From one point of view, I'm glad that Stephanie won the quick-fire challenge. Her prize for winning, the responsibility of assigning the eliminated sous-chefs to the remaining contenders, was a prize of enourmous power. Stephanie, by assigning partners based on how well everyone will work together, used that power benevolently. I can easily imagine someone, Lisa for example, using that power to maximize the ill-effects for everyone except herself. Fortunately, that didn't happen.
For the elimination challenge, I got really nervous when Dale left the pork out all night. That was a huge setback for Stephanie, and I don't want to her eliminated. She made the right decision by not trusting the pork and doing something different, and ultimately it worked out quite well.
As for Richard, he did a great job, deserved to win, and the look on his face when they presented him with the new Corolla was priceless. I'm sorry to see Antonia go; she's a really nice person and obviously wanted it very badly. But I agree with the judges that the undercooked peas were a fatal mistake, and in the end she just isn't quite as strong as Stephanie and Richard.
That brings us to Lisa. Now, granted, a tv show isn't the ideal way to judge a person's personality, but from what I've seen, Lisa does not seem like an especially good person. She will throw you under the bus in a heartbeat if she thinks it will help her, she blames other people for her mistakes, and just has a plain old nasty attitude. She's shown up at the elimination table a LOT, but somehow always manages to be not quite the worst. And her comment at the end of this week's show ... well, judge for yourself (paraphrased):
Antonia: Hey everybody, I'm out. [hugs all around, leaves]
Richard and Stephanie: Bye... [a little sad to see their friend leave]
Lisa: What, so no one's going to congratulate me!?!?!
Richard and Stephanie (audible): Oh, sorry congratulations
Richard and Stephanie (inaudible): Oh fuck off
Seriously, what was she thinking? She squeaked by with the bronze medal, and she thinks congratulations are in order?