Mike I. thinks his dish looks great, but he knows that the leeks are not finished and it's going to hurt him. He still hopes to be a finalist, though. He serves whole roasted leeks with onion jus, baby carrot puree, and fingerling potatoes with fresh radish and dill. Did he roast the leeks? I thought he boiled them. I would think a roasted leek would have more caramelization. He explains to the diners that he wanted to give them a protein (he means the feel of a protein) with the leeks. Padma is confused, because there's no protein and Mike tries to explain what he means. Padma thinks the whole dish smells like boiled turnip. Ouch. Tom points out that the leeks are undercooked. Natalie appreciates the concept, especially the colors, but the execution just wasn't there. Gail agrees.
Bryan is losing time when it comes to plating, and he doesn't feel like he got to place the food exactly how he wanted, and he even left some food off the plate due to lack of time, but he doesn't say what it was. He serves artichoke barigoule, confit of shallot, wild asparagus, and fennel puree with garlic blossoms. Padma says that the garlic blossoms are "like a little prick on the tip of my tongue" and Natalie tells her not to say that. I guess it's good that she refrained from "That's what she said," because I don't know that I could have. Then Padma goes on to say that the garlic blossoms are "tiny in size" but "big in my mouth." And then everyone dies laughing because get it? It's like she's talking about a penis! Seriously, they're high, right? When did this show get so racy? And no one talks about poor Bryan's food.