And...time's up! Chris Moto interviews that the rest of his dish is great, but he's worried that the chicken will be dry. Okay, here are the dishes. Ty made steamed clams in a Thai-style broth. Tim Love likes the sweetness of the clam. Heather made mango avocado salad with rock shrimp. Tim Love doesn't think it pairs with the tequila. Beverly made a cold-smoked green tea oyster. Tim Love likes the smokiness. Heather used the same tequila as Bev, and when Bev get a positive comment, Heather pulls a sour lemon face.
Sarah made fennel risotto with glazed scallop. Tim Love itches his nose when Sarah says that she used fennel pollen. Lindsay made salmon with fennel puree and brown butter sauce. It's very orange. Tim likes the skin on her salmon. Ed made bok choy lettuce wraps with lamb. As he describes his dish, Heather makes a total WTF face. She would be a terrible poker player. Tim just calls it a "very interesting pairing." Chris Moto made pan-seared chicken with lime vinaigrette. All these smears on the plates just look to me like the food slid across the plate because the waiter bobbled them on the way out. I don't get it. Tim thinks it's a "playful dish." Grayson made sesame cod with tequila brown sugar glaze. Grayson jokes that she never drinks tequila, because she's from Wisconsin, so she's a beer girl. Chris Hollywood made raw oyster with tequila tapioca pearl and sea salt air. Tim says that it makes him feel like he's at the beach. Dakota made lamb with medjool date pistou. I don't know what most of those words mean, but Tim says that the date is really sweet. As in sugary, not as in, "Dude, sweeeeet." Although I could see Tim Love saying that.
Judging time! Tim thinks that some cheftestants really looked at it like a pairing, while others just kind of made food. He points out that Heather didn't seem to think about the pairing, and calls her dish "a new special at a chain restaurant." OUCH! That is both accurate and ice cold. He tells Chris Moto that his chicken was dry, and the quinoa was the highlight, "unfortunately." Because quinoa should never be a highlight? I would agree with that. Tim also didn't like Sarah's dish, because he thought the tequila curdled the flavors, and he thought her risotto was undercooked. Sarah is like, "OH NO YOU DIDN'T call my risotto undercooked, pedestrian." But nicer. And in an interview.
So whose food was good? Tim thinks Chris Hollywood picked a tequila that was difficult to pair with, and he did a really great job. Lindsay cooked her salmon nicely and infused the tequila into every element of the dish. Ty had great spiciness and greenery. I don't know that I've ever made a dish where someone complimented me on the greenery. That's interesting. And the winner is the standout dish, which was simple and clean, and the person who made that dish is Ty. He wins the five grand. Ty feels like it was a redemption of sorts and plans to "show that [his] food is rockin' off the chart." Man, he has to make it difficult to like him, doesn't he? With the umlaut and the facial hair and then saying things like "rockin' off the chart"?