Time is running out. Carla mentions that she doesn't know if her soup has had time to develop flavor, and she doesn't know if it's worth $25K, but she thinks her presentation is. Um, you're not being judged on presentation. Like, at all. I don't know how many times I have to mention this. Angelo realizes that his soup is now too salty, and we see him pouring water in to dilute it. That seems like a terrible idea. It's going to dilute the salt, sure, but it's also going to dilute the flavor. How about adding milk or chicken broth or whatever he used for liquid in the first place?
The Target employees roll up and the cheftestants start serving. Dale interviews that he thinks, given the constraints of the challenge, he did pretty well, but he also knows that it's just grilled cheese and tomato soup, so it's not that impressive. The Target employees seem to like the food (I almost typed that they seem to like the soups, since that's what nearly everyone is serving) so far, but what will the judges think?
The judges arrive and they look exhausted. Here's the problem with these overnight challenges: everyone being so tired leads to some low-energy discussions. It's hard for even Bourdain to be witty when he's exhausted. I get that they weren't going to shut down a Target during store hours for this challenge, but maybe they should rethink the whole overnight challenges for next season. Have the cheftestants take an hour to raid the store in the middle of the night, then do the cooking, serving, and judging the next day or something. I don't know. Be creative.
Blais is first to serve, but before he can begin, Padma introduces the judges: Colicchio, Bourdain, Ming Tsai, owner of Blue Ginger, and Thomas O'Brien, a designer who often works for Target. Blais serves his dish, which is pork tenderloin with green chilies, apples, braised pork ribs, and corn pancakes. Bourdain comments how ugly the dish is, but it tastes good. And that's it.
Dale presents his rib eye grilled cheese sandwich and spicy tomato soup. He explains that he used two irons to give it a nice sear. Ming thinks that's brilliant, and notes that it has a good sear. Bourdain jokes that Dale is really good at stoner food and should maybe get a urine test. Ming says that Dale should consider becoming "an IRON chef." ZING!