Daniel Boulud as guest judge - talk about quaking in your boots!
Escargot as the ingredient to use for the QF and there are some who are cocky (Mike I.) and some that are concerned (Jennifer). And as a high-stakes QF, it's not that the winner gets $15K - it's that the loser goes home! Yikes.
Amazing dishes were Mike I., Kevin, and Jennifer and Kevin wins it! I was thinking when Mike I. was shown mouthing off in the confessional early on, I thought the Elves might be telling us something.
Bad dishes - Jessie, Ashley, and Robin - rut-roh! BUT - they get a chance to save themselves - they have 20 minutes to make an amuse bouche out of anything in the kitchen. They all seemed pretty good - but it's bye-bye, Jessie!
Elimination Challenge - classic French sauce, or classic French protein...and Mike I. doesn't know what a lot of them are!
ETA - to fix the 5th guest chef judge Keller, Tourandel, Boulud, Robuchon, and Joho (I haven't heard of him) - are eating at the table for the EC dinners! Holy smokes! And even MORE Holy Smokes is that Kevin won't be cooking AND will be joining them at the dining table!
Pairing up of sauce and protein begins...Jennifer and Mike V. are paired - VERY good pairing! And Brian and Mike I. are paired. And they're off!