Sarah and Paul report to Judges' Table. Sarah has obviously been crying. I don't know if she just did her interviews for the show, if she said goodbye to her family or if she's just crying for no reason. All of these are equally plausible in my mind. Tom addresses them and says that in all of the seasons, including All-Stars, this is the best food they've ever had in a finale. Wow. That's huge! This is why I wish the judges were allowed to be more effusive while tasting the dishes; I would never have guessed that the food was that good based on their reactions. Because the editors don't want to give anything away, we don't get to see anyone go, "Wow. WOW! That is SO GOOD!" And yet, it appears that was their honest reaction. Paul and Sarah hug and Paul says he feels really good standing up there, and he poured a lot of himself into it. I hope he doesn't mean literally into his food. That would be gross. Sarah says that her mom pushed her to be a successful woman on her own. I love that message; I don't love Sarah.
Gail says that there are times where you eat a dish that you've never had before and yet it totally makes sense and you can't believe it's not more common. Gail feels that way about Sarah's first course, the tartare over the pasta. Emeril loved the crust on her trout, but thought the beets were a little too raw. Sarah says that she let them marinate in the cooler overnight with no cooking, and Hugh says they were a little bitter but they're splitting hairs. Tom says that the cheeks were perfect and the dashi was good, but the sweetbreads were a little dry. Sarah explains what happened with the polenta and why the second seating had a better dish. Hugh tells her that her dessert was awesome. Padma slurs that she hates white chocolate and yet this was the best dessert she's had in all the seasons. Paul congratulates Sarah for that one.
Moving on to Paul, he says that he wanted to focus on seafood, so he started off with the custard. Gail was blown away by it and how silky smooth it was, and how the prawn was barely cooked and perfect. Hugh says that his was overcooked and Paul knew it. Tom asks what happened and Paul says that their batch was just overcooked. Note that he doesn't throw Keith under the bus. Hugh has nothing but praise for Paul's second course, and Emeril says that the broth was brilliant. Padma thought the congee showed great confidence, but Gail wasn't sure how it fit into the progression of the menu. Hugh disagrees, and explains how he thought it fit. Tom loved the dessert, because he likes a savory dessert and it was his favorite dish of the night. Hugh wants some clarification on how the puffed rice was cooked and concludes that it was a little too crunchy.