I am in total agreement with Tahoejunkie. From the beginning of the season, the best of the losers have been voted off. Getting mentioned as the cook the diners like when your team lost was the sure way to goodbye. Add to that the casual sexism that underlies the assumption by the men AND women that the men are better chefs - there are elements that infuriate me.
Take Nicole saying John was her biggest threat? From where did she get that dumb idea? He's been on the bottom throughout the season and failed spectacularly in Hong Kong. He just talks big, like Nookie - bravado does not make good food, but it does seem to keep them in the running.
Of course, with the voting system, the best cooks have been voted off. The only seemingly strong cook remaining is Avery. I expect her to be gone next week unless she wins. This is the race to the most mediocre, not the best. It's sad mediocrity and manipulation defeat talent so overwhelmingly.