I missed Judges' Table because I was busy setting up for the next challenge. I'm not sure how much I can reveal, as I don't know what has aired up until now. So whatever the reasons Howie was eliminated (I think I remember something about him volunteering to go home, I could be wrong), I have found him to be one of the more interesting and passionate players in this game. He's a got a great heart and a whole lot of talent. He may or may not need to work on his people skills, but I think his attitude was that of one who came in to win a competition. What I do like about this cast is the fact that they all understand they will continue to be successful long after Top Chef is over. I've had the opportunity to talk to Howie after the competition and he's not only really nice, but, above all, calls a spade a spade, and has no regrets.