Okay, this was a seriously controversial decision, and I get it, but I also get what the judges saw. You have to remember that they only have the information they get from tasting the food and talking to the cheftestants. They didn't see everything we saw. So what they saw was an incomplete dish. And what they heard was Josie saying, "It was Kristen's dish. I didn't want to mess with it, even though I thought it needed more broth." And Kristen saying, "She's right. I fucked up. I take all responsibility." They have no idea WHY the dish was fucked up, because Kristen and Josie didn't tell them. They asked! They asked multiple times what happened with the gelatin, but the team stonewalled. Gail made a great point about Josie skating by, but they're supposed to judge on that challenge's food alone, not the whole history. I hate that Josie got away with her bullshit, but I also see why the judges made the decision that they did.
Anyway, Kristen interviews that she was the leader, and she had to take responsibility for her team. No one in the Stew Room can believe that Kristen is going home, and Josie hopefully feels like shit. Kristen interviews that she understands that people want to save their own asses, but she's going home with her integrity. She acknowledges that she did too much, and she wanted it to be perfect. Josie interviews that the others think she took the low road, but she's there to win. Brooke interviews that Kristen should have pinned the blame on Josie, who deserved it. Should be interesting next week, no?
So Kristen is headed to Last Chance Kitchen and stop reading now if you don't want to know what happens:
Kristen faces CJ in Last Chance Kitchen, and their challenge is to take turns choosing a time, a protein, a cooking element, and a cuisine. CJ chooses thirty minutes, and then Kristen chooses snapper for the protein; CJ wants to use the smoking gun which allows Kristen to choose French as the cuisine. Bad move, CJ. Anyway, Kristen struggles with the smoker. CJ makes a snapper filet in brown butter with smoked mashed potatoes that Tom likes, but he thought it needed a sauce. Kristen makes a bouillabaisse that Tom thinks has too much saffron, but ultimately, he awards Kristen the win because her dish was more of a cohesive dish instead of CJ's collection of elements. So Big Ceej's reign ends.