Carla is struggling with her oysters. Hosea and Stefan are both making gumbo, and gumbo starts with a roux, which if you don't know is butter (or other fat) and flour, and in Creole cooking, it's cooked until it turns almost black. That means a lot of constant stirring and monitoring to make sure it doesn't burn or stick to the pan, and it takes a long time. I made a dark roux once, or tried to, but I got so bored that I gave up when it turned slightly darker brown. I'm not very patient. Hosea thinks that Stefan seems to be wandering around and that indicates that Stefan thinks he's got the competition wrapped up, so he might be overconfident. Stefan heads out for a smoke. Jeff interviews that he thinks if Stefan was taking smoke breaks, he wasn't putting everything he could into his food. For example, Stefan used pre-made sausage, whereas Jeff made his own. Stefan holds up his sausage and tries to make dick jokes to Hosea, who has no time for that.
Hey, it's the Colicchio kitchen check! I've missed that in the last few episodes. He starts by wondering if Fabio might be at a disadvantage, since he's not as familiar with regional American cuisine. Fabio thinks there are similarities to Italy in terms of ingredients, and he has studied the Creole flavor profiles. When Fabio says he's doing some Italian food with Creole flavor, there's a weird cymbal crash on the soundtrack that makes me think it's a bad idea. Colicchio moves on to Jeff, who says he knows the food and the area, so he's not too worried about his food. Next up is Stefan, and Colicchio is surprised to hear he's doing dessert. Colicchio kind of rolls his eyes behind Stefan's back, which cracked me up, because I bet that happens to Stefan a lot. Stefan interviews that he doesn't get why people think dessert is so risky. Next, Hosea interviews that even before Colicchio got to him, he was already second-guessing himself in his head. I think that Hosea's downfall is going to be his lack of confidence, just like Stefan's might be his overconfidence. Anyway, Hosea points out his roux, and Colicchio pulls a face. I think Colicchio had too much caffeine today. Finally, Carla explains about her oyster stew and Colicchio watches dubiously as she tries to shuck one. He comments, "Guess you don't have a lot of experience shucking oysters" and then wishes her luck.
So what's Colicchio's take on the dishes? He's not sure how Fabio's dishes are Creole. Jeff seems to know the dishes and flavors of the region, and expectations on him are low since no one expected him to be there. Colicchio doesn't know why Carla didn't steam her oysters to pop the shells open. I feel like this oyster thing is going to be important, because they've only mentioned it like a million times. Right? Like everyone else, Colicchio thinks Stefan is too cocky, and he worries that Hosea won't make his roux dark enough, and the locals eating it will know right away whether or not it's authentic.