No Sam in the finale?
Again, no Sam?
How could that be?
I know that the judges don't mark for cumulative scores or total excellence or the number of past wins or even winning personalities (except when they do) and that the producers' influence is a wild card, but still, no Sam?
Sam is a much more consistent, creative chef than either Ilan or Marcel. He is a proven kitchen leader. His food was just as raved about as Ilan's. I don't get it. He is much more versatile a cook than Ilan.
Marcel's one-trick wonder finally worked for him, so I can't complain about him (well, actually I can but I'm not wasting any time on it.)
Here's my totally paranoid take on it.
Judge Tom, still smarting from the producers' over ruling his wish to throw them all out after the hair shaving incident and make Marcel the defacto winner, engineers an Ilan over Sam win.(What's with Sam's dishes not being cooked so therefore inferior, I don't want to digress, but BOGUS. Also bogus, Elia's flavors not being Hawaiian enough, but Ilan's despite all the Spanish sausage, saffron, etc., was.) Ilan is not as strong as Sam so Marcel has a better chance of winning it all and all the pranksters end up punished anyway.