So the whole crew goes back into the green room. Huda’s praying she doesn’t get sent home, but she knows undone chicken is not good. Diane’s convinced she’s going in the red box tonight, and Gregg is bitching about being called out on his bullshit Naan. Ninamarie correctly tells him to take the criticsm to heart and not to deflect it. He accepts her advice. And there is no screaming or name calling.
See, these people are too civil and nice? Have I been conditioned by Top Chef to expect douchery at all times? So far, the douchiest was Shawn, and he’s outta there.
So here we go, our best and worst. Who do we have?
Tony picks Nigella’s team as his best and worst. Digging Huda’s side-eye. Check out the contrast in expressions, it’s like the drama mask.
Nigella picks Tony’s team as her best/worst! Interesting . . .
Malarkey picks his own as the best, and Tony’s as the worst. Mia is PIIISSSSED! I made my own bread bitches!
And Ludo gives makes Malarkey’s wet dreams come true by picking Jeff as his best and his own team as his worst.
Ludo is le pissed
Malarkey baits Ludo, as you do, and Ludo quickly reminds him that Gregg has immunity so it doesn’t matter. Our three to go home will be Diane, Huda or Mia. Two from Tony’s team are on the block. Who will it be?
The three are left to argue for their dishes and it goes as follows:
Gregg defends his “naan” saying it wasn’t a pastry, but Nigella tells him it simply wasn’t good. Malarkey actually gives Gregg some great advice and says to focus less on the visual aspect of the dish but more on the taste. And he’s right, and Gregg humbly takes the advice.
Tony and Malarkey remind Ludo that he has two sandwich masters in his kitchen and hoo boy, does Ludo get nasty! “This is my probleemmm not you problemmm, okay?”
Huda is super humble and apologizes for the undone chicken. Honestly, Huda just looks exhausted and defeated. The wind is out of her sails which is a shame because I liked her a lot.
Diane is also very understanding about why she’s there because the bread was a bad choice, and she knows it.
But Mia? Mia is SUPER DEFENSIVE about the fact that she made the bread and then tells the judges, “agree to disagree, but Lauren’s had a char on it and you liked it.” Nigella says, “well it didn’t taste good otherwise I wouldn’t have said anything!”
Mia’s fatal mistake here was not humbly taking the criticism and just reminding the mentors that she made that bread from scratch and let it lie. At this point, she’s pissed off Nigella. Do NOT piss of the The Poppins!