Jeff interviews that it feels like there are a ton of people there, and they all have huge appetites. The judges arrive at Jeff's table first, and try out the cucumber mojito. Jeff brings over their food. First up is the fried oyster with arugula and sausage, and then a crawfish pot de crème. The judges like the mojito, and Emeril thinks Jeff is a really refined cook.
Stefan serves up his food for various guests and then interviews that he thinks he deserves to win because he's won ten challenges, and he's not going home over gumbo. At that moment, I really wanted Stefan to lose. We all love to see the cocky giant taken down a few notches, don't we? The judges come over to sample Stefan's gumbo with grits, and apple beignet. One of the guests doesn't think the roux was dark enough. Gail thinks the grits are creamy. Tom also thinks the roux was not dark enough, but Emeril thinks he got the gumbo flavor right.
Fabio is flirting with ladies and angering husbands, as usual. Fabio explains his bell pepper martini to the judges. Are they drunk or what? They're drinking a lot of cocktails. Fabio explains his maque choux and also his pasta dish, as well as his muffaletta. The guests like the pasta. Gail enjoys the crawfish flavor to the pasta. Emeril and Tom both like the maque choux, but agree that it's missing heat from the flavor profile.
Carla tells everyone why she's serving non-alcoholic beverages, and a lot of the guests want to do Hootie Hoo with her. The judges arrive to taste her savory beignet and oyster stew. Carla tells Emeril that she's cooked Southern food before, so she understands soul food. The judges freaking LOVE her food. Emeril thinks the beignet is awesome, especially the batter, and Tom says that the oyster stew is even better. Gail thought the oysters were perfectly cooked. So all that stress about getting the oysters shucked amounted to nothing in the end.
Hosea explains to the camera that he's really studied up on New Orleans, and he thinks his gumbo is the most authentic of all. The judges arrive, and he serves up his version of the Hurricane, and follows with his gumbo and pecan-crusted catfish, which he's cooking right at the table. Since they went to Hosea's table last, he almost ran out of food, but managed to save some for the judges. Various guests comment on how good the gumbo is. Emeril loves it too, and thinks both of his dishes captured the spirit of New Orleans.
All of the cheftestants bid the guests goodbye. They get hugs and kisses from the guests, as well as bead necklaces. Stefan gets someone to say that his gumbo was the best. As they're cleaning up, Jeff comments that he thinks he's back for a reason, although it does suck that he has to win to go on. Fabio thinks everyone made good food, so the judges will have to be picky. Hosea is worn out and tired, but is heartened that everyone loved his food. He's still worried, though. Stefan thinks that there are different versions of gumbo in New Orleans, but he thought Hosea's gumbo sucked. Carla thinks she did well. They all toast to New Orleans and finally get to have a drink while waiting to talk to the judges.