"I'm a Top Chef OG, I've got a crown to defend." Richard is not taking his competition lightly. He's ready to make Marcel work for it.
"I've kind of already to lost to Richard once. I don't want to do that again." Marcel has his eye on the win this time -- but can he take on the champion?
Judges Gail Simmons and Wolfgang Puck join host Curtis Stone in greeting the chefs. This really is the big leagues!
"That's pretty much the challenge my five-year-old would come up with." Uh, Richard's not really feeling Marcel's hot and cold desert challenge.
"The idea for my challenge came from trying to think about out how to put in a curveball for Richard." Marcel choose a dessert in hopes of knocking Richard out of his savory comfort zone. (Doesn't a savory comfort zone sound delicious?)
Is Richard going overboard with the liquid nitrogen? Nothing seems to be too much for Richard, as he worries he's perhaps over-complicated his plate.
"The cool thing about using liquid nitrogen to make your ice cream is it creates smaller molecules, so the ice cream has a smoother consistency." Marcel explains the method behind his molecular madness.
After Richard trumped Marcel in the desert challenge it was time for Richard's duel. He challenged Marcel to burgers -- which is fitting since he's got a few burger restaurants of his own.
"My strategy for this burger is to make something representative of the traditional, iconic roadside burger, but to give it just enough edge" Richard explains his mindset for his classic plus kimchi ketchup burger.
Gail, Curtis and Wolfgang are ready to take their first bite! And ultimately the Austrian and the Canadian loved Marcel's take on the burger -- "The Dirty Girl."
"This is it, it's the final challenge. It's a lot of pressure." Marcel is feeling the heat!
"I'm really notorious for coming in second. Maybe coming in first would be kind of rad."
"There's definitely a story to my menu. I'm trying to take people through the woods in the springtime and I want to feature cherries in all of my dishes." Richard definitely has a vision for his three-course menu.
"I'm most nervous about the first course." Richard expresses concern about his visually deceptive dish. Will it wow Wolfgang and Curtis?
Curtis and Wolfgang wish Marcel good luck!
The judges are blindfolded and ready to be fed. What will the chefs serve up for them? Can someone pass the wine?
Richard arrives and explains his desire for the meal to feel like a walk through the forest -- including the smoky smell of duck bolognese (so maybe not most people's walks through the forest).
Gail rocks a blindfold -- of course she can make it look extremely stylish.