Judging! Emeril thought they all worked together and made good food. Lindsay cooked her proteins well but the sauce was somewhat overpowering. Padma liked Sarah's use of amaranth, and Emeril loved the sauce but thought it could have used more acid. Padma thought Paul made a brave dish, and Emeril commends him for using geoduck, but it had a little too much chile. Emeril compliments all three dishes again, but says that the winner is Sarah and Floyd. Sarah interviews that she's won $30,000 in Canada alone after winning no money in Texas, and she hopes this will help her push through to the finals.
Elimination Challenge! Padma explains that they'll be combining the heat of Texas with the chill of Whistler. They're throwing a "Fire and Ice" party, which means they have to create a dish and a cocktail with both a hot and a cold element to serve one hundred fifty people. Emeril reminds them to show off their skills, because chili with a scoop of sour cream won't cut it. That would be really good, though. I have to stop recapping this show when I'm hungry. Lindsay interviews that heat could mean spice or it could mean temperature, and it's open to interpretation. Paul interviews that his mind is racing through dishes he's made in the past that might fit into this challenge.
Shopping! Lindsay interviews that she's struggling with her concept, because she's not sure if she should set something on fire and have something frozen, which would be a very literal interpretation. Paul's plan is to do something visually stunning that looks cold but tastes hot. Well, that's frustratingly non-specific. How will he do that? Magic? Maybe Paul is a wizard. That would explain so much about this season. Actually, it wouldn't explain anything, but it would at least make the season slightly more interesting. Sarah wants to make baked pasta, which is her warmth, but cool it off with a frozen ginger mousse. She knows that it'll be a risk, because she's never made it before. Lindsay buys halibut, which she knows is kind of boring, but she feels confident in her ability to cook it. Paul buys some essential oils to infuse in clear ice and snow. Lindsay notes that Sarah and Paul are doing snow and frozen things, which Lindsay feels like is gimmicky. But it also meets the specifics of the challenge, no?