Carla is concerned about cooking her meat perfectly, because the squab should be medium-rare. Really? I don't think I would want any bird cooked medium-rare, but maybe that shows I'm provincial or something. Fabio interviews that he wouldn't want his last meal prepared by a cheftestant; he would have his dead grandmother prepare it, and the meal he's making tonight is something she would cook.
Colicchio pops into the kitchen which just reminds me again how much he hasn't been doing that this season. Remember he used to do the Tim Gunn thing where he'd pop in and offer advice? Maybe they thought it was too intrusive or maybe Colicchio went all diva and refused to do it anymore. With ten minutes until service, he begs the cheftestants not to embarrass him in front of these culinary giants. Maybe he should have thought of that like an hour ago? Kind of hard to change course with ten minutes until service.
The judges all walk into the dining room, which is set up just like the Da Vinci painting "The Last Supper" with the long one-sided table. My grandmother has a print of that on her wall and I always wondered why no one was sitting on the other side of the table. Seems like a waste of space. I enjoy the fact that Toby Young has to sit on one end, like they figured out how useless he is and everyone is just biding his or her time until Gail comes back. Hosea says he's most intimidated by Jacques Pepin. Padma announces that Pepin will be representing all of the other guests at Judges' Table. Colicchio interviews that he thinks the cheftestants have a bit of latitude to take each dish and "elevate it and make it really, really special." Might have told them that.
Leah is serving first: eggs Benedict for Wylie Dufresne. Leah explains that she had to thin out her Hollandaise sauce a little bit, and then Hosea helps her plate her food. Carla interviews that she thinks Leah is talented, and she'd love to have two women in the finals. At the table, Colicchio asks Wylie why he chose eggs, and I think we got the message in the Quickfire that he looooooooves eggs. Leah comes out to serve, and explains that she slow-poached her eggs, and added a side salad to cut the fat of the dish. Wylie tries it and says that the egg white is a bit watery, and he doesn't see the point of the salad. Samuelsson adds that the textures are off, and Pepin thinks the Hollandaise is too runny. Toby Young likes his egg whites runny. Of course he does. That's the most obnoxious way to eat an egg. Wylie totally disagrees, as does any right-thinking person.