The judges enter the kitchen. Stefan is impressed that Jean-Georges Vongerichten is one of the judges, as Stefan (and many others) considers him to be one of the best chefs in the country. Padma gets everyone's attention and introduces Jean-Georges. Carla interviews that "it's heavy" to be judged by someone so well-respected. I haven't heard "heavy" used as an adjective to describe something not physically weighty since 1975, so that threw me. Padma says that Tom and Gail will be judging as usual. Gail's dress is... not my favorite. It makes her look boxy and it's ugly colors. But that doesn't really affect her palate, so... moving on.
The first pairing is Stefan and Ariane. Ariane confesses that she doesn't know much about Middle Eastern cuisine, but she made "a cous cous and gremolata crusted rack of lamb", with a farro risotto with dried dates and chickpeas. Stefan made a duo: lamb chops with tabouli salad, and a beef onion skewer. Jean-Georges asks about his spices, and Stefan says it's fennel and cinnamon. Gail thought Ariane's lamb was well-cooked, but the risotto was not. Everyone has great things to say about Stefan's dish, so he wins the pairing.
Richard and Jamie are up next, with their Greek food. Richard confesses in an interview that he thinks Tom Colicchio is dreamy. Aw. They would be a cute couple. Richard made lamb sliders with an orzo-feta salad. He doesn't mention what kind of bread he used for the sliders, but it's definitely not pitas. It looks like a roll of some sort. Jamie made eggplant puree with seared bass and "a deconstructed Greek salad" that used a lot of the olives she selected. The judges feel that Richard overcooked his lamb and dried it out, although they agree that both dishes were otherwise good. Jamie gets the win.
Radhika and Jill present their Jamaican cuisine. Jill created macadamia-crusted plantain fritters and jerk-spiced scallops and even used three different sauces to create a Rastafarian theme on her plate. Radhika did a jerk-rubbed halibut on three bean rice with a mango salad. Her dish looks kind of gray overall and really needs more color. Who wants to eat gray food? Gail doesn't like the texture of Radhika's dish, as it's all kind of mushy and needs more crunch or variety. Jean-Georges agrees, and he thinks Jill's scallops were a little overdone. Despite that, it was overall a better dish and Jill wins.