Monti's soup thing... when I watched this I refused to believe she didn't have some sort of reference for this at all. She is not familiar at all with Asian foods in general and then pulled of a soup like that knowing it's real name (whereas joe average public would have called it soup with coconut in it). I just don't buy that at all. So I wasn't completely impressed with that but I know we discussed past seasons on here about the contestants using references if not recipes especially for the baking parts of this show.
Anyhow, the complete lack of any knife skills in that sashimi part of the show was fascinating to me.
And I've always liked Joe. And I know I'm well in the minority with that as well. I thoroughly enjoy his arrogance and straight forwardness. Though that being said I think Graham and certainly Gordon have more professional right to be arrogant than Joe does. It interests me that you don't see Graham like that that often or when he is, he's not oozing it.