I usually enjoy Grantland's take on Food Network - but I really agree with the idea that this season the "best" contestants just didn't respond well to the criticism. I think that especially Stacy and Nikki (and also Chad) could have become really solid members on FN. Good personalities, good takes on food, etc. However, the way that they all responded to the show's criticism resulted in a real knock on their confidence and then performance. Whereas the three who made it to the end clearly weren't working with the same quality and potential.