The Dark Horses
#11) Benedetto Bartolotta (17): I don’t blame Benedetto for what happened this week. He doesn’t know anything about Vietnamese food; so, if one of his partners tells him certain parts of Central Vietnam use tomato sauce, it’s not surprising he would jump on his Italian heritage and head there. Still, it would have been nice if he used those not-so-traditional flavors to create something worth eating.
#12 Patricia Vega (15): Patty was on prep duty this week. Her team won, and they all had nice things to say about her. That’s more than enough reason to knock her up a few spots, but until she creates something the judges fall in love with on her own, she’s going to basically be an afterthought.
#12) Louis Maldonado (15): What the hell, bro? Louis easily could have gone home last week, and for his big comeback, he made another dish the judges were less than thrilled about. His confidence is clearly rattled. He needs something to go right, but no one can do that for him. He needs to man up and make shit happen.
#14) Travis Masar (13): What a disaster. The only thing worse than creating a bad dish is going on and on about what an expert you are and then creating a bad dish. I would rather see confident Travis than not confident Travis, but in the short-term, he needs to get back to the basics and focus on following the challenge rules and creating something simple and tasty.
Here’s a look at how each of the two ballots shook out:
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