The Dark Horses
#10) Travis Masar (21): Travis was atrocious last week. How the hell he didn’t go home is beyond me. He basically poisoned his entire team with bad ideas about Vietnamese food. Fortunately, if you’re not deemed the worst of the worst, there’s always the chance to redeem yourself, which he did this week when he partnered with Carlos for the victory.

#12 Patricia Vega (18): Patty’s ranking on this list may not seem too impressive, but she’s actually moved up a few slots this week, thanks to getting inspired by Lea Michele’s Halloween party and making a dish that landed her in the top. The judges loved her arancini, and while she didn’t win, she did prove that she has some skill in the kitchen this week. Considering Patty’s track record, I’m pretty sure she won’t win the Top Chef competition this year, but at least she can say she cooked a few dishes she is proud of.

#12) Louis Maldonado (15): Louis landed in the bottom of these rankings this week, and it’s sort of a shame, because his work certainly wasn’t his worst ever. He made an interesting severed finger dish that totally won the judges over for presentation and was at least alright tasting. However, he remains one of the few chefs that has consistently been one of the judges’ lesser favorites. He’s never had a wow moment and he’s made a few huge missteps that have almost sent him home. Hopefully, the severed finger dish is just one step toward Louis getting his game together and succeeding on TV.

#14) Bene Bartolotta (15): Ughghg. Bene, Bene, Bene. Who makes a tomato salad and thinks that could possibly win? Even if it’s done perfectly, that’s a middle of the pack dish at best. This week, it was far from perfect, and it came within a wink of sending Bene home. Apart from a random high moment or two, he’s disappointed far too many times thus far, and if he doesn’t get his act together, we won’t be seeing him for very much longer.

Here’s a look at how each of the two ballots shook out:

Shirley Chung (19)
Carrie Mashaney (18)
Justin Devillier (17)
Nina Compton(16)
Stephanie Cmar (15)
Sara Johannes (14)
Carlos Gaytan (13)
Brian Huskey (12)
Nicholas Elmi (11)
Travis Masar (10)
Patricia Vega (9)
Louis Maldonado (8)
Benedetto Bartolotta (7)
Shirley Chung (19)
Carrie Mashaney (18)
Justin Devillier (17)
Carlos Gaytan(16)
Nina Compton (15)
Stephanie Cmar (14)
Brian Huskey (13)
Nicholas Elmi (12)
Travis Masar (11)
Sara Johannes (10)
Patricia Vega (9)
Benedetto Bartolotta (8)
Louis Maldonado (7)

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