The Dark Horses
#11) Nicholas Elmi (16): Nicholas hasn’t left the competition yet like his buddy from Philly, Jason, but he’s one of several chefs who needs to step it up in a hurry. He’s consistently been maligned for the food he’s put forward, and while he seems like a talented guy, at some point you need to produce because at this point, the judges have no reason to give him the benefit of the doubt.
#12) Travis Masar (16): When a judge says a dish has “missed the mark,” you know it can’t be a good sign, especially when the judges don’t even elaborate on what the exact problem is. The critique wasn’t enough to send Travis home this week, but if he keeps inching below mediocrity, he’ll really need to step up his game if he wants to stick around.
#13) Benedetto Bartolotta (15): Benedetto actually had a good week. The judges were pleased with how his sauce came out, and he was in the middle of the pack on the quickfire. That’s definitely the best we’ve seen from this chef, but because of how bad he was early in the competition, he’ll need to bust out in a big way before his rating improves.
#14) Louis Maldonado (13): After landing himself in the middle of these power rankings for most of the competition, Louis had a bad week. During the quickfire, he literally brought no smoke into the dish and was almost sent home for it and then during the final challenge, he was asked to recreate a trout dish that was described as overcooked and underseasoned. He ended up in the bottom 3 for that dish, as well. He narrowly escaped going home this week, and next week he’ll need to do much better.
#15) Patricia Vega (10): Patty is basically in the same camp as Benedetto. She was completely fine this week. She even got a nice little comment about how tasty (yet simple) her quickfire dish was, but given the complete nightmare her first two weeks were, there’s no bumping her out of this basement rating until she actually proves she can compete.
Here’s a look at how each of the two ballots shook out:
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