Moving on, Cliff made a braised chicken with piquillo pepper, shallot, garlic, cinnamon, rosemary chocolate sauce with potatoes. Ripert likes it and thinks it's "well-balanced." Ted Ilan explains how he "attempted to make a chocolate candy" by sautÃ©ing chicken livers and "encapsulating" them in chocolate. He is serving these chocolate tralphles with reduced Spanish sherry -- again with the Spanish cooking, Ted Ilan? Maybe I should go back and count how many times you went back to that well -- and fried ginger. Marcel boggles at us that Ted Ilan would serve that mess to Ripert, "I actually felt bad for him." Don't, Marcel, he doesn't deserve it. Ripert asks about his inspiration. Ted Ilan explains that he cooks with a lot of offal (he pronounces it oaf-ful) at his job and he just "loves the way they taste." Ripert judges, "It's hard to notice the liver in it, though, because the chocolate is so intense. If you don't know, maybe you would mistake for dessert." "Brave," Padmadala laughs at Ted Ilan. Finally they get to Marcel, who presents his potato cannellonis filled with coffee whipped cream and chocolate mousse and served with chocolate sauce and Guajillo cream. Guajillo is a sort of chili pepper, so I'm guessing the cream has some heat to it with that addition. Ripert applauds the earthiness and sweetness in the dish. Marcel is proud.
Ripert applauds Marcel and Sam. He also liked Cliff's dish but thinks he could have been more imaginative. Imaginative like a thug. Ripert tells Elia she should have just done one dish, the dessert one. He says her Kiss was "really perfection," "extremely refined," and that it showcased her techniques. Ripert goes on to say that if Elia had used better judgment and served only that dish, she would have won. However, she really screwed up on her poached chicken with chocolate sauce. "To me it looks like an accident happened -- you have the chicken in the fridge and the chocolate sauce on top and something fell on top of the chicken. That chocolate sauce really killed the flavor of the chicken," Ripert goes on. Again, he's so gentle in his criticism that he doesn't come off as an ass. Maybe it's the accent. Also, Ripert is very soft-spoken -- almost shy. He's Bourdain's polar opposite, which might be why they get along so well. Elia tells us that she doesn't disagree that the chocolate sauce was more powerful than a regular mole, but she doesn't agree that the flavor was bad. Shut up, Elia. Finally and delightfully, Ripert gets to Ted Ilan where he tells him he was not very impressed by his dish and he didn't find any "sexy aspect" in mixing chocolate ganache with chicken liver. He doesn't think "something like that" should be served in a restaurant. Basically, Ted Ilan? Your dish was inedible. And so's your personality. Son of Sam wins. Whatever. Moving on. Son of Sam brags to us. Shut up, Son of Sam -- go serial kill yourself already.