Stew Room. Everyone toasts with champagne. Tiffany tells the others that her mom said everyone's food was good, and her mom would be honest about it. Antonia points out that the judges probably weren't going to say anything too negative about the cheftestants in front of their family members, so Judges' Table is really where they will find out the truth. Padma enters with a smile and asks to see all of them at Judges' Table. They all grab hands before walking out, like the toys on Toy Story 3. Aw.
Once they get in front of the judges, Padma thanks them for a wonderful meal, but only four of them can move ahead. Carla says it was amazing to go to Ellis Island, and inspirational to find out about her roots. Gail compliments her broth and her cheddar biscuits. Dan says that her pork was excellent, and Tom says that her broth was "round," but her corn was a bit tough. He asks if she fried the grits, and Carla says that she used liquid nitrogen to freeze them before frying, so they would stay together. Gail is like, "You did what?" and Carla laughs. Even Blais the sourpuss cracks a smile. Tom tells her that it all worked together.
Blais says it was very emotional having his wife there, and it was tough for him, because he's such a mutt and he didn't want to turn his dish into "Epcot Center." Dan tells him that the dish was thoughtful from start to finish. Tom thinks it was "well thought out" and "made perfect sense" and the flavors worked together.
Antonia says that veal was a "celebratory protein" that her grandmothers would serve to their husbands to warm them and fill them. Gail thinks she was brave to serve risotto, given the history of the dish on the show, but it had a great texture. Tom says this was confident risotto, which is also the name of my third album.
Tiffany knew she was from Texas and Louisiana, so she had to make okra. Tom admits that she converted him with the okra, and she cheers VERY LOUDLY. Tom says that it wasn't slimy, which is always his problem with okra, and it was great to hear her mom talk about food, because she and Tiffany are so similar.
Padma asks Mike about his gnocchi recipe, and Mike says that his grandmother would start cooking in the morning which gave her gravy a depth of flavor. Dan thinks the dish was rich and hearty, and Gail thinks Mike should always listen to his mother because the dish was "soulful and satisfying." Colicchio says he doesn't know if he could take his own mother's advice, even though she's a great cook. Mike wipes some tears away, and tells them that he was very close to his grandmother before she died, and he hasn't cooked her food since she died. Gail tells him that his mother thought her mother's gnocchi was the best, until she had Mike's. Okay. They got me. I am seriously crying right now. ABOUT MIKE! I HATE HIM! Ugh. Show. Why do you do this to me?