It's morning in Napa, and the final three are getting ready for the day. Kevin interviews how excited he is to be one of the finalists. He's won five eliminations, the most of everyone, but he thinks Bryan has great technique, and Michael is incredibly creative, so it's anyone's game. As they eat breakfast, they wonder what Jen is doing right now, and Michael suggests that she's detoxing. Then Michael jokes that he wishes it were Bryan who went home. It sounds mean, but it actually comes off as kind of charming in a teasing your sibling kind of way. I think I would have liked Michael a lot more this season if they had shown him mocking Bryan more often. Bryan says he just wants to have fun in this last challenge. Good luck with that. As they walk out the door, Michael jokes with Kevin that he won't need his knives and Kevin says he's going to karate chop everything to pieces. See? Joking around! Michael! Who knew?
The cheftestants join Padma and Tom in front of a vineyard. Tom explains that they'll be cooking a three-course meal for the finals. For the first course, they will each get a box with the same ingredients, and will have to use everything in the box in that dish. The second course is totally their choice, and the third course must be a dessert. I guess Hosea winning with his all meat, all the time meal last season annoyed someone. I note that Padma has perfected the pregnant lady stance, with hands clasped below your bump, so that you look pregnant and not just fat. Padma and Tom add that they'll be serving to some of the most important people in the food industry, and that this meal could make their careers if they impress the right people.
And of course, they'll have help. Kevin looks all confused about who might possibly be coming out from behind the grapevines, but anyone who has watched this show before knows it's going to be the previously eliminated cheftestants, led by Jen carrying the dreaded knife block. There are people I forgot existed. Preeti? Eve? Padma says that they have to draw knives to find out who will be their two sous chefs. This is total horseshit, unless they were going to limit the pool to the last six eliminated. Isn't the point of the finals to see who is the best chef, period? I don't have a huge problem with some of the weird twists they do throughout the season, but I like the finale to be just flat-out cooking, which is why the Masters finale was so satisfying. Anyway, they draw knives. Kevin gets Preeti and Ash. Bryan gets Jen and Ashley. Michael gets Jesse and Eli. Okay, so Kevin got two people who were kind of known for their lack of technique, and it seems like good technique is what you really need in a sous chef. You want someone that you can tell, "Make a béarnaise sauce and steam the clams" and they'll know exactly what you mean without a lot of hand-holding. I think the others got exactly that, and Kevin didn't. I don't know that it affects the final outcome, but I will say that Kevin is clearly bummed out and discouraged from the word jump. Once the knives have been drawn, Tom says that the final three have won twelve out of the thirteen challenges, so great food is expected. That's super impressive. Obviously the right three are in the finals.