‘Top Chef: New Orleans’ review: Why Nicholas Elmi made the right move

What's next? -Tonight’s episode of “Top Chef: New Orleans” may be the most controversial of the season, and for good reason. After all, this was something that was very similar to what happened last year with Kristen Kish’s elimination, except a little bit later in the game.

Tonight, the victim was Stephanie Cmar, who really ended up falling on her sword after Nicholas Elmi made a controversial decision when it comes to the battle between Spanish cuisine and classic French food. His move cost her, since he had immunity and could make big moves without thinking that his butt was on the line.

Now, here is the question that we know the interwebs is going to be vigorously debating at the moment: Should he have resigned rather than stuck around in the competition? You can say that if you want to play the morality card, but here is the real problem with that: It’s impossible to really say that anyone should do that when they are trying to fight for their family and their career. Nicholas shouldn’t have resigned since he earned the immunity, and the other chefs could have stood up for themselves for.

With that being said, though, Stephanie did get seriously screwed here, mostly since she just ended up on the wrong team while Nina Compton continued her reign of dominance. While this episode was very entertaining, it did nothing to change our perception that we were going to see Nina win this in the end. She has an enormous advantage right now over the other chefs, and it is really not even close. Grade: B.

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