In the kitchen, Dave works on his dessert while Stephen and Tiffani make an accompanying drink of some sort. "It would have been so fun to do this," Dave says. "I mean, I did it -- you know what I mean." "I'm glad you got to help," Tiffani says. "Help"? Honey, he did the dessert, he did not "help" with the dessert. Dave tells us that for once Tiffani didn't overpower him with what she wanted to do -- he just got to do what he knows how to make. Stephen tells us, "Dave was so honorable that he put the dessert that he planned to use for himself and he just gave it to Tiffani. If Dave didn't have that recipe, I'm not sure what Tiffani would have done." Tiffani smugly follows the desserts out.
Tiffani explains to the Dinnerati that she paired cocktails with the desserts. Now hold on: I really love this idea because I have been known to finish with a little Brandy Alexander in place of dessert, but is it in keeping with the rules? I mean, I think wines can be hard to pair with sweet things, so I assumed that would be part of the challenge. They don't call her on it, but I always felt she got away with something here. Anyway, she's got a golden raisin bread pudding with a rum cocktail, and a vanilla panna cotta (I hate the way she affects an Italian accent to say "panna cotta." It's annoying when Little Big Head Giada does it, and she's actually Italian!) that has a passion fruit reduction and is paired with an amaretto cocktail. They all rave, rave, RAVE over the dishes. "Tiffani is really shining in this dessert part," Bot says. Hee hee hee. Oh, the axe is being sharpened!
In the kitchen, Tiffani, Stephen, and Dave clink full wineglasses and Tiffani says, "I cannot begin to thank you enough." Dave wells up for the camera and says he was happy to be able to cook in the finale, but it's still hard. Oh, Dave.
Tiffani rejoins the Dinnerati. Drew asks Tiffani the same loaded question about who she is cooking for, herself or her guests. Tiffani responds, "I cook the way I want to eat and that's really important to me." BUZZ! Wrong answer! And she goes on, "I think cooking to please other people, to me, it just falls short." You're done, sister. What a very telling answer, though. Dana praises her risk-taking, and the cocktails, but questions some of her wine pairings. Hubert loved the desserts. Tiffani is excused.