Judges' Table. Padma asks Rocco what he thought of the challenge. "I think what's happening among the great chefs of the world is that there's a recognition that home replacement is an important category," Rocco recites. "Home replacement"? That sounds like something that happens to post-menopausal women when they move. Colicchio notes that not everyone learned their IQF lesson, and Rocco adds that the teamwork was clearly not working between Howie and Sara M. and Hung and Joey. Gail thought that Hung and Joey's dish was "overcooked to the point of disintegration" and unremarkable in its flavors. Gail asks what the judges thought about the saffron in Howie and Sara M.'s dish. They had saffron as well as Pernod? Ew. Colicchio deems the dish a "real disaster on so many different levels." Gail loved Casey and Dale's meatballs, but Colicchio once again complains about the tinned artichoke hearts, and Rocco comments that the meatball he got was still a bit frozen in the middle. Rocco says he "gave them the eye" when he asked if they tasted their dish before serving and they assured him they did; "Unfortunately, they missed one." Rocco praises CJ and Tre's flavor combination, but Colicchio crabs that their dish wasn't Mediterranean in flavor. Rocco leans forward and says, "I disagree with you. What was not Mediterranean?" Colicchio names the truffles, and Padma parrots, "The truffles." There's some argument between Colicchio and Rocco about where truffles come from and Padma -- more to herself than anyone -- moves her hands in the air and says, "North…" Colicchio insists that while truffles may come from Italy, they aren't from the Mediterranean. "Come on," Rocco argues. Colicchio looks at Gail and says no more. As much as I like how Rocco challenged Colicchio, I do think Colicchio is correct that truffles aren't strictly what would be deemed as part of Mediterranean flavors. However, Padma did tell the cheftestants to do "a new Italian-style, Mediterranean frozen pasta meal for two." So, by that token, the truffles are still "Italian-style." I don't think they made the parameters of the challenge totally clear. Colicchio says he also liked Brian and Sara N.'s dish. Padma goes to call back Tre, CJ, Casey, and Dale.
Episode Report CardKeckler: C- | 931 USERS: B-
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