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Katie introduces the other finalists to real New York pizza. SLIDESHOW NEXT »

Katie introduces the other finalists to real New York pizza.

The contestants learn how to make the classic Olives salad, one of the dishes they will be preparing as they work the line. SLIDESHOW NEXT »

The contestants learn how to make the classic Olives salad, one of the dishes they will be preparing as they work the line.

Katsuji is 86ed but doesn't take his pan with him; he says he doesn't want to 'cook on his shame.' SLIDESHOW NEXT »

Katsuji is 86ed but doesn't take his pan with him; he says he doesn't want to "cook on his shame."

THE FINALISTS' JOURNALS
Read more about this episode in the finalists' own words.
Katie Hagan-Whelchel
Sara Lawson
Autumn Maddox
Katsuji Tanabe

The final four contestants arrive in New York City where Katie introduces Sara, Autumn and Katsuji to genuine New York pizza and hot dogs. After some well-deserved leisure time in the city, they head to chef judge Todd English's restaurant, Olives, where they are met with their next challenge. In the hot and small kitchen of Olives, the finalists will be "working the line." This means they will stand in a line with the other cooks in the kitchen, turning out food ordered by customers. Working the line will test speed, focus, cleanliness, discipline, attention to flavor and seasoning, and finesse. The finalists will work one at a time with the regular cooks of Olives. After drawing cards to determine the order in which they will cook, they are introduced to the three dishes they will be preparing. Executive chef Victor LaPlaca shows them the classic Olives salad, chef judge Ming Tsai demonstrates his crispy calamari, and Todd English prepares seared tuna with risotto and asparagus salad as the last dish.

Katsuji is first to go, and the judges are surprised at his lack of grace under fire. The most shocking thing is that Katsuji does not taste his food while he cooks, which is possibly the most important thing for a chef to do. Autumn is up next, and she fumbles with portion size and accidentally serves an extra dish. The judges advise her to stop the nervous chatter so she can focus. Katie is third, and the judges are impressed with almost everything except for one important detail: her cooking is very slow and they are left waiting for half an hour. Sara goes last and surprises the judges with fast service and the best food of the night. The judges recognize that Katsuji's arrogance has hidden his weaknesses as a cook and don't hesitate in 86ing him. On his way out, Katsuji loudly drops his 86 pan on the stove, claiming to have many better and more expensive pans in his kitchen back home.