The Red Team serves two dishes for the first course. First up is Angelo's confit of tomato soup, squash, and olive crouton, and second is Tiffany's crudo of black bass and yellowtail snapper with Meyer lemon-caper relish. Alex claims that there's a "summer salad" on top of the crudo, and Tom asks why. Alex's only answer is, "It sounds better than microgreens." Good one. The judges think that the crudo is too salty, but they love Angelo's soup, as do the guests.
Alex apparently screws up the timing of the tickets, so the judges have to wait for the second course. Padma must still be nursing and is STARVING as she crankily calls out, "How we doing? I want my second course." Tom is making a phone call when the food comes, so there was apparently quite a wait. Finally, he serves up Tiffany's striped bass, stewed spinach, chorizo, and littleneck clams, along with Ed's slow-baked turbot, eggplant caviar and black olive jus. Alex claims that every dish has "a little bit" of something, a tic that I find a little bit annoying. Frank Bruni praises Ed's dish, and says that it tastes Mediterranean. Gail found the fish to be slightly overcooked, but the flavors were good, and Frank thinks it's a nice recovery from the first course.
Alex gets the third course out in what is apparently a timely fashion, as there are no complaints. He introduces his own dish, pan-seared lamb chop, English pea puree, smoked bacon, and Parmesan foam. It looks like a lamb chop sitting in a puddle of puke and spit. I'm sorry, but it does. He also introduces Angelo and Ed's seared rib eye steak, crushed walnut potatoes, and balsamic fig reduction. Frank points out that the lamb chop dish doesn't have much texture. Tom spits out something so fast that I had to rewind like ten times to get it, but it turns out the steak wasn't great, but he liked the walnut potatoes. Frank points out that there wasn't much Mediterranean about the dish, other than the figs.