The chefs will be presenting these dishes to the governor and first lady of Alaska, at the governor's mansion. "I would not hold back -- at all," Emeril says.
The chefs convene around the fireplace to talk about their dishes when Josh's phone goes off. It's his wife, with news that her water broke and she's heading to the hospital. Somewhere off camera, the show director is silently jumping up and down in joy. Real! Life! Drama!
It's hard to watch Josh wipe away the tears as he tells his wife he wishes he could be with her. Moments where Mary Alice actually cries while watching this episode: Two. So far.
Chefs start prep and discuss their dish's inspirations. Tom comes back to check in on everyone. Brooke is struggling with the concept of the challenge because she's known she wants to be a chef since she was a child -- she can't think of the "one moment" like the guys have. She's using her Mother's braised chicken as a starting point, but still figuring it out as she cooks.
The next morning, Josh Skypes with his wife in the hospital and she turns the camera so he can lay eyes for the first time onto his newborn baby daughter, Georgia. Mary Alice crying count update = Three.
Prep is getting finalized at the Governor's mansion. Sheldon is really worried about timing -- he doesn't want to cook his fish too early. With 20 minutes left he starts firing his fish, and at the same time realizes his broth has reduced too far and is way too salty. Uh oh.
The chefs serve their dishes to the Governor, First Lady, Wolfgang Puck, Gail Simmons, Roy Choi, Emeril, Tom and Padma.
Sheldon's dish: Pan roasted rockfish, spot prawns, baby vegetables & dashi.
The judges all agree the proteins were cooked perfectly but the over salty broth overtook the dish. Things don't look good for Sheldon.
Brooke's dish: Braised chicken, grilled quail with carrot barley & pickled vegetables.
"You always know when food's good when everyone is quiet," Tom points out as they're all silently inhaling Brooke's dish.
Josh's dish: Foie gras three ways: torchon, pan-seared & profiterole.
Tom and Gail agree the torchon is not set -- it's just not something one should attempt in one day. Everyone loves the other elements of his composition, though.
At Judges' table, Padma tells Josh she was surprised to get foie gras from him. "I really wanted to go -- excuse me -- balls to the wall." While they applaud his creativity, Tom and Gail criticize the torchon harshly.
Except for Wolfgang saying his quail was overcooked, the judges have nothing but rave reviews for Brooke's dish.
As for Sheldon, Wolfgang and Padma both point out how exquisite his fish and prawns were, but how much the salty broth took away from that.
The winner of today's challenge was unanimous: Brooke. She's all smiles. "I'm not here to gloat but it feels really good." she admits.
The judges hash out Sheldon's salty broth vs. Josh's failure at a dish that you just can't get accomplished in two hours.
Padma delivers the harsh, and shocking news: Josh is heading home (or actually, to Last Chance Kitchen). What the what? I for one was totally gobsmacked at this, Sheldon looked like the clear loser.
So our finale will match up Sheldon, Brooke ... and the winner of "Last Chance Kitchen." Oh and also "Save a Chef." Blarg. Bravo network, this is so convoluted. I'm still not clear on how all this works, but it's Kristen vs. Josh vs. Lizzie (who beat CJ in a popularity contest?).
Anyway, so they are asked by Tom to cook whatever they want, no restrictions. Skip to the end: We see that Josh gets eliminated and it's down to Lizzie vs. Kristen. They don't reveal the winner. Bravo, Bravo network, you tease.
Regardless of who it will be, for the record, I'm Team Brooke all the way.