Over with Josie and Marisa, it looks like the fifth course is going to be "a trio of palate cleansers." They're basically making a bunch of salads. Some with fruit. Doesn't sound very challenging. Tasty, but easy. As the graphics tell us that Josie and Marisa's dish is called "The Awakening Trio," Cliff gives us his opinion of their dish: "Josie and Marisa had an idea to do an intermezzo. Normally, the fifth course is a protein, and the dish to me is unsuitable." All Carlos and Elia seem to be making is a basil-pomegranate juice drink in a shot glass. Later, of course, we find out that they are making more, but at the time I was all, "They're just making JUICE?" Colicchio sneers at us that he doesn't get what's going on because he doesn't think any of them have spoken to each other about their individual dishes. "I think they're so focused on the ingredients and cooking they're not thinking a step ahead. Mia and Betty are working on this duck Napoleon. A Napoleon is typically a dessert and it's layers of pastry and pastry cream -- they're working on a savory version of one," Colicchio goes on with sneering incredulity. I think it's odd that Colicchio makes it sound so outlandish to be making a savory Napoleon. They are not unheard of. Colicchio thinks the pastry is unnecessary at this point. Given that they never really make an actual Napoleon, I'd be willing to agree with him on that. In fact, at this moment, Betty pulls out their puff pastry triangles and they're all... puffed. When you intend to do a Napoleon the right way, you want your pastry layers to be flat and crisp, not puffy. You often would use semi-puff pastry rather than a full puff, but if you have only puff pastry, then you would keep the pastry from rising too much in the oven by baking them with another sheet pan on top of them. Removing the sheet pan at the very end of cooking time allows the pastry to brown up nicely. I don't know if Mia and Betty really ever knew what a Napoleon was. At the very least, they had no idea how to manipulate the pastry to make one successfully. Colicchio also thinks some of the dishes will be difficult to plate, particularly Josie and Marisa's palate cleanser and Elia and Carlos' trio of desserts.
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