Guest chef judge Michelle Bernstein takes the finalists to a Cubano sandwich shop to get a taste of local comfort food.
Strong leader Katie shows John Paul how she wants things done with her version of a Cubano.
John Paul can't stay under the radar this time — his lack of initiative lands him the 86 pan.
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|John Paul Abernathy
86'd in this episode
Guest Chef Judge: Michelle Bernstein
This week it's down to six finalists as the contestants encounter their first female chef, Michelle Bernstein. Michelle introduces them to the flavors of South Florida comfort food in the form of a Cuban sandwich. After a taste of a genuine cubano it's back to Johnson & Wales, where the judges announce this week's challenge: incorporating authentic Cuban dishes into a family-style meal using family-style collaboration. For the first time, the contestants aren't being judged solely on their cooking; leadership and teamwork have come into play.
Katie and Matt are appointed as team captains, with Katie leading the boys (John Paul and Katsuji) and Matt leading the ladies (Autumn and Sara). With only two hours to complete their meals, the teams plan their menus and begin cooking. Katie and Matt's leadership styles are immediately revealed as Katie takes charge with an iron fist and Matt discusses ideas together with his team. Katie's direct style and clean workstation helps her team to finish strong, despite a few burned pots of food. Matt's team, on the other hand, struggles with an indecisive leader and a messy kitchen, especially when the judges announce that 30 minutes have been unexpectedly cut from their cooking time. The judges aren't impressed by Matt's leadership skills, but somehow his team manages to produce better-tasting food than the other team. They call him out anyway as one of the two weakest, saying that he was too uncertain, timid, and made bad cooking decisions. The judges call out John Paul as the second weak link, since he served only as a follower and didn't take any initiative on his own. When asked by the judges if he's ready to take on a real kitchen in a restaurant, John Paul admits that he's only "getting there." The judges don't like his lack of initiative and hand John Paul his 86 pan.