John made white gazpacho with Spanish chorizo, gooseberries, and sweet grapes. Stefan made Cali crudo with radishes, gooseberries, and spiced vinaigrette. Gail thinks Stefan did a great job with his crudo and his vinaigrette, but she didn't taste the gooseberry enough. Tom agrees. In John's dish, Stephanie thought the chorizo flavor was overpowering, and Padma thought it was two dishes in the same cup. Yeah, I don't get how the chorizo goes with the berries and grapes. One of the guests says it reminded him of "cheeseburger soup." That would cut John to the quick.
Brooke made spicy smoke chocolate pudding with blackberry tapioca. She also made a marshmallow made out of Earl Grey tea and like a million other things. Bart made blackberry soup with salmon and rhubarb yogurt. Tom says that Bart's soup and yogurt were really great, but he doesn't know why the salmon was there, since it had no flavor or seasoning. Stephanie loves Brooke's pudding, and says that Brooke hit her goal of making it taste like a s'more. It's odd to me that they had berries and Brooke was the only one that thought of making a dessert.
And finally, Kristen made matcha goat milk custard with macerated tayberries. Tom loves the custard, both the texture and flavor. Stephanie picks out the macerated berries as a standout.
The guests place their votes. John hassles the people voting for Stefan and brings up the frozen tuna AGAIN like God, get off of that. Stefan interviews that John made the "worst gazpacho on the face of the earth" and says that he wouldn't even "flush [his] poop with it." Well, tell us how you really feel, Stefan.
The judges discuss the food overall. Stephanie says that for her first time on that side of the judges' table, she found all of the food very tasty, and Padma says she's interested to see who the guests choose in each pairing.
Weird interstitial. Josie talks really loudly and has an annoying laugh. Everyone in the Stew Room is annoyed. She has such a stoner laugh. It's ridiculous.
In the Stew Room, Stefan confronts John about mentioning the frozen tuna a million times. Stefan takes a poll of the room and everyone there has used that frozen tuna before, so Stefan whips it out and tells John to suck it. Everyone is laughing, so it's not as hostile as it sounds. Padma walks in and asks to see John, Danyele, Micah, Josie, and Bart. As they exit, Josh whispers, "That's the bottom." Stefan retorts, "Of course it's the bottom. What are you, fucking high?" I know I will grow tired of Stefan's shtick soon, but it's still cracking me up so far.