The next three dishes are served. Sheldon had Season 4 and he made beef Carpaccio with poi aioli, mizuna and mushroom salad and silken tofu foam. Lizzie had Season 5 and made seared scallops with roasted fennel, garlic puree, orange and olive salad. Josh had Season 6 and made soy-glazed pork tenderloin with smoked cashew puree and heirloom peaches.
The judges love Josh's pork, and Wolfgang comments that it's cooked perfectly. Wylie loves the sides. Tom takes the opportunity to tease Padma for the outfit she wore when they visited the Air Force base. Tom claims it was a jumpsuit, but via flashback we see that it was a super tight leopard print skirt and top. Wow, nice hooker wear, Padma. Why advertise? The judges think Sheldon's beef looks awful, even if it tastes good, and Wylie likes the idea of using tofu but notes that Sheldon didn't give it any flavor, so it's useless. Wolfgang calls the scallop quality "dubious" and Tom doesn't think his scallop is cooked well. Jonathan thinks she should have served the dish without the scallop. I don't know if we've ever gotten a strong answer from the judges on whether they would rather have subpar quality food or an incomplete dish.
The final trio of dishes is served. Brooke had Season 7 and she made smoke salmon with forbidden black rice and English pea and parsnip puree. Kristen had Season 8 and she made poached chicken breast, carrot puree with garlic and tofu emulsion. Micah had Season 9 and he made five-spiced duck breast with miso polenta and pickled cherries.
The judges like Micah's duck breast, and Tom points out the pickled cherries as excellent. Jonathan doesn't like the miso polenta, and Wolfgang suggests that he should have grated fresh corn in his polenta to give it flavor but keep it healthy. Tom likes the lightness and flavor of Kristen's dish, and Jonathan is really impressed with how she deconstructed the pot pie. Padma likes the visual appeal of Brooke's dish, and Tom thinks every component is well cooked.
Weird interstitial. Tom says that his most memorable dish from the show was Paul's dashi. Chris loved when that weirdo dude was trying to butcher meat and Tom eliminated him on the spot. Padma brings up when Wolfgang threw a donut, which was pretty awesome.