Goodbye, Dale! We have to say, we thought the judges would keep Dale based on the fact that his body of work over the course of the season was obviously stronger than Lisa's. And maybe his bad attitude and inability to handle pressure maturely was his Achilles heel, but she's no picnic in the kitchen, either. As far as the challenges, the quickfire — working the short order station at a busy breakfast joint — seemed thrown in at the last-minute, like Plan A was cancelled. But we do know that cooking eggs well is hard, and once again Antonia rose to the top. Now that Dale is gone, we think she'll be in the top 3. With restaurant wars, we are always impressed that they can pull together a full menu and cook for 35 people with one day to plan. And for the first time in several episodes, we actually cared about the food! That is, more than the drama between chefs. Stephanie, Antonia, and Richard made stuff we'd want to (or already do) cook — like the beet and goat cheese salad, the gorgonzola cheesecake, and the linguini with clams and sausage. Stephanie deserved the win for not just taking the front of the house duties and forgetting about the kitchen. She contributed in both places, and when the judges asked her questions about the food, she was perfectly poised.
We could go on and on about the losing team. Head judge Anthony Bourdain described the mango sticky rice as "baby vomit with wood chips." Ouch. And Dale only makes Asian food. He should have nailed this challenge. But again, we were hoping for a surprise, double elimination so that we could say goodbye to Lisa, too. Both of her dishes were disasters! What did you think? Were you surprised that Dale was eliminated? Who will be in the final four? More Top Chef Coverage: Bravo)