Weird interstitial. The remaining cheftestants drink champagne and give a toast to the fact that they made it so far. BOOOO-RIIIIIIIIING! What happened to Kevin going down the waterslide? I liked those kind of interstitials.
In the Stew Room, Kevin jovially tries to start a conversation, but no one responds. Either they're annoyed with him, or they don't want to talk about it. Padma comes in and asks Kevin, Michael, and Bryan to join her. To the surprise of no one, they are the top three. Tom tells Kevin that the texture of his food was great, and Toby liked the broth the best. Nigella compliments Bryan's dish, which she calls "quiet and elegant." Tom tells Michael he reworked Buffalo wings. Really? How much did he rework them? The flavors were the same. There's not much time for praise, so Nigella quickly announces that the winner "performed the challenge perfectly," and that is...Michael. Bryan looks kind of pissed. Michael won a bottle of expensive wine and a trip to a vineyard.
Eli, Jennifer, and Robin have to go face the music. Padma asks Jennifer if she's surprised to be there. Jen admits that she didn't have a clear vision of what she wanted to do. Tom throws some history at her and explains that medieval cooks used a lot of spicing to cover up rotting meat. Yum! That's definitely a trait she would want to replicate. Anyway, Tom wishes she had taken her theme further. Nigella comments on how tough the meat was, and Toby agrees, and adds that there wasn't enough sauce.
Padma calls on Robin, and she babbles on in her usual way and admits that she didn't nail the execution. Tom asks what happened with the glass. Robin says that she was waiting for the sugar to get hard, and she hadn't really done it before. Tom says she was working with two dishes she hadn't made before, if you include the panna cotta. Nigella explains that it should have "the quiver of a young courtesan's thigh." That's poetic. I thought she was going to say breast though. Tom asks if she's being unduly influenced by the other chefs, and Robin says she's envious of their knowledge.
Moving on to Eli, Nigella says that the dish had clashing flavors and bad texture. Tom agrees that the texture ruined the dish. Eli goes on about how the soup was grainy and so he added white chocolate but he didn't have time to fix it. So there was more sweetness in there? Yuck. Tom and Nigella shake their heads sadly as Tom says that the chocolate just made it more grainy. Eli thinks his concept was good, but Tom says it doesn't matter, because the dish failed. Padma adds that she would never want to eat that dish again. Ouch.