Moving on to Marcel, we learn about his watermelon and tomato trio. Oh, the trios. He's got a watermelon "steak," which looks like an expertly cut piece of watermelon in the shape of a filet mignon, tomato carpaccio (doesn't that just mean raw and sliced thinly?), and nasturtiums and opal basil. Where's the trio? Shouldn't it be tomato and watermelon three ways? I count -- at most -- two. Oh, I see, he's got something liquid in a glass, which he just calls "a nice little refresher," so I really don't know what the hell it is. Ted Ilan sucks on a bottle of water and sneers in Marcel's direction. He tells us, "I think the watermelon steak, realistically, is kind of a silly idea. It's more like a dessert." Shut up, Ted Ilan. I still don't know why, but I don't like you. ["I like you enough for two people, Ilan! Don't worry!" -- Joe R] The judges seem to like the dish.
Padmadala gathers everyone around, and Lunetta says he was very impressed by everyone. HOWEVER, he has some critiques. He dings Betty for her messy cut of her halibut ceviche and vegetables. Betty squawks at us, "I'm CHOSEN in the BOTTOM again!" If she doesn't go soon, I'm going to have no paint left on any of my walls. Lunetta criticizes Mia for not using an heirloom tomato in her fresh corn salad. I'm confused, she supposedly did use an heirloom tomato. Is it because she didn't use the other one? What? Lunetta also didn't like how Michael's watermelon NOTpoleon fell over when he cut into it, "The thought was good, but the execution needed a little bit more depth." The top three are Elia, Frank, and Marcel. Marcel is the winner. HA on Ted Ilan! Marcel is thrilled, "My performance could not have been any more soignÃ©." Oh. OH. Marcel? Why did you have to go and trite yourself out like that? So many chefs I've despised have overused "soignÃ©" when talking about themselves and their kitchens. Ew. Just... no. Yuck. Stop. Ted Ilan tells us, "I think Marcel thinks more about how he's going to make his food rather than tasting it, but the chef judge seemed to like the dish and the fact that he called it a steak when it was really just a hunk of watermelon." Whatever, Ted Ilan, Marcel has immunity.