1. I for one am tired of "contestants with a dead relative" and all the tearing up as if that means they should win. Everybody's got someone who was old enough to die, even if it's grandma or grandpa.
2. If someone trained at the Cordon Bleu makes French food each dish or cooks like their Souther mama used to, they get dinged for not stepping out of their "comfort zone." But if Aarti makes all Indian-type dishes or someone makes all Middle East, the comment is on the unusual bold seasoning. Uh-uh, it's not unusual or bold for them. A creative take on coq au vin would be bold for them but they probably couldn't pull it off. This seems unfair.