The cheftestants retreat. Everyone loves Hung's dish, but note that it needed acid and salt. Michelle says it "screamed" for acid, but that seems to get really downplayed later. God, you'd think last week would have cured Hung of his lemon juice amnesia. They find Dale's foie gras wonderfully flavorful, but with an unrelieved richness. Colicchio wishes for more than just raw beets on this dish. Finally getting to Casey's dish, they're all pretty impressed; Rocco -- sliding his eyes sideways, as if checking worriedly to determine if he's voicing the right opinion, poor, battered guy -- thinks Casey cooked her foie gras beautifully. All agree on that, but they also all agree that the major problem is that the salmon roe makes the entire dish way too fishy.
Back in the kitchen, Casey bellows about too-small plates, and the other cheftestants call out for the servers. The dishes go out to the judges. Again, Hung goes first and explains that his shrimp has been caramelized with palm sugar and has a touch of tamarind and garlic. There's also a julienne salad of cucumbers, radish, and carrots, tossed with tamarind, lime juice, honey, and some olive oil, and the topping froth is coconut. Dale's dish is his "surprise" dish: he has a purslane, fennel, and marinated grape salad under a seared scallop, which is topped with freeze-dried sweet corn. Last, Casey showcases her sake-poached jumbo prawn on a crispy bamboo rice cake, surrounded by a yuzu-lobster broth with lobster mushrooms. Casey's dish also has some things that look like purple haricot string beans (either that, or she burned the shit out of them, à la CJ's broccolini) and a smudge of caviar. "Dale's dish is pretty amazing," Rocco ventures. "SO GOOD!" Michelle says, leaning in passionately. The Todd compliments Dale's sense of texture and says that it makes eating his dish fun. Michelle proclaims Dale's surprise dish to be her favorite of all the dishes so far. Brian says that Dale is "really going for it" in this dish, and The Todd agrees that Dale is not holding back at all. Hung's dish, while acknowledged to be delicious, again needs acid. Sadly, Casey's dish is criticized for having too much stuff and also for another addition of roe.