The Dark Horses
#12) Bret Pelaggi (15): Bret? Bret? Ohh yeah. Bret. He’s a competitor on Top Chef this year, and like many of his fellow cooks, has done absolutely nothing to set himself apart from the pack. Hopefully, his food will be a little less non-descript moving forward than his random white guy appearance.

#13) Nicholas Elmi (13): Nicholas Elmi is one of the Philly guys in the competition. He has a background in French cooking and he got no feedback from the judges this week. He’s one of the dudes that cooked a fine dish and landed in the middle, but he’ll have to do better than that if he wants to move up in these power rankings and win each week.

#14)Brian Huskey (12): You probably remember Brian as the guy with the questionable facial hair. He seems pleasant enough to be around, and no one had any complaints about his food, which sets him apart from most of the people below him who had flat-out bad weeks.

#15) Benedetto Bartolotta (11): Benedetto is probably best remembered for his work as a sous chef during Top Chef Masters. He didn’t make it very far during that run, and unless he turns things around, he won’t make it very far this time. The judges were not impressed with his cooking techniques with mushrooms, and he narrowly avoided the bottom three.

#16) Travis Masar (9): Travis is another mystery box who landed in the middle this week. Travis’ dish, like his personality, was fairly unmemorable, but hopefully he’ll stand out and move up in the rankings in the weeks to come.

#17) Aaron Cuschieri (6): Aaron is a better chef than some of these people above him. The judges went out of their way to compliment his technique and the way he conceptualized his dish, but as Curtis pointed out, you’re only as good as the last plate you served. Since he doesn’t have a Michelin star like his fellow Chicago chef, he doesn’t really deserve the benefit of the doubt either.

#18) Patricia Vega (4): Patty had a true breakdown this week. Her initial idea for her dish wasn’t enough to feed everyone. It’s actually a good thing that she scrapped together a Plan B, but that Plan B was terrible. Then, when she was critiqued, she lost it a little bit. It’s tough to be in the bottom 3, but she really needs to boost up her game if she wants to stay in the competition in the coming weeks.

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

Carlos Gaytan (19)
Sara Johannes (18)
Nina Compton (17)
Shirley Chung (16)
Carrie Mashaney (15)
Janine Booth (14)
Louie Maldonado (13)
Michael Sichel (12)
Jason Cichonski (11)
Justin Devillier (10)
Stephanie CMar (9)
Bret Pelaggi (8)
Benedetto Bartolotta (7)
Brian Huskey (6)
Nicholas Elmi (5)
Travis Masar (4)
Aaron Cuschieri (3)
Patricia Vega (2)
Nina Compton (19)
Shirley Chung (18)
Stephanie Cmar (17)
Sara Johannes (16)
Janine Booth (15)
Carrie Mashaney (14)
Carlos Gaytan (13)
Justin Devillier (12)
Louis Maldonado (11)
Michael Sichel (10)
Jason Cichonski (9)
Nicholas Elmi (8)
Bret Pelaggi (7)
Brian Huskey (6)
Travis Masar (5)
Benedetto Bartolotta (4)
Aaron Cuschieri (3)
Patricia Vega (2)

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