The final challenge is for Mike and Blais to each open the restaurant of his dreams. The other fifteen cheftestants return to cook an amuse bouche, and Mike and Blais do a blind taste test. Their top three dishes each will determine their sous chefs for this final challenge. It’s tough, because they each obviously have friends and favorites (and non-favorites), but they don’t know who made what.
Blais ends up picking the dishes made by Spike, Angelo and Antonia while Mike ends up with Tiffani, Jamie, and Carla. Oh my God, how much do I love that Mike has three women (except he calls them “angels,” yuck). Then they have one hour to plan and five hours the next day to cook in their restaurants for seventy diners and the judges.
The guest diners are a real Murderer’s Row: Hubert Keller (also judging), Lidia Bastianich. Alfred Portale and Bill Terlato (who donated the wine) join Padma to judge Blais first, while Art Smith, Curtis Stone, Gail, and Tom judge Mike first, and then they swap.