BryanBot – Sardine, German Butterball Potato, Heirloom Tomato and Panko breadcrumbs. It’s his version of mac & cheese, something made by his mom, the “Queen of the One-Pot Meal.” Toby was all for sardines, as he is British, and English food is incredibly gross (as we have mentioned before). The others (not them) found it to be poorly seasoned and lacking acid. Mom said it wasn’t fishy. Not high praise.
Hawk reveals that he was given a sarcastic Champion Eater trophy as a child and that broccoli was his own El Guapo. Here he made it taste like popcorn, and I don’t believe him. Most of the judges agree, although Donatella Arapia found it to be beautifully done. Mom says that as a kid “Michael hated everything.” HA!
Kevin – Pacific Rockfish, Roasted Squash, Crab Broth, Roasted Matsutake Mushrooms. Donatella dug the broth, and the dude with the beard liked the seasoning, but Kevin gets seriously dinged for making bad shrooms.
BryanBot – Rockfish Sous Vide, Kabocha Squash with curry, and Meyer Lemon. Again, The Bot has seasoning problems, and Sam Nazarian calls it ”safe” and that ”it’s like a blind date you just don’t want to go on.” Yikes.
Hawk – Dashi-glazed rockfish, sweet and sour crab salad with squash and Meyer Lemon. Tom gushes about it, and the others follow.
Clearly, Hawk is far ahead on this one, more so than Kevin was on the first.
Kevin – Slow-roasted pork belly with Brussels sprouts, broccoli and caramelized ham us. The pork was too hard, despite the richness of the sauce.
BryanBot – Venison saddle with puree of sunchokes and orange juniper sauce. Padma says, “You can’t say this doesn’t have seasoning!” It seems BryanBot put all his seasoning into this one, and did it well.
Hawk – Fennel-scented squab breast, pistachio cassoulet and textures of mushrooms. The squab is universally praised. Donatella didn’t get the mushrooms – Hawk took mushrooms, made a puree (I think) and reshaped it into mushroom form.