Kevin tells the judges that he had Mirage and made wild Alaskan sockeye salmon cured in salt and sugar with Napa cabbage and cucumber. He advises people to eat the fish and salad and then drink the broth last. Again, I hate when people tell me how to eat their food. Toby notes that it had a Thai flavor, and Tom thinks the broth is "just stunning."
Michael had New York, New York and made a boneless chicken wing confit with curry and fresh pepper juice and a blue cheese disc. He goes on about how chicken wings are something that firefighters like to eat. Oh....kay. Unlike other food? Nigella likes how crispy the skin is, and Padma likes the cold blue cheese, although Toby doesn't love the flavor. Here's my problem with this dish: he basically made a boneless chicken wing with blue cheese. It's not like the flavors were THAT inventive. You can't order a dozen wings in this part of the country without getting blue cheese, whether you want it or not. I would have been more impressed if he had paired chicken wings with something else cool.
Robin tells the judges that she had the Bellagio and made a panna cotta. It was supposed to have a stained glass-like garnish sort of like the Dale Chihuly sculpture in the casino, but it didn't work out due to the humidity, so she didn't put it on the plate. She shows them that part and Tom looks really annoyed with her. Nigella likes the smell of the dish, but she and Toby agree that the texture of the panna cotta is all wrong, and the sauce is too sweet. Padma and Nigella think her inspiration works, but Tom points out that she didn't serve the stained glass part, which was the main part.
Bryan had Mandalay Bay and made an escabeche of halibut with bouillabaisse consommé, pine nuts, parsley coulis, and garlic chips. I had to look up escabeche, and it turns out it refers to fish that is either poached or fried and marinated in something acidic. Padma thinks the "parsley fluid gel" sounded gross, but it tastes good. All of the judges love the flavors.
Eli had Circus, Circus and made a caramel apple peanut soup with popcorn and raspberry froth. I like a peanut soup, but I want it to be savory, not sweet. Nigella refuses to be the first to try the food, and after she takes one bite, she shakes her head. Tom thinks the soup was too grainy, and Nigella agrees. Toby likes that Eli went balls out, but he "gambled and lost."