Fifteen minutes until service and the people from Fare Start arrive along with the judges and their guests. They're all wishing each other Happy Thanksgiving even though it's probably like July when this is being filmed. Meanwhile, back in the kitchen, plating is happening for Emeril's team. And then it's time to serve.
Emeril's team serves first, and Josie comes out to explain that they have prepared a Cajun Thanksgiving, starting with Josie's triple spice turkey with cayenne and hot sauce. The judges and guests dig in and Tom is the first to notice that the turkey is undercooked, as he shows Emeril his plate. Dana Cowin notes brightly, "It's a little pink!" And then they show a shot of the carved turkey and holy hell is that thing undercooked. I mean, the first inch or so from the skin is white but then the rest of it is as pink as a ham. That's disgusting and kind of inexcusable in my mind. Emeril tries to save it by saying that at least it's well seasoned but Dana Cowin says it's mostly inedible. Josie interviews that she wasn't sure if the turkey would be overcooked and dry. I really need like a graduate-level seminar on how she thought that turkey could possibly be overcooked. She didn't make any other dishes? What was she doing?
Danyele made Emeril's mom's dressing, bread stuffing with chorizo and cayenne. Dana and the guest judge, Thierry, think it's tasty with a nice kick. Similarly, John made Emeril's cornbread stuffing with ground turkey and diced bacon and Tom notes that properly seasoned stuffing is always so good. I'll agree on that, Tom. Bland stuffing is terrible, but moist stuffing with lots of flavors is my favorite.
Kristen made assiette of root vegetables, parsnip truffle puree, and crème fraiche. Emeril liked the idea of the dish, but thought they were underseasoned, and Tom didn't see the point of the crème fraiche, but thought the vegetables were fine. Tyler made andouille and shrimp gumbo. Emeril says that it's a little bitter on the finish, and Thierry agrees that it's lacking flavor and depth. Emeril pinpoints the problem as lack of Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Did Tyler just forget? Or decide not to follow Emeril's recipe?