While I agree that Max is smug and cocky. And I absolutely saw his mean smirk when Tony was eliminated. However, I think that Tony did not live up to the teamwork portion and failed to respect Max as leader. Just because he's a "Kid" and a jerk, doesn't change the fact that he was in charge and should have been treated accordingly.
Christian, Derrick and Guiseppe are my faves of the guys. For the girls, it seems Alejandra is a standout. I cannot stand Suzy!! Her attitude is even more entitled that Max's. I couldn't believe she dissed the judges' judging of Christian's dish over hers!
ETA: Has anyone been to Fox's Masterchef site? There is a contestant's section with a video for each contestant where they cook a dish at home. It's fun to watch. Guiseppe is my fave of these.
I just realized why I like Derrick. He reminds me of Derek Smalls, and anything that makes me think of Spinal Tap is okay by me :D.
Derrick is a favourite of mine as well... I just love his enthusiastic attitude. Everyone around him is in tears, but he is pretty positive. I also kind of like the geek with the glasses... Ben? He won't be around until the end, but he seems to pretty kind to others and is humble about his own failures.
It is funny how no single person has risen to the top yet. Those who were early stars have been replaced by others who have had the best dishes. Last night's elimination was not a viewer favorite for sure!!!
But we came "that close" to having our least favorite contestant eliminated. Sometimes folks like that get really rattled by criticism - especially when the judges were laughing at his 15 layers of crepe. Perhaps he'll continue to flounder, now that he's been knocked down a peg or two.
It irritates me that I didn't see one dish from ANY of my favorite contestants. We saw their faces but nothing nada zip zilch about the cooking efforts from Derrick, Christian, Ben or Guiseppe. In particular I was dying to see Guiseppe's coffee dessert. His lemon puff pastries from a few weeks ago looked to die for and I'm angry that I didn't get to see how he got creative with coffee.
I was, however, howling with laughter at the judges' reactions and facial expressions when tasting Max's crepe dish. Just thinking about it is making me chuckle. Alvin's beignets would have been better off filled with a simple coffee pudding or mousse. He didn't have to get so crazy with the chemistry.