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This week it's down to six finalists as the contestants encounter their first female chef, Michelle Bernstein. Michelle introduces them to the flavors of South Florida comfort food in the form of a Cuban sandwich. After a taste of a genuine cubano it's back to Johnson & Wales, where the judges announce this week's challenge: incorporating authentic Cuban dishes into a family-style meal using family-style collaboration. …

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Episode 8 Journal

What did you think of today's challenge?

Team challenge to weed out the weakest. I suppose they ran out of viable challenges.

What did you prepare today?

Cuban food.

How do you think you did? Is there anything you wish you'd done better?

I lost.

What was the highlight of the day's events?

A cubano field trip.

Are there any lessons you took away from today?

I suppose it was that I was to lead my team leader, boss my boss, or try to see a chef to my chef. The insight was that this doesn't apply to reality.

What was the most constructive or interesting piece of feedback you heard from the judges?

They did say 'I didn't do anything wrong.' I guess it was constructive for them to 86 me at that point.

How do you think you are doing in relation to your fellow competitors?

I lost. So obviously not very well.

Who do you think is faring the best and why (we recognize this changes from day-to-day)?

Katsuji. He doesn't play their game, he isn't a sheep.

What do you think your fellow competitors think of you (we recognize this changes from day-to-day)?

They will remember my comedy and how we all laughed even though stress and nerves almost got the better of us.