Although I've watched a couple previous seasons of this show, I can't remember whether or not in this final round they'd had the mentors standing right beside the finalists as they cooked their final meal, and literally telling them what to do every step of the way. Maybe they did, but it still surprised me that even though in every other round leading up to the finale, the mentors would first show the contestants how to make a dish, then they would leave the "worst cooks" to make it on their own, which seemed like a fair test of how well they'd learned how to cook something. Thus, following in the pattern of the testing the contestants throughout this season, a true final test would have involved them attempting to cook their final meals for the outside judges with NO mentors present to tell them what to do.
So this final round seems like a poor test of the finalists skills when the mentors were instructing them the entire time while they made their meals. The finalists basically then end up being robots for the mentor's vision and execution of their meals. The main thing that really gets tested is the finalists' palates, since the mentors can't taste the seasoning of the food, but they can assess the timing and eyeball the doneness of the components, the accuracy of the plating, mixing, cutting, etc., and (re)direct their mentees accordingly.
But even though Bobby and Anne were telling them exactly what to do, both finalists were still choking somewhat (Jaime cutting himself twice; Amber and her troubles with her pie crust.) Though certainly they were nervous - a lot of money was on the line. But am I still supposed to be impressed with them now for being decent voice activated robots? Nope, sorry. They should be made to prove in the final round that they can cook WITHOUT the mentors telling them exactly what to do and when to do it. The training wheels should be off at this point. So in all, I ended up not caring who was chosen as the winner, because neither seemed to be able to do without their mentor's constant instruction..
Edited by FigLover, Apr 1, 2014 @ 2:48 PM.