Here's a shocker: Josie runs out of time! So she can't serve the chicken wings she wanted to add to her dish. I don't see much on the plates she's putting out. There's fried chicken and then something that looks like coleslaw. I thought she was also going to have biscuits and like three other sides? Just another example of Josie overpromising and underdelivering.
The first round of food is served and Padma introduces the diners and judges: Vinny and Jon from Animal and Son of a Gun, Michelle Bernstein, guest judge David Chang, Tom, Emeril, and Wolfgang. Josie reminds us that Michelle was the guest judge when Josie went home last time, and here's hoping that history repeats itself.
Sheldon made Umami drumsticks and thighs, wings with usukuchi and grapeseed oil (a la Momofuku). Lizzie served chicken with coriander, black pepper, and brown sugar with peach cabbage slaw. Josie: chicken with black garlic, cayenne, thyme, and hot sauce with daikon salad.
I think it's pretty ballsy to serve Momofuku chicken to David Chang. Anyway, they try Lizzie's chicken first. The diners comment that it's crispy and tasty, but Tom points out that, given a whole chicken, no one would cut off a boneless breast. David from Animal is like, "Wait, they were given whole chickens? Then this kind of sucks." See? So it seems like Lizzie's is good for a boneless breast, but the judges would have preferred bone-in. Tom adds that he doesn't think Lizzie really understands fried chicken in the American style, but the side salad is really good.
Jon makes fun of Josie for serving her Southern fried chicken on a banana leaf. I don't know what the coleslaw is that she served with it; it looks like a bunch of strings in a pile. Wolfgang points out how greasy the chicken is, and Emeril holds up the banana leaf to show off the pile of grease on there. Michelle Bernstein says she took one bite and she couldn't eat any more. Yikes.