Sean is ready to announce the winner, which both the judges and the locals loved, and that winner is Brooke. She wins a trip to Costa Rica AND she gets to be in the top three.
They send the cheftestants away to discuss who should go home. Josh says it's all about "who makes the less mistakes." I hope they don't count language usage because Josh makes the more mistakes there. Lizzie says she felt really rushed, and Sheldon thinks his green tea made no sense.
The judges discuss how they were really good dishes but they were all missing something. Tom thinks the cheftestants are not thinking through their dishes, and Padma points out that at this stage in the competition, the cheftestants need to be on their game. Gail agrees. Tom says that Josh's dish had balance issues, but Lizzie gave them a bland salmon sandwich. Sean says that the dish wasn't refined enough, but why is Sean suddenly such an expert on the show and when you need to do what to make the finals? Gail can't believe that Lizzie admitted to not tasting her dish, but has to give props to Lizzie for such an awesome sourdough. Padma thinks Sheldon had problems with both his salmon and his sourdough, and those two ingredients were the focus of the challenge. So who will it be?
Josh, Lizzie, and Sheldon return to face the music. Tom explains that the cheftestants were given everything to make some beautiful dishes, but they all lacked detail. Josh made great salmon, but his soup was overpowering. Lizzie's salmon wasn't seasoned. Sheldon had too much bitter, smoky flavor. So whose sin was the greatest? Padma tells Lizzie to pack her knives and go. Padma seems really, really sad to see Lizzie go. So now Brooke's the only lady left, and I think I'm rooting for her. Josh is a dick much of the time and Sheldon seems to be falling apart in this final stretch. Go Brooke!
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Lizzie and Kristen are tasked to create a dish using only a campfire for cooking. They both go with a fish stew, with Kristen doing an Asian cod and Lizzie going for salmon and leeks. Tom loves both dishes and specifically tells Lizzie that if she had made this dish in the Elimination Challenge, she would have won. In the end, he feels that Kristen's dish has more fully-developed flavors, and she continues on.