Angelo made poached tuna with fenugreek broth, tomatoes, soy sauce, and honey. A couple of things seemed weird to me -- fenugreek is traditionally given to help nursing mothers produce more milk, but I didn't know you can give it to babies too. The second thing is that the dish contains honey, and it's generally advised not to give babies honey until they are a year old due to the risk of botulism. This recap is turning into a PSA, and I apologize, but I was surprised that no one mentioned those two things when talking about the dish. Tom notices the layers and Angelo says that there's "a little secret in the middle" but I don't think we ever find out what the secret is.
Alex made seared duck with spinach, basil, and mushroom. Why is duck such a popular protein in Quickfire challenges? Is it because it's easy to cook or something? Or that it's different and people feel like it shows that they are creative? Tamesha made salmon with vegetable chowder and lobster stock, Thai basil, and licorice oil. Tom is enchanted by the idea of licorice oil, which Tamesha made herself. We don't get to see what the other chefs made because, as I've said before, they started the season with way too many people.
Padma asks Tom to detail which dishes he found disappointing. Tom thought Tim overcooked the lamb, so his adult dish wasn't great. He also didn't like Alex's puree, because the dill was too strong and it was kind of watery. Padma didn't like Kevin's dish because there was a pool of blood sitting under the duck, and she thought Kelly's food was bland.
Now to the favorites. Tom liked Lynne's dish, which had good flavors and was well-seasoned, and he liked Tamesha's food because the puree had some texture and he loved the licorice oil. Padma liked Angelo's food because his baby food looked elegant and special. And that's what babies care about. They want to feel fancy while strapped into a high chair wearing a plastic bib. Sometimes I dress my guys in miniature tuxedos, top hats, and monocles. Just to add a little class to dinnertime. Padma also liked Kenny's food, because he made it flavorful but nothing that a baby couldn't handle. Okay, when did Padma become an expert on feeding babies? At least Tom has some experience in this area. They needed a guest judge on this one, I think. Or wait until next season to do it. So who won? Tom chooses Tamesha. He really loved that licorice oil. Padma chooses Kenny's dish, who is happy because he wants to stay on the judges' minds. Tamesha interviews, "Holy shit balls. I won ten thousand smackaroos." That's the first sign of personality we've seen from Tamesha, and I like it.