I find it ironic that Avery and Nookie form an alliance so Avery could be saved. Off all the times Avery almost got eliminated Nookie help her out. Only in the end for Avery break her alliance and back stabs Nookie.
I feel this was Avery's strategy! She was the strongest chef there & seems smart enough to see through Nookie's bullshit. So happy she won! Liz just didn't seem like that great of a chef & often had to have team mates carry her to the next place - also a boring cry baby w an annoying personality to boot.