Sarah is not worried about her risotto, even though she made risotto before and Chef Tim Love didn't like it. She thinks her dish is perfect as it is, and she loves the lamb's heart too. Her dish is served to the judges: amarone risotto with lamb heart. Eric likes the flavors, and Tom likes how the various flavors combine. Charlize only wants to eat the heart because it's so good. It's weird that they're not showing us ANY negative comments about any of the dishes. There had to be some, right?
Grayson is a little concerned about how grotesque her dish looks, but she has decided to go for it whole hog. She serves black chicken with roasted, pickled beets, quail eggs, and foie gras. She left the head and feet on the chickens, and the beets looks like entrails. And she explains that the egg represents the baby that was inside the mother when it was slaughtered. That might be taking it a LITTLE BIT TOO FAR. She didn't have to be so literal. Maybe it's just me. Everyone is impressed with the presentation, and Charlize and Tom are both impressed with how juicy the chicken is. They also like the pickling of the beets, and the vinegary taste it adds to the dish.
Chris knows that he's been accused of being gimmicky in the past, but he doesn't think that liquid nitrogen automatically means gimmicky. Well, sure. If you're David Blaine. Actually, scratch that. He is pretty gimmicky. Chris serves poisoned apple and cherry pie. He froze an apple and used Gummi worms and rice krispies to represent worms and maggots. And then there is cherry pie inside so that when you cut it open, it looks like guts. It's actually pretty cool. When the server sets it down, Tom is so impressed. The good news is that it tastes good as well, and the ingredients combine to make great flavor. Emeril thinks it really represents Chris's point of view, and Tom is giddy at how much he loves the dish.
The judges discuss the meal overall. Tom thinks it's the best food of the season, and Eric says it's the best food he's had on the show. They realize that their decision is going to come down to nitpicking tiny glitches in various dishes. Charlize jokes that she will get the head of the losing chef on a silver platter.
Weird interstitial. The cheftestants form a band in the Stew Room with various kitchen instruments. Beverly is clapping pot lids together and she keeps going after everyone else stops because she's oblivious and also possibly drunk.