Padma comes in and asks to see all of them. Once they are facing the judges, Padma says that it was a great celebration but not a great meal, and someone will be going home. Colicchio acknowledges that it was a tough situation, but it's the finals, so they should suck it up. He says it more nicely, but that's the gist. Padma starts by asking Carla if she changed her dish at all after the fire. Carla says that she changed her apple chip. Padma thought the chip was too sweet, and Carla says that she knew, but she had to put it out? I don't get why, and Colicchio's face says that he's not buying her explanation either. Gail says that her pork was undercooked and Colicchio jumps in and says it was actually raw, and he wonders why Carla didn't rethink the dish when she had the chance. Carla says that most of the pork was fine, and Ripert concurs that his piece was cooked perfectly.
Antonia is called upon next. She says that she was originally going to cook lamb with fennel butter, but when she saw the setting, she decided to be less stuffy about it. Overall, though, she was not proud of her dish. Ripert says that the shrimp was overcooked and dry. Gail was unsure about the role of the other meat in the dish, and Colicchio isn't even sure what it was. Antonia says that it was pork shoulder, and she wanted to make the grits more rich. Colicchio says she turned it from creamy grits to "stringy meat and grits." Well, that sounds not at all delicious.
Tiffany thought her dish was simple and rustic. Ripert wanted something more complex with a better sauce. Gail wanted more of the ginger-tomato jam, and they were hoping for more flavor since the dish had curry in the name. Tiffany thinks she might have made a mistake in the name, then.
Next up is Mike, who used a lot of lobster. Colicchio thought the sauce was the best part of the dish, and it was nicely made. Gail liked the richness, but she did think the white meat was dry. Ripert thought it was complex and all the elements worked together. So, points for Mike. I wonder where he stole that recipe. Like you weren't thinking the same thing.
Blais starts out by admitting that he hates everything he cooks. Man, he would drive me nuts as a friend or co-worker. Colicchio liked the lamb and the seasoning, but it could have used another element. Blais says he meant to use dehydrated apple but the humidity killed it. Gail liked how he used turnip as cannelloni, but Ripert wasn't a fan. Blais says that he knows he needs to work on his vegetable cookery.