Renatta’s dish straight up angers Ludo (ANGRY LUDO!) and he curses, Nigella recognizes it as apple crumble and Malarkey praises it.
Mia’s rice pudding takes Tony back to Beirut in his mind, and he shares briefly about the food of the region and how this dish remindshim of that time. Good call, Mia.
Huda’s dish is up first with her roasted chicken, and they don’t hate it. So that’s good. Chin up girl! Ninamarie is next, and they can’t tell if her chicken scarpelli is pork and Nigella thinks it’s too acidic.
The judges thank everyone for their dishes and then begin deliberating before picking their favorite and least favorite dishes. Tony says it’s unfortunate because someone didn’t really suck monumentally, that for the most part the dishes were really good. It’s going to be a tough call you guys!
First up to declare his worst/best dishes: Malarkey. He chooses Khristianne as the best and Shawn as the worst. Which works out well for him because Khristianne is on his team and Shawn is on Ludo’s. Interesting.
Ludo picks Sarah (his own team) as his best dish, and Micah (Team Malarkey) as his worst. The plot thickens!
Tony chooses his best as Dianne (his own team) and Lauren as his worst (Nigella’s).
Nigella chooses Diane as her best, and Renatta as her worst! It’s a tragedy! Firstly, Diane wins TWO favorites (dammit! Guess she really is good? She can still be a bit nicer though, I mean I’m a bitch but at least I’m funny when I do it – big difference) and secondly, Renatta is on her own team!
So this is where the show loses me a little bit because the judges then ask all the contestants to tell them about their dishes. At this point the elimination portion is not a completely blind taste test. I would have liked it MORE if the four losing members had 20 minutes to “cook for their lives!” and then a blind elimination happens. Right?
Anyway, they each get a chance to talk to the judges, so let’s break down the losers last plea for leaniency.
Renatta explains that apple crumble was a staple of comfort food growing up (apples, brown sugar, nom nom nom). However, Tony says that generally chefs with a more refined pallette are less receptive to sugar and I say – HOW DARE YOU! And I eat a girl scout cookie. Dammit, I liked Renatta’s attitude. I have a baaaad feeling about this one.
Micah tells a lovely story about a family friend visiting from Israel before his father passed away, and it reminds him of family and home. Nigella tells her that she was “discomforted” by the flavors of the dish, however she found his story very moving. Ludo tells him that it was bland and flavorless and Tony tells Micah that his dish left him cold. Damn. Wonder how that whole “leaving my job to go on TV thing panned out?” Yikes.
Shawn is up next and he is PISSED. Which I kind of get, he says his Dad is from Trinidad and Tobago and that he cooks the dish a lot so he is surprised he’s even up there. Tony tells Shawn that it should have been a great dish, but it was badly in need of salt. Shawn goes right back at him telling him tht the curry flavor is directly from the island. Ludo helps his guy out telling him that he’s very good and he’s surprised he’s there. Man, Shawn is NOT taking this well. Then again, neither would I. See above paragraph about me being a cry baby.