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Let's start with Liz, who makes chorizo and corn empanadas, which are literally two of my favorite things on earth, so I would've loved to try these. Everyone enjoys them. In fact, one of the locals asks for a recipe. And in case anyone was wondering, you eat empanada with your hands. She wins Most Valuable Chef, which we'll get back to in a moment.
The diners also love Avery's goat, probably the most traditional of all the dishes. Avery reveals her favorite part of cooking is butchery and filleting. I think this says something about her but i'm not quite sure what that is.
John's vegetarian dish shockingly did not go over well with the Argentinians. I actually think he would've been cut some slack by Curtis, etc. had it actually tasted good, but the execution was still a little off. I'll never fault someone for trying to balance a meal by including a vegetable, though.
Best competitor does not mean best cook. He won by watering down punch, by wholesaling the empanadas. His work smarter, not harder does not win him the votes of the customers. His bullying and strategies won't win their votes either. If the finale is based solely on cooking, he hardly stands a chance.
As to Liz' cooking, she's actually done fairly with locals while undervalued by the competitors. I think Liz and Avery are the best cooks of the second half of the show. John was a poor cook most of the way through and only the vagaries of reality TV and playground strategy kept him on. Generally unimaginative, when he tries to shoot for something good, he fails. He seems the embodiment of the poor design of this competition.