Group B leaves to go prep their food. Carla is glad that they know who will be eating their food, unlike the other group. Jeff explains his dish, which as usual is way more than he needs to do. He's making three dishes and he brags that he's prepping way more than anyone else. Does he understand that he'd be better off making one awesome dish than three okay dishes? Apparently not, and yet he does it every week. Stefan is making duck braised with cabbage and bread dumplings, which is a traditional German dish. Stefan yells to everyone else in the kitchen about how Germans will be appalled that he's cooking this dish so quickly and I'm starting to understand why no one wants to cook with him. They're trying to focus on their dishes and he's just yelling random shit that matters to no one. Annoying. Leah has Ariane taste her dish, because she's making something she's never made before. That sounds like a recipe for disaster.
Ariane is making a pan-seared skate wing with cauliflower puree. Didn't she already make that puree for the Martha Stewart Quickfire? That seems like cheating somehow. And it also seems like a lot of cream/yellow on the plate. As the clock winds down, everyone starts rushing. Carla has made a pea risotto with scallops, topped with gremolata. Carla explains that she has put "layers of flavor and love" in there. I don't know that I would want to eat Carla's love. That sounds messy and kind of bitter.
The dishes are brought to the table and Padma has to explain the blind tasting thing AGAIN like I think we get it by now. When Group B returns to the kitchen, they discover the television and that they'll be able to watch their food being consumed. Leah, slow on the uptake, asks, "Did they watch us?" Jamie thinks that her dish is better than any of the dishes in this round. Radhika thinks Stefan's duck is cooked well but the dumplings are too dense. Stefan is sure that everyone knows it's his dish. Fabio defends it, so maybe he knows too. Colicchio loves the flavors in the cabbage and praises it to high heavens.
Jeff's tapas trio ended up being oysters, seared tuna, avocado sorbet, and grilled peaches. Eugene thinks there's too much going on, and Colicchio thinks it's more a group of food than an actual dish. Toby Young loves it, and compares it to Tom Cruise's cameo in Tropic Thunder. Funny, that cameo made me uncomfortable and I thought it was overrated. I don't think that's what Toby Young is saying, though. Also, that was a try-hard comment. The judges move on to Ariane's skate wing, which Novelli praises as fabulous. Leah made a seared rouget with fried beans. Jamie didn't like it, but Toby Young thought it was a Pan-European take on fish and chips. Good criticism! I understand what that means! It helps me to understand why he liked the dish!