A viewer wants to know how Tom felt cooking in front of the chefs during that one Quickfire. Tom says he wasn't nervous cooking in front of the cheftestants, but he was nervous cooking in front of the TV audience.
Well, we can't let a reunion go by without a little drama, right? Andy brings up the interview Elia did where she blasted Tom for shilling for Diet Coke and using corn-fed beef instead of grass-fed beef. Elia explains that she went to Tom's Vegas restaurant and was told that the beef was all corn-fed. After she saw Tom's rebuttal to her interview (check the previous link), she went back to Craft to see if she was mistaken or if something changed, and nothing had. Does it always say on the menu if the beef is corn-fed or grass-fed? Elia adds that she doesn't think that a chef of Tom's caliber should be selling out to Diet Coke. Look, I don't have a problem with Tom getting paid, and the reality of America is that he's not going to get a ton of money to make a commercial for whatever esoteric food ingredient he actually uses, or wine, or whatever. Coca Cola Corp has a lot of money, and Tom took some to promote a product he uses and serves. Now, does Elia have a point as well? I think she does. Diet soda is not healthy, and as someone who has campaigned for healthier school lunches and the like, I'm a little surprised that Tom promotes the product. Dale L. tries to say that, but Tom says that he drinks and sells the product, so he doesn't see any ethical dilemma.
Tom adds that he buys from small farmers and has for many, many years. Elia says she's admired Tom for years, and so she couldn't believe the animals she saw brought into the kitchen. So Tom asks her if she actually went back into the kitchen, and she says no. What? I think part of this might be a language barrier because English isn't her first language. Tom wants to know exactly who she spoke to and got the info and my favorite part is that Spike looks EXACTLY like I used to look when I worked full time and had to sit through LOOOONG bullshit meetings that were pointless. He's like cracking his neck and closing his eyes and just wishing they would all SHUT UP ALREADY! I might be projecting. The other cheftestants start yelling that everyone needs to drop it.