The Dark Horses
#10) Sheldon Simeon (19): Sheldon’s had the worst bumps in the power rankings over the last few weeks. He started with some strong dishes and landed toward the top of the ranks, but in the subsequent weeks, he hasn’t had a great grasp on what his dishes need in order to be great. This week he made an alright mahi mahi dish, but he has landed in the bottom before and he’ll need to work his way back to the top.

#11) Josie Smith-Malave (15): Josie made baked potatoes this week, and all anyone seemed interested in was their bigness. On the one hand, it’s a good sign they didn’t have many complaints. On the other hand, the last time the judges were obsessed with the size of something was Grayson Schmitz’s obnoxiously large steak, and that wasn’t a compliment either. Josie may have won the quickfire last week, but she’s still running near the back of the pack.

#11) Eliza Gavin (15): Eliza has mostly been forgettable in the competition thus far. This week her quickfire dish was certainly notable for its weird flavor combinations (Seriously, who pairs flank steak with cherries and asparagus?). She’s failed to impress so far, and for the final challenge this week she created a couple of ice cream dishes. She needs to make something spectacular at some point, or she’ll continue to land in the bottom.

#13) Bart Vandaele (12): Bart needs to become more than just the goofy, good-natured foreign guy. I genuinely had high hopes for him coming into the season, but on his good weeks, he blends into the middle of the pack and on his bad weeks, he flirts with getting sent home. Why is he here? What is he good at? These are questions I would rather get an answer to sooner rather than later.

#14) Joshua Valentine (10): Josh comes with a lot of baggage. He has an axe to grind and he always feels like people are out to get him because he is from Oklahoma. The latter fact is patently untrue. It’s annoying to see him pick fights from week to week and he’s consistently been on the bottom, but has lucked out by not being quite the worst in any given week. He’s not even cooking his way into the middle. It will take more than simply one good quickfire run to move this guy up in the ranks.

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

John Tesar (18)
Stefan Richter (17)
CJ Jacobsen (16)
Lizzie Binder (15)
Danyele McPherson (14)
Kristen Kish (13)
Brooke Williamson (12)
Micah Fields (11)
Sheldon Simeon (10)
Tyler Wiard (9)
Josie Smith-Malave (8)
Eliza Gavin (7)
Bart Vandaele (6)
Joshua Valentine (5)
John Tesar (18)
Lizzie Binder (17)
Stefan Richter (16)
CJ Jacobsen (15)
Danyele McPherson (14)
Kristen Kish (13)
Micah Fields (12)
Tyler Wiard (11)
Brooke Williamson (10)
Sheldon Simeon (9)
Eliza Gavin (8)
Josie Smith-Malave (7)
Bart Vandaele (6)
Joshua Valentine (5)

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