Time is up and Mike and Blais enter the kitchen to applause from their former competition. Padma explains that Mike and Blais will pick their three favorite dishes in a blind taste test, and the creators of those dishes will be their sous chefs. This is really interesting, because obviously they can't pick based on who their friends are. But will they sort of know who cooked what based on that chef's typical fare? It also sort of assumes that you would want the best cooks to be your sous chefs, and I don't know that it's true. Yes, you want technical expertise and speed, but you also want someone with a good attitude, and someone whose strengths compliment your weaknesses. Like Blais would do well with someone like Carla, who will be positive and lift him up when he has doubts, right?
Blais interviews that he can't figure out who cooked what, so he's just going to pick based on flavor profiles. Mike is hoping to get Jen and avoid Marcel, based on past experience working with those chefs. Blais wants Dale, Angelo or Jen, because he thinks they would all have his back. As they taste, Spike comments that some of them have jet ski reservations and everyone laughs. Yeah, I'm sure some of them are just there for the free (?) trip and would rather not cook. So that kind of sucks.
Blais goes first, and picks Spike's ceviche of squid. Both look disappointed but when Blais asks if he's mad about having to cook, Spike says no. I'm sure Spike will step up. Mike picks Tiffani's yogurt curry. Mike admits that he thought the dish belonged to Jen, but he's happy with Tiffani. Blais picks Angelo's chicken, and he's really happy about it. Mike picks pork tenderloin, which was made by Jamie. Oof. Mike knows that she's cranky and prickly, but he thinks he can handle it. For his final choice, Blais picks Antonia's egg dish, and he knew it might have been her. He's thrilled, but a little worried that she's mentally still thinking about her elimination. Mike picks a salsa that Carla made. So Mike has three women, which is ironic, but then he ruins it by saying that they're his Angels. Ugh. He always has to categorize chefs into female and male; he never thinks of them as just chefs. The unchosen chefs are thrilled that they can go play and don't have to work. I can't really blame them. They wish the chefs luck and take off.