Anyone have spoiler information or care to speculate on which of the chefs will make it to the Final 2?
I am going to guess based on editing alone that Marcel and Elia will be in the final two. And if not, either one that makes it to the final two would win.
I have always been an admitted Marcel-sympathizer. But I wonder if there was a lot more of Marcel's guilty actions going on than what we witnessed? How much more? Can so many other people despise him so much for what we have seen of his behavior? I'm still not convinced island fever and a somewhat annoying, relatively harmless guy would instigate so much despicable behavior. I am wondering how heavy-handed the producers were in the editing. The same producers who produce Project Runway who also got a mixed reponse (mostly negative and disappointment) to Jeffrey's win based on his early bad-guy portrayal. Maybe the producers don't want that type of response again and have wiped Marcel as clean as possible. This also accomplishes a "Yeah for the underdog" "Yeah for the geek" type of reaction if he wins, creating warm fuzzy feelings for all (except the show "bullies").
Winston Smith pointed out in the 1-17 show thread fishy editing in the episode that gave a much kinder edit to Elia. Why bend over backwards, distorting the true chronology of the actual events and give her a kind edit unless she is making it to the Final 2? In a preview for the next episode, it appears she accuses Marcel of cheating. Is her move to the darkside now complete? Are they going to pit them as old friends but sudden enemies? On a sidenote I like her pixie cut. I'm a long-hair traditionalist, but the short 'do looks great on her.