Beverly was inspired by her mother. The family picture they show where Bev is like ten? Her facial expression looks exactly like Ramona Quimby. So Bev is making braised short ribs, but they don't have time to do a proper braise, so she's going to use the pressure cooker. I always get nervous when people use the pressure cooker but Bev pulled it off in the Quickfire, so maybe it will be okay. Sarah is combining dishes that her grandparents made: sausage from her grandfather and stuffed cabbage from her grandmother. I hope she doesn't start crying again. Heather is worried that her beef is getting spongy. Well, of course it is. It's rib eye. It's not meant to be cooked slowly in liquid. It should be seared or grilled or something. Heather interviews that she doesn't want to use the pressure cooker because she got dinged for it last time. Well, also, that's not a meat that will do well in the pressure cooker. It's unclear if Heather doesn't understand that, or if she is trying something new, or what is going on. I'm not sure how much is incompetence and how much is sort of a cavalcade of bad decisions.
The diners and judges arrive. Emeril talks about how, if he were cooking in this challenge, he would make Portuguese kale soup, inspired by his mother. Chris Moto and Heather come out to serve first. Padma introduces the judges: Tom, Emeril, and Patti Labelle, and they're joined by two of Patti's friends. Chris Moto explains that he was inspired by his grandmother, who made steak dinner every Friday night. He made lemon-pepper steak (with an A-1 glaze, which sounds horrible, but I have A-1) with baked potato and vegetables. Heather made beef stroganoff with herb spaetzle and roasted wild mushrooms, inspired by her mother, who made a lot of one-pot meals. Emeril likes Chris Moto's idea but isn't crazy about the A-1 sauce. Patti likes the vegetables and the presentation. When it comes to Heather's dish, Emeril isn't even sure what the meat is because it's so tough and inedible and Patti jokes, "It's Bigfoot." They all laugh. Emeril compares it to hotel banquet food.
Sarah and Paul are serving next. Sarah is worried that her plate isn't colorful and pretty enough, especially compared to Paul's lovely plate. Will the judges care? Paul explains that his grandmother taught him how to cook, and she used to make chicken adobo, so he made quail adobo and ginger rice with green mango salsa. Sarah explains that her grandparents cooked together, with her grandfather making his own sausage and her grandmother cooking stuffed cabbage, so she combined the two and made pork sausage stuffed cabbage and spinach with browned butter. Tom likes the clean flavors in Sarah's dish, and is impressed that the cabbage doesn't taste heavy. Tom really can't say enough good things about the dish. They like Paul's dish, especially the use of mango and herbs. Patti says that she normally doesn't like quail, but she loved this. Also, I think Patti wants to do it with Tom Colicchio.