The dude who made the pickles suggests that CJ and Tyler should have made sliders. That actually makes sense, because then the pickles would have been a bigger component percentage-wise of the dish. Hugh thinks the bun is terrible and crumbly and Tom is mad that they couldn't think of anything more original than pickles on a burger. It's true; they really should have thought about using the pickles as an ingredient instead of just serving up the pickles, sliced.
Gail likes Eliza and Josie's broth, but thinks it's too salty. Except there's sand and pebbles in the broth. Someone didn't clean their clams! That's a really unfortunate thing for me to say about an all-female team, I know. Anyway, the salty and fishy flavors in the broth overpower the cardamom.
Padma asks the chocolate artisan how she thinks Danyele and Lizzie did with their tart and she says that they did a good job with the flavors, but she wishes they didn't add other chocolates. That's a good point; you have this hand-crafted chocolate and then you mix it in with some Hershey or some bullshit like that? Not a good idea and certainly doesn't highlight the artisanal ingredient. Gail thinks the flavors are overpowering.
Overall, Gail thinks most of the chefs incorporated the flavor of the specific ingredients, but there wasn't much finesse. Tom is not as diplomatic and says that he doesn't have a favorite dish, because they were all pretty bad. The judges seem embarrassed to serve this food to the vendors and Padma even apologizes. The judges also don't want to award anyone ten grand.
The cheftestants sit back in the Stew Room, chatting. Tom walks in and says that they judges were really disappointed today and the food wasn't up to par because the dishes showed a lack of imagination and technique. So there won't be a winner in this challenge and no one gets the money. CJ looks stunned. Tom adds that they'll be sending an entire team home tomorrow, but they are doing Last Chance Kitchen, so that should encourage people to take risks because if they are eliminated, they will get a second chance. Everyone looks completely dispirited and depressed. Sheldon interviews that no one wants to put out bad food and that's what they did. CJ interviews that he's not even sure why he's doing the show again.
Back in their loft, Stefan opens a bottle of wine and says it's no wonder that so many chefs have drinking problems. John interviews that it's the worst plate of food he's put out in thirty years and Josh has been on the bottom before, so he pretty much blames Josh for their bad food. Um, wasn't it John's idea to cook the pork pre-sliced as tenderloins? And didn't John cook the grits? Fuck off, dude.