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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?

Very difficult! But I felt very confident about my role.

What did you prepare today?

Heart of palm salad, marinated skirt steak, roast chicken adobo, skirt steak cubano, rice with citrus and sweet plantains with cumin spiked yogurt and key lime hobinaro gastrique.

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

I did well, we did well!

What was the highlight of the day's events?

Being a team, coming together and getting the job done, even if a little messy.

Are there any lessons you took away from today?

To be together — work as a team and support each other.

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

They liked our innovative use of spice and yogurt. To continue to look at plantains.

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

Who knows? They are great chefs, wonderful friends and terrific people.

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

Katie kicks ass!

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

I do not know.