Originally Posted by Winston Smith;2216170;
I agree with all of this and think the remaining contestants have resorted to blind scapegoating where Marcel is concerned.
So he described his food to the judges/diners with enthusiasm. So what? String him up?! Sam did exactly the same thing, talking about his food and nobody rolled their eyes.
So he moved Elia's steamer. It didn't negatively impact her dish, and he wasn't being malicious. What the heck was she talking about when she accused him of "cheating" on multiple occasions? When has he ever "cheated"? That's just slanderous. Of course, when pressed for examples, she backed off and couldn't back up the accusation. That's shameful behavior from a contestant in any kind of competition.
While Ilan sits back and wussily gets Elia to do his dirty work for him, Marcel has never trash-talked another contestant or another contestant's food to the judges. Even when he was physically assaulted, he turned the conversation with the judges back to the food. Ilan is the one who trashed Marcel's dish to the judges at the Debi Mazar dinner. Marcel has always been content to let his food speak for itself.
Marcel obviously rubs everyone the wrong way, but his actions don't strike me as underhanded or malicious or even all that provocative. Maybe it's a scent he gives off, or the Heat-Meiser hair.
But it seems as though he's being piled on by a bunch of people who're stressed out by the competition.