweetbreads, and there is polenta and persimmon sauce on the plate as well. Sarah has major concerns about the texture of the polenta, but she doesn't have time to make changes before the dishes go out to this round of judges. Padma loves the veal cheek and Hugh says that the polenta reminds him of breakfast porridge. I'm not sure if that's a compliment.
Sarah's fourth course is hazelnut cake with candied kumquat and roasted white chocolate ganache. Wasn't there going to be peppermint ice cream in there at one point? Wasn't that what Tyler was working on? I can't believe she'd let him handle the white chocolate ganache, since that's kind of the core of this dish. Wish I knew what happened to that. Anyway, one of the judges points out that Sarah served white chocolate, but basically turned it into caramel. Hugh thinks they'll all be ripping this dish off for years. The diners think the dessert is the best course, and Emeril says that the meal was great and the dessert was over the top.
After her first round of judges leaves, Sarah decides to fix her polenta problem. She cooks the persimmon down and adds cream to the polenta so that it's smoother.
Paul serves his fourth course: coconut ice cream, puffed rice, kumquats, mangosteen, Thai chili foam, and jasmine gelée. He had some problems with the ice cream, but uses liquid nitrogen to get the right texture. Gail and Cat note that the foam is spicy and another judge thinks that the puffed rice adds a great texture. They agree that it was a sexy meal. Tom says that Paul "knocked it out of the park" and hopes Sarah can do the same.
Paul notes that it was awkward working with Barbara Lynch at first, but things have gotten better as they worked and he thinks she's a valuable asset to his team. Good to know. Not sure why they had to throw that in there other than to appease Barbara Lynch in case she thought she was getting a bad edit.