So as mentioned, the first dish is from Ed: tuna tartare with black garlic ponzu and Asian pear vinaigrette. He plates it with the darker sauce on one side and the lighter sauce on the other to signify good and evil. Padma likes the fish scales, and Eric Ripert likes the two sauces, which even taste good when combined. Tom makes a joke about how good and evil combined equals a politician. Tom is at his most charming tonight. I know he's a married man, presumably happily, but I think he's trying to impress Charlize. Stay tuned. Anyway, Tom thinks the dish is well done. Charlize likes the black garlic, and says that she could eat it every day.
Paul plates his food. He puts all of the food along the edge of the plate to make an "enchanted forest" and then puts a big bloody handprint in the middle of the plate. Gloved hand, of course. When the servers bring it out, the judges are all, "Oooh!" except Eric Ripert who's like, "I hope he used a gloved hand." Paul explains that his dish represents an enchanted forest with ingredients that are both good and bad, so he made foie gras with bacon, pumpernickel, pickled cherries, and beets. Charlize and Padma are very into the plating, and Charlize says that it's good that Eric is scared, because that's kind of the point. Eric likes the pickled jalapenos in the dish, and all of the judges are really enthusiastic about the dish in general.
While the judges wait, Charlize talks about her movie some more and Tom cracks some jokes. He seriously is flirting. Tom! Beverly serves next. She made seared halibut with red curry coulis and forbidden black rice. Her story is that the halibut is Snow White, and she's prevailing over evil, represented by the red and black. She uses the word "bleedingness." Her dish looks pretty boring compared to what we've seen thus far. But the flavors are good, according to the judges.
Lindsay explains that she didn't use any wicked ingredients like organs or hearts, because that's not her style. Instead, she serves seared scallop over "Witch's stew" and dragon beans. Everyone agrees that the scallops are cooked to perfection and Tom can't get over how good the stew is. Tom jokes that the queen would make this stew out of peasants. Tom with the wisecracks! Padma comments that Lindsay has immunity but she might not need it.