Carla knows that her flavors didn't have time to develop, but she has to serve, so she offers up her curry apple soup with tomato ginger jam and cucumber apple slaw. Ming wishes there were a protein, and Padma says that the soup tastes like a sauce, so it needs a protein. So Carla's lack of protein is the biggest problem. No one really mentions the lack of depth of flavor.
Antonia serves Parmesan eggs on garlic crostini with almond, tomato, and apple salad. Bourdain thinks it's ballsy to cook eggs when she has to make a hundred of them, and the other judges like the flavors, especially since it's almost their breakfast time.
Mike is up next to present his spicy coconut soup with mushrooms, scallions, and lime. Mike claims that he used fresh coconut milk and Padma bitchily asks him, "You found fresh coconuts here?" Mike says he didn't and Padma snarks, "Then it's not fresh coconut milk." Wow. Padma needs a nap. She eats one spoonful and says it was enough for her. Tom and Ming both like it well enough.
Tiffany and her new hat serve up jambalaya with chicken, sausage and shrimp with a summer salad. Bourdain isn't crazy about it, and the texture of the chicken was off. Colicchio thinks it's just okay, and Thomas O'Brien adds that there's something not special about it.
Angelo prepares to serve his baked potato soup with bacon, sour cream, potato skins, scallions, and cheddar cheese. Mike gives him a little pep talk as he pours the soup into bowls. I'd like to note that the judges are being served at their table, not buffet style, so the presentation of the cheftestants' tables mattered not one bit. Carla. Anyway, Angelo brings his food over and gives it to the judges. Ming says that it's overloaded with salt, and Bourdain comments that it's also too heavy.
The judges look exhausted as they give an overview of what they ate. Colicchio says that some did well but some didn't, and they saw a lot of soups. After the judges leave, the cheftestants get ready to take off as well. They all mention how tired they are, and Tiffany interviews that she's really nervous about this particular elimination.
Weird interstitial. Carla, Tiffany, and Antonia use their tiny stuffed Target dogs to put on a play. They are punchy to the nth degree. And terrible at puppet shows, as it devolves into hitting each other with their stuffed animals, sort of.