With thirty minutes left, the chefs chop and dice and taste and season. Antonia says that her daughter told her to not even come home if she doesn't win. Which I'm sure is meant to sound cute, but kind of creeps me out. And it seems like a lot of pressure.
The cheftestants take their food outside to their tables with thirty minutes left to prep. Stephanie is preparing some sort of blini, and she's doubting that decision as she interviews that one little error can mean the difference in terms of making it to the finals. Lisa interviews that, in the final challenge, they will get to cook their own food on their own terms, so she just has one more hurdle before reaching that goal. Richard starts plating his food and interviews that he really wants to win this challenge after his disappointing Quickfire. Everyone plates and tastes and seasons and the timer runs out.
The guests arrive. Lisa interviews that it's an honor to cook for the First Lady and all of the VIPs. Padma, Tom, Wilo, and Gail arrive at Stephanie's table and sample her wares. Wilo has questions about the plantain pancake, and Gail likes the fruit salad. Stephanie interviews that the judges were smiling while eating her food so she feels like she's okay. It's sad that Stephanie's goal probably went from winning the challenge to not getting sent home the minute Dale left the pork out overnight. The judges head to Richard's table next. He has a story for each dish, including one dish that's an homage to his mother, one that's an homage to his hometown of Atlanta, and he also explains the backstory on the Malta beverage. Richard explains something that it seems many cheftestants never learn: "The goal is to bend each challenge to your strengths, not to totally change your style to the challenge." The judges don't give him much feedback.
The sun sets and the judges head over to Lisa's table. Gail comments that one dish is really sweet. Padma asks her what a mojo is, and Lisa says that it's a garlicky dipping sauce. Lisa interviews again about there being no room for mistakes, but I think we got it. Finally, the judges head to Antonia's table. Gail asks about the curried pork and Antonia says she was trying to be traditional. Padma asks how long they soaked the beans, and Antonia says it was overnight. After the judges leave, Nikki gives Antonia a hug. They are sure to show a bunch of shots of Antonia's table, at which there is no line at all. Various party attendees express their enjoyment of all four cheftestants, so that was pretty much useless. I feel like we got a lot less feedback on the dishes this time during the event; maybe all that footage courtesy of the Puerto Rican tourism department took up too much time.