The Dark Horses
#10) Patricia Vega (19): Patty spent a considerable amount of time at the very bottom of these rankings. However, she’s made it through several weeks where other chefs have faltered and she has certainly improved over the last two episodes. Last week, her dish was well-liked, and while this week it was thought of as a little too simple, it did land her in the middle of the pack. Additionally, Gail did like the “floral note” in her first course dish. Small improvements could keep her in the game for some time, but right now, it doesn’t seem like she’s a possible champ.

#10) Louis Maldonado (19): Louis had a nice little performance in the quickfire, landing in the top three. Unfortunately, his graham cracker dessert didn’t go over very well with the judges at all. Luckily for him and everyone else who made dessert, however, many of the main courses were so bad the judges decided to give everyone who went sweet a free pass.

#12) Travis Masar (16): Travis’ biggest problem is he gets extremely defensive about his own dishes. That makes sense since it’s such a high pressure environment, but in a way, it seems to blind him from learning things. For example: if the judges tell you your vegetables were cut improperly, I think they probably know what they’re talking about.

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

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

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