Tasting time! Emeril goes to Stephanie first. She made a cauliflower soup with corn, lobster knuckle, and pea tendrils. Did they film this in the spring or early summer? Because that seems to fit into that time period. Emeril tastes it and says he wishes the cauliflower flavor was a little stronger. Tina made a shellfish and chorizo soup with white wine, croutons and garlic mayonnaise. It looks amazing. Emeril comments that it's garlicky but "the delicateness of the shellfish is not being overpowered."
Kristen exhibits my biggest Top Chef pet peeve: saying that you have "a little bit of" every ingredient. She made an English pea broth with thrice-poached lemon peel, diced apple, and sea scallop. Man, she combined pea puree and scallops. She has watched this show before. Emeril asks why she poached the lemon peel three times, and Kristen says that she wanted to get rid of the bitterness. Emeril adds that the scallop is perfectly done.
On to Jeffrey, who made a chilled watermelon and tomato gazpacho with peppers and ceviche. BUT IS IT COLD!?! Emeril says that it's lovely, with a lot of greath depth. WHAT ABOUT THE TEMPERATURE, EMERIL? It's cold. WHEW. That's all Emeril needs -- he immediately tells Jeffrey to grab a coat, because he's going to Seattle. Everyone else is like, "So all I needed to go through was an understanding of ice? That is some bullshit." Kristen reminds us that they don't know how many people Emeril is going to send through; Jeffrey could be the only one.
Emeril finally gets to poor Joshua, who must be sweating bullets because he's been standing there waiting for so long. First to plate and last to be tasted is not a good combination. Anyway, he made roasted corn and coconut soup with mussels and lime. He admits that this isn't a soup that he makes in his restaurant, but he wanted to push himself to impress Emeril. He does a bit; Emeril notes that it's very sweet and he's waiting for the heat to kick in, but the mussels are perfectly done.
Emeril asks everyone to join him in the dining room for their fates to be revealed. Emeril explains that he's only going to send people through that he thinks can win. He starts with Stephanie and Kristen, saying that they spend a lot of time together, but today one of them "hit it out of the park" and one of them "missed the mark." Is Emeril going to rhyme everything he says from now on? Because that would be both annoying and awesome. Anyway, Stephanie and Tina are going home, and Kristen and Joshua are going to Seattle. Yay, Joshua! You won't get to see your child being born!