I was disappointed overall that Floyd won, because he is one of the few chefs this season whose food I've eaten, and it is just not all that great. On the other hand, I totally agreed with this:
While I am a big Mary Sue fan and wanted her to win, I would only want her (or any person for that matter) to win if they, I don't know, did the best and..... won. They made 3 courses, 2 of which they selected, there was no limit on the amount they could spend, a reasonable time limit, a reasonable number of people to feed (i.e. no buffet), help from a trusted sous, so it was a fair challenge and it sounds like the best meal won. I did not sense any prejudice against women, and in fact 2/3rds of the finalist were women, they just did not do as well as Floyd on that evening.
I just don't see any sexism in this show or in Top Chef. I see them picking the worst dishes to send home, and that's all. I do see a preference for adventurous and experimental dishes over "home-style" dishes, and I share that preference when not cooking/eating at home, so I think the judges are right for not rewarding conservative successful execution over risk-taking, especially toward the end.
I wanted Traci to win of those left (Hughnibrow was my favorite), but, yeah, she just didn't get the job done here at the end, to my chagrin. That shrimp did look boring. Although I also thought she was (unintentionally) totally screwed by Gael's duck request. Beef Rendang and Lemon Souffle are totally identifiable dishes that one can clearly choose to render iconically or do a modern take on or both. "Breaded Fried Duck with Bearnaise Sauce" if that's what Gael indeed had some decades ago is some (possibly delicious) idiosyncratic dish that no one could hope to replicate, let alone use as a base for an improvisatory takeoff. Breaded duck? With bearnaise? I mean, OK, I guess, but neither is remotely instinctive. How does breading interact with duck skin? Do you remove the skin? Blahblahblah. So Traci really got the fuzzy end of the lollipop there. But I really don't think it was any kind of sexism or intentional sabotage. It was just Gael being Gael.