Weird interstitial. People wanted to go in the back and see the kitchen, so Brooke just kept bringing table after table back to gawk at the cheftestants. That seems like a terrible idea, unless they were waiting for food and she was trying to entertain them. Whatever happened to coloring books?
Stefan asks the hostess if they have a table for the judges and she claims that they do. Meanwhile, a server asks Stefan if they have more beverages for one table and Stefan's like, "No. Get them OUT." His Nordic side is really coming out under stress. Stefan manages to get the judges' table dressed and ready and the hostess shows them to their table. Stefan interviews that the judges got to jump the line because they're VIPs. The judges check out the menu and Danny likes the graphics, though it's pretty basic. Gail notes that there's a huge backup at the entrance and Tom wonders why Stefan isn't serving them drinks while they wait. Stefan is in the kitchen trying to expedite the judges' first course. Sheldon interviews that he's so busy in the back that he doesn't even get to see what's going on in the front of the house.
Stefan takes out his own dish first. It's kilawen: yellowtail with cilantro, spicy chili, and white soy sauces. Stefan gives a very brief and curt description of his own dish. Emeril thinks it's delicious and Danny likes the balance of acid, sour, and chili. Gail enjoys the "beautiful contrasts." So Stefan's dish is a winner.
Back in the kitchen, everyone pitches in to get Josh's dish plated. Stefan explains that it's Josh's version of a balut, "the infamous egg" and Stefan says it's duck in an egg with foie gras; the full description is a poached egg, duck confit, and foie gras mousse. Gail and Danny are annoyed that Stefan is assuming they all know what a balut is, but they all love the dish. Tom's one caveat is that there's nothing remotely Filipino about the flavors in the dish.
Back in the kitchen, the server doing expediting is getting confused and Sheldon has to help her get it straight. He's very nice about it and doesn't lose his cool. Sheldon's dish goes out but Stefan either doesn't know or doesn't care so the judges don't get any sort of introduction or explanation. The intro is always necessary, but even more so when it's a cuisine that the judges aren't familiar with, I think. Emeril guesses that it's miki, which is prawns and a tapioca roll with achiote. Padma thinks it's beautiful and Tom loves the pasta. Stefan finally rolls up and asks if they need anything and Padma awkwardly points out that they've been served a dish with no introduction. Stefan kind of mumbles a brief description (probably what it says on the menu), offers no apology, smirks, and walks off. Tom has the greatest "AWKWARD" look on his face and then says he felt like they were just scolded and Gail says they were made to feel like idiots. Emeril thinks that treatment is worse than the bouillabaisse from Kristen's restaurant. In back, Josh asks Stefan what the judges think and Stefan says he doesn't know. I wonder if he really doesn't know or if he doesn't want to admit that he screwed up service.